Post # 1
I’m thinking about getting rid of my land line. I’ve had it because if I called 911, it would immediately show my address. I recently got robbed and it was a daytime robbery (no 911 to call!). And, when I eventually did call the police, it was on my cell phone. I’m not worried about someone breaking in while I’m at home and if there was a fire, I’d probably run out of the house with my cell phone vs. remembering to grab my land line anyway!
All of this got me rethinking the landline. I’m paying $70 a month for it and $30 of that is internet. I’m thinking about switching my internet to something else and droppin the land line. In it’s place, will be the monthly cost for an alarm system (that doesn’t need to use a land line).
I think that’s a good use of that money… but, I’m wondering if I’m missing any advantage to hanging a land line vs. just cellular.
Post # 3
because i don’t like giving out my cell number to most people. And if something ever happened to my cell phone, i at least still have a phone.
Post # 4
We used to have one at our old house because it got no cell reception but now I don’t see the need. I think cell phones might have some type of tracking system for emergency services now.
Post # 5
@RockStar33: me too. I only give it to people I really need/want to talk to. Plus I can ignore the call if I don’t want to talk to someone and they would think I just