Landline phones have benefits

Published On: Sep 18 2012 04:19:39 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2012 12:21:55 PM EDT

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By Linda Merrill, Networx

While it may seem that the cell phone has completely taken over, many homeowners still hold onto their landlines. There are good reasons for this.

During power outages or wind storms, like the one that suddenly stopped San Diego electrical service in September of 2011, cellular service can be cut off. Traditional landlines are often buried underground, or easily accessible when above ground, and are generally more stable in an emergency. 

In addition to safety concerns, there are family relationship issues. If an elderly relative who doesn’t have a cell phone comes to visit (or moves in), he may feel cut off from his connections without an available telephone. Likewise, a part of the education of growing children is telephone etiquette, including how to ask to speak with someone and how to answer a call and take a message for a sibling or parent. These simple life skills can be the building blocks for future behaviors. 

At some point, landlines will likely be a thing of the past, but in the meantime, there are still many on the market that are stylish and functional, whether they are vintage replicas of days gone by or more modern and high-tech-looking with all the bells and whistles.

Source: http://www.networx.com/article/designer-picks-landline-phones

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