The (Not So Slow) March Away From Landlines
from the who-needs-'em? dept
Two different studies are showing that fewer and fewer people are relying on traditional landlines, as more people become comfortable using just mobile phones or VoIP phones instead. This isn’t new or surprising — it’s just that the trend keeps moving forward. What isn’t addressed in the article, however, is how much of this is due to younger users? Because kids today get used to using a mobile phone as their primary communications device as they go through high school and then college — they have absolutely no reason to get an actual landline once they leave school. It almost seems like landlines are legacy issues at this point. Last time I moved, I realized I had no need for a landline any more, and it seems like many others will probably realize the same thing. While the telcos still try to force one on you if you want DSL, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to come up with good reasons to have a real landline any more. Yes, there’s still the “emergency” argument — and landlines are more robust than either VoIP or mobile phones, but for a lot of people they think the chance of needing such reliability is so remote that it’s not worth the regular fees for a phone service they’ll rarely use.