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Yes, You Should Keep Your Landline Phone

Here are three reasons why it’s still worth it

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These days, it seems everyone you meet, no matter how old or young, has a smartphone. So you might be second-guessing your decision to hang onto your landline. Would it be more convenient or save money just to have a cell phone? Not necessarily.

In reality, some of the larger mobile service companies, including T-Mobile and Verizon, raised their rates in the past year to keep up with inflation and other higher costs. Plus, landline phones today have many helpful features and advantages that make them very handy at home. Check out these three reasons why you should hang onto that cordless.

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Cordless phones are comfortable and convenient

Yes, we can hear you now. One of the biggest challenges when using cell phones is spotty reception. This is a problem that crops up when you’re out and about, sure, but it often happens at home too. Certain rooms or areas of a house may drop calls or have a dicey connection. Other issues like bad weather – rain, wind, even humidity – can also affect your signal.

Landlines, however, are dependable on every phone set in the house. Instead of carrying your cell around – and risking losing a connection – you can simply pick up the phone in whatever room you’re in. Cordless models are easy to use with features like large backlit keypads. They’re also designed to be comfortable - flat cell phones, not so much.

You want something reliable for emergencies

When emergencies come up, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your phone will work. Landlines are less susceptible to reception issues or getting bogged down when too many people try to place calls simultaneously, which can happen when an emergency affects a larger region.

A cordless phone in your home is an extra layer of insurance. Also, a landline’s address is easy for first responders to trace in the case of an accident or another emergency specific to the home. Landlines can be helpful when children are in the house too.

Should something go wrong, a cell phone may be hard for kids to find or require a password to unlock. But it’s always easy to pick up a cordless phone and punch in 911.

Getting rid of a landline won’t prevent unwanted calls

Spam calls aren’t picky. These days, they’ll hit up your smartphone just as often as they’ll try you at home. So, canceling your landline won’t help you escape those annoying telemarketers. Instead, get a home phone with clever built-in features that let you screen and control which calls come through.

The Panasonic KX-TGD832M cordless is ready to do battle with helpful features. Automated Call Block recognizes robocalls and blocks them before the phone even rings. One-Touch Call Block lets you block up to 1,000 numbers. And a One-Ring Scam Alert warns you of potential scammers trying to lure you into calling them back by ringing once and then hanging up.

A landline can be surprisingly useful in a variety of ways. It’s comfortable and simple to use. Modern cordless models, like Panasonic’s, have key features that prevent robocalls and scams. They also have technology that lets you record calls to keep track of important details and provides talking Caller ID. So, instead of getting rid of your home phone, consider upgrading to a newer, smarter model. You’ll love the practical advantages and, most importantly, the peace of mind that comes with them.

Click here to learn more about Panasonic cordless phones.

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