In many households, the landline is a honey trap for telemarketers.
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Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group – people with a landline phone at home.Braswell and her family are part of the 45.9 percent that still have landline phones.More than 39 percent of U.S. households – including Braswell's – have both landline and cellphone service. The landline comes in handy when someone misplaces one of the seven cellphones kicking around her three-story house in a Birmingham suburb. The survey doesn't get into why people ditch or keep landlines, though landline users cited a number of reasons for hanging on in phone interviews and email exchanges with the Associated Press.Both kinds of landline phones are more dependable for 911 .In many households, the landline is a honey trap for telemarketers.The landline harkens to an era in which a number is tied to a family and not an individual.USTelecom, a trade group for traditional phone companies, estimates that true landlines – the copper kind – now connect fewer than 20 percent of households.Even so, phone companies get new landline customers now and then.
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