What's the use of your landline phone?

What's the use of your landline phone? - Landline phone in the corner.
@shadow41 (2356)
Philippines
October 13, 2009 9:14am CST
Our landline phone is rarely used. Maybe only twice a month when my aunt currently on the other side of the world will call us. We had this connection because it's a requirement to have an internet dsl connection. So far for almost five years that's the only known use of our landline phone. How about you?
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@janebeth (2034)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
i don't have a landline phone, because i do have a 2 cellphones now..
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I have two cellphones too. haha. Thanks for responding even though you don't have a landline phone. :) Happy myLotting to you. shadow41
@sasalove (1710)
• China
14 Oct 09
Hi Shadow, I did not install the landline phone in my apartment as friends can contact me through my cellphone and it is much more convenient to contact wherever I have gone to. But I heard that the landline phone is having less radiation than the cell phone. It will be good for our heath if you have a long conversation. If possible, I prefer the landline phone as a communication tool other than the cellphone even though it is convenient to carry.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hello sasalove. Yes, I also think that landlines are a lot safer to use than cellphones though radiation from mobiles phones are very minimal. Study shows it's not hazardous to our health. But better be safe than sorry right? :p Thanks for sharing sasalove. Take care. shadow41
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@ajrox1810 (992)
• India
14 Oct 09
Hi, I rarely use my landline phone, as it is much easier to make a call using my cellphone in which the contact information is already saved. The only use that the landline phone comes to me is to connect my computer to Broadband Internet. Other than this, I can't think of any practical use of my landline telephone. However, my mother does use the landline telephone for a lot of calling as te calls are much cheaper when made via landline telephone. She often talks for hours with her relatives using the landline. Regards, AJ-Rox
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hello there. Me too. Main reason why our landline is still here is because of our dsl internet connection. In your country, are there any internet providers with a speed as fast or better than dsl without requiring a landline connection? Just want to know. Feel free not to answer. :) Thanks for sharing. Happy myLotting to you.
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• United States
14 Oct 09
I am the total opposite..even though my land line still isn't used much I use it a lot more often than i do my cell phone. I just bought a cell phone a few months back for emergencies...it is just a tracfone at that and I think I may have used it a total of a dozen times. I have never been a real huge fan of cell phones, I think half of the people that have them are arrogant. I think there is nothing worse that being in a store or waiting on someone who is on their phones to rude to pull it away from their ear long enough to tell you their order or so you can ask them excuse me...you can't tell me that they are on that of an important call that you can't ask them (the ones your on the phone with)to hold on for a minute. I will still continue to pay for my land line before I will pay for a real cell phone bill, I think they are annoying.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I respect your opinion froggieslover. Each of us experience different things each day and gain perspective from it. So I respect your opinion. :) Thanks for sharing in my discussion. Have a nice day. :) shadow41
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
14 Oct 09
It used to be my internet connection. Now...well, it is the only phone I have other than my trac phone that is only used when my daughter needs to reach me for something if i'm not at home or in case of an emergency. I am not a phone person and don't often use it at all. I have a couple of friends that sometimes call but they know I don't like chatting on the phone so they usually just drop by. my daughter does have a cell phone that her brother has added to his plan. Recently he ran into some difficulties and it had to be shut off for a short time. She was grateful for the house phone at least. I've considered getting rid of it and getting a cell but from what I can see, it would not be cost effective for me. My cable, phone and internet are all combined into one bill. I think my phone is about 40.00 per month if I remember right. I could get rid of the phone and still keep my internet and cable but I think it would cost me more. I'd like to find a cheaper hi-speed internet but in the area in which I live our choices are very limited. There is one phone company and it is horrible and the internet connection was horrendous. I've heard rumours that they are going to go bankrupt so I'm glad I bailed when I did.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Oh me too. I also love to have a hi-speed internet connection without the need of our landline connection but just like you here in our place it's scarce. Not much internet providers here. There are two wireless internet provider but I've heard their services is horrible too. I hope next year they will improve their services and when that happens I'm sure I'll move to them.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Well my landline is my only line since I dont have a cell phone...so its used for personal, biz, etc etc....Even once I do get cells for the kids and I it'll still be our main phone...And like you we have the package deal with T.Warner (phone, internet and cable)....
