There is no denying, land lines (Festnetz) at home for phoning are in decline everywhere including the Rhine Ruhr region. Vast numbers of customers have understandably disposed of phones attached to the wall. Younger people especially fail to see the necessity to be “immobile”.
The benefit of a land line may still be a stable infrastructure and better acoustics in the home. Or the possession a very fast internet connections for all web activities and streaming tv.
The major provider is Telekom, mobile suppliers such as Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus also offer deals. Cable companies also offer land lines. Stores can be found just about everywhere in Rhine Ruhr for those preferring personal service to online shops.