Connectivity over the Atlantic
The opportunities that are brought by the USA, and the cultural and historical richness of the European space, makes their inhabitants very likely to move between them, making something very close to unseen links or strings between the two continents. Many people from Europe, but not only, are "fleeing" towards a better life, as they believe it to be, just as some americans are simply falling in love with the Europe, and tend to visit so often, that eventually, some end up settling down for good, into some of this locations. Because of that, they still need to keep in touch with whoever they knew back at home, so, among the many options they have, there is also the classic phone call.
Sometimes just better
Just as the railroads, landlines do not seem to get old, as their particular use remains unchanged. When using them to call, there are some notable advantages, which still stand out as helpful alternatives for people, in spite of the fact that they are not considered to be"in accordance" with the tendencies of the age.
One would be the stability. Instead of having to rummage through your things in search of your phone when you need to make an important call, or actually get the scare that you lost that expensive new phone, when it's just in a forgotten pocket; all you have to do is to get to where your actual phone is, and do what you need to do. It is much like the fridge or the washing machine: it doesn't easily move somewhere else, winning in terms of reliance at home. Also, no worries about the batteries, unless it is a wireless type, which again, is ready and charged in most cases, since it just stands on the "base" if its not needed.
During a long conversation, it is again more convenient to have a simple handset, that you can hold however you like, while lying down on a bed/sofa; than risk to have your head microwaved throughout longer periods of time, by your cellphone, which is not only emitting a mild, but actually a strong amount of radiation during intensive usage.
Apart from those technical details, one more factor is simply an individual's own preferences, which usually seems to have the greatest influence when making the choice. Many people have that friend who just gets lost in an antique store, and doesn't leave there without at least one new souvenir. In this case, it is almost certain that they would prefer a fancy vintage phone, which would just add to the classy atmosphere at home. Also, many families still have a home phone, whether it is because they actually need it, or simply due to the "traditional" habit of just owning one for the house. So no matter if they use it daily or scarcely make a call once in a few months, it is there, and it is ready.
Since novelty usually comes with a matching price, calling to landline is also cheaper. Phone companies like AOL, Virgin Mobile and BT, tried to keep up by lowering the prices. Even calling international is cheaper for landlines, so it becomes a big deal, especially when it involves constant and/or long calls.
Nalotel also provides small rates for calling landlines in Europe, Usa, Asia, and almost all the other regions.
Reaching the cell-phones/smartphones
Of course, using a cell-phone has it's advantages too, one of the most important being that it doesn't hinder the mobility, making it more suited for those who are traveling, or simply need to call on the go, on on the street, at work, in parks, etc; or just when they are not at home.
Whether it is for Europe, Asia, Australia, USA/Canada, etc, there is always a solution, and a price if you want to call a cellphone.
One trick to call for free
If neither of the other options feel suited for you, or are still too expensive, there is this one as well: VoIP. It lets anyone connected to a network to call for free without much trouble, except for the fact that in most cases, the users need to use a certain software in order to establish the connection.
Apps are available for pretty much any internet-related business, this including international calls. Many of them are free and provide free services, with an option to pay for more, such as Skype, Nalo, Fring, etc.
If you are using Nalo to call landlines in European countries, such as England, Romania, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Estonia etc, the rate for calling those who do not have the app installed, through the app, is around two cents per minute, and there are chances that you find suited rates for mobile as well.