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Landline Users Are Avoiding The Nationwide Landline Shutdown With This New Service

Big phone companies like AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, and CenturyLink are shutting off their copper wire phone service across the country, as it's become unprofitable for them to offer the service. Millions of people have found themselves with just 30 days to find a new phone provider.

But many have gotten ahead of the shutdown by upgrading their service to Community Phone, a home phone service alternative that doesn't require copper wire or an internet connection, and in most cases at a lower price.

Community Phone has helped tens of thousands of landline customers continue using their home phone and phone number despite the "nationwide landline shutdown."

Sam Fenessy, an 87-year old New York resident who had been with his landline provider for over 40 years, was shocked to learn that his provider was dropping him.

"I got a letter in the mail on February 6, telling me they were shutting off my landline service on March 1," says Sam. "I couldn't believe it; I had less than a month to find another provider or else lose the number I'd had for 40 years."

A letter from a major telecom provider sent to landline customers

A letter from a major telecom provider sent to landline customers

Why are companies getting out of the landline business?

According to an AT&T spokesperson, there's been "a decline in demand for telephone services provided over copper networks," as many people have "cut the cord" and gotten rid of their landlines in favor of cell phones. As a result, the cost of maintaining the copper wire landline infrastructure has gotten too high for companies like AT&T.

With costs rising, the cost of landline service has gone up, and the quality of service has declined.

Finally, landline users like Sam, who rely on the familiarity of their landline phone and the peace of mind of knowing it will work if the power goes out, were told they would have to switch to internet-based home phone service or risk losing their landline service forever.

That's when Sam found Community Phone. Within a few days of ordering, Sam was all set up. "It couldn't have been easier. They shipped me the base unit, I plugged my phone into it and was up and running."

Community Phone works via a Landline Base unit (pictured below). Customers just plug the Base into a power outlet and plug the landline phone into a phone jack on the base.

A letter from a major telecom provider sent to landline customers

It doesn't require copper cables, internet, or a pre-existing cell phone service, and it works with just about any landline phone. And the Base has a backup battery that allows it to work without power for up to 26 hours.

"The service is exactly the same as my old service, but I'm paying less than half of what I was before," says Sam. "And with the spam call blocking, all the robocalls I used to get have stopped."

Plans start at $39.99 per month for unlimited nationwide calling. They are also offering a deal for folks who are switching from their old landline provider—up to four months off when you pay for a year of service upfront.

Folks can go to the Community Phone website here and enter their address to check for coverage. Community Phone also offers a 30-day refund if you find that the service is not as good as your old landline phone service.

For landline users like Sam, Community Phone is a lifesaver. "It's good to know there are companies out there who are helping people like me keep their landline phones."