Do You Still Have A Land Line?

@Rozie37 (15503)
Turkmenistan
September 5, 2007 9:56pm CST
Some people have given up their land lines completely, preferring only to use their cell phones. I keep trying to find an excuse to cut off my land line and use only my cell phone, but I have not yet come up with a good reason to do so. Because the only work that I do is at home and I do not run the streets a lot, I have no need for a cell. However, I did buy one once, just to experience it and I found it to be completely overrated for someone like me. I am not the type to constantly be on the go. What about you, do you still have a land line?
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
6 Sep 07
I still have a land line also. I have a cell but really it's a waste of money. I only use it when I go some where out of town with friends or to take pictures with since it has a built in camera but other then that I hardly use mine either. It's prepaid so it doesn't cost a lot to keep time on it but it is really a waste I think I just got it to say I have a cell phone.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
I think that is the same reason that I purchased one, but it has not been activated in years. Do the newer phones have to be activated to takes picturesand does it cost everytime you take one?
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
7 Sep 07
Yeah it charges or takes so much off whenever I send or keep it to put on my computer. It's not a whole lot really. I think like 20 cent a picture.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
6 Sep 07
i have one. i have been trying to get rid of it for a year now but i just can't seem to let go. everyone in the house has a cell, but that damn what i call house phone is still in there and sucking $65 out of my pocket every month
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
Sixty five dollars? That sounds more like a cable bill in my world. If I ever got a phone bill for $65.00, I would faint, get up, pay it and then faint again. My phone bill and internet bill combined better not be more than $35.00 or I will hit the ceiling. I can not afford to pay any more than that. I can't even consider cable or a cellphone, for the matter.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
9 Sep 07
girl if you are in the mood to hit the floor let me tell you that my cable bill and internet bill together is $150 per month. house phone is $65,cell phone is $80. yes girl, i got bills to pay and my money doesn't grow on trees!! LOL ok, now get off the floor, those are my bills not yours! LOL
• United States
6 Sep 07
We still have a landline simply because the family seems to be pretty old fashioned when it comes to that sort of thing. It's just easier for other family members and friends to call the house since someone is usually always home. That, and it saves the trouble of always having to worry about whether or not the phone is charged and what not. Landlines are nice, cell phones are nice. It just seems strange to get rid of landlines completely.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
6 Sep 07
thats me too, i think im just too old fashioned to dump it blessed be
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
6 Sep 07
I was going to comment earlier that I did not feel right not having a landline in my home.
• United States
14 Sep 07
I have a cell phone which I use very seldom and we keep our land line. I do not want all the phone calls on my cell phone. I also do not like the fading in and out that sometimes happens with the cell phone when I am on an important call. I also keep long distance on my land line so I can call my sisters when I want and not worry about the fading in and out.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
16 Sep 07
The land lines are definitely much more reliable than the cell phones. And for most people, they are cheaper. This is why I can not find a good enough reason to get a cell phone. I mean if I were the type of person that needed to be on the go a lot or had children, that would be different. But, my land line is just fine for me.
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• United States
7 Sep 07
Yes we still have a land line. We got a bundle pack through a company and can make all the long distance calls we want for one low price. We also have 2 cell phones.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
Married man, does that explain the grumpy guy? Just kiding, LOL. Some people say that landline is cheaper for long distance and some say cell is. I guess it all depends on where you live and what kind of deal you get.
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• Jamaica
7 Sep 07
yes, I still have a land line.I still use my land line because my sister live far away and it is cheaper to use my land line than to use my cell phone due to where i am. it costs me about $500 (jamaican dollars).I also need it for my internet connection so I have all the reasons to want to keep it.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
Jamaica is cool. Three of my sisters children go down there every summer to minister to the youth. I hear that it is a beautiful place. Five hundred Jamaican dollars sounds like an awful lot. I will have to translate that into American money to see how much it is.
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@ashar123 (2359)
• India
6 Sep 07
I am also not of the type who constantly be on the go. I still have land line at my home and I still come on internet by dialing up from my computer modem using local land line. DSL or cable net is not availabe in my part of city. Dial up sure has lesser speed but I have to manage on that.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
You don't have the option of DSL where you live? Well, don't ever travel and use someone else's or you will definitely want to relocate.
@alexsis (2149)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Yes, we still have our landline phone. We use it to make local calls and for the bill collectors. We also have a cell phone. But we mainly use our cell phone to make long distance calls and for emergencies. We use to have long distance service on our land line phone but when we purchased a cellphone we took it off and now we are saving a few bucks.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
So it is cheaper to make long distance calls on a cell phone? I never knew that. I will have to check into it.
@hari120 (623)
• India
7 Sep 07
I still have a landline and till date that is my preferred option.
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• Canada
7 Sep 07
I do have a land line as well as a cell phone additionally. I prefer a land line's reliability and consistency as opposed to cell phone's battery failures, steep rates, and such. Not to say I don't use my cell phone much.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
Yeah i still have a landline. I dont get much service with my cell phone up here where i live so it wouldnt make much sense for me to not have a landline. I know a lot of people though that has just went to using cell phones completetly.
