• Most people are leaving the landline entirely. I know because I sold bundle packages for tv phone and internet and most people never use their home phone any longer and want to be done with it.
  • Nope! Gave up my landline about five years ago, and I don't miss it or the telemarketing calls at dinner time.
  • doesn't make sense at all, thats why i still pay both. i have a land phone, magic jack, skype and my cell phone. need to drop the land line. soon.
  • It does if you think about the benefits of using a landline over a cell phone. Here's a list of them written by Taylor. I think many of these are still valid. I know that we still don't get cell service here and I'm not driving 1/2 mile down the road just to make a phone call so I don't have the choice. "More reliable 911 service. Currently, 911 operators have to call the phone company to find out who owns the cell phone and get the address. This decreases your response time for 911 calls. You may think, "Well, I'll just tell them where I live", but what if you couldn't? Also, if you have small children, and they need to call 911, can they give the info the 911 people need? Your land line is in then 911 system and even if you call 911 and promptly hang up, they respond, because they have all the info they need. You can't have a reliable burglar alarm system without a land line. You can have sirens, but there's no way for your alarm system to call the police or fire department. You can't have DSL service without a land line. Have cable Internet? If you lose power, you lose your cable and your Internet and your cable phone service. During a power outage, you don't lose your land line. You don't lose your cell phone, either, but what if the power outage lasts awhile? Cell towers will only run on a battery backup for so long, then they also die. What if your phone is on a low battery? Plug into your car charger? What good is that? Is your car in your living room? What if you misplace your cell phone? Can you find it if someone calls? What if the battery dies? With a land line, there's always another phone or another jack. What if you accidentally leave your phone somewhere? You can't screen your calls on a cell phone. You can see the number of the inbound caller, but you can't listen to the message as it's being left like you can on a good old traditional answering machine, and pick it up if it's important. Don't think this is an issue? What if your husband, wife, child broke down on the side of the road and used someone's cell phone to call you for help, or even walked to a payphone to call? On a pay phone, you can't even RETURN the call. If you make international long distance calls, you might be in for some seriously outrageous charges. You have to jump through hoops for a reasonable LD cell phone provider for international, in many cases. What if your phone breaks or malfunctions and you have a 'contract' with your cell phone company and they don't see eye to eye with you? You have to buy a new phone. If a land line phone breaks, you have to buy a new one, too, but they're everywhere, cheap, and you usually have more than one of them anyway. Minor hassles for everyday things, like ordering a pizza, for example. Some delivery places will still not accept a cell phone as verification. Also, just opening a checking account or other accounts that are common and you tend to take for granted. Applying for a loan, trying to buy a car, etc. Your cell phone can't be verified as quickly as your land line and you have to fax your bill to them to prove who you are and where you are. Your cellular network doesn't have nearly as many trunks available as your home phone. If something 'big' happens and you try to make a call, you'll likely not be able to connect with your cell. You'll encounter circuits busy conditions with your land line, as well, but not nearly as often as on a cell. Transmission issues. Cell phones break up. Landlines don't. Bringing this home is a very recent disaster that hit the state of Ohio. We actually experienced a 'hurricane'. Yep. You heard me right. Hurricane Ike came screaming through this land-locked state and knocked out power to over 2 million people. Many of those people were without power for over a WEEK. If you had a land line, though, your phone still worked. Hey, it's something. Can't charge your cell phone in a blackout, now, can you? Yep. Landlines are going the way of the dinosaur, but they are still useful, at least until technology catches up with our portable world."
  • That depends on where you live. If you live in an area with poor cellular reception, it might be a good idea to keep a landline just in case your cell isn't working and you need to place a call. In that case, you can use a cheap service like Vonage. But if you have great reception, you can probably ditch the landline.
  • We haven't had a land line for years and we have never missed it. We save almost $600 a year without it.
  • It depends on how much you use each one, or which one is the most commonly used. Some you don't have to worry about how many minutes you use, some you don't have to worry about long distance. There's also the issue of how cell phones get damaged, battery-drained, lost or stolen.
  • I have both. With a land line I don't have to worry about my calls being dropped, or interference from other technical services close by. I live alone and I feel more secure having two sources of communication in the event something happens and I can't find my cellphone, and/or the battery is low. If my cellphone is lost or stolen, I can still communicate without one. Both of my bills combined are about $75.00 a month. Most people I know pay more for just having a cellphone. My cellphone is for emergencies when I'm away from home. I think in the end it all depends on how much you're willing to spend each month.
  • After reading Galeanda's response I offer my experience and the reason why I don't have a landline anymore. I gave up my landline because it cost too much and was seldom used except by telephone solicitors. The DSL service was slow and frequently interrupted. I just moved to a state 1200 miles away for the winter and did not change my telephone number or cancel service in the state I left. The following answers Taylor's points. My phone has a GPS locator so that 911 service will know where I am even if I am not able to get to a phone in my home due to a fall in my driveway or I'm away in another state. There is a burglar alarm system available that uses cell phone connectivity so when the burglar cuts my land line phone the security company can still get receive the alarm. My landline DSL service was continually interrupting itself requiring as many as 3 resets a night. I use wireless cable service for my computers. When electric power to the house was down so was power to the DSL box. It was not powered by the telephone low voltage supply. In the event of power outages, my cell phone has a standby time that can last a week without recharging and about two days of normal talk time. It also recharges from my laptop computer if I wish. There are recharge kits available which plug into a AA battery pack if needed. I don’t misplace my cell phone, because it is mine and I know where I put it down. But the cordless house phone was often missing because others taking to their room and leave it under the blankets. It has a find button, but if the battery is discharged that won’t help. I agree with your call on the screening of call messages if the call is made from a pay phone. But I have not seen a pay phone in a long time. Where did they go? I agree again about international calls, I make none, but long distance calls on the landline were very expensive. I have not had a cell phone failure as your describe which could not easily be resolved. Plus when you get a new one every 2 years the old one can be kept as a spare for such use. I have successfully ordered a pizza by cell phone, but not opened a bank account or applied for a loan. My cell network is very reliable and useful in areas that have no landline phones. Can’t take my landline on the road at all. Interrupted cell service has been minimal.

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