Looks like less and less of us are using landlines nowadays and more of us are now depending on our cellphones. I remember growing up in rural Saskatchewan where landlines were still very important especially during the winter months. It wasn’t because of poor cell service (although I know some would argue this), it was because landlines were still active during a power outage. Cordless phones, not so much.
It was common for my parents to either make a call or a receive a phone from the neighbours to see if the electricity was out. Once the lights went out, we could expect a phone call within about 15 minutes it seemed. Despite the quality of cellphones improving over the years (and getting better), landlines were still better to talk with family and friends on. Of course, that was back in the days when people still talked on the phone and didn’t text! I feel very old all of a sudden. Physical address books are almost a thing of the past as well. It used to be exciting buying an address book because it meant you had enough phone numbers from friends to warrant such a thing!
Yes, the times are a changin’! According to Stats Canada, only 67 per cent of Canadian households actually have a landline now and they’re disappearing fastest in Alberta. In our province only about 64 per cent have a landline while Newfoundland has the highest number of users.
I disconnected mine about two years ago and it was a tough decision because of all the memories associated with a landline. Towards the end it was becoming too expensive for just my parents to call and for telemarketers to bug me at dinner. Do you still have a landline? What makes you keep it?