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• Malaysia
6 Sep 07
yeah we do have a land line. one of the requirements for us to have broadband internet connection here is that we're required to have a land line. only then we are able to apply for the broadband internet connection. sometimes when i'm home i do use the land line to call people, but only those who knows my house number hehe :)
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
I wonder if a landline is still needed for wireless internet service. I would think not, but I am not sure at all.
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• United States
8 Sep 07
No, there are different gadgets for wireless Internet service, although cell phones can be used for that. People use Internet cafe's, specific modems, and a type of card for wireless Internet. Cell phone companies actually don't like you using cell phones for that.
6 Sep 07
i would have gotten rid of my land line had i not need to use it for work. i work from home and i use both cell phone and land line. but actually a lot of people are switching to the unlimited cell phone plans cuz its just smarter! right now available in texas and california you can get boost mobile unlimited. cricket is also available and even the metro service aka "Ghettro"
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
I do not know a whole lot about the different mobile phone services. All I know is that I do not need another bill right now. I am tempted to get a new cell phone though.
7 Sep 07
you should try getting an unlimited plan phone. its one low rate a month and you dont have to worry about going over your bill
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
14 Oct 07
You are in good health at using your landline. there is a study that prolonged use of celphone can make one sick. specially when you receive or make calls because they vibrate and emmit some electronical something that causes sickness.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
14 Oct 07
You know, I keep hearing things of that nature. I have heard that cell phones can cause brain tumors and damage. I pray that this is not true, because many of my love ones use them all the time, the oldest being 73 and the youngest is twelve.
• United States
6 Sep 07
I'm strictly a land line person. I am almost a shut in, so a cell is all but useless. Cell phones are for folks on the go. They are also more expensive as a rule than land lines, their calls tend to drop frequently too. I am not completely techno-null, I have a cable modem with a computer attached.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
I am not quite a shut in, but I am not on the go all the time either. I am preparing to go back to school. Maybe then, I will need a cell phone.
@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
6 Sep 07
I do have one. When I'm at home I always use it instead of a cellphone. It's cheaper and safer. I read somewher that celphones should be used for short calls only becouse hey're they send radiation that's bad for your body (head in particullar).
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
7 Sep 07
I believe you are right about the radiation. But, people do not want to hear that because they have come to depend so much on their cell phones. I hope that it does not cause any serious brain damage though.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
6 Sep 07
Hello Rozie. Yes, We still have a land line. And like you, I keep thinking of a very good excuse why we should let it be cut off. My number one reason for still having is that my father refuse to have a cell phone, and the only way we can contact each other is through the land line. And the other reason that I still opt to have it is that there are times that I'll have no way of recharging my cell phone in case of black outs. And we're always having that lately. So, land lines may get outdated in the future, but still it serves a great purpose.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I had a land line up until June. I went to pay the bill and the place where i usually pay it at wasn't open due to the 4th of July and when I wen to the other place to pay, they wouldn't take my payment. So I lost my phone. I want to open it again, but my daughter stay on a phone and though I don't mind that, she don't use moderation on it at all and also my mom is pestering me for money more these days, but it is a dream to have one again; I also have a cell phone too. Had it since May, and keep up the payment. My youngest used it for text messaging her little girlfriend and it cost the earth, so once we got this straight, she hasn't used it for that any longer.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
6 Sep 07
Yes, the text messaging can add up and be really steep. The kids just love it though. Hopefully, you will be able to have your dream of a landline soon. Or perhaps after the children go off to college,LOL.
@ma_belle (1357)
• United States
6 Sep 07
when I moved into my new place I didn't even get a landline because I have a cell phone. its easier to keep my cell phone as my primary number. It wasn't even worth it set up a land line because cell phone minutes end up being cheaper anyway.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
6 Sep 07
I guess it would be cheaper if you make a lot of long distance calls and such. I would be lost however, without a land line.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
6 Sep 07
My husband and I still use a land line and probably will continue to do so when we move into our house. We thought about foregoing our land line, but we figured we might as well keep our line. It can come in handy. If you forget to charge your cell, you have a regular phone. Regular phones can be traced easier in emergencies if I'm not mistaken, but don't quote me on that. I know several people that solely use their cells, but I guess I'm content having both. We share a cell and we're on a plan with his sister, so we only pay like $15 a month I think. If we went to using a cell all the time, we would have to get another phone and get a plan of our own because we would need more minutes. I guess we could go pre-paid, but those can run pricey too. We need a cell with good reception because we live in a wooded area, and many cells tend to not pick up very clearly. It's something to think about, but like I said, we're pretty pleased with how things are now.:)
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
6 Sep 07
Yes, you have to go with what works for you personally. Every plan hast to be individually tailored to each customers needs. I get overwhelmed with so many choices though.