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From Landline Telephones to Cellular Phones: Why our Seniors and Elderly Need to Make the Move

From Landline Telephones to Cellular Phones: Why our Seniors and Elderly Need to Make the Move
Landline telephones have been part of our lives for over a hundred years. They are both comforting and familiar. But do you know what else they are? Ancient! Surveys show landline phones are on a one-way flight to their extinction. They will inevitably become a remnant of the past, found only in period pieces on the television. “The National Center for Health Statistics reported that landline phone use had dropped significantly over the past 12 years, with 53.9% of all U.S. households depending solely on cell phones for their communication needs”, (PR Newswire, 2018). 
Although it is a technology that we all are accustomed to, it cannot be denied that the days of landline numbers are gone. Change is inevitable, and clinging to this obsolete piece of technology may not necessarily help. In fact, it may be doing more harm than we may realize.

Why is depending solely on a landline number not the best idea?

Having a landline number in this day and age is not merely an antiquated notion; it is also an inconvenient one. It is a hassle that if eradicated from our lives will make them that much easier. Instead, cellular phones (which are exponentially better) should be our primary mode of communication. Here’s why:

  1. Screening Calls: You cannot screen calls on your landline phone as proficiently and effectively as you do on your mobile phone. It is true that there is no greater happiness than receiving a call on your landline, not knowing who is on the other end, and hearing your daughter’s voice. However, the element of surprise that a landline phone provides does not outweigh the advantage of being able to screen your calls. There are simply far too many advertisement and spam calls made nowadays; and the older your number is, the greater the number of telemarketing calls you will receive.
  2. The Steep Cost: The costs of owning a landline phone add up. It is common knowledge that telephones generate a much higher bill than cellular phones. They also have a limited number of features, so any options you want will come with an added cost. Moreover, landlines do not have access to free Wi-Fi calls, so long distance calls become very expensive. And if you own both a landline and a cell phone, you end up paying for two sets of services.
  3. Availability: It is a form of communication that is still beholden to spatial constraints. Unlike mobiles, you cannot carry it on your person. Telephones are a service available to you only in your house.
  4. Phone Directory: Remembering phone numbers (yours or everyone else’s) is a near impossible task, and a landline telephone demands that ability from you (Fleming, 2019). However, what a landline phone cannot give you, a cell phone can; an in-built contacts list and an extremely convenient speed dial system so that all your contacts are just one tap away.
  5. Emergencies: Perhaps the greatest problem that arises with possessing a landline number is that you cannot access it in case of an emergency occurring outside the vicinity of a telephone. You can only make necessary calls if you are near the landline phone, whereas with a cell phone you can immediately get access to the help you need.

What should you do with your landline number?

There may be people who choose to keep both a landline telephone and a cellular phone; however, the cost-effective method is to buy a mobile fit for your needs and cancel your landline subscription. The problem you will face at this point is in having to learn a new number and ensuring all your contacts have it. In all likelihood, however, even the most diligent person will end up losing at least a few important contacts.

There is a simple solution to this dilemma: number portability. Cancelling your home telephone service can be a troublesome and complicated task. Plus, there are far too many phone providers to peruse through; Comcast, Frontier, Xfinity, Verizon, AT&T etc. If you do not want the stress of getting an entirely new second number, and relaying it to everyone you know, we at Community Phone have the answer for you. What you can do is simply transfer your landline number to your mobile with these easy yet detailed instructions in our article about number porting available here.

How Cellular Phones Help.

Landline phones, although a great invention, are now outdated devices that have been overtaken by better technology, namely cellular phones. The technology for cellular phones was invented by Henry T. Sampson Jr. in 1971. Martin Cooper, an American engineer, bought this patented technology and built the world’s first cell phone in 1972-73 (Gregersen, 2019). Since then, cell phones have spiraled into a worldwide phenomenon. We see people on phones consistently. It is an accessory always attached to us. The use of a mobile phone is integral to our daily lives and it is vital for us to be digitally engaged, especially the seniors in our society.

Buying the most expensive phone is not at all essential, but finding one that meets your needs is. Trying to find the absolute best cell phone provider can be a challenging task considering the number of cell phone providers out there. At Community Phone, we have an array of elderly-friendly cellular phones that seniors can use to facilitate and aid them.

If you find the modern smartphones complicated, try the Alcatel OneTouch Retro, Doro 7050 flip phone, or the Coolpad Snap 3312, all of which possess simpler features with basic internet facilities, and are part of our affordable range of cellular phones. The buttons on the phone accommodate dexterity issues, especially for those with arthritic conditions. Seniors with limb or finger movement issues will find that flip phones suit all their needs. Additionally, flip phones work the best for all who desire a digital life with no clutter. They are trendy, and let’s admit it; the satisfaction that you get from flipping a phone open and shut is surpassed by none other.

If however, you desire a phone with better specs and features, Community Phone sells android phones like Samsung Galaxy S8, or the Huawei series like the Mate 10 or the Honor 8X, which feature screens that are both large and brightly lit. Our phones are low radiation cell phones that have been doing particularly well in European and Asian countries. They are easy to use and quite affordable.

Cancelling your landline and buying a simple mobile phone will not only declutter your digital life, but also help you be more in control of your modes of communication. It ensures your safety by constantly having a communication device at your disposal and aids your life in numerous ways, from paying bills through online banking to relaxing with good old Candy Crush.

If you have any questions about which phones are best suited for you or want to know more about our range of elderly-friendly cell phones, do not hesitate to give us a call at 888-582-4177 or 617-963-0004, and we'll be very happy to help you out. You receive hands-on help, often times directly from the CEO, at Community Phone!

Works Cited

  1. Fleming, M. (2019, January 14). The Importance of Phones for the Elderly. Retrieved January 30, 2020, from Assisted Living Today: https://assistedlivingtoday.com/blog/the-importance-of-phones-for-the-elderly/
  2. Gregersen, E. (2019, December 22). Martin Cooper - American Engineer. Retrieved February 02, 2020, from Encyclopaedia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Martin-Cooper
  3. PR Newswire. (2018, July 16). Landlines Predicted Obsolete by 2020; ULTATEL Explains What This Means for Businesses. Retrieved 1 31, 2020, from Markets Insider: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/landlines-predicted-obsolete-by-2020-ultatel-explains-what-this-means-for-businesses-1027370976

 

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