"A balanced choice is often the best one – a combination of landline and wireless phone use may be the right choice for you." ~ Federal Communications Commission
Need 911? HELP finds you!
In an emergency, 911 finds you when you call from a landline —
your address automatically displays on their
screen. For children,
babysitters, and even adults, facing an emergency is traumatic enough.
Not knowing the address, or being able to speak, may mean emergency
personnel don't arrive in a timely manner,
if at all.
Knowing where the phone is during an emergency is highly
important. The time it takes to find a cell phone can feel like an
eternity when time is critical. (And, what if the battery's dead? Or
it's in the car?)
If you have kids at home, you need a landline — it's the most
reliable connection to 911. Yes, cell phones are great when you're on
the road and have an emergency; however, cell phone GPS systems cannot
compete with the accuracy and dependability of a landline 911
connection. For your family's safety, is going without a landline worth
(Keep reading if you like, but do you really need more reasons to keep your landline phone?)
Connect to the Internet
To get online you need a computer and a landline phone line.
No landline, no DSL. Dial-up connections don't work either. It's plain
(Hey, this may seem obvious but we've seen it happen. Someone
disconnects the landline to save a few bucks and then wonder's why
their DSL doesn't work anymore … it's all connected!)
When talking on the phone, enjoy:
- A crisp, crystal clear connection 24/7/365
— OR —
- Dropped calls, constant buzzing, and wondering if the other person can you hear you
It's all about the conversation, so make it count! A landline
connection offers you the highest quality voice transmissions – all the
time – anywhere in the comfort of your home.
(Word of CAUTION to those who like to crinkle paper or pretend
the connection is bad to end a conversation – it won't work when you're
on a landline, so don't try it at home. It only works in the movies!)
Sit back, relax and enjoy the convenience of knowing the
standard landline is going to work — plain and simple. No worries about
whether you have minutes left or what to do when the battery dies.
Because you have a landline, most likely you also have multiple phones
plugged in, so there's always one ready.
Tired of picking up the phone and being your teenagers
personal assistant? Add Caller ID, or distinctive ring tones. Who knows,
you might even find out who's calling your kids (and why). Did you know
Web-savvy teens still prefer a landline? Check it out.
The power's out – not the conversation
Sit back, light a candle and keep on talking, even when the
power goes out. Just switch to the traditional corded phone you keep for
emergencies. (You know, that dusty phone with the squiggly cord in your
back bedroom? That's the one!) It'll work from any phone jack even when
the power's out — the phone company has an emergency back-up system
that powers the phone jacks, just not wireless home phones.
When the power's out, a landline phone connection will work
more than 99.9 percent of the time. It's required by the FCC. This means
you can still reach 911 and friends and family; they can all reach you,
too. Even if a major storm (tornado or hurricane) comes through the
area. It might take out the cell tower, but it can't take out the
underground phone lines.
Never use your wireless phone to give out credit card or other critical data. (No kidding, this is serious business!)
Did you know that some cellular phones use radio frequencies,
which can be easily intercepted? Eavesdroppers use simple devices,
(e.g., scanners or other cell phones) to intercept the analog radio
waves that carry wireless calls. Then, they listen to your private
conversations, write down your credit card information, and find out
when you'll be on vacation to plan their evil deeds.
With a landline — you have privacy!
Get free incoming calls
All incoming calls are free on a landline for as long as you
talk, no matter what time it is. No network to sign up for. No
limitations. No worries about running out of minutes listening to mom
talk about Aunt Pat, Uncle Rudy, or Grandpa.
If you think the price of your local phone service is too
high, check again. New bundled pricing and other incentives are making
the traditional landline cost effective. (Really, it's true.)
Make a statement
Your phone can double as home décor, or serve to enhance it.
With so many designs, colors and styles to choose from, your landline
phone can be a work of art, not just a security net. (Now that's a good
Today, many home security systems only work if a landline
phone is in operation. Why? Because the home's fire and burglar alarm
systems are hardwired into the phone system to automatically alert
authorities. (Hint: Security companies know how dependable the
landline system is – that's why they depend on it to protect you.