Why You Should Always Have a Corded Phone in Your Home

 Why You Should Always Have a Corded Phone in Your Home

Communications technology is a constant presence in my life. I find myself texting, messaging, Face-timing, emailing, tweeting and snap-chatting sometimes simultaneously and never from the same location. In contrast, communications technology in my early life consisted of stretching the long, winding cord of my home telephone from the kitchen to the hallway for a private conversation with a friend. At that time, I dreamed of a phone with no strings attached. The advent of the cordless home phone, followed by the universalization of smartphones, made my childhood dreams a reality. However, as an adult, I understand the critical importance of keeping a corded phone connected at my home.  And, here’s why you should always have at least one corded phone at your home or business.


Cordless phones require electricity to their base unit in order to operate. What happens to a cordless phone during a power outage?  It simply won’t work. Some models have a backup battery built in, so they will work, but only for a limited time. A traditional corded phone does not require electricity and will continue to operate through an extended power outage.

If your telephone and internet service is provided over a Fiber Optic Network, you may remember when the technician installed a “Giga-Center with battery back-up” in your home. It is important to understand that these fiber-optic battery back-up units are intended to power only the telephone and internet Optical Network Terminal (ONT) equipment and cannot power cordless phones, TV’s or set top boxes. For uninterrupted telephone service during a power outage, a corded phone is your answer.

The use of corded, landline phones is not antiquated. It’s about being smart, empowered and prepared to ensure your family can communicate in the event of a power outage. It’s an easily forgotten, but easily obtained, $12 – $48 investment in your family’s safety.

As your local communications provider, we encourage you to shop our selection of affordable corded landline phones. Call our Customer Experience Department at 1-800-478-6409 to purchase a landline for your home today!