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What is a landline number?

Learn the basic definition of a landline number as well as what it can and can't do, why someone should have one, how to get one, and more.

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A landline number is just a regular phone number that relies on physical wires to enable voice calls. 

Before cell phones existed, metal or cable wires were the only way a phone in a home or office could place/receive calls.

A phone number for a cell phone wouldn’t be considered a landline number because it uses radio waves to transfer voice calls.

Even though many modern home phones or landlines are wireless, the cradles they’re connected to still rely on that cord connection.

That’s the reason people refer to ditching their landline in favor of a cellphone as “cutting the cord.”

So, if you have a landline and love it, what should you do? We’re going to get into detail about the pros and cons of keeping your landline, along with some options for introducing SMS.

Benefits of landline numbers

As of June 2020, more than 80% of individuals report having gone totally wireless. But for many organizations, landlines are still the go-to.

There are two major benefits to having one for your organization:

  • Stronger call quality: Thanks to the reliability of landlines, the call quality is often clearer.
  • Emergency outages: Landline numbers work even when the internet is out. Numbers associated with corded phones still function, even during an electrical outage. 

Due to the fact that traditional copper phone lines have their own power supply, they’re able to function normally, even during a blackout. This feature is crucial for call centers, or anyone who must stay available to callers at all times.

Limitations of landline numbers

On the flip side, landline numbers also come with a few negatives. Depending on your business needs, these may or may not become dealbreakers.

  • Directory listing: You’re automatically listed in directories and phone books. For many, this results in a higher volume of spam and sales calls.
  • Physical limitations: Even with a cordless phone, you are still limited to a certain area. You have to stay in the vicinity of your phone jack to answer calls.

Should I have a landline number?

After weighing the pros and cons, you might still be on the fence. We can’t make the call for you, but we will say this.

If your business has a lot of call traffic, having a landline is probably in your best interest. 

Still, the ability to communicate on the go is essential these days. Workspaces (and workers) are on the go, which means your communication tactics have to be, as well.

Here’s the good news.

You can have a business landline number and text-enable it without interrupting your voice service.

While calls may still be routed to a physical location, you have the option to communicate with anyone, anytime, through SMS.

Screenshot from SimpleTexting dashboard where you can text-enable your current number

When it comes to expanding your landline options, SMS is one of the best solutions there is. 

66% of consumers either prefer mobile messaging or consider it their second choice for communications when compared to phone and email.

How to get a landline phone number

If your business already has a landline number that you want to text enable, we can set up text message capabilities for your landline in a few simple steps.

If you don’t, or want to change your number, we can also work with you to secure a new number.

Your third-best option is to contact your desired phone service provider and ask for a rep to help set you up with a number and any necessary devices. 

The wrap on landline numbers

No matter what method you choose, connectivity is key. From calling to texting, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with the people you need.

If you’re a business that loves your landline too much to break up with it for good, but you’re still ready to join the wide world of texting, the good news is that you don’t have to choose.

Ready to get started? Try out SimpleTexting for 14 days, totally free. 

Meghan Tocci
Meghan Tocci

Meghan Tocci is a content strategist at SimpleTexting. When she’s not writing about SaaS, she’s trying to teach her puppy Lou how to code. So far, not so good.

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