We don't have to be an expert to predict that the end of landlines is nearing. With the use of cellphones and the option of VOiP services like Magic Jack and Skype, it's just a matter of time before the only place to see a landline phone will be in a museum or old movies.
But at least let's see some of the current alternatives so we can make the transition with style!
This is a landline phone with an identity crisis. This phone is powered by Android and can check email and web through WiFi (it can even make phone calls through Skype!). It features a 2.8" touchscreen and a speaker equipped base station (which is also a charger), so you can play tunes through the base while not being used as a main phone. This would be a good option for when you cannot break ties with your local telephone company.
The ProFrame 7 combines VoIP phone functionality with multimedia communications and information center that converges voice, video, and data into a single device. The 7" touch screen display provides interaction with the device's menu for navigation for easy access to contacts, instant messaging, voicemail, calendar, call logs, memos, news, stocks, weather, and many other useful services.
The Punkt. DP 01
Thanks to Jasper Morrison for this great update on a dying technology. It's new and fresh; the phone can be dialed while on it's cradle and can hold up to 100 contacts. Easily to check for new messages using the visual interface by date; this enables you to select directly the messages you are interested in, without having to listen to the whole recorded time sequence. (kind of like visual voicemail, first implemented on the iPhone). The handset is specifically designed to be stable on a flat surface, in order to let you have a convenient hands-free communication while being busy with some activity.