How many people would do away with their landline phone and use their cell?

United States
March 29, 2009 8:38am CST
I hardly ever use my home phone. Most of my business and personal calls are utilized by my cell phone. I keep the landline phone for my internet and fax purpose. If it wasn't for the internet and faxing, I would disconnect the line. How many of you so the advertisement for the "Magic wand"? It's a device that connects to your computer. Once installed you are suppose to have the ability to hook up to the internet, long distant and local calls. I wonder what are the pros n cons of installing this devices to your computer. If anyone has this device please give me feedback.
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21 responses
30 Mar 09
im from philippines...and i have a landline for the internet and long talks....i have a cellphone.....but calling my other friends in the U.S. is really expensive... i just got magic jack a month ago....its for U.S....long distance and cellphone calls are unlimited and you dont need to pay anything aside from the yearly bills...without any other charges....its actually good....less expensive...the only problem is...its good and clear at first few weeks....after that your going to have minor problems...like it cuts your call...after a few minutes and you have to call them back again....not really a bigy...
@parvezs (106)
• India
30 Mar 09
I do use my landline phone for my internet connection and incoming calls. I never use my landline for making calls. I always use my cell phone for making outgoing calls as charges are less for making calls through cell phones and I don't have to make any international call so I don't have any such machine but have heard about it from many people.
@ying470 (62)
• China
30 Mar 09
I think there should be many,also have the cake and eat it,because we will use word online.Moblie phones may be easier.
@KrauseHome (35276)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Well, my husband and I only have Cell Phones, and that is what we have only had for quite a few yrs. now. I have High Speed Internet so I do not have to worry about having a phone for that. It is so convenient to have a Cell Phone to make long distance calls and keep in touch with people. Seriously I will always prefer this way to keep in contact with people for sure.
@bloglog (627)
• Singapore
30 Mar 09
I do have a landline phone at home but seldom use it. Most of the calls are made through cell phones nowadays. My internet doesn't need a phone line. So, now I started scratching my head... why do I still keeping my home line. Probably it's because I'm just too used to having a phone at home.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I would totally get rid of my landline if I could. However, I only have access to DSL right now, so I have to have a landline to get my internet. Otherwise, I would just get cable internet and keep a cell phone. There are advantages and disadvantages to switching to just a cell phone, though. On one hand, if a tower goes out or there is some kind of natural disaster, your cell phone might not work in an emergency. On the other hand, your cell phone is portable so your phone goes with you everywhere. I haven't heard about this "Magic Wand". I even tried looking it up on the internet and couldn't find anything about it. There is Vonage, though. They have portable cards that you can take with you for phone service...like a telephone number that you can take with you when yout travel, but it's not a cell phone. It's more like something that you plug a phone into at a hotel or vacation spot. If you have DSL, you can get phone service through Vonage as well and get free long distance calls for a flat rate.
@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
I have no home landline phone for years already. I feel like it's a waste of money on my part because we seldom use it for calls. The only reason I had a landline before was for my internet connection. But I shifted to a wireless connection so I have no use of the landline anymore. Most of my calls are via my mobile phone and my husband's mobile phone has unlimited calls so that would suffice.
• Malaysia
30 Mar 09
I still use landline phone for the sole purpose of my internet connections. Now with a lot of new devices in the market to get connected to internet, landlines are becoming obsolete. But our local landline supplier has come out with good promotions that are hard to resist. We need to subscribe to internet using landlines and pay certain amount of subscription fees for the internet connection. But they have added a free of charge in using the landlines for calls to any landlines numbers nationwide and very minimal charge for international calls. Now everybody is back to using landlines as it is this great offer that people are attracted to.
@moneymommy (3420)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I only use cell phones in my house and an internet phone number. I have no need for a landline.
• United States
30 Mar 09
We have a landline phone and 1 cell phone. We mainly have the landline for our DSL and for people to contact us during the "peak" time instead of calling the cell phone. All our long-distance calls are made via the cell phone. Having the cell makes me feel safer when I'm out and about doing things. I'm surprised that the major telephone companies haven't came up with better landline calling plans to compete with the cellular market.
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
We don't use landline anymore. Each of us in the family has its own cellphone so we get connected. In the Philippines, almost all Filipinos has its own cellphone. Its crazy here. That is why we were once dubbed as "Text Capital of the World". Although many household still maintains landline, the use of cellphone became a necessity. You can communicate with your frinds and business partners easily through mobile devices.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Mar 09
We have a digital phone with free long distance, free caller id, and that is in a bundle program with our internet and cable. So it is not like an exactly a land line. I also have my own cell phone but I would have to pay for the caller id and the long distance, so the cell phone is for emergencies, weekends, and for talking to people who have the same provider (I am sort of a cheapskate.) When my husband was thinking about moving into a Senior's home because of his stroke, I was thinking of adding to the coverage of my cell phone and just having the cell phone, but that would also mean we would have to pay more because our cable, and our internet would be separate. I do not now the advantages and disadvantages of that Magic Wand. Is it similar to what Rogers has here, where one can use the cell phone as a land line by hooking it to the computer?
• United States
29 Mar 09
I had not intended on getting a landline phone when I moved into my own place because it's a whole lot of hassle for nothing but I keep finding reasons to have it. When my cell phone needs service or something, I have to call from a separate phone to talk to the service rep and get it taken care of. Having a landline will be useful so I have decided to get one when I move. My mom does not have a landline in her home right now however. It is her, my brother, and her fiance and the two of them both have cell phones so they decided they don't need the landline.
@parvezs (106)
• India
29 Mar 09
Same is the case with me too. I use my landline phone for my Internet and to make 1800 calls (toll free). For me my cell phone is more affordable and convenient.
• United States
29 Mar 09
i would. i hardly ever use my house phone, and it isn't used much by my family members either. we actually considered it, until we realized we'd have to get separate plans for our cable and internet if we did that. it would end up more expensive, so we just kept it lol. the only calls we get on it are from doctors' offices and telemarketers, for the most part!
@Mitraa (3188)
• India
29 Mar 09
Many people have substituted their landline phones with mobile phones. If all the mobile phones of a family are at outside at a particular time, then it becomes very difficult to communicate with the persons already in the house! So it is not at all advisable to get rid of the landline phone totally! I have till now my landline connection though I have three mobile phones in my family! Thanks for this nice discussion and have a good day!
• United States
29 Mar 09
I don't have a land line phone in my home. I don't find the need to have one..I use the internet through high speed. I would not manage using a land line phone.
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
In some countries, Landline can still be very useful. VoIP is not that common in some country though, so calling by means of internet could not be possible in some countries. Also cellphones can sometimes be unreliable because its prone to disconnection and interference when bad weather comes or typhoon or storm passes by. One good thing about landline is that companies can verify the user whenever they call through landline compared to cellphone. Also in some countries landline can be a lot cheaper compared to cellphones. So it depends really on your demands and needs. In here, landline is useful cause its cheaper and connectivity is better compared to cellphones especially in case of emergency, a landline is very useful
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
29 Mar 09
Hi, we also have our landline phone solely for the purpose of internet. Most of our phone calls are through our cellphones. Recently we came across this technology called 'wimax' that is promoted at one of the shopping malls. We took back a box (like the size of a modem) and plug into our laptop and we are connected. It doesn't need a phone line at all; but we must have wireless cards/functions in our laptop. I'm not sure if this is like your Magic Wand.
@kevdiesel (129)
• Kenya
29 Mar 09
I also hardly use my landline for calls except for internet services, all calls are from or to my cell phone, it certainly has become a side arm..ha ha!