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Before You Cut the Cord: 4 Reasons to Keep Your Landline


Have you thought about cutting your landline? Almost half of all homeowners in the U.S. have done away with their telephone service and solely rely on their cell phones. Maybe you find yourself only using your landline to screen calls (pesky telemarketers!) and want to save money. But, here are a few things to consider before you cut the cord…

1. “Can you hear me, now?”

Spotty reception. Try walking through your entire house while on your cell phone to see if you get poor reception in some areas.

2. My phone died

Having a dead phone, or seeing your battery life fall to 1% is always tragic. Now, imagine having no hardwired backup phone.

3. Small savingsĀ 

Verify how much the service is costing you. The savings may not be worth it, especially if your service is bundled with your TV and Internet service.

4. No emergency location serviceĀ 

When you call 911 from your cell phone, the dispatcher cannot tell your exact location. It is possible for the dispatcher to retrieve location coordinates from your phone’s GPS, or by contacting your cell phone carrier to get tower triangulation. But, this can take a lot of time (not what you want in an emergency situation!). When calling 911 from a landline, the dispatcher is able to retrieve your exact location instantly.

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