If you’re young enough, you may find it almost impossible to believe that in the not-so-distant past, home phones didn’t have screens and were usually attached to the wall. If you were lucky, you had a long cord attached to the receiver, which might let you take it into the next room. Leave the house with the phone? No way.

Doesn’t everybody nowadays use a mobile device for local and long distance phone service? Apparently not, and the federal government keeps track. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 43% of American households still use a landline as a home phone.

Busting stereotypes

It would be easy to assume that the 54% of Americans who’ve migrated away from physically connected home phones to mobile devices are younger. And while it’s true that 75.6% of adults aged 25–29 lived in households with only wireless phones, only 67.1% of adults 18–24 did so. In other words, the study demonstrates that having a traditional home phone more likely has to do with living arrangements than with age. Here’s an example.

About 23% of adults at any age who lived with unrelated non-family roommates had a home phone. However, the percentage of home phones grows to 40% if you compare it to adults of any age living with just their spouses.

Why we’re keeping that home phone connected

Lifestyle changes appear to be just as important as living arrangements when factoring why 43% of us still have a home phone. Those who keep them around have also discovered that this old dog has some new tricks.

With fiber optics networks quickly spreading throughout the country, many home phones can now take advantage of digital options. Why fight with signal strength and indoor coverage issues that your mobile device can throw at you? Don’t worry. Most of today’s home phone systems are very reliable and have wireless receivers so you can go anywhere in the house with them.

Modern home phone systems also offer advanced features that integrate with other technology and smart devices you may already have in your home. It’s possible, for example, to have Universal Caller ID flash up on your TV screen to let you know who’s calling on your home phone.

There’s more.  Everybody’s worried about security these days. Home phones connected to physical lines are difficult to intercept. Conversations and data sent or received over cellular networks are susceptible to being hacked. Landlines provide comfort in knowing what you say remains your business.

Home phone systems also tend to be more rugged and comfortable to use because they weren’t designed to fit in your pocket. Plus you won’t be as concerned about dropping it and shattering the screen, and its always on – no battery worries, and the connection is always crystal-clear. Learn more about our digital phone plans for your home or business.