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This emergency feature on your smartphone could save your life

In case you didn't know, aside from cable TV, there's another form of cord-cutting that's spreading - and that's cutting the traditional landline phone.

For many holdovers, however, a traditional landline is not just a nostalgic security blanket but it actually has one big advantage over mobile phones - emergency services calling.

It still holds true that landlines are more reliable in emergencies since copper phone lines have their own power supplies and won't go down in case a blackout occurs.

(Note: This might change soon though since landline providers are upgrading their equipment with newer technology that requires backup batteries during power outages instead.)

Additionally, since landlines are tied to an address, 911 dispatchers can accurately locate your house or apartment in case of an emergency. (A cellphone's GPS system can currently only provide an approximate location.)

But as people rely more on their mobile phones as their sole source of communication, how will this affect emergency calling to numbers like 911 or emergency contacts?

Click here to read more about who's keeping the landline.

However, despite these advantages during emergencies, if you have decided to completely ditch your landline, it's worth knowing that you still have good SOS options built-in to your smartphone.

This is an example of the valuable information we give you for free on Komando.com - everyone in your family needs to know about this.

Next page: SOS options for Samsung and Android users
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