UK to Hang Up on Landline Phones in 2025

By Paul Riegler on 25 August 2021
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Bell System Western Electric Model 302 dial telephone, ca. 1936

The traditional landline phone will be consigned to the rubbish bin by 2025, at least as far as telephone companies in the United Kingdom are concerned.

The move comes as the telecommunications industry wants to no longer have to maintain the cooper wires and switching gear required for landline phones and also wants to be able to offer more robust Internet services.

Telecommunication companies in Britain have told customers that they won’t need to get new phones or changetheir number, and that the changes will largely take place behind the scenes. They did however say that people might need to plug their phone into their Internet router to keep using it and basic Internet service would be required for the phone to work.

Around 6% of households in Britain  – roughly 1.5 million homes – do not have access to the Internet, according to Ofcom, the government regulator.

The upgrade will also impact alarm systems, phones in lifts, payment terminals and red telephone boxesthroughout the country.

The move has been compared to the switch in Britain to digital TV which took place in 2012, when broadcasters stopped transmitting traditional analog signals to household antennae.  The United States made the switch in 2009.

There is no official timetable in the United States whereby landlines would be discontinued but they are no longer available to new subscribers in many parts of the country.

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