Is it still worth having a landline?
More than a third of British people ignore their home phone when it rings, expecting it to be a , and 28 per cent of us can't even remember the number, according to research by .
Why then do we cling to the landline, when so many of us have mobiles? Rental – about £18 for – is charged for landlines and calls are also likely to be more expensive than packages offered by mobile phone providers.
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at comparison website , says: 'If you have decent reception at home, the answer could be to let the landline go.'
However, before you take the plunge, use this checklist to help you decide:
Keep your landline if...
• Your mobile signal is unreliable.
• Construction materials in your home, such as iron girders, affect mobile signal strength.
• If you want to – a fixed line gives proof of where you live.
• You make a lot of calls to family and friends abroad – usually cheaper on a landline.
Cancel it if...
• Your home has access to fibre-optic cables – you shouldn't need a landline for the internet. But if your phone still relies on copper wires seek technical advice.
• You have high-speed internet at home. Use this instead to make calls through VoIP (voice over internet protocol), as Skype does. Or use Facebook calls or Apple Facetime.
• You want to avoid receiving unsolicited calls.
From: Miescisko magazine
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