It used to be truly bizarre to meet someone without a landline telephone installed in their home. From the advent of the telephone all the way through to the early part of the 21st century, finding such a person was practically unheard of. Since the release of the Apple iPhone and the explosion in popularity that smartphones of all types have been going through in the last few years, however, that situation has all but reversed itself. More and more people are "cutting the cord" and getting rid of home telephone service altogether. There are still a number of people who do insist on having a landline phone, however, and with very good reason.
For starters, having a home phone may be a great way to save money on additional services that a person may be subscribed to. Providers like Vonage, Verizon, Comcast and more often allow you to bundle multiple services together to get a discount on each. If you bundle Internet, cable television and home phone service together, for example, your monthly bill will be cheaper than what you would pay if you subscribed to the same three services from different companies. That’s even after taxes and other surcharges are considered.
Another important reason why people might want to hang onto their home phones has to do with emergency services like 911. If you call 911 from a smartphone, the emergency response team on the other end of the line really has no way of knowing exactly where you are. If you’re in need of assistance but can’t verbally communicate your location, it could delay the police or an ambulance a dangerous amount of time. When you call from a home phone service, however, your address will automatically be visible to the person at the call center.
Another important reason why someone might still have a home phone is because certain types of Internet service require such a connection in order to get a computer onto the Internet. Even though broadband is available in millions of homes across America, not everyone has a cable or fiber optic connection. If someone lives in a rural area where no such service is available, for example, their only option is to go the traditional dial-up route – that means that a home phone service is essential for their ability to connect to the World Wide Web at all.