Although many have been quick to forecast the complete obsolescence of the landline in modern years, home communications and landline telephones still make up a major part of the communications infrastructure across the world. In a survey published by Firstsource in January 2014 it was noted that most people still maintain a landline.
This says something important about our home communications: they are valuable to us. The phone network has been a massive effort throughout the years on the behalf of countless individuals to build and maintain, and despite increasing wireless adoption is likely to stick around in one form or another.
As the survey above shows, even in the UK where mobile adoption is massively popular, people are not simply abandoning their landlines. So what does the future of the home phone look like?
Taking Advantage of the Inherent Benefits of the Landline
Having a hard wired connection comes with its perks. Virtually free of interference, much more difficult to intercept than wireless signals, and highly reliable, landlines are in their own way a much surer bet than mobiles. But perhaps the most exceptional feature of the landline is its ability to maintain function even in a power outage.
Basic land line phones need nothing more than the current from the phone line to operate, meaning the phone network can work even in emergency situations.
If mobile devices increasingly supplant home phones, the landline connection might be relegated to an emergency network. If the landline network more or less becomes a backup plan, we could actually see something of a de-evolution of the home phone, turning them into simple no-frills emergency devices which assume there is little or no external power available.
But an opposite trend seems to be occurring at the moment, with telephone manufacturers piling more and more features into the home phone. Models resembling smart phones have even gone so far as to introduce things like cameras and games to their touch screen phones, leaving one to wonder why you wouldn't just get a mobile. Such devices may be paving the way for a greater evolution of the home phone line, perhaps with it taking on the capabilities of sending multimedia such as photos and text messages, bringing the capabilities of it up from just audio and into a wide range of communication possibilities.
The All In One Communications Portal
The trend towards home phones imitating smart phones could be the forerunner of a completely integrated device, which handles both mobile and home communications. It is already possible using the liGo Bluewave as a middleman device and it is possible that technology will move away from the home phone as a hardware, integrating it more as a concept.
Instead of maintaining multiple devices, a single unit could get the job done, taking calls from your landline while your within your home range and otherwise sending them to voice mail and functioning as a normal mobile while out and about.
With the home phone as a concept, it can easily be diversified into a range of devices as has occasionally already been done with certain services. Phone calls could easily be taken on anything from your television, your computer, your tablet, or your smart phone – all seamlessly integrated and easily accessible.
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