Have You Given Up Your Home Telephone Service?

@freak369 (5122)
United States
May 24, 2009 9:08am CST
Most people I know have opted to give up their home telephone service and use their mobile instead. With flat rate pricing that is about the same, if not less, than what most phone companies charge, many people are ditching their landline service. I haven't had a home phone for a couple years and have never had any problems. When a company asks for my "home phone" and I give them my cell number they cause a little bit of a stink. If they want my business bad enough they won't complain about it. Have you given up your home telephone service? If so, how much are you saving per month? Do you have any problems because you don't have a home number?
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14 responses
• United States
24 May 09
no,i'd like to though,but my mom's against it.i tried explaining to her a cell is honestly cheaper,but she doesn't listen. eventually,i will be axing it in favor of cell though.
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• United States
24 May 09
Hi scarlet_woman,- I like your name:) Sometimes it's hard for the older generation to accept new technology. Maybe you could just get your own cell phone. Take it with you when you are with her and soon she will understand what you have been talking about. Good luck!
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@freak369 (5122)
• United States
25 May 09
Have you tried the Jitterbug? It is made for seniors so it has a large key pad, easy dialing and you can program numbers into it for them. I wouldn't suggest that as a replacement for a landline because I am not familiar with the current rates but it is nice for them to have in case of an emergency.
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• United States
26 May 09
a jitter bug probably would be good for her,but she's one of those dyed in the wool types.she doesn't like change.
• United States
25 May 09
We travel so much that home telephone service would be a waste of money. We have cell phones and sometimes it stinks because we don't get good reception but if it required me to have a land line I'd just ask for theirs since they are obviously behind the times. I just make sure to put my number on the Do Not Call Registry so my cell phone doesn't get stupid sales calls.
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@freak369 (5122)
• United States
25 May 09
I am waiting for the Do Not Text Spam list to start. When I had a pay as you go plan I would get charged 5 - 10 cents for incoming messages and even if I only got one a day, that still ate away at my balance.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
25 May 09
Hey freak, I still have my landline. In developing countries, such as Thailand, you need a landline to ensure good download speed on your broadband connection. Due to the drop in demand, the monthly rental is cheaper than it's been for as long as I can remember. i basically pay only for the broadband.
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• United States
24 May 09
Hi freak369, I haven't had a land line phone for about ten years now. With cell phones I don't see a need for one. Why have two phone bills? Plus, you can't take it with you! I have a good plan with Sprint and I've been using them for about eight years now. I will not ever switch. Happy calling!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
24 May 09
I'm about to. My mom is staying in Florida this summer and I don't really need the land land for her medic alert. I could save $50 a month! I have 40 hours saved up on my cell phone, which costs me only $15 a month. I'm seriously considering it!
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@rrdj71 (696)
• United States
24 May 09
Yep. I have been "home phone free" :) for a year now. I don't see the point. It is just usually a perfect tool for telemarketers. They NEVER call the cell phone so now I just have my cell phone and I am happy with it. That way when people need me they can reach me at anytime wether I am home, or not. It is a blessing.
@freak369 (5122)
• United States
25 May 09
I like having a cell phone instead of a landline. It's portable, I get unlimited calling and it saves me over $500.00 a year.
• Kottayam, India
25 May 09
home telephone service is still there, but everybody having personal mobiles more expenses what we could do ?
@TrvlArrngr (4051)
• United States
25 May 09
I gave up my home phone about 5 years ago. I save about 40-50 dollars usd per month. I already pay about 110 for our family plan for cell phones. anyone that wants to reach us knows our cell numbers. i have not had any issue with it. you would have a problem with working from home if you needed the land line to get work calls. My job gave me a blackberry so they can always reach me so that was solved quick.
• Australia
25 May 09
my home phone is connected to the internet so ive stopped answering the home phone and only answered phones from my mobile and mostly the home phone gets called by companies and church organistations asking for money
@vsharma (48)
24 May 09
Nope, I still sue it and think its great. Simply because the calling rates you get on your landline is unbeatable. If you have a fixed monthly allowance at the end of your allowance you revert back to your landline simply because its cheaper.
@geniustiger (1696)
• Philippines
24 May 09
I dont have a home telephone at home long time. But now I need to have it because it is link in my internet connection. I dont want to have it because I did not use it always I have cell to communicate people and its esaier than a phone. But I will not be installed If I will disagree the telephone so I just accept it for the mean time then after the term 2 years I will plan to cut it. It is also my problem in my office because I dont have my landline but its okay for me.
@harryt123 (327)
• United States
24 May 09
I had actually at one time thought about giving up my home phone service after there was a continuing issue with the quality or lack of service that we were getting. I know a lot of people have switched from using a home phone service to just using their cell phones or even a Voice over IP service such as VONAGE or even skype. These two are actually a very good option for a person that makes a lot of calls as they have some benefits to them as well. Using the cell phone can be costly in my opinion as you would be deducting all of the minutes from the plan and if it is a family share plan then that is something to consider and keep in mind as well.
@whyaskq (7530)
• Singapore
24 May 09
Though everyone at home has a cell phone, we still keep the house line though it was seldom use. I make use of the house line when I know I will be on the line for long hours. It is expensive to make such a call on cell phone. Besides, the home line is for my relatives and lost friends who have my number before I have my cell phone.
• Singapore
24 May 09
i ever think of giving up my home telephone service , since every members in my family have our own handphones , we don't reaaly need a home telephone. after some thought , i give up that idea , the reason is because the home telephone number was well know by many of my long term friend , sometime , when they feel like calling me, they will call my home telephone , handphones number alway change but home telephone will not change