Cable Vs. Landline Phones

by Michael Ryan

A cable phone makes use of high-speed broadband networks to transmit voice calls, while a landline phone makes use of fiber-optic phone lines. Both systems are similar in function but go about transmission differently.

Features

Both cable and landline phone system offering long distance calling, caller identification, three-way calling and call waiting. However, most landline phone carriers charge for this while it is included in cable phone plans.

Benefits

Landline phones offer uninterrupted service, as their power source is built into a phone line, while cable phones require an external modem that is connected to a power plug; this connection can be interrupted during power outages.

Identification

Cable phones use a high-speed modem that has a phone line output or an adapter that allows phones to be connected. Landline phones connect directly to a wall-mounted phone jack to get a signal.

Significance

Cable phone services allow cable television providers to offer phone services coupled in packages that include television and Internet services. This has driven service costs lower, forcing landline carriers to increase their offerings while decreasing prices.

Misconceptions

A fax machine can be used over a cable phone. However, because the Voice over Internet Protocol system transmits data less efficiently than a landline, it may take several attempts for the fax to send properly.

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About the Author

Michael Ryan is a freelance writer with professional experiences in the auto industry and academic training in music. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Olivet College. Since college, he has been a featured speaker at music conferences at the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. Ryan is a published writer, with work featured on websites including eHow and CarsDirect.com.

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