Are Landlines a Dying Breed? These Folks Don’t Think So
For most of us, we're under the impression landlines (home phones) are disappearing, going the way of the payphone.
But before you think they're completely obsolete, consider the folks who are going to be celebrating National Landline Telephone Day March 10th. The website National Today reports landlines are popular with some because of the following reasons:
- It takes us back to a simpler time. Before cellphones, couldn't always connect with people. It forced us to take time to interact, and a landline was one of those ways.
- Old technology had it's own charm. There's something cool about old phones, and fun to watch siblings argue over who got to use it.
- Landlines keep families connected. When you call someone's home, you never know who will answer. It allows you to talk to people you might not see often.
However, according to a new study released by Statista.com, landlines are a dying breed. As of the end of fall 2017, for the first time in US history, the number of cellphone only homes outnumbered those which still had landlines, by a margin of 52.5 percent to 43.8. Personally, in our home, we found the landline to be a source of irritation. Too expensive to justify a phone that only served to attract spammers and scammers. We're a cellphone only family now.
According to Statista, if current trends continue to go as they have, it will only be a few years until the landline goes the way of the VCR and other similar devices. It will become extinct.
But the folks celebrating National Landline Telephone Day gleefully pointed out on their website this amazing (and even funny) fact on their phone history timeline:
"1973 The First Cell Phone Call Brings First Near-death Experience
Marty Cooper, a Motorola employee, called an AT&T employee to brag about the achievement—and almost got hit by a cab."