AT&T has been pushing for legislation to end landline phone service to focus on "modern alternatives." "If AT&T succeeds in ending traditional landline phone service, we think that will hurt people -- particularly seniors and those with medical conditions -- who depend on a landline as their most reliable link to vital services," Jim Chilsen, the spokesman for watchdog group Citizens Utility Board, told the Tribune. AT&T will need approval from the Federal Communications Commission to effectively end its landline telephone service, but the company has already successfully passed similar legislation in 19 of the 20 states where it is the legacy phone service. "While most customers are enjoying updated technologies today, including wireless service and modern landline service, AT&T currently continues to sell and provide traditional landline phone service to our customers."
Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group -- people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Braswell and her family are part of the 45.9 percent that still have landline phones. The remaining households have no phone service at all. More than 39 percent of U.S. households -- including Braswell's -- have both landline and cellphone service.
I may be a millennial, but I'm one of the millennials who still remembers a time before cell phones. Today, having a single landline for an entire household just seems insane, but back then it was actually kind of nice. I was able to spend my childhood riding my bike and playing outside instead of hunched over Candy Crush. Reason #1 landlines are not obsolete: So we can call dogs. Don't get me wrong, I love my smartphone, and I probably couldn't last a week without it, but there are times when I miss the good ol' days of not being expected to carry a mobile tracking device around with me at all times.
Landline phones are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. According to a U.S. government study released Wednesday, more than half of American households - 53.9% - had only smartphones in the second half of 2017. It marks the latest evidence that the trend of ditching landline phones is only expected to increase as time goes on. According to a US government study released Wednesday, more than half of American households - 53.9% - had only smartphones in the second half of 2017 The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a unit of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention which was behind the study, said the number of'cordless' households increased 3.1 percentage points since the second half of 2016. The number has increased rapidly over the last decade and is largely in line with the advent and rise of smartphones.
Many people can already buy TV and Internet service from Google Fiber. Now, the company that brought gigabit speeds to Austin and Kansas City is moving deeper into the telecom industry by offering its own bundled telephone service. For 10 a month, Google Fiber customers soon will be able to buy an add-on known as Fiber Phone -- a service that, according to a company blog post, appears to mimic much of the functionality of Google Voice. Voicemail on Fiber Phone can be automatically transcribed and sent to your email. You'll get unlimited domestic calling, as well as international calls at Google Voice's rates.