Technology is a field that evolves very rapidly, either out of necessity or through consumer demand. What once used to be the latest and greatest will eventually become obsolete, replaced by newer and hopefully better technology. Here are three home technologies that are going away and how they are being replaced.
- Landline Phones
Landline phones exploded in use throughout the middle of the twentieth century. This enabled people to communicate with others much more quickly and efficiently than before. However, the increasing use of mobile phones in the late 1990s through today has made it easy for households to do away with their landline phones and exclusively use personal mobile phones. Cellphones usually come with other features besides the ability to make calls, such as texting and GPS navigation, making them a convenient option when traveling.
However, there remain disadvantages to going fully mobile, such as receiving worse cell quality in remote areas and less reliability when calling emergency services. Some other alternatives to landline phones include voice over internet protocol phones and online services that offer voice and video calling.
- Cable Television
Cable television is still ubiquitous in many households but is being replaced by streaming services, often offered by the cable networks themselves, as well as online platforms that allow people to watch shows, movies, and news on demand. Some of the benefits of cable include the ability to watch sports and other broadcasts live, as well as the opportunity to choose a cable package with a limited selection of channels or a wider selection including premium channels at a more expensive price point.
Today, streaming services often offer a larger selection of shows and movies for even lower prices. Most streaming services allow you to pay by the month and give you the option of streaming on more than one device at a time.
- Incandescent Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are still easy to find, but are slowly becoming regarded as more expensive and less environmentally friendly than compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diodes. CFLs and LEDs work in most modern light fixtures and are a good investment for your lighting needs, especially considering the fact that many U.S. states are starting to limit the use of incandescent lights. CFLs and LEDs generally last longer than traditional light bulbs, leading to less hassle in replacing bulbs.
Consider these three home technologies and their replacements the next time you are looking to save money or upgrade your house.