Are Landline Phones the Dying Brand?
Next to smartphones being everyone’s constant companion, landline phones seem to be rapidly losing their relevance. With emails, messaging, Google Hangouts, and social media being ways to reach out to your friends and loved ones, it’s not as if you’ve run out of options.
Back in 2004, more than 90 percent of the US residents had landline phones in their homes, but now the numbers have shrunk down to less than 40%. What could be leading to the decline of landline phones will be explored in this article?
VoIP – is it replacing landline phones?
There is a new brand being introduced in place of landline phones called Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP, which allows making phone calls through an internet connection. VoIP has features that make it a much better option than landline phones. Along with smartphones, the VoIP technology is replacing the traditional landline networks, of which the features can be explored below:
- Lower Cost. Landline monthly bills can be shocking since you have to pay exorbitant fees just for making calls. It can be difficult to make important phone calls abroad or there are high fees included for just making a phone call for a few minutes. VoIP system is a much more economical and feasible option since you can make numerous calls over an internet connection.
- Another reason why the popularity of landline phones has significantly decreased is that they’re not customizable and there is no interface to control. You have that option in VoIP: You can customize call routing, voice messaging system, and more to make it easier and convenient to receive calls. Also, different VoIP systems have different interfaces option and you get to decide what kind suits your expectations.
- Having a VoIP can significantly reduce the infrastructure cost since it is sharing a single network with data communications. Landline phones need separate wiring and resources, making it an even more expensive option.
Many service providers are now switching to the VoIP method to provide these landline-like features to their subscribers. For instance, Xfinity has Xfinity Voice which provides VoIP services via an internet connection. If you have subscribed to any of the Xfinity Internet deals, you also have the option to try for Xfinity Voice service with its unlimited nationwide and international calls.
Without a shadow of a doubt, absolutely! You will find that there are many features in a smartphone that you wouldn’t normally be able to make use of in landline phones.
- Call Waiting. This feature notifies someone already engaged in a call that someone else is trying to reach them. They can also put the first call on hold to attend to the second one.’
- Call Blocking. You can also block certain phone numbers on your smartphones and you won’t receive any calls or messages from these same numbers again.
- Caller ID. You can see the name of the person calling you because you have saved their contact information on your smartphone or VoIP device. If it is an unknown caller, you can also look up the identity of the caller in some apps on your smartphone.
- Texting is not possible through landline phones which is what smartphones can offer. You can simply communicate with the other person by texting and you do not have to engage in a call with them.
- Voice note. Many applications in smartphones now offer an option for voice notes, where instead of texting, you can send a short recorded message to the other person.
Some of these features might also be available in landline phones but in a limited context. Smartphones and VoIP systems have provided an improved version of these features which makes the job of managing calls extremely convenient for you.
Do we still need landline phones?
Despite landline phones being the dying brand, there are certain scenarios where you might argue that landline phones are of utmost importance.
- The quality of sound in a landline phone is much better than a smartphone or VoIP service because a separate network connection is used for it.
- Also, a separate network line comes in handy during power outages. When the power goes out, you won’t be able to use the internet connection since electricity is needed to keep the internet modem turned on. Your smartphone will work too but only if it is charged.
- Landline phones are linked to a specific address which will make it easier for 911 agencies or EMTs to locate you. Wireless systems do have geolocators but they aren’t as accurate to pinpoint your exact location.