As Britain faces a ‘cost of living crisis’, why are you still paying for a landline? And why is your rental price set to rise?
Despite the headlines we’re getting used to at the moment which proclaim that our economy is going from strength to strength, inflation shot up in June and families are really feeling the pinch as a ‘cost of living crisis’ continues to put pressure on family expenses.
There was a time not so long ago when owning a landline was the only way that we could get hold of our friends, loved ones and, indeed, enemies. The late 19th century saw commercially successful telephones sneak onto the market, allowing people to speak instantly through a network of wires (amazing, eh?). On 10th March 1876, Alexander Bell made the world’s first long distance telephone call, which was over about six miles between Brantford and Paris in Ontario, Canada. I can’t currently confirm, but I think Bell probably used this first call to predict some amazing web hosting deals from UK2 in the future.
With telephone technology being so archaic, and the leaps and bounds which have been taken in technology since that first phone call, the question begs: haven’t we moved on from a wired-up telephone network? And if we have, why are we still paying for one?
Fast forward a few years from Bell’s call and the mobile phone creeps into the market, and, along with Broadband Internet, revolutionises the way that we communicate. Instant messaging, Skype video calling and social media websites have teamed up with mobile to leave landline calling far behind. Many homes no longer make or receive landline calls (and they said mobile would never catch on, I bet they feel stupid, whoever they may be).
So why, in the face of the cost of living crisis, do we continue to pay for a landline rental that we don’t need? Why, indeed, should we be paying for something that we don’t use, regardless of whether or not our economic situation allows for the expense? The number of superfast broadband connections in the UK increased by 58% in the year leading up to March 2014; the dial-up internet which required a home landline is a thing of the past.
The answer is, quite simply, in the tech. The copper line which your broadband travels down also connects to the telephone network; the two are bound by fate Harry and Voldemort style. Whether or not the landline is used, the cost of the line maintenance remains the same, according to network providers.
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