For nearly 150 years people have been able to make phone calls from their home phone. The technology demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell in 1878 has been the cornerstone of all communications for over a century. From 2025 the copper-wire based technology used for making phone calls from home phones will be turned off. As a society we are moving quickly to living an online existence and the humble home phone is no exception. Everyone needs to have an internet connection by the time this change comes into effect, or you need to move your home phone on your mobile.
Give us a Bell
The home phone continues to evolve just as technology continues to improve the mobile phone. The copper wires that Mr. Bell had installed across the country to carry voice messages between families, friends, and businesses have supported the explosion in the home phone industry. They support billions of telephone calls every week. Since the introduction of the internet the humble home phone is slowly getting phased out. These copper wires will soon be completely replaced by faster, more efficient fibre-optic cables as the home phone gets switched over to an internet-based solution.
Futureproof your Home Phone
Just as the home phone is soon to become obsolete, internet phones have their own problems, and their popularity could be short lived. With the older generation needing tech support for internet connectivity and the UK population steadily aging, a simpler and easier solution is required.
Having your home phone on your mobile is a much easier solution. It is connected to the mobile network, so there is no need for the expensive and technically challenging connection to the internet. Internet calls regularly have connection problems. They always require a strong and consistent connection and since they are still over cables, can be affected by the environment.
Keeping your Old Number
When home phone technology gets upgraded in 2025 there is the opportunity to keep your old number. Users can simply unplug their home phone from the phone socket and switch it over to their home router or internet connection. This could mean buying a new home phone handset if your old one is not compatible. It could also mean losing your old number unless it can be ported over to the new provider. Having a virtual number now could be a solution and could prepare users for the switch over.
Porting a number over to a new provider can take up to a month. In that month your phone service might be affected. There are some numbers and some services that can not be transferred to your new provider. It is best to get ahead of the process and mobile technology is the way to do that.
Home Phone Numbers on your Mobile
Mobile technology is more reliable than internet connections and is better than the old copper-wire solution that is getting phased out. Everyone has a mobile phone, and everyone understand how to use it. Your mobile phone is rarely out of your sight, it is a comfortable device that can be taken with you everywhere you go. The safety and security that provides can be comforting for you, and your loved ones.
Having your home phone on your mobile provides even more security. People can always contact you. It is cheap to phone you, calling local, landline numbers are often free.
Speaking to people on your mobile does not restrict you to a location. You can walk around freely; you are not plugged in to a wall socket or sat at a desk. There is no need for long cables or those twisted wires that get tangled up in knots.
A good mobile phone is ergonomically designed and comfortably fits into the palm of your hand. It is far removed from the landline handsets that seemed so modern, so long ago!
Double the price, double the trouble
As the cost of living increases it is important to know where you can make cost savings to reduce your outgoings and have more money for the essentials in life. Having a landline contract and a mobile contract are services that overlap and could duplicate some costs for your family.
Paying just one fee for your mobile phone and adding a home phone to your mobile can save money, time, and effort. There are several services that offer a mobile landline number for reduced costs, better call quality and easier connections. Where the internet speed is unstable, or slow, this solution is not only ideal, but also necessary.
Setting up a home phone on your mobile is fast. There is no installation, no technical support problems, it is simply adding in the sim, or downloading the service on to your phone and you can start using it in minutes.
The Additional Benefits
You can have your mobile number for texting, mobile technology for connecting to the internet as well as a landline number or home phone on your mobile phone. Everything in one place is simply efficient.
If you have friends around the country, you could add on additional numbers in different geographical locations, so you are always local to the important people in your life.
Adding in international numbers for your friends overseas, or for your regular travel destinations means that your network knows how to easily contact you. Staying in contact keeps you safe.
Not being tied down to a desk, or your home means that you have more freedom. You can make and receive crystal clear calls anywhere you go. You could be in the garden, at the shops or out with friends, your home phone number is always on your mobile.
Landline technology is going to die a slow death, culminating in 2025 when it gets switched off. It is going to be replaced as society becomes more mobile. Mobile technology has been evolving over the last few decades, with smaller phones, more features and better quality calls.
Having your home phone on your mobile is the obvious progression.