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Landline phones

(33 Posts)
mrsmopp Thu 23-May-19 11:51:48

I've been using the landline because it's compatible with hearing aids, but my phone has died. None of the phone shops sell landline phones any more as everyone has mobiles. It's either Amazon or Argos for a new phone. But for how long?
My other question is why does virgin and BT insist that we keep our landlines - they are part of the package with Internet and TV. I'm confused now.

Witzend Thu 23-May-19 11:59:37

Have a look online - John Lewis still sell landline phones. And I dare say e,g. Argos too. We recently got 3 new cordless ones - for bedroom, sitting room and kitchen.
Do mostly uses his mobile but I still prefer the LL when at home.

pinkquartz Thu 23-May-19 12:03:51

I only use a landline and I have bought a few phones on Amazon. They last well....I usually stick to buying BT basic phones.

For the other question I think it might be because the internet works in most homes via the phonelines?

glammanana Thu 23-May-19 12:08:57

We have to have a landline as our care line is run through it so I can't see LL phones not being available in the future what kind of problems would we have if mobile services went down for any length of time.
I have not used my mobile since I retired from fulltime work I just don't need to be in constant contact with anyone anymore thank goodness,if people need to speak to me they know my LL number and where I live,

boheminan Thu 23-May-19 12:38:37

I only have my landline and when the old set died a couple of weeks ago, I got a new one on Ebay - loads on there, reasonable prices.

kittylester Thu 23-May-19 12:53:52

I thi I Tesco sell phones. We use ours as our mobiles dont work inside!

RedRidingHood Thu 23-May-19 12:58:42

I would get rid of my landline like a shot if the mobile phone companies would improve coverage. We have virtually no signal which is a pain for online banking. We message friends and family on WiFi.

DillytheGardener Thu 23-May-19 13:01:59

I also much prefer the landline as 02 has very poor connection where I live, and the worst spot in my area seems to be my house!

Grammaretto Thu 23-May-19 13:31:04

I use the landline still. It's here in the house so if the house is burning down, I call 999, the fire engines will know where to come. wink
I know the number whereas apart from my own, I cant keep track of mobiles .
It doesn't need charging.
I know where the handset is as it's got a cord.
UK calls are included "free " with the BT package.
However I resent paying the admin costs each quarter so have considered giving it up.

tanith Thu 23-May-19 13:34:01

I’d give it up like a shot as I hardly use but I’ve found BTs internet to be totally reliable over the years so I have to stick with them 😡

BlueBelle Thu 23-May-19 13:41:04

I ve got a couple of landline phones you can have if you want they are working but surplus to my requirements

kittylester Thu 23-May-19 14:09:15


kittylester Thu 23-May-19 14:35:18

I have no idea where that came from. hmmconfused

M0nica Thu 23-May-19 16:36:55

Wherever possible I give corporate organisations my landline number. I hate getting phone calls when I am out and about, doing shopping, walking in noisy busy streets etc etc.

fizzers Thu 23-May-19 17:41:42

I only have a landline because I have to have one with my Sky broadband/tv, I'll be honest , I don't use it and don't even know the number, I use the mobile all the time which works out way cheaper for me, but as regards landline handsets there are plenty out there, Argos, Ebay, Amazon, Tesco to name but a few

BlueBelle Thu 23-May-19 17:59:51

I ve just offered the poster two fizzers

NanaMacGeek Thu 23-May-19 18:42:22

Your internet connection is delivered over your landline unless you have it delivered as part of a cable TV package or live in one of the very few new-builds that have optic fibre to the house. Landline voice calls use the lower frequencies on the copper line into your house and internet connectivity to a router is provided by higher frequencies over the same copper cable (this is why you need a filter on all handset sockets to prevent interference).

There are plenty of handsets for sale, both corded and cordless, with and without answer machines, you just have to google them and shops like Currys have them on display.

Despite having mobiles, we still use a landline with a couple of cordless phones. The ringtone on the handsets is much louder, and we always know where they are. We can hear the answerphone message as it is delivered and decide whether or not to answer. We transfer calls between handsets and receive and send text messages. They have bluetooth connections so mobile phone contacts can be transferred to them wirelessly. Finally, as part of our broadband package, most landline calls to UK landlines and mobiles are free (with the usual exceptions which would also be expensive using a mobile).

mrsmopp Thu 23-May-19 18:43:56

Bluebelle, you are so kind! It's not often anyone offers me fizzers.....🙂
I'm getting a phone that is hearing aid compatible which mobiles are not. But mobiles are fine for texting and emails which landlines are not. I guess I need both.

PamelaJ1 Thu 23-May-19 18:52:22

It’s a good idea to have an old handset( not a cordless one) in case of an outage. The cordless ones don’t work without electricity.

callgirl1 Thu 23-May-19 23:57:42

I use the landline all the time, I have a mobile phone, but I hate the things. Hubby and I only bought them to keep in touch with our daughter when on holiday. Mine lives in the cupboard, comes out once a week when I go into town, just in case there are no taxis at the rank and I have to call for one.

FarNorth Fri 24-May-19 01:13:35

Just what I was coming on to say, PamelaJ1.

A corded landline phone still works during a power cut - a cordless one doesn't.

Moocow Fri 24-May-19 08:18:56

Like M0nica having a landline is very useful to give to certain people & organisations. I really do not want calls when I am out and about.

NanaMacGeek Fri 24-May-19 10:32:22

It's true that cordless phones don't work in a power cut. Power for phone calls is delivered along the landline cable to a corded phone. During a recent power cut I used my mobile phone to carry on with emails and internet transactions.

If I hadn't had my mobile phone with me yesterday, I would have missed spending time with my DGD when my DIL rang me to say school was closed for polling and asked what was I doing. I was at a garage waiting for my car to be fixed (not all that far away from them) so I was picked up and had a lovely day! A real treat as I don't see them very often.

BillieW Fri 24-May-19 16:37:29

We are with BT, we have handsets, and mobiles. We use Call Guardian, we also have an old phone, in case the electricity fails, as we get a poor signal of the mobiles at home! I only answer my mobile if it's one of my contacts, that is my recorded message, and it also asks them to leave a message. Whilst I get on average 4 non contact calls a week, they never leave a message as they are dialer generated!!!
My question is -- whenever I buy something and they ask for my email, my non contact list calls go up! So is it because they still sell the numbers?

GabriellaG54 Fri 14-Jun-19 20:46:03

Robert Dyas stores sell landline phones in 1s 2s 3s or 4s.