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
13 Oct 09
Oh.. Good to hear that your landline serves you well. I'm communicating with my friends and family through our cellphones. I really like to have an alternative internet connection that is faster than dsl that doesn't need a landline connection. I want to get rid of our landline. Anyway thanks for dropping by. Happy myLotting to you. :)
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Well I think the same is here. I have DSL and don't even use the land line. I have a cell phone and that is my madia of communication.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Oh scene scenario. Simply because cellphones are more convenient than gigantic land line phones. Haha. Thank for sharing climber. Happy earning. :) shadow41
• United States
18 Oct 09
OH no problem, did you know many companies are now selling cell phone service for household applications? yes one can use cell phones as if they were house phones, with adapters. Some think is a great benefit but it isn't, no reliable 911 service and high rights for people how calls them from a long distance location.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Oh I didn't know that. But as what you've said having it seems to be a bad idea. 911 is very important. shadow41
• Malaysia
18 Oct 09
Hi, Shadow! Before I used a fixed line for my internet connection, but when we switched to 3G broadband, I have terminated the previous internet account and decided to disconnect the fixed line. We still have one fixed line phone at the living room, though. Everyone in the family has their own cell phones, so, we seldom used and should I say never used the fixed line phone unless when there are incoming calls. However, in my opinion, it is always good to have one fixed line stand by at home in case of the cell phone line being congested or down or something and we need to use the phone urgently.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Oh how is your 3G broadband connection going? Is it great? I want to switch to 3G broadband too but I've heard lots of negative feed backs about it. Speaking of landlines, yes you're right. It's always convenient to have a back up. :) Thanks for sharing corrycrystal. shadow41
• Malaysia
19 Oct 09
The 3G is not bad, but like other services it is not flawless either. There will be times when the line will drop and you will feel SO annoyed as if you just want to slam your computer , but most of the times it works just fine and sometimes very fast. I think 3G has its' advantage because it is portable and convenient. It depends on you really, try to get more information from the service provider before you decide to get one. Most probably, you can get a free trial and experience the service itself. Good luck!
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
Last time I checked 3G broadband internet providers here they said they have no free trials. Plus I need to be in a 12 month lock in period contract. I don't want that. I want to test if first but they said it can't be done. So I walked out and never came back there.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
hello shadow41, we use our landline phone in calling friends, family and relatives locally. this way, we can talk to them longer and anytime. we also use it in receiving calls from our family abroad. it's useful to us. our internet connection is different company. planning to get dsl connection after our two years for that was the deal. good for you for you are paying less monthly. at least, dsl is now offering that unlike before.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Oh I don't think I'm paying less for it. We're paying for the landline and dsl connection. It should be different. We should only pay for the product we're using. We're paying our landline phone for nothing. We have no one to call here in our local area. haha. Thanks for sharing robert. shadow41
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• Philippines
14 Oct 09
It seems most of your neighbor or relatives are using cellphone.
• China
14 Oct 09
I do not have a landline phone in my apartment. Anyway, I would like to have one if possible. Anyway, considering the extra cost, I would rather give it up... Landline phone is more healthy, we do not have worry the radiation when we make long hours phone calling... There is a landline phone in my office desk. I use it very often. When in office hours, I just avoid of using my cell phone. Thank you for your post and have great day.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hi there. Yes you're right about landlines. It's free of radiations. If ever you consider having a landline again just think twice or trice. Companies now use contracts for new subscribers. For sure you wouldn't want paying for it for a long period time if it's not much of a use for you. Thanks for responding in my discussion. Take care. :) shadow41
• China
14 Oct 09
Hi Shadow, yeah, that is one of the reason that I do not want to install landline phone. Afterall, I am not that rich
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Well, I still use it to call my parents.. It's easier to talk to them on the phone rather than through text. lOl. .. our landline also is quite usable, we use it to call delivery services for fastfood, for laundry, for water.. I use it to call customer service if internet is down, or if cable is down... And sometimes, I use it to talk to my boyfriend.. some stories are still better shared while talking rather than texting. hahaha.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Oh I find it very useful for you. But for me it's not. I use my mobile phone communicating with my family and friends. Though sometimes I hate mobiles when my network provider is so busy or when I find it hard to get a signal. Landlines are much of a convenience when it comes to signal or reception. Thanks for taking your time to share. Have a nice day. :) shadow41
• United States
