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Nowadays you can’t go anywhere without being bombarded with a view of people of their mobile phones. Whether they’re talking loudly about the inane details of their day, furiously texting, or updating their social media news feed, mobile users are so engrossed in their phones that they pay seemingly no attention to whatever else is going on around them. So in touch with our virtual lives do we have to be, that I’ve seen people fixated on their mobile screen even when crossing a road – I mean, how dangerous can you get? So in an ever-increasing digital age, is there room for traditional landline communication? Here are some reasons in support of keeping a landline rather than switching to mobile.
You make frequent overseas calls
It could be that you have friends or family who live overseas, or perhaps you are required to make many business calls between your UK and overseas office. Regardless of the reason why, if you have to make frequent overseas calls, you may find that it is far cheaper to do so using a landline than a mobile phone. Remember to ask your provider about cheaper tariffs or packages that you can get if you are going to be making many calls abroad.
You want heightened security
If you are one of those people who prefer to telephone the bank or credit card company, rather than use the internet, you may be pleased to hear that making those phone calls using a landline will give you a much reduced risk of being hacked. What’s more, businesspeople have a need to do a lot of business over the phone and the last thing you’d want is for your important phone call to be hacked and news about your brilliant best-selling idea to be leaked.
You are fed up of losing signal
The amount of times I have lost signal during a phone call on my mobile is unbelievably high. If you become irritated by having your conversation interrupted many a time throughout the one phone call due to lack of signal, you may find that a landline can solve this problem.
You like tradition
Employers who get rid of traditional landline phones in favor of their workers making business calls from their mobiles may very well regret the fact that staff will constantly feel the need to leave their desk. Wireless communication may be convenient and have the advantage that you can talk anytime and anywhere, but it is also a misconception that landline phones mean you have to stay at your desk. Landline phone solutions (like this one from AT&T) now exist that allow a user to take calls anywhere in the office, even hands-free. But there will always be those people who just prefer to do things the traditional way, and for whom, the telephone is a fixed landline.
Your call can be more easily traced in an emergency
A final good reason to still use a landline is the simple truth that your call can be more easily traced back to its origin by the emergency services. That means if you’re involved in an accident and you choose to ring from your mobile, but lose signal before the call ends, you may have to wait longer for help to arrive, which could end up being critical.
So while there are many advantages to keeping up with the ever expanding world of technology, there’s no reason to hang up your landline phone for good just yet.