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RJ
08-06-2008, 03:41 PM
We have a land line phone and my wife and I each have a cell phone. The land line phone costs about $35 a month. The service itself is fairly cheap but all the various taxes and fees add up. We rarely use it - in fact, I don't remember the last time we used it to make a call. And if it rings it's almost always a political survey of some sort, our friends and family call the cells. I have used it in the past for calling 800 numbers, tech support type stuff, to avoid burning cell minutes, but I don't see that being worth $35 a month.

My wife's argument for keeping the land line is that we need it in case of emergency because a 911 operator gets an instant read on where you're calling from. Apparently that's not always the case with a cell? And I have to admit, I'd hate for something bad to happen because I wanted to save $400 a year.

Just wondering whether or not you guys still have them, and why or why not.

Matriculate
08-06-2008, 03:44 PM
The wife and I just have cell phones. I have not had a land line for about 6 years. Everyone call us on our cell phones and we have no need for one. Never heard of the 911 thing. I would be interested where your wife heard that.

Bugeater
08-06-2008, 03:44 PM
If I wasn't running a business out of my home I probably wouldn't have one.

Pestilence
08-06-2008, 03:46 PM
I have a land line phone so that I can hook it up to my DVR for DirectTV.

I go through AT&T and the basic plan is $16.00 a month and because I have it, I get a discount on my internet. If you don't want it to ring all night then don't hook it up to an actual phone.

Buehler445
08-06-2008, 03:46 PM
Nope. Wife and I both have cell phones. I dialed 911 twice from a cell phone and as long as YOU know where you are it isn't a problem. The first thing they do is make sure you are talking to the person that can help.Posted via Mobile Device

Fish
08-06-2008, 03:49 PM
RJ.... if the 911 thing is all that's holding you back, just cancel your service and keep the phone where it is. Phone companies are required to provide 911 service on the phone no matter if you're paying or not. 911 will still work if you call and cancel your phone. That way you'll have the 911 security and not have to pay for the line you're not using.

rad
08-06-2008, 03:52 PM
I do. My number is 84...hey, wait a minute!

Skip Towne
08-06-2008, 03:59 PM
I just keep the land line for my fax machine. Otherwise I wouldn't need it.

Mr. Flopnuts
08-06-2008, 04:02 PM
Nope. My wife and I have plenty of minutes, and needing 911 is not justification to spend the money every month. We've had that exact conversation. If you need 911 to know where you are immediately, chances are, they'll be too late to help you. JMO.

Mr. Flopnuts
08-06-2008, 04:03 PM
RJ.... if the 911 thing is all that's holding you back, just cancel your service and keep the phone where it is. Phone companies are required to provide 911 service on the phone no matter if you're paying or not. 911 will still work if you call and cancel your phone. That way you'll have the 911 security and not have to pay for the line you're not using.


And that's the other reason. We have a land line plugged in but no service.

chasedude
08-06-2008, 04:03 PM
I got rid of my land line when I picked up broadband a long time ago. I have my cell phone and that's more than enough for me, I hate phones.

As for your questions about 911 locating, you are paying on that every month, we all do. I remember hearing a story about a boating accident in NY but the 911 responder couldn't find their location. Come to find out the city of NY was charging cell phone customers for the added 911 service but didn't have it implemented in the city. There was a huge fine and the FCC has been keeping a closer look on the 911 service.

Garcia Bronco
08-06-2008, 04:06 PM
No

BCD
08-06-2008, 04:09 PM
I do now. AT&T. I'm dumping Time Warner for Directv. Phone and DSL, $40/mo.

ChiefsFan4Life
08-06-2008, 04:13 PM
Nope, when my wife and I first got the house, I got the cheapest thing you could get through AT&T ($15/month) and NO ONE used it, and all we got on it were telemarketers so I canceled it after one month and we've just used our cell phones since then w/o a problem.

Guru
08-06-2008, 04:24 PM
Cell phone services have not gotten down to the range I consider affordable and I hear too many stories of dropped calls and hard to follow conversations because of signal distortion.

I stay on land line for reliability and the fact I use DSL.

RJ
08-06-2008, 04:51 PM
RJ.... if the 911 thing is all that's holding you back, just cancel your service and keep the phone where it is. Phone companies are required to provide 911 service on the phone no matter if you're paying or not. 911 will still work if you call and cancel your phone. That way you'll have the 911 security and not have to pay for the line you're not using.


That's interesting, thanks. I believe that will be enough to convince the wife it's an unnecessary expense. The $35 a month we save can go to something more important like our daughter's tuition.....or beer.

Bwana
08-06-2008, 05:34 PM
For now because of Sunday ticket. What a scam.

bogey
08-06-2008, 05:40 PM
I do because I have a 10 year old and my wife and I don't want her friends calling her on our cell's.

banyon
08-06-2008, 05:44 PM
Cell Phone Ownership Surges
2002 2007 Change
% %
U.S. 61 81 +20
Canada 48 60 +12
Argentina 28 63 +35
Bolivia 33 65 +32
Venezuela 52 82 +30
Brazil 36 64 +28
Peru 18 42 +24
Mexico 37 44 +7
Chile -- 71 --
France 65 83 +18
Germany 71 84 +13
Britain 76 83 +7
Italy 79 79 0
Sweden -- 91 --
Spain -- 84 --
Russia 8 65 +57
Ukraine 10 57 +47
Bulgaria 22 60 +38
Slovakia 59 94 +35
Poland 40 73 +33
Czech Rep. 74 98 +24
Turkey 49 73 +24
Jordan 35 57 +22
Lebanon 62 84 +22
Kuwait -- 98 --
Israel -- 93 --
Palest. ter. -- 68 --
Egypt -- 60 --
Morocco -- 59 --
India 12 60 +48
Pakistan 5 34 +29
Bangladesh 10 36 +26
Indonesia 8 27 +19
China 50 67 +17
Japan 73 86 +13
S. Korea 93 97 +4
Malaysia -- 70 --
Nigeria 11 67 +56
Ivory Coast 34 66 +32
Tanzania 10 42 +32
S. Africa 41 70 +29
Ghana 8 34 +26
Kenya 9 33 +24
Uganda 10 29 +19
Mali -- 69 --
Senegal -- 54 --
Ethiopia -- 38 --


http://pewglobal.org/reports/pdf/258.pdf

Rain Man
08-06-2008, 05:47 PM
Wow. The Slovaks are really cutting-edge.

