Are landline phones still necessary these days?

@ayeeesha (1129)
Philippines
April 17, 2013 7:13pm CST
Hello myLotters! I just want to ask. Do you think there is still a need for land line phones these days? I am having internet connection problems since I'm just using a pocket wi-fi. I'm thinking of applying for a DSL however, one of the service providers said I need a land line to be able to avail of that service. I don't really use land line anymore because of the mobile phone's convenience. But since my wi-fi is always acting up on me, not to mention the slow connection at times, I do think I need to change my service provider. On the other hand, availing a land line phone with DSL means I have to pay extra charges for the phone itself, which I will rarely use, when all I really need is just the internet. What do you think? :)
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20 responses
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
Same happened to me. We received the phone but we never used it. Somehow, our dog found it and it became one of his toys. Anyway, a landlines is good in case your cellphone isn't working out od a sudden and you need a permanent line of communication.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's true :) Land line is still reliable as a means of communication.
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@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
for the use of the internet some companys do require that they give you a phone number but no one says that you ever have to use it however i would check around and also check with the local cable company
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
True. And local cable companies also provide broadband connection however the last time I checked, it's not yet available in our area :(
• Mexico
19 Apr 13
well i wish you all the best to fix your issues with the internet I know it can be hard some times to fight to be online and as i know this as I am moving friday or monday and I will be with out the internet
@dodo19 (35092)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
23 Apr 13
I think that it depends on the individual's needs. For some, it can be a good thing. Others have no need for a landline. I think that there can be benefits to either having a landline, or not having one.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
23 Apr 13
You're right. I'm just not really into paying extra charges for the land line since I won't even use it that much. But since I need a faster internet connection, then I really have to avail of one. Thanks for sharing! :)
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
19 Apr 13
While people hardly uses landline now, I think it is still necessary, especially when it comes to office.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
20 Apr 13
Of course. Office setting is different :) And its easier and cheaper to contact some people in the office through land line :)
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I don't know why people are still asking this question! Yes, landline phones are still important for a lot of people. I have kids who are sometimes home without me. I'm not going to get a cellphone for each of my kids, so they do need the home phone in case I need to reach them when they're home and I'm not. Also I don't want their friends calling on my cell phone. Some homes have no need for a landline because everyone has a cellphone.. but in my home with children who aren't old enough for a cellphone.. yes, I still need landline.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I seldom use the land line unlike in my younger years. But due to the need of a stable and reliable internet connection, I think I may need to apply for a DSL connection which requires a land line phone in it. That means additional charges for something I rarely use. On second thought, I do need an internet connection. Yes there are a lot of alternatives but it costs thousands of pesos here so I better rely on the DSL with phone instead :)
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
18 Apr 13
Hey ayeesha, i personally don't think there is still a need for landline because with our iphone, we are able to do so much and we can connect wtih almost everyone. Wtih wi-fi capacity, we can keep in touch with everyone over whatsapp or facebook chat. ON the other hand, phones give out a whole lot of radiation and therefore is really bad for our brain especially. If you seldom use the landline, then there is no point getting one since you won't be using it much plus you still ahve to pay for it.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
That's true. But with my online work, I do need a decent internet connection. The one I'm using is unstable and I easily get disconnected that's why I'm thinking of applying for DSL which requires a land line phone as well.
@undeep (1)
• United States
18 Apr 13
Landline phone is always important , no matter who mobile phones and other handheld devices has taken control of the communication. Landphone expresses your identity, people are usual in changing their mobile phones. But land phones hardly give you any flexible chance of switching.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
Well, land line phones can hardly be changed. Or if you do, you can always go cordless but that's it. Unlike mobile phones where there are numerous models coming out every year.
• United States
18 Apr 13
I understand where you are coming from, cellphones are taking over and paying for a landline is a waste of money nowadays. To answer your question I would not get a landline the sales person is just trying to get you to spend more money in my opinion, I had time warner cable internet and it worked really well until my laptop broke, and I have heard good things about DSL. You just have to do your homework and see what company offers the best internet service
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
Our cable provider provides internet connection too. Unfortunately, it's not yet available in our area. Fiber optic is now available as well but it costs thousands of pesos a month, way more expensive than the DSL + phone package. And the pocket wifi is really unreliable. So I guess have no choice :(
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I think you can look around for an internet provider that will only give you internet without having to pay extra for the phone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I tried several pocket wi-fi, only to have them disconnected. It's really slow and unreliable, especially when I really need an Internet. So I think I might avail of the DSL and will pay for the additional charges instead.
