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Are Landlines Really Worth the Money?

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These days, we are more addicted to our telephones than ever before, with mobile phones evolving from a handy way to stay in touch into an essential life style tool that acts as everything from diary and planner to videophone, camera and music player all in one. But with so much innovation in the field of mobile phones, where does the humble landline stand in today’s modern home?

Many of today’s parents and home owners grew up in an era where everyone knew the home phone number of their friends off by heart, and the telephone was a central part of family life – so naturally installing them in their own homes now comes as second nature. But are they really worth the cost of line rental in the age of the mobile phone?

Of course, there are plenty of reasons why many people still want a landline in their homes. Many older people are not comfortable using mobile phones, or often have them but do not keep them charged or turned on all the time. And for parents, having a landline at home can give them a sense of security, knowing that their children cannot make any unsupervised calls. But for the modern family, there are many mobile phone options that render landlines almost obsolete.

Whatever yours and your family’s calling habits are, you can find a mobile phone deal to match. Make lots of international calls and find the rates from your landline are cheaper than your usual mobile phone service provider? Why not check out a specialist provider like Lebara that offers SIM cards for your mobile featuring  low cost calls to hundreds of countries worldwide? Make most of your phone calls during off peak times? Check out the rates offered by your local mobile phone services – many are cheaper than those offered by landline providers, and you’ll enjoy the added bonus of being able to make calls while out and about as well as at home.

Landlines are often seen as a good option for the whole family, especially for those who are concerned that their children are too young for a mobile phone. However, while only you can decide when you think your child is old enough for their own phone, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are plenty of ways to make giving children and teenagers their own mobiles both affordable and safe. For younger children, you can buy a very basic model phone online for a great price and take advantage of the many SIM only deals available from different providers. Featuring everything from free texts to data bundles, these are a great way to save money and you don’t run the risk of your kids running up a high bill every month. Similarly, for older children who want their own smartphones, controls and limits can be put in place to prevent them overspending on expensive mobile data or games.

With mobile phones all around us, it is only natural that families growing up today will be drawn ever closer to them and further away from older, home-based technology like landlines and PCs. But with so many different deals around offering great rates for every type of user, many households can actually save money by finding the right  mobile phone tariff for them and doing away with their landline altogether.

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

1 Comment

  1. We use DSL for our internet through a local ISP. It’s the best option for price and speed for our area, especially since we don’t have cable/satellite TV so don’t get bundled discounts.

    It comes with a landline with free unlimited long distance calling which is great when you don’t want to use your mobile minutes for that long call to family. Plus it’s an extra number we don’t use much, so it’s perfect for giving to businesses or others we may want to hear from, but don’t want to talk to.

    Finally, having lived through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when everything went dark but I could still use my land line – wired phone service is powered by the phone line. So even if your home power is out in a disaster, your phone might still be working.


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