Benefits and Importance of a Landline Phone

Nowadays when someone mentions a landline phone it seems like no one knows what you are taking about. With the rise of cell phones in the last decade or so, most people have completely forgotten about the benefits of having a landline in your home.

Provides security in emergency situations

Having a landline connection can be beneficial in many ways during any form of emergency situation. When severe storms and heavy winds happen, it can very easily disrupt communication services. While cell phone service has drastically improved, reception can be spotty in certain areas. If you’re only connection is a cell phone and your provider network goes down, a landline can provide a lifesaving backup.  A corded landline phone does not require electricity and is an alternate way to communicate during storms. You never know when an emergency may arise where you could potentially need police, fire, or medical services and having a landline can provide much needed piece of mind. While cell phones do include GPS abilities, a landline can allow emergency services to immediately locate where the call is originating from. This may only save a few seconds of time, but those seconds can matter in any crisis situation.

Eliminates charging

Landlines offer a refreshing break from the endless cycle of charging that accompanies our modern communication devices. Landline phones eliminate the need for charging, which can provide a reliable and uninterrupted connection. We all hate when your battery dies when you need it most. Forgetting to charge your cell phone, or having the battery die on you is not only frustrating, but very inconvenient if you need to make a phone call. By having a landline, you never have to worry about your battery level when you need it most. You never have to fear about battery levels with a landline connection.

Offers phone access for younger members of your household

While it may seem impossible nowadays, there are some young teens that do not have access to a cell phone. Cell phones can be expensive and not everyone can afford to buy the newest device for their young kids to use. By having a landline in your home, it allows younger members of your home to have access to a phone without the high price tag. Having a landline could provide safety and peace of mind to parents out for a night on the town, knowing that the babysitter has access to a stable phone connection to reach out and 911 if needed.

Gives clear quality of sound

Have you ever been on your cell phone and could not hear what the other person was saying to you because they hit a ‘dead’ zone? We have all been there. With a landline phone, the quality of sound and clarity is way better than any cellular phone. This can be very helpful when having important conversations or even for those that are hearing impaired.

Landlines offer several benefits to make them a valuable addition to any home or office. They are reliable, secure, and provide high-quality voice communication that be essential in emergency situations. While cell phones have started trending towards being the new norm, landlines still have a valuable place in our lives and will continue to be a reliable communication tool for many years to come.

Call us today to inquire more about the home phone services we offer.


The Fibre Optic Advantage: Illuminating the Benefits of Lightning-Fast Connectivity

All we hear about now in the telecommunications business is fibre, fibre fibre. But have you ever really wondered what all the commotion is about fibre-optic cable? Well let’s tell you a little more.

How Fibre Optics Works

Fibre optic cable consists of thin strands of glass or plastic known as optical fibres, which carry information between two places using only optical technology. This light-based technology can carry around 25,000 telephone calls and each strand of fiber cable can have a few as two strands or as many as several hundred.

There is a lot to learn about fibre but let’s make it simple. Light travels down the fibre optic cable by bouncing repeatedly off the wall of the pipe. Now you might expect a beam of light, travelling in a clear glass pipe to simply leak out the edges, but fibre uses a phenomenon called total internal reflection. During this process the light in the cable hits the glass wall at a shallow angle (less than 42 degrees) and it reflects in again, as though the glass were a mirror. This is what keeps the light inside the pipe.

The other thing that keeps light in the pipe is the structure of the cable itself. It is made up of two separate parts; the core and the cladding. The core, located in the middle of the cable is where the light travels through and the cladding is a layer of glass wrapped around the outside of the core and its job is to keep the light signals inside the core.

Uses for fibre optic cables

Shooting light down a pipe seems boring, and you might not think there would be many practical uses for something like that, but there is surprisingly a lot of uses for it. Just like electricity can power many different types of machines, these beams of light can carry many types of information to different places- so they are in fact useful. The technologies that use fibre optic cable can range from computer networking, broadcasting, medical scanning, and military equipment. Many people may not have noticed how present the use of fibre-optic cable has become, but that is because we don’t see it every day. The laser-powered signals that fibre-optic cables carry flicker far beneath our feet.

Why should I get fibre?

There are many benefits to having fibre-optic internet. Overall, fibre’s design is simply better for data transmission over long distances than cable’s signals. Fibre internet is faster, more reliable, and has lower latency than traditional broadband. It is the perfect solution for anyone who requires reliable internet connection. Whether you are a gamer, a streamer, or simply someone who wants to stay connected, fibre has you covered. With lightning-fast speeds and unparalleled reliability, you will never have to worry about buffering or dropped connections again. So why wait? Switch to fibre today and start enjoying the internet; the way it was meant to be.

Why Choose Bruce Telecom as your Fibre Provider?

Here at Bruce Telecom, we represent all the ways that people connect and feel a sense of belonging. As the region’s local communications leader, we provide trustworthy home phone, freedom of mobile, access to high-speed internet and digital television. Across the region, all our customers have everything they need knowing they have access to reliable technologies.

