POTS lines have served as a great telecommunication medium since 1876 but they’re to retire pretty soon. Putting aside the long-lasting service of POTS lines, they hold certain downsides like high costs. That’s where newer communication protocols like wireless phone service and VoIP come in. They’re a solution to POTS lines’ drawbacks and are rapidly replacing them.
But if you’re still a POTS line user, you must know that most telecom providers are shutting down their POTS lines due to the FCC's recent announcement (more on this below). In this article, we’ll look at why POTS lines are going away and the best replacements available. Let’s dive in.
POTS stands for Plain Old Telephone Service. It’s a telephone service that uses a copper wire network for voice transmission. The POTS telecommunications standard came out in 1876 and has been widely used for networking by using a twisted pair of copper wires. But the use of POTS decreased as Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) was introduced in 1998.
The POTS telecommunication service uses a twisted pair of copper wires to connect two or more telephones. A telephone converts the user’s analog voice signals into electrical signals that can pass through the copper cable.
When the electrical signals reach the other user, they’re again converted into analog signals to make them audible. The equipment cables and connection lines used for establishing a POTS network are generally termed PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).
It's high time you should consider replacing POTS lines. Here’s why:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that large telephone services will be free to cease their POTS lines from August 2, 2022. As a result, many giant providers have already switched to cellular or VoIP networks and terminated their traditional POTS lines services. So, if you’re seeking a long-term communication solution, POTS lines are not the answer.
Getting a POST line requires establishing an extensive copper wire connection between the end-users, which can be quite expensive and time-consuming.
Plus, maintaining a copper wired connection is also challenging. You might need to hire someone to help you set up the connection. Also, if the connection breaks because of a storm or another reason, you’ll have to fix it on your own.
The newer cellular and VoIP landline services offer wireless phone services to eliminate all these issues. This way, they become a more cost-effective and user-friendly solution compared to POTS lines.
The traditional POTS lines have various limitations, like a fixed location. They’ll require operating your telephone only from the areas they cover. Similarly, you’ll be limited to using your telephone from a certain location in your home. Plus, if you plan on increasing the number of telephones at your home or office, you may need to install more copper connections accordingly.