Why Analog?

A surprising amount of people have bought the propaganda distributed by telecommunications corporations that “digital” is the future. Telecommunications service providers would like everyone to believe that digital communication is the future, simply because digital services are much cheaper for them to provide.

The reality of telecommunications is that analog, copper landline service is superior in basically every regard to digital and wireless services. But Big Telecom’s shareholders don’t want you to know that.

Concerning call quality, take a look at the diagram below. What type of transmission technology — analog or digital — do you think will provide the party on the other end of the line with most authentic and accurate reproduction of your voice?


When you use a digital transmission medium, your voice is literally split into 0s and 1s, and reassembled on the other end. One advantage of this method is that call quality is generally unaffected by line distortion. However, a well-built transmission medium should not be subject to line distortion in the first place.

When your voice is digitized, audio coming into your telephone’s microphone is sampled thousands of times per second. Because sound is naturally analog, some of the warmth and texture of sounds, including your voice, is lost in this process. VoIP, cable, and cellular phones all employ digital transmission. Traditional landlines transmit your voice in an analog format, which is one reason landlines have better call quality.

When your voice is transmitted digitally, each “sample” of your voice is tagged with the precise time it was recorded at, and then these packets are transmitted to its destination either by satellite, cellular links, or fiber-optic, and then reassembled in the correct order. Each sample does not have to take the same route.

When you make a telephone call using an analog landline, you are literally renting a continuous copper circuit between your telephone and the telephone of the party you are calling. Nobody else can use this circuit, and your voice is not changed at all when it is transmitted. Of course, it will not sound exactly the same as if the called party was standing next to you since it is an electric reproduction of your voice.

But let’s face it, most people, unless they’re audiophiles or musicians, aren’t going to be able to tell the difference between an analog and a digital wave. So why else should people be using analog landlines in the 21st century?

  • Power Outages — Corded landlines will work in a power outage. The central office has enough backup power to operate subscribers’ corded telephones for weeks, or even months if necessary.
  • Emergencies — Emergency dispatchers know your exact location when you call using a landline. Mobile phone coordinates are provided using triangulation, which is mediocre at best, and VoIP phones may provide no location at all.
  • Reliable — Your landline will work 99.999% of the time. That means you can get a dial tone for all but about 5 minutes throughout the year. Landlines are resilient, unlike electricity and digital and wireless communications. Even when cell phones, the Internet, and the electric grid fail, people can stay in touch using their landlines.
  • Security — Landlines are far more secure than digital and cellular services. Cellular phones and some digital phones are wireless, which means your data can literally be intercepted in the air. Digital phones utilize computer data networks and the Internet for transmission, and the Internet literally was not designed for secure communications. As we all know, anything that hits the Internet can be hacked. Landlines cannot be hacked, and tapping into the line requires direct physical access to it.
  • Robust — Corded landlines designed and built by Western Electric were built to last a lifetime – and most Western Electric phones ended up lasting longer than that. Corded analog phones literally will rarely need servicing or replacement, and often cost much less than their digital and wireless counterparts.
  • Ease Of Use — It is extremely easy to use a landline telephone. Digital and wireless systems are convoluted with menus, buttons, and overlays that often have nothing to do with voice calling at all.
  • Customer-Premises Equipment — Fax machines, answering machines, pacemakers, dial-up modems, DSL modems, and alarms are all designed to use analog landlines. Operation may be impeded or impossible with digital and/or wireless systems. Furthermore, you can use both an answering machine and voicemail with a landline, whereas you can only use voicemail with a cellular phone.
  • Required Infrastructure — Landlines only require a dedicated copper circuit connection to the central office. No towers, satellites, or other equipment is required.
  • Shareability — Landlines can be easily used by multiple people (just not at the same time).
  • Stationary — Corded landlines stay in the same place and do not wander around, which means you will always be able to find it in an emergency.

Who Needs Wireless?

Wireless has been rapidly welcomed into our homes and businesses. Wireless has eliminated the need for cables and instead supplanted them with the need for batteries. Often thought of as convenient, wireless companies make trillions annually due to the high demand for wireless technologies, but…

  • Wireless has been necessitated by neglect. The removal of payphones have forced people who would like to communicate on-the-go to lock themselves into the use of a mobile phone.
  • Wireless is slower. Power users always prefer hardwired Ethernet cables to Wi-Fi.
  • Wireless is easier to hack and is less reliable. And wireless is prone to interception and inferior call quality.
  • Wireless is dangerous. If this sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, consider that the World Health Organization classified radio-frequency radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen in 2011 and tens of thousands of peer-reviewed studies have linked wireless communications with varying health impacts.
  • Wireless is energy-intensive. Wireless communications require far more energy than their wired counterparts. In a world dominated by proposals to counteract climate change, wireless is anything but “green”.
  • Cell phones are not designed for 911. Today, 70% of calls to 911 dispatch centers are placed from cellular phones. That means 70% of calls to 911 dispatch centers arrive without exact location information.
  • Wireless has supplanted social interaction. No further explanation is required. A growing number of people are ditching their cell phones either because of health or social reasons.

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