14 Oct 09
My landline is pretty much useless. People call it and I don't answer a lot of the time. I actually turn the ringer off a lot. I am not a big fan of the phone and personally try to spend as small amount of time with it as possible.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Lol. Why is that? Don't you think it's an important call? Why not disconnect it then if it's useless to you? You can save money and space. Haha. Thanks for sharing jodylee. I guess we have something in common about our landlines. Cheers. shadow41
• United States
14 Oct 09
I just can't seem to get rid of it. I have children and I like to have a phone in the house that I can call out from if no cell phone is available of if my babysitter is without her own phone. I know it would save plenty of money but I just can't do it yet :)
@SHAMRACK (8439)
• India
14 Oct 09
Dear friend, In our home we rarely use landline and the address in landline connection can be used as a residence address proof. Especially for loans, online ticket booking etc. Moreover internet connection could also be taken from this land line.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hello. Oh another good use of landlines. I haven't thought about that. I can use this in the future for proof of address and bills. Great. But that's for the future. I want to save money now. lol. Anyway thanks for sharing. :) shadow41
@mikeowl (200)
• Malaysia
14 Oct 09
Same here, never use much on the house phone. I am too used to use to using handphones now. Besides the internet connection, the phone line is relatively useless to me.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Great. Another landline owner like me who finds it somehow useless. If not for the internet it would have been gone long ago. I hope someday we can avail of those high speed internet like a broadband connection or better than it without the need of a landline phone.
14 Oct 09
Apart from the internet connection, I use it for long distance calls to my folks in NV. I also feel more secure that I have a landline, especially for emergencies. Sometimes, the cellphone coverage is weak in my area.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Yes you're right. It can be also use for emergencies when cellphone coverage is out. Why in the world I haven't thought about that? Hmmmm made me think twice again about having my landline connection disconnected. Thanks for sharing. :) shadow41
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
yes, we are on the same vein. our landline is used for our dsl internet connection. we seldom use it too because all of us have our own cellphones. sometimes though it is serving its purpose because we use it for long local talks with friends and relatives. it is also convenient in national and international calls, but it is very seldom.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Glad to know someone has the same scenario like mine. I'm counting on the day when mobile phones can have seamless signals all over the world. When that time comes I'm afraid landline phone era will come to an end. :p Thanks for sharing moneymakingtoday. Good to have you here. shadow41
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Our landline phone - There are still a handful who use them
Yes, it is still an important communication tool in our medical world. I use the landline to update consultants on their patients
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Oh it's nice of you to share a picture of you landline phone. Yes it's still important not just in medical world but to others as well. But here at our house? Not much of a use. :) Thanks for taking our time sharing in my discussion. shadow41
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
14 Oct 09
At home, I still prefer to use the landline phone instead of the mobile one. For one it is more comfortable on the year and I do not have to worry about the variations in the signals from one place to another. Of course, mine is also in conjunction to the dsl connection. Cheers! Ram
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Yes I also find it more comfortable to the ears. But hey, nobody's calling us from there. lol. It's good to hear your enjoying the benefits of you landline connection. Thanks for sharing. Happy myLotting. :) shadow41
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• United States
14 Oct 09
My land line is my only phone, I don;t have a cellphone, neither does my husband. Therefore any phone calls we get are on the land line, so it is used for social calls, family, our dsl connection, everything else. I find it funny that some people now seem to feel the land line is this ancient relic - I really hope that they don't completely die out one day, I think that would be a bad thing because there is an assumption that everyone has cell phones, and they don't.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Yes you're right. I don't think landlines will ever be discontinued. I think it will be use for a very very long time no matter how advance our ways of communication would become. :p But someday in the distant future it will be replaced. But not soon. Anyway haven't you considered having mobile phone? I think it's a necessity. What if there's some emergencies? Well thanks for sharing here. Take care. shadow41
• United States
14 Oct 09
My husband and I only use cell phones, and our internet service provider, Cox Cable, does not require a land line to have internet. My mom used to have a landline when I was younger, but then we put her on our family plan and she got rid of it because only telemarketers called her landline. Cell phones are just way more convenient!
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Ahahaha. Sometimes we receive a call to our phone and it's coming from our own landline provider. They're promoting something. Lol. Wow. Cox Cable eh? I'd love to have an internet connection like that. I wonder when will that happen here in my area. (*o*) shadow41