Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Do you really need a landline?

There has been a lot of discussion online about the cost of telephone lines in recent weeks. It seems there is a trend amongst many families for closing their land-line accounts in order to save money. Do you really need a landline or is it an unnecessary expense?

A landline was traditionally the only telephone a family had easy access to. However, today, we have mobile phones with us all the time. In a family of four, the chances are that at least three out of four family members will have a mobile phone. Statistics indicate that children as young as 8 years old are now being given mobile phones. With all these phones in a household, it is no surprise that so many people are choosing to remove their landlines.

Switching off your land line will save you between £10 and £17 per month, depending upon your telephone line provider rental fees. On average, that works out at 45p per day. Per year, it costs an average of £162 not including charges for calls.

What’s good about a landline?

Your landline is an emergency line, available if you need it when mobile coverage is not available.

Your landline is often needed to access broadband services into your home.

Your landline is used as a form of credit check. There are many credit providers who require their applicants to have a registered landline telephone number.

Your landline is also sometimes used as a form of identity check with credit providers.

We believe that the benefits of having a landline outweigh the cost of them. If you do not use your phone, you will not need to worry about large phone bills. Most telephone companies offer free local calls on evenings and weekends, and many offer discounts for international calls too. While these offers are available on some mobile tariffs, most mobile companies still charge high amounts for calls to other landlines and abroad. Having a landline can actually save you money on certain types of calls.

If you have a landline already, it could be just as advantageous and economical to keep it.


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