When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is landlines.
In the age of the iPhone, when each person can have their own voice and data center that travels with them in their pocket (or sits on their desk), what's the point of land line.
Got no service? Your provider can set you up with a microcell to plug into your router. It runs off your cable data, adding full house-bound coverage.
Want to use traditional handsets that ring throughout the house? You can buy a Bluetooth adapter that hooks into your home wiring and distributes your phone service to the wired handsets.
So what's the point of a landline?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.
|No way. I went cellular ages ago.||1497 (50.0%)|
|I'd go cellular if I could get a microcell, but I can't so I haven't.||43 (1.4%)|
|We need a phone number that rings to the house regardless of who is at home with their cell. (And no, Google Voice won't help if all the cell phones are still commuting.)||304 (10.2%)|
|I've held onto my landline for emergencies.||676 (22.6%)|
|I have an Internet-based phone solution like Skype or Vonage.||287 (9.6%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||186 (6.2%)|