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
Hi Ayeeesha, with the rise of mobile phones and other high tech gadgets, I guess the use of landline phones have already decreased. However, every home and establishment should have a working landline phone particularly if you own a business or if you want to have a DSL connected to your home or office. I am considering of applying for a DSL connection with our current landline phone provider. We just need to pay extra 200 pesos for the internet connection on top of our monthly bill. it is cheap indeed. However, I have been hearing negative feedbacks regarding the service. For instance, slow to no internet connectivity especially during rainy season. I am still reading more reviews about it.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
Checked your website and saw that you're from the Philippines :) Are you referring to PLDT? If it's only 200 pesos then I don't mind paying for it. That's how much I need a stable internet connection :) But I heard their services can be crappy sometimes and it will take days or weeks even before they can attend to your concern.
@ptrikha_2 (12048)
• India
18 Apr 13
The landlines are no longer that much necessity. Yet, one might need them personally at times. One might be using a wired broadband connection where one might need a landline telephone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
True. And that's the only reason why I'm thinking of applying for a phone with DSL connection since I really need a faster and more stable internet connection. Though I'm sure I won't be able to maximize the land line phone. Thanks for the input!
• India
18 Apr 13
in these days everyone has mobile. . so landline is going out of picture but ya for broadband connection, landline is needed and in many homes, most of offices and all govt offices, broadband connection is used.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's right. If one wants a stable internet connection, then land line should also be availed of. Anyway, thank you for sharing! :)
@tinayu (214)
• China
18 Apr 13
in my opinion nowadays landline phones are still necessary .landline phones are environmental friendly and healthy. people can hear clearly and talk as long as they can.the best advantage is that the landline phones don't need to be charged.it is best for the old men.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's true :) And if I really need a stable internet connection, then I do think I have to avail of the company's phone + DSL package. Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)
@youless (95748)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Apr 13
Although today the mobile phone is quite common and therefore many people say it is not necessary to have the landline phone at home. However, I still think it is necessary for me. I prefer people call my landline phone at first since I have to pay for it even if I pick up the mobile phone. Whereas picking up the landline phone is free. Besides, I use ADSL to access to the internet at home and therefore I must have a landline phone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
If ever I'm going to apply for a DSL and land line, the only person I'll call is mom :) I don't really need land line these days although I'm still considering of getting one because I need a faster Internet connection. Thanks for sharing! :)
• China
18 Apr 13
Well, if just for the internet, then it would be better to have a land line phone, but I think that a cellphone also one of the necessary thing in our life, as you know as the development of the communications, that not a land line phone but also a cellphone are very good for us to contact with our friend, so this is not a problem but just have the two of them, be good~~~
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I do really need a decent internet connection. So yes, I'll probably avail of the phone + DSL. Thanks for your input! :)
18 Apr 13
yes you need a landline for easy connection and also for phone calls using mobile to call landline numbers isquit expensive rather using the landline
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's true. It's cheaper to call using land line phones. Thanks for that! :)
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
18 Apr 13
We use ours only for internet wireless. Everyone uses their own cell phones. We don't regard it as necessary anymore
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's my primary consideration actually -- the internet connection. I don't really care much about the phone since all I need is a faster internet connection.
@Kementari (138)
• Canada
18 Apr 13
In my opinion I don't think that there is really much use for land lines these days, not with the convenience of mobile networks, free wi-fi, and internet connections being available on tablets. I have wi-fi at my apartment and when my boyfriend and I opened an account for it we didn't need a land line, although what we did need was a phone that was from the same company, luckily my mobile was a Bell phone and the internet we were setting up was from Bell - this is only in case we needed technical support then it would be free from my cell. As long as the place you are in has a phone jack then you should be good to go, you won't really need a land line... with an actual phone attached to it. Definitely look into changing your service provider, because honestly... that just seems like a hassle! But go for DSL, you'll be a lot happier... well with the speed and connection and whatnot. Not sure about price range though :P That's what I think!
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
Well I definitely need a faster internet connection because I rely on it for my online earnings. I don't know if it's possible to have a DSL without a phone because according to the service provider that I talked to, what they offer is DSL + phone. It leaves me no choice actually. Anyway, thanks for that! :)
@lelin1123 (15639)
• Puerto Rico
18 Apr 13
Well I still have a landline phone because a cell phone was effecting my head. I was getting really bad headaches on the side of my head that I used the cell phone. I have a landline now with my wi-fi hooked up and it all works very nicely. If you want the wi-fi and can only have it with a landline I guess that is your only option. Unless you get rid of the cell phone to save money. I'm in my late 50's and lived 98% of my life without a phone in my pocket so I can survive but wouldn't be able to survive without my landline.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
That's my primary consideration actually, the internet connection. DSL is way faster compared to what I'm using right now that's why I'm really thinking of getting one. My only problem is that I'm not going to use the landline most of the time and yet I will have to pay for it. Unfortunately, I can't get rid of my mobile phone since it's easier to contact me through my phone.
• United States
18 Apr 13
We still have a landline because the cell phone reception in our immediate area is terrible. Hopefully in the near future, there will be more towers nearby so that the reception is better. When that happens, I will gladly give up my landline. =)