Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as a main line, a landline is a term used to describe a telephone that is connected to other phones over a cable or any other line. This term is often used when comparing or describing a standard home phone to a cordless or cell phone that has no wires or lines.

Today, landlines are becoming less-and-less popular as people are switching to cell phones and VoIP. However, many still suggest having landlines in case of an emergency were to cause all mobile phones and Internet connections to go down or become overwhelmed.

Phone terms, POTS, Telephone