And understanding how corded phones work.

Why you need a corded phone in your home

Why Do I Need a Corded Landline Phone?

A landline provides a number of benefits that a mobile phone can’t. (To know more about why, read our blog Top 5 Reasons to Have a Landline.) But did you know that when it comes to choosing equipment, you should pick a corded phone over a cordless phone? A corded phone adds even more reliability and consistency to your phone service, which is what most people are looking for when they get a landline. In order to understand why you need a corded phone in your home, you first should understand how they work.

How do Corded Phones work?

If you have phone service from a fiber optic provider like SkyLine/SkyBest, your corded phone has a battery back-up unit that gives you uninterrupted access to phone service. This battery doesn’t supply power to your phone set or other devices, but instead, it powers the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) that provides your dial tone service during a power outage. This means, if your power goes out, your actual landline phone service will continue to be up and running.  Because it is directly connected to that service, a corded phone will continue to work; however a cordless phone would not.

How Do Cordless Phones Work?

​Cordless phones require electricity to their base unit in order to operate, meaning during a power outage, you will not have access to phone service. Some models do have a backup battery built in, but they are only meant to last for a limited time. In this case, the potential convenience of a cordless phone is far outweighed by the reliability and consistency of a corded phone.

When looking at the reasons to get a landline, having a corded phone makes the most sense. A corded phone requires no electricity, meaning in the event of a power-outage, you still have the capability to contact your loved-ones. It is a constant safety-net that you never have to worry about. Additionally, in the case of an emergency, you will always know the exact location of the phone, giving you a better chance at making an emergency call in a timely manner.

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