When was the last time you called someone using a landline phone? For me, it was nearly 3 months ago. I remember the call because I had to take the phone out of the box and plug it in in order to use it. Since then, it has sat idly on my desk collecting dust.
Do landline phones have relevance in today's world when cell phones are a staple in nearly 75% of households?
If you're a part of the growing percentage of American's who have opted out of their landline service, the message is a clear and resounding "NO!"
I always feel bad when trends come to an end; when a television show goes off-air, when a fashion fad dies, and when a staple of society loses the technological battle and fades to obscurity (I'm still mourning the loss of the VCR). Even if I have no particular affection for the trend or item, it makes me sad to see them go.
But alas, the landline phone companies are finding themselves unable to compete with the technology of the modern cellular devices, which have become so much more than phones and more like personal assistants in our pockets.
In a few years, the landline phone will take ranks with such other obsolete pieces of technology as the Eight Track, the Betamax and that 90s staple: the pager.
Goodbye fair landline. I barely knew ye, but will never forget the revolution you started.