Our employees are local themselves, not from a large corporate center or far off place. We love what we do because we are helping our local communities directly. We believe in community support and are active in lending a hand, giving back, and doing our small part – simply because it feels right.

Reach out to us today and let us know how we can support you!


Bruce Telecom Bringing Fibre to Chesley Home Service in April


Contact Information:
Tom Sullivan, President & CEO

January 15, 2019


Chesley, Ontario – Bruce Telecom is bringing Fibre to the Home Service to the residents of Chesley beginning in April 2019. Fibre optic service offers the fastest Internet speeds available, operating at the speed of light. By the time construction is complete, bandwidth capacity for Fibre to the Home Service will be offered at up to 1 gigabit per second to each home.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for Bruce Telecom to connect with the community of Chesley. We look forward to meeting all of the local residents and business owners very soon,” said Tom Sullivan at the Arran-Elderslie Municipal Council Chambers on January 14, 2019.

Construction will begin with the installation of conduits on the North side of the river, followed by the South side of the river, moving from East to West in each residential area. Downtown businesses will be serviced in the final phase of the project. Construction will commence in April.

A temporary pop-up store will open downtown on 64 1st Avenue South, next to the McIntee Real Estate office this spring and will be occupied until late autumn. The store will allow residents to sign up for the many highspeed Internet, phone, TV, streaming, wireless phone and bundling options in person.

Bruce Telecom will communicate the progress of each phase and will be setting up a phoneline dedicated to the project. A community townhall meeting will be scheduled in the coming months.

The Bruce Telecom story began when a group of farmers got together in 1911 to form the Bruce Municipal Telephone System. Now over 100 years later, with 75 employees and three stores all within surrounding communities, Bruce Telecom has positioned itself as a communications leader within the region. For more information please visit:

Free WiFi Now Available in Downtown Kincardine

Picture this…  

Strolling along the friendly sidewalks of beautiful downtown Kincardine, and you think to yourself – what is the most popular ice cream flavor in Canada?  Maybe chocolate, vanilla, or maybe it’s maple? The majority of us carry a cellphone that we quickly pull out to get immediate answers to our very important questions.

Now for the good news… you can answer all those trivial questions without touching your wireless data!

That’s right – we are pleased to announce that in partnership with the Municipality of Kincardine and the Kincardine BIA, Bruce Telecom is offering FREE WiFi in downtown Kincardine.

Whether you are a resident, or just here visiting (aka- here for the ice cream), we are offering top notch free Wifi on the sidewalks of downtown Kincardine.  From Victoria Park to Broadway we want your experience of our friendly community to be everything you imagined plus more!

Look for our FREE WIFI signs downtown Kincardine while enjoying the sights and sounds our community has to offer. And we fully expect to see #kincardineicecreamselfies all over social media!

Security is Key

The moment you lose your phone is usually sheer panic. Take a deep breath: you’ve taken all the measures to protect it…right?

If you haven’t already, here are some tips on mobile security for the next time you leave it in a coffee shop or washroom stall (we’ve all done it once).

  • Put a passcode on it. Yes, it locks every minute or so but this will make it harder for others to get into your phone.
  • Locate it – duh! Some smartphones have the capability of being tracked by another device. If you’re able to add that capability, you may find your mobile on the beach where you left it!
  • Wipe it clean – not (just) literally. If you think someone has your smartphone, sometimes you can set up a remote wipe. Remember to have a backup of personal items so you can do so confidently.
  • Fight the urge. Public Wi-Fi is not secure, so be attentive to what you’re using it for. Don’t do your banking while you’re at the coffee shop!

Keep Your Smartphone Battery Healthy

Our mobile devices have become our lifeline. It’s important to keep them healthy so that we can have them at our fingertips (literally). But, a fully-charged battery doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The biggest complaint with some mobiles is battery-life – and it’s usually a short one.

How can we prevent the slow electronic-sucking zombies from taking our battery-life? Keep it healthy.

Here are some tips on how to keep your smartphone alive longer:

  • Don’t overcharge. Most smartphones contain a lithium-ion battery, which means it needs to be treated differently. Keeping it charged more than 50% is important – but not at 100%. Somewhere between 50-80% throughout the day will give the lithium-ion battery a good workout without overworking it. When the percent starts to dip down, just plug it in a couple of times throughout the day to give it a little juice. Don’t go from zero to 100, as that is more damaging and straining on the battery.
  • Keep it cool. No one (or thing) likes to be overheated.
  • Check those apps. Some apps can be a real drain on your battery. Maybe you think the battery is dying, but really, all your games are running in the background. Check the settings to see what is running and when. Location Services is usually a culprit!
  • Sleep. We all love it, and your mobile does too. Turning your mobile off to give it some rest can help it charge more quickly. And, if you’re in a ‘dead zone’, your mobile will continue to search for a signal, whether it’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (which should be turned off unless you’re using it) or network – shutting it off will minimize its efforts.

Basically, treat your smartphone like you’d treat yourself – it likes to be comfy and relaxed too.