According to Ooma [www.ooma.com/]—the #1 rated VoIP service—the landline is still relevant in 2018.
Here's why landlines are a necessity for all consumers:
1. 911 CAN'T FIND YOUR SMARTPHONE'S LOCATION
As many as 95% of cellphones can't accurately share their location with 911 dispatchers—because 911 was designed for landline phones, meaning a VoIP phone service that offers enhanced 911 will always be able to accurately and immediately provide your location to first responders.
2. WHO'S THAT EAVESDROPPING ON MY SMARTPHONE CALLS?
There's a backdoor built into every cell phone call allowing anyone who can hack to listen in on your private conversations—but many VoIP landline services include state-of-the-art encryption to keep hackers out.
3. DON'T GO BROKE CALLING INTERNATIONALLY
Any international call using a cellphone involves expensive roaming charges, add-on plans, and even SIM card swapping. However, VoIP services offer much lower international calling costs—making it feasible to keep up with friends and family in other countries.
4. STOP DROPPED CALLS IN THEIR TRACKS
Home phones tap directly into your phone network, while VoIP phones use a steady internet connection—dramatically increasing voice quality and reception compared to a cell phone.
5. SLASH YOUR PHONE BILLS
VoIP phone service can cost as little as $4 a month, leading to savings of more than a thousand dollars on an average phone bill over a couple of years.