A landline allows people to make calls through a telephone hooked up to a wire, cable, or modem in their home. Home phone service is reliable, secure, and provides excellent call quality. While cell phones can cut out or otherwise lose service, landline phones are inexpensive and have much more reliable connections for those who want to stay in touch with loved ones.
Benefits of Landline Service
Landline phone service provides security that cell phones, with sometimes unreliable connections, do not. Landline phones do not run out of battery like cellular devices. Often, landline phone service is less expensive than a cellular plan, especially when bundled with other services like cable television and the internet.
Landline phone service is especially important in case of an emergency. Home phone service automatically provides emergency responders with your address and integrates with home security systems. Medical alert systems often call for help through landline phone service. Even if someone can not reach a phone they can still call for help in an emergency situation such as a fall.
The landline provides a much more secure and direct connection to emergency personnel using enhanced 911 service that provides responders with your phone number and address. A client of mine once fell in the shower and used her fall detection button to get in touch with me immediately through her landline connection. Afterward, she told me her landline phone improved her sense of independence when she was home alone.
Who Provides Landline Service in My Area?
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, roughly 45% of US households have home phone service. There are many home phone options available nationwide but it can be hard to figure out what company serves your area. Typically, the state or local government lists home phone service providers in the area on their website. If that doesn’t work, a simple web search for your city and state plus “home phone service” will populate a list of telephone service providers to choose from.
If you’re still unsure, ask a local friend or loved one what service they use. Word-of-mouth recommendations can help you find the service that meets your needs and budget.
How to Get Free Landline Service
The government may provide free landline service to low-income households or other qualifying individuals. The federal Lifeline Program provides discounted phone and internet service to those who need the security of a phone line but can not afford the price. This service is available to individuals on federal assistance programs such as Medicaid. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website allows users to search for phone providers that provide Lifeline Program discounts in their area. If you believe to be eligible for this program, the FCC can help guide you to free or else much more affordable landline phone service.
Pro Tip: The Lifeline Program only offers free or discounted service for either internet or phone service, though not both.
Some services, such as AT&T, offer senior discounts in some states. This information can be hard to find online, so make sure to ask a representative and do your research before ordering a service. Otherwise, you may bundle landline phone service with other products such as cable TV and internet service for further discounts. The more products you order, the less expensive the package becomes.