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There are some very good reasons to have a landline in 2014 … in addition to your smartphone, of course. You’ve got much greater security on a landline.

If an emergency happens and you have to call 911, that call can be traced — which is not the case with a smartphone. Your address instantly pops up on the dispatcher’s screen.

That can save lives, especially if children need to place the call and are already dealing with a traumatic situation. Of course, if the person calling can’t speak for any reason, the traceability is also vital; simply put, landlines have a solid 911 connection.

The good news about the decline in landline usage is that bundling landlines with other features such as cable or Internet service has become highly affordable. With the right package, it’s basically free, so you might as well get that added security.

If you’re desperate for an Internet connection, you can depend on DSL in a pinch. It’s not going to be the Internet you’re used to, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Throwback Thursday every day

Depending on your age, you might remember the days of telephone conversations. Unfortunately, texting has pretty much put a stop to those.

But with a landline, you can enjoy a clearer connection, no dropped calls, no buzzing, and being “forced” not to multi-task (as much) as you often are on a smartphone. It’s actually an added convenience, and you’ll have no worries about whether you’ll get a good connection with a landline.

If the power goes out and your smartphone battery is low, you’re pretty much out of luck. But if you have a landline, that should still work, as some people discovered after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy had hit them.

If you need to reach someone on a landline, a power outage won’t stop you. This is extra security in a tight situation, especially if there are elders involved or you’re not with family when disaster strikes.

Tackling privacy issues

Landlines are more secure and private than mobile phones because there’s no risk of radio frequency interception. You may not know it, but mobile phones are highly vulnerable to eavesdropping.

Thieves can use simple devices such as other cell phones to listen in to your calls, find out when you’ll be out of town on vacation, and even steal credit card information if you share it during a business over the phone. Even the FBI is getting in on eavesdropping via cell phones, so you might want to be more careful with your private calls.

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