StcChief
08-06-2008, 05:49 PM
Freakin' Centurytel DSL requires a "home land line" phone number as well. :cuss:

banyon
08-06-2008, 05:49 PM
Wow. The Slovaks are really cutting-edge.

Also from the survey:

"Unlike computers, the recent growth in cell phone
ownership is widely distributed across the developed and
developing worlds. In fact, some of the less affluent
countries have recorded some of the largest gains, a trend
likely fueled at least in part by the unreliable landline
telephone service available in many developing countries."

"As with computer ownership, the increase in cell
phone owners is particularly striking in the formerly
communist countries of Eastern Europe. In Russia, about
two-thirds (65%) own a cell phone today, compared with
only 8% five years ago, an increase of 57 percentage
points and the largest gain of any country in the study.

Ownership levels also soared in the Ukraine (+47 points),
Bulgaria (+38 points), Slovakia (+35 points) and Poland
(+33 points). Overall, five of the biggest increases in cell
phone ownership occurred in Eastern Europe, with Nigeria
(+56 points), India (+48), Argentina (+35), Tanzania
(+32%), Bolivia (+32) and Ivory Coast (+32) also recording
large gains."

bishop_74
08-06-2008, 06:44 PM
I just bought Skype for $50/year. Pretty good alternative to a land line. Also bought myself the standard headset on Ebay for $150.

http://accessories.skype.com/store/skype/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.80816800

R&GHomer
08-06-2008, 06:50 PM
Not for a while now.

alpha_omega
08-06-2008, 07:04 PM
yes...mainly for the fax machine.

RJ
08-06-2008, 07:05 PM
I do because I have a 10 year old and my wife and I don't want her friends calling her on our cell's.


Dang, I never thought of that. A new wrinkle is introduced.

Silock
08-06-2008, 07:13 PM
No. Haven't had a land line since 1998.

Boon
08-06-2008, 07:29 PM
Dropped the land line a year and a half ago.
Had the land line number ported to a new cell phone.
Have no regrets at all. More money in my pocket.

old_geezer
08-06-2008, 07:44 PM
Old fashioned here. I have a land line - don't own a cell phone. Don't have use for one; if someone wants to get ahold of me real bad they can leave a message on my answering machine (broke down and bought one of those a couple of years ago when my son moved out of state.

Deberg_1990
08-06-2008, 07:52 PM
Old fashioned here. I have a land line - don't own a cell phone. Don't have use for one; if someone wants to get ahold of me real bad they can leave a message on my answering machine (broke down and bought one of those a couple of years ago when my son moved out of state.


Let me guess...you still have one of these?

Silock
08-06-2008, 07:55 PM
Don't have use for one

Do you never leave the house?

Skip Towne
08-06-2008, 08:13 PM
Do you never leave the house?

He's like me. Got no use for colsarned new fangled contraptions.

old_geezer
08-06-2008, 08:14 PM
Do you never leave the house?


Yes I do. And when I do I don't want to be bothered by a damn phone call. Usually unimportant and could be done when I'm not busy doing what I left the house for in the first place. :)

People walking around a store with their phones glued to their ears just bug the hell out of me.

2bikemike
08-06-2008, 08:14 PM
I have been debating dropping my land line. I did just recently drop my 2nd line I had set up in our office room. It was hooked up to a fax but could still be used to make calls. It seems wastefull to have both the cells and the land line. I think my land line is only about $20 and it is part of a cox bundle that gives me a discount on my Cable Internet connection.

2bikemike
08-06-2008, 08:16 PM
Yes I do. And when I do I don't want to be bothered by a damn phone call. Usually unimportant and could be done when I'm not busy doing what I left the house for in the first place. :)

People walking around a store with their phones glued to their ears just bug the hell out of me.

What bugs me is people using their damn cell phones in the bathroom. It kind of unnerving to walk into a public bathroom and not see anybody but hear them as their sitting on the pot.

Deberg_1990
08-06-2008, 08:18 PM
People walking around a store with their phones glued to their ears just bug the hell out of me.

Agreed. I cant stand those silly looking bluetooth ear things. Alot of people dont seem to realize how silly they look walking around in public with those things glued to their ears.

RJ
08-06-2008, 08:36 PM
Agreed. I cant stand those silly looking bluetooth ear things. Alot of people dont seem to realize how silly they look walking around in public with those things glued to their ears.


Those things really annoy me. I can see using them in the car but that's all.

TrebMaxx
08-06-2008, 09:05 PM
Those bluetooth ear things make me think of the Borg.

The Pedestrian
08-06-2008, 09:16 PM
I actually have a landline, but it's a piece of crap.

Herzig
08-06-2008, 09:31 PM
Agreed. I cant stand those silly looking bluetooth ear things. Alot of people dont seem to realize how silly they look walking around in public with those things glued to their ears.

I used to think the same thing. Being totally hands free with no wires is pretty liberating. I love my bluetooth!!! Who gives shit what anyone thinks? I don't. However, I understand what you mean when you see people walking around and talking to themselves in stores, etc.