Flowers, perfume, and jewelry? If you really want to show your paramour how much you adore her or him, try getting the person a landline. It could be the ultimate, even if your beloved is an iPhone snob or avid Android fan.
It might seem out of date and needlessly worrisome, but the reality is that in an emergency, only a landline will do. There’s no better way to show people you care than by prioritizing their safety.
Of course, mixing in a dinner or massage with wouldn’t hurt. But by combining whimsically romantic with the practically useful, you’ve got all your bases covered.
Still not convinced? Here’s the ultimate list of why landlines are the perfect gift for people in a relationship and why everyone needs one.
1. Natural disaster connections
During major disasters such as Katrina and Sandy, there was so much smartphone traffic that many people couldn’t get through to their loved ones. Some discovered they could still send texts, but the lag time was huge; others were stuck not knowing if their family members and friends were safe.
Landlines don’t have that same problem, partly because fewer homeowners have them anymore.
2. Tracing calls
This isn’t meant to be a creepy, stalker thing, but if your loved one ever needs to call 911 but can’t speak, the operator can quickly trace the call and send for help. That isn’t the case with a smartphone.
Nobody likes to think about such situations, but it’s always better to be prepared for the worst than not at all.
3. No battery trouble
In some emergency situations, it’s not that the lines are locked up, but a charger can’t be found. Meanwhile, running all those apps has sucked the battery life from your smartphone.
Landlines don’t have this problem, either. To play it safe, have a landline on both the upper level of a home and the lowest so you’re ready for anything.
4. Lower bills
Unless you’ve put together a very creative “framily” plan, you’re likely paying extra for unlimited calls. Landlines are incredibly affordable, and you can nix some of those minutes on your smartphone plan.
Even better, if you combine cable, Wi-Fi, or other services with your landline, you can get it for next to nothing.
Going old-school clearly has some upsides, especially if you’re of the mindset that you’d prefer to be prepared for disaster. Just make sure you have your speech prepared, otherwise you might get a blank look when your significant other opens the gift.