For What Reason Do You Still Have A Land Line?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
January 8, 2013 3:50pm CST
My parents are in Australia right now and they keep calling me on their land line. It's like close to $2.00 per minute. Why would you still have a land line when it's free to talk on SKYPE or Facebook video chat? Plus I think I can text for free or way less than $2.00 per minute. Do you still have a land line? What is its purpose?
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@MizzLadyB08 (1175)
• United States
8 Jan 13
Yes, I do still have a landline phone. The reason I still have a landline is because I do not want to give out my cell phone number to everyone I come in contact with and for business reasons. I also feel that having a landline can come in handy if for some reason my cell phone is not on or is on the charger.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Jan 13
That makes sense. Plus we don't want all those marketers getting our cell phone numbers either. Although, some of those are sneaking through these days. But I would think having a cell phone for business would make more sense than a landline. That's just me.
• Philippines
11 Jan 13
well for those who did know how to use modern technologies landline phone is their favorite tool to uae!!:-):-)as if not everyone in this world can come along with this fast pacing of our generation;-).... just be mean..common sense my dear;-);-)
@2855994 (127)
• United States
26 Jan 13
I still have a land line phone because I work from home as an Independent Contractor. Having a regular land line phone without any fancy features is a requirement for the clients that I service. My phone hardly ever rings when I am not working. If it does ring, I can bet my bottom dollar that it is someone who has dialed the wrong number.
@p1kef1sh (45648)
8 Jan 13
I'm too mean to pay for a cellphone contract. But yes, Skype for abroad.
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@sacmom (14354)
• United States
9 Jan 13
You? Mean? LOL Why not go with a prepaid service? That's what my husband and I did after our contract was up. I'm so glad we did too as the cost is nowhere near as much. Even with having 2 phones it's a lot less than it was with just 1. I've never tried skype, so I don't know anything about it. But I do know having a cell phone is extremely important. I can't stress that enough. Never know when it will come in handy (like in an emergency). In this day and age anything can happen.
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@p1kef1sh (45648)
9 Jan 13
I have a prepaid cellphone but the tariff is much more expensive than a contract or a landline. On the other hand I barely use it and it's the cheapest model. $10 for the handset and $30 per year to run.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Jan 13
Hehehe ... too mean to pay for a cell phone. You sound too funny to be mean. And what's a tariff?
@rosekiss (29415)
• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jan 13
No, I don't have a landline, as I can't see paying for two phones when I am the only one living in my home. I have just had a cellphone, for quite awhile now, and I odn't miss the landline at all. I don't miss all the telemarketing calls I got on it. I do get some on my cellphone, but I can block their calls, so I never have to deal with them. I just have to keep my cellphone on more now, that I don't have a landline, but that is okay, that as I use it everyday. and for more than just talking. I will never ever have a landline again. Take-care, and have a good day.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Jan 13
Make sense to me. And, boy do I know about using the cell for more than just talking. Just today I used it to find my way home.
@sulynsi (2806)
• Canada
9 Jan 13
ooooooh don't even get me started onthis issue[em]lol[/em we had cell only for about a year, you can't call long distance without being on expensive long term contract, you have to makr sure you recharge, cell phones don't work in all houses , cell phones are easily lost, you can't use a cell phone if you work from home as a customer service rep, they are a hassle because we went through 4 before we got one that worked consistently, relatives that you want to keep in touch with don't have computers, you have to make a skype date to call ones that are online......... We got rewired about two months ago! PS we now have one 'family' pay as you go phine for those times when its convenient or safer to have one
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@anaknitatay (1336)
• Philippines
9 Jan 13
yes, even with all of the gadgets we have nowadays we still can't do without the 'ol trusty landline!
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@youless (79570)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Jan 13
There are many reasons for me to have a land line. First, the elders don't know how to use the software like Skype etc. Second, I use the ADSL to access to the internet. So at first we must have a land line at home. Third, I need to pay for it even if others call my mobile phone. So I prefer they call my land line phone at first since I don't have to pay for it if I receive a call.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
9 Jan 13
yuppstill do as the cell phone get s to hoton my face when I talk topeople I talk 30 mins to a couple of hours but thn I have vonage so Ihav a set payment eevery month!
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@celticeagle (101563)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jan 13
Some people don't like to show their faces. I have a landline. I had a cell phone for about three months alittle over three years ago. I hated it! I like the idea of all you can do with a cell and having it for emergency but can't afford one. The landline I have is in the same contract as my cable and internet. I can call anywhere in the domestic US for nothing extra. What is its purpose? For communication. I wouldn't even have a phone if it wasn't for the school, PSR, therapist and meds check people having to stay intouch.
