Why have people given up having landlines in their homes?

United States
May 15, 2007 4:54pm CST
Cell phones are more convenient for use when we're out of our houses but I don't understand why so many people have stopped using regular landline phones. Most companies have great deals especially those who also have internet and cable access. Which most to do these days. Phones can be purchased with caller ID and cordless so that can't be the reason. Does anyone have any idea or want to share their reasons why they do not use landlines any more?
5 responses
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
15 May 07
My parents live in New Zealand and they don't use a landline anymore. They have a prepaid cellphone and use that instead. Its cheaper for them they say and easy to manage. As for me, i would rather have a landline than a cell (even though I do have both). My husband bought me the cell phone for safety reasons and incase I need it in emergencies.
• United States
17 May 07
Personally, I think that's what cell phones should be used for emergencies only. That way the cell phone companies won't be the "big shots" they seem to be and maybe their prices will drop.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
17 May 07
When we first moved here, we had both a landline and cell phones, but we found we weren't using the land line at all, and it was a waste of $40.00 a month for just a basic phone, so we had it turned off and just use the cell phones. I have cable internet, so I don't even need the land line for my internet. We just didn't see the point of paying for something we never used.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 May 07
We have shaw phone. We can make long distance calls free!!!! We can use caller ID free. However if we were to get a cellphone, and want to use the same number, we have to give up the land line. We cannot say, "Okay our number now is 555-5555, we want to add a cellphone with that same number." It has to be a different number. If people here in Canada could add a cellphone using the same number as their land line, they would have both or even if they could perhaps add a different prefix for cellphones --for instance instead of 555-5555, the cell phone number might be #555-5555 or 9555-5555. But it appears you cannot have a cellphone and a land line without paying extra.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Jun 07
When I was living by myself I only had my cell phone and no landline. I had no reason to have a landline. But now that I am a stay at home mom I rarely use my cell phone and have gone back to the landline since I'm home all the time.
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I guess I must be in the minority. I have a landline but no cell phone. I use to have a cell phone, but money got real tight and I had to get rid of it. Now that I am SAHM and don't go anywhere I don't see the need in gettin one again. I am always at home and can be reached pretty much all the time.