En español | More Americans are ditching their telephone landlines.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which regularly tracks telephone usage, says the number of U. households relying only on cellular devices for phone service jumped to more than 35 percent by the first half of 2012 from about 20 percent in 2008.
Medical alert services and remote monitoring of medical devices such as pacemakers that are designed for traditional landlines may or may not "work on an IP substitute and will absolutely not work on wireless," he says.
Feld says landlines could become an endangered species.
"If they don't have enough backup battery power for these towers, your cell services will disappear," says Barbara Cherry, a professor in the telecommunications department at Indiana University and a former senior counsel at the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis.
"Reverse 911 calls" — prerecorded robocalls that enable authorities to notify people about imminent dangers such as tornados — don't automatically contact cellular or Vo IP phones.
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