Cell phone vs home phone

United States
June 27, 2008 3:24am CST
Do you have both a cell phone and a home phone? My parents still have both, but I've not had a home phone since I moved out. I just don't see a need for it, since I'm going to have a cell phone anyway, it doesn't seem worth it to pay for a land line home phone. I really think that home phones are going to rapidly become obsolete as more and more people in my general relay only on cell phones, and many people in my parent's generation are switching to cell-phone only. What do you think?
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@squaretile (3832)
• Singapore
27 Jun 08
I don't have a home phone either for the same reasons that you mentioned. i think it's true that home phones are going to be obsolete especially since hand phone packages are getting cheaper and cheaper. in the past people had land lines because they would use it for long conversations. and it would be too expensive to use hand phones for those conversations. but these days it's not so bad. in fact the fixed charge for setting up a new land line is quite prohibitive for people who already have hand phones and who are not home that often after all!
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• Singapore
29 Jun 08
thanks for the br!
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Cellphones are really advantageous. But the cost of landphones are different from cellphones. Many businesses will still keep landline phones, i guess. One phone company, PLDT, reinvented landphones and fused it with the convenience of having a cellphone - they made it wireless. how innovative! keeping a landphone may be more of a business need. or, probably, contacts are still using landphones. expect the older generation to be more comfortable with it. keeping one is wise. keeping both is a prerogative.
• United States
27 Jun 08
I agree that businesses will probably keep having land phones. Also, my mom keeps an old rotary phone in case the power goes out, even though she could just charge her cell phone in the car if the power was out that long.
@PearlGrace (3171)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Hello celestemichelle. Yes, I have a cell phone, my husband has a cell phone, and we have a land line (home phone). I think you are right: it doesn't make sense to pay for cell phone and a home phone. However, my husband thinks he needs the home phone as he works from home. If it was just me, I am sure I would just do away with the home phone. I do think land lines for homes will become obsolete.
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@arddi2007 (202)
• Albania
27 Jun 08
i think that cell phones are better than home phones because you can communicate with them where ever you are.
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• Nepal
27 Jun 08
The lanline are the most use ful but less important. Cell phone are dumb with out network and if it is so then it is use to see time and play music and games.
• Indonesia
27 Jun 08
we don't have fixed phone our house. i live with my sister and my mother. i and my sister have our own cellphone, my mother feels she don't need to communicate by phone so we don't think we need to have a fixed phone.
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@maleek49 (91)
• Singapore
27 Jun 08
I do have both phones in my home, but we often use home phone. cell phone is number one communication.. cause it's mobile , you can communicate every where you go and also make it easy for you to talk using sms, can read ebook moreover play games and check your emails I agree with you, home phone are going to become obsolete.. everyone is switching to cell-phone only
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• United States
27 Jun 08
When I got a phone that I could use to check my e-mail that was a huge deal. As a student e-mail was possibly the #1 form of communication, and since I lived off campus I didn't get to a computer to check it often. With my phone I could deal with new e-mails between classes, or over lunch, and have less to do when I got home.
@jephone (118)
• Canada
27 Jun 08
I'd like to use VOIP phone. It's great and very cheap. The cell phone it's too expensive for me.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
I've used VOIP for international calls, and occasionally if there was a problem with my cell phone, but it is less convenient, especially since I don't have a number people can only call me if I'm signed in and they're using the same VOIP.
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I don't have a totally unlimited cell plan and I am the only one in my family to actually have a plan. My hubby uses a prepaid and my son does also. Without the landline we'd have to significantly spend more than necessary so a landline is still a must. We have VoIP phone service thru the same provider we have tv and internet from. It's a package deal and decently priced. Someday when you can get an unlimited cell phone plan for $20 a month, then maybe I wouldn't have a landline. By the way, if you have a home security system you have to have a land line or they cannot call you if it goes off. I think they use something to track to your address thru your phone line or maybe the distress (fire, police, emergency) goes thru the phone lines directly to 911 when the alarm is tripped.
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@mayka123 (14042)
• India
30 Jun 08
I do not have a landline at home because there is nobody at home the whole day. So I feel there is no sense in having a landline. Me and my daughter come home only after 9 pm and we prefer using the cell phone.
@xialinye (1403)
• China
30 Jun 08
yes,i have both cellphone and home phone.cellphone cannot change the way people use home phone.when people are in the office,they will prefer to use homephone.
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@edleogc (46)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
I have both a cell phone and a home phone.While it is true that home phone is rapidly overshadowed by cell phone in term of usage, the need for it is unequaled.We need home phone to avail of a high speed DSL connection.We can't do without internet,right?Not to mention the free local calls it has to offer. Wireless connections are frustrating(at least in the Philippines)with the rival ISPs outdoing each other totally sacrificing quality and costumer satisfaction.So the point is,unless better technology is introduced, home phone is here to stay.
• Cyprus
29 Jun 08
I think that a person using only cell phone has something to hide. Yes you can be anywhere you want, while when using a land line gives your location and some people do not like it. A land line is good for a specific applications and so is the cell phone, so you need them both in life.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I think that eventually everyone will go to cell phones but I haven't thought of giving up my home phone. I have both but only use my cell phone when I am away from home. Usually my kids are the only ones who call me on it and there are only a few others who have the number. There have been many times that friends of my kids have found them because I still have my home phone and they still had the number and called me to have them call them so they could get back in touch.
@jessieBee (1046)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Jun 08
I have a home phone and cell phones. the reason for having a home phone is to receive the internet connecting. And also we get a lot of calls on our home phone and the cell phone.
@jazgottt (1181)
• Poland
28 Jun 08
hi celestemichelle. I have only a cell phone because I don't need home phone. I and my sister have induced my parents that they don't need landline anymore and they resigned of it. They pay lower bills now and they are glad that they don't have home phone anymore. I think that now-a-days having both landline and cell phone is not profitable solution. It is enough to pay one phone bill:). Have a nice day, jazgottt.
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@rhane7315 (5655)
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
we don't have a home phone. we're planning on getting one this month or maybe next month. but if you're gonna ask me on what i'm gonna prefer, of course i would prefer a cell phone. we can bring cell phone everywhere we go, we just need a good signal in order for others to contact us
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• Australia
28 Jun 08
i still have both and i'm using both, depending on what number i'll be calling and where i am when i need to make a phone call. calling a landline number would be best for home phone and mobile numbers for mobile. eventhough mobile companies gives you so-called "cap plans", you're really not getting value for your money as they have different pricing altogether...meaning, eventhough you have say for example $500 worth of credit...if you will analyze how many phone calls you'll make to consume that $500, you'd see that its not really that many, especially if you're a "talker". actually sometimes, it is better to use home phone to call mobiles and not the other way around.
• Malaysia
28 Jun 08
i prefer to use cell phone only. but my parent has their home phone but i look at the bill, there is no need to home phone because my parent also has a cell phone. them always use their cell phone not home phone. Futhermore, cell phone is very nice and closed to me, i will carry it whenever i go. cell phone is more functional then home phone.
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
I recently have a landline. Though all of us already have our own mobile phones, I think landlines can also be useful in times of emergency. For example, my mother should reach me but she doesn't have any credit in her mobile phone then she will use our landline to reach me out.
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