What's one way of getting people to buy land-line phones again? Make them look cool. Another way is make it look like a cell phone. Bang & Olufsen has developed the BeoCom 5, a sleek, mobile phone-like device that they hope will make you want to gab on the phone at home like you are in high school again.
The cordless BeoCom 5 can store up to 400 contacts, two separate land-line phone numbers and it has Bang & Olufsen loudspeakers built-in for better conversations. It definitely would beat having to say "What?" fifty times over in the typical two-minute cell phone conversation. It also has this nifty button that lets you put people on hold.
While land-line phones are important for emergencies, a lot of people cut have them from their budgets these days and just pay for cell phones. However, since it has to be charged by being plugged into the wall, it will only last so long on battery power in a blackout.