The Landline Before Time

People are finally saying goodbye to the days of wrapping curly phone lines from room to room. Recently, AT&T sold off its Yellow Pages services, yet another sign that landlines are a dying breed as a popular means of communication. Obviously, with the technological boom of the 21st Century and the introduction of smart phones, tablets and social media, landlines are being deemed unnecessary. 32 percent of households are now considered “cell-phone only” households; triple the rate of only five years ago, according to this report from the Centers for Disease Control.

With media giants Verizon and AT&T reporting 15-20 percent landline revenue drops over the same five year period, it’s easy to see why major corporations are showing disinterest in a fading business. Yet, the same companies enduring these hardships continue to pledge their support for landlines, insisting that many corporate clients rely on landlines to function. There are also broadband internet lines that technically are considered landlines that continue to flourish, but phones are inevitably the main source of landline usage. Cable companies and dish services often rely on “Triple Play” packages, bundling landlines with internet and cable television to ensure the survival of this soon-to-be relic. But with approximately six billion cell phone subscribers worldwide, the need for an additional phone service is wisely being put into perspective. I remember when having my own personal phone line was an honor and a privilege. Now, everyone can experience that same privilege; only not confined to the walls of their bedroom.