Can you think of anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone? Grandparents, aunts, uncles – even your ten-year-old cousin has one of his own.
But even though most people have cell phones, landline phones still have their purpose. If you’ve ever considered dropping your home phone line, you may want to think again. Here are a few reasons why it’s helpful to have a landline phone, even in today’s mobile world.
Even if you live in the city, your cell phone reception at home might not be great. There are a few spots where, if you don’t move an inch, you can maybe get two bars. Otherwise, your calls will be dropped or they won’t go through at all.
That’s why you should use a landline at home. You can talk to your family and friends with little interference. Instead of dealing with spotty reception, you can rely on the reliable service of your landline.1
You can make secure phone calls
As you probably know, cell phone conversations can be easily hacked. If you purchase an item over your cell phone and give your credit card number, you risk becoming a victim of identity theft. If you call your bank or doctor from your smartphone and supply personal information, someone might get that personal information.
Whenever you have to make a call that involves sharing private information, you should use a landline. Although it is possible for a landline to be hacked, it is less likely compared to a cell phone.2
911 operators can locate you
This is the one of the most important reasons you should keep your home phone – a 911 call from a landline will immediately provide the operator with your location. If an emergency occurs, you might not have the few seconds needed to give your location.3
If you call on a cell phone, only an approximate location is given – up to 300 yards off, according to Digis. On a landline, your location will be pinpointed.3
Ultimately, the difference of a few seconds could be essential in the event of an emergency.