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
9 Jan 13
I lost my cell phone and though I have skype, the sound part going out doesn't work so I end up typing what I am saying, so I might as well continue with FB to contact my online family and friends. Besides my phone is digital, I know no one outside the country, so anyone I call is toll-free..
@dawnald (84110)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jan 13
Yep, calls for the whole family, calls for my son who doesn't have a cell phone...
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@deazil (3890)
• United States
9 Jan 13
No land line. Got rid of it about 3 years ago. Why pay for 2 different phones? And my cell phone costs less. I got a Jitterbug and love it. Low monthly bill and I don't have to worry about anything, their customer service will do all kinds of things for you. I couldn't think of a reason why anyone would still have a land line until I read the responses you got. So, I guess it is necessary for some people.
• Thailand
9 Jan 13
Maybe if our internet connection is not part of it i couldhave cut its services. it even had mbile landline feature before. When i still lived here i used to avail it for a few hundred pesos add on the total bill. This was like a sim card and can be inserted in a mobile phone? So if i am in a trip outof town i can still call back home or they can call me without additional charges.
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@deazil (3890)
• United States
9 Jan 13
That sounds like a good deal. I see why you keep it. But I'm not expecting any phone calls any time soon so with me it doesn't matter.
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• Thailand
9 Jan 13
Yes, this is very cheap unlimited internet connection and phone lines. Yepeeeeeee
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@Mavic123456 (7924)
• Thailand
9 Jan 13
Cheapaer local communications. For internet connection. And for house display accessory to our living room. Why not we havevery old type phone so its very rare. We are the only houehold who has this kind of phone
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@deazil (3890)
• United States
9 Jan 13
Hi Mavic! Post a picture of it. Is it an antique phone? I like really old stuff, seeing as I'm really old stuff myself.
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• Thailand
9 Jan 13
Lol miss deazil i fall asleep hahaha. I wish i can but this device wont let me upload pic, [em]sad[/em
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@deazil (3890)
• United States
9 Jan 13
You fell asleep? I'm the one that was supposed to go to sleep. Four hours ago.
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@mariaperalta (19225)
• Mexico
8 Jan 13
I have it in my home, just for the dial up computer line there. Im my internet cafe I have cable internet.. but we were maxed out at 8 connections here.
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• United States
9 Jan 13
Wow, you still use dial up internet? I can not see myself going back to using that kind of internet again.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Jan 13
Eeeck. All I remember from dial-up internet was the eons of hours it took to load anything.
• Philippines
8 Jan 13
When I told my parents I am moving out, they require me to have a landline and they told me that they will pay for it. So because I don't have much use of it before, I accepted their payment for the first two months. Now, I use it for my business but my mother is still calling me there almost everyday. She doesn't like Skype because she told me that I will not visit them anymore and will be satisfied on Skype calling. I did not argue for they are old.
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@2855994 (127)
• United States
26 Jan 13
When my daughter went overseas a couple of years ago, we kept in contact by using Skype. Skype saved both of us a lot of cash, because I was worried sick until she came back home.
@zandi458 (27956)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 13
The only beauty of having a landline here is free local calls to another land line. Besides internet connection is much cheaper through a landline. Despite having all the latest communication technology in the market land line has not become total obsolete.
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@dragon54u (30205)
• United States
9 Jan 13
I keep the land line so that if I have to call 911 it will automatically show my address. My cell phone does not have GPS so it would not do me any good if I could not speak. I won't change cell phones because I don't like being tracked. So I have a land line.
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@surekharathi (14134)
• India
9 Jan 13
Because still some persons cant handle the mobile and they dont want to purchase mobile because they feel call from landline phone is suitable than mobile. My mother and MIL both use only landline for calling not understand the function of mobile.
@TheCatLady (4697)
• Israel
9 Jan 13
I do. It costs people more to call me on y cell than a land line. Also for call that say press this and that it is hard to do it on a cell. I basically use my land line for incoming calls only and a few calls to friends who live abroad. It is cheaper.
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@maezee (21833)
• United States
9 Jan 13
That's a very good question. $2 per minute is RIDICULOUS. You should definitely not use that service...And stick with Skype. I did not realize that Facebook had a video chat, either! Interesting! I live with my dad, and we just got rid of our land line because we realized that we don't need it. Now we just both have our cell phones, which makes a lot more sense. The only tricky part is when we lose service in the basement, we can't just use the land line phone anymore. Ahh well.
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@else22 (4320)
• India
9 Jan 13
We have a land line phone.And we have as many as five cellphones too.But we seldom use our land line phone.If we have to talk to someone,our friend or relative,we use our cellphone.In fact,we have taken the land line phone only because we had to have a broadband internet connection which waspossible only by having a land line.Otherwise we don't need it.
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