are home landline phones becoming obsolete?

Singapore
May 21, 2007 3:12am CST
many young couples now who have their own homes do not install land phone lines. Each person has their own hand phone. that usually comes with a subscription. a few friends i know do not have residential phone numbers. will phone companies dependent on residential lines go bankrupt? does this trend mean that home phones will eventually be a thing of the past? my guess is that once subscription rates become almost the same, the residential phone will go to the way of the pager. This could be as soon as in 5 to 10 years!
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
21 May 07
I don't think landlines will ever become obsolete. With the use of ADSL, there is still a need for landlines. Like you mention, landlines are no longer a necessary part of life. I for one did not have a landline for more than 10 years. No need for one, why pay for subscription? But I have friends who got the landline specially for the ADSL connection, but they never used it for any other purposes other than to connect to the internet.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
21 May 07
I am one of those that gave up my land line about 3 years ago. I don't miss it at all. My hubby and I both have cells, the two of them cost us less in a month as the land line would so we gave it up. I also think that the cells are more handy. The local phone company was taken over by big business awhile back and the service went down the toilet and the price went right up to the sky. I think phone companies are shooting themselves in the foot.
@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
21 May 07
I don't think that landline phones will become extinct; however, for phone companies to survive, they have to innovate and add more attractive features to landline use to entice more people to subscribe to it instead of an overdependence on cellular phones. All of my family members have cellular phones, but we still use our landline for out-of-town conversations with relatives, with friends who wish to save on cell loads, for extra long conversations, and the like. For me, having both landlines and cellphones are convenient, and will give friends and ourselves wider communication options.
@ahnah69 (141)
• Singapore
21 May 07
I also dun have the normal residential phone line from SingTel. I use handphone until 1 of this day, MINDEF call me and ask me for Residential line and then I apply Digital Line from my existing service provider. Starhub.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 May 07
I have Shaw Phone which is digital instead of our regular landline, because it offers free long distance phone calls and our family is scattered all over the place. However I am saving for a cellphone and when we had our regular phone, we had to pay for long distance, etc. Here in Canada, cell phones are expensive, but with Rogers 5 friends plan, it looks like a good deal.
• Pakistan
22 May 07
I disagree that landline phones will ever become obsolete. Many of my friends relatives rely on landlines only. Second point is about business environment, where landlines are main source of communication e.g. DG/Dean/Directors rely on landlines to communicate with others and they have PSs to assist them.
• Philippines
22 May 07
i think in a way, yes. there are more landline users who stop subscriptions and prefer to use their cellphones instead. i think the landline companies are already starting to feel bankrupt because promos on lower rates for landlines are coming out.
@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
21 May 07
We do not have a home phone also. Since it is only me and my husband who needs constant communication, there is no need for us to have a landline phone. He can contact me in my cellular phone which is better to use since I may be out of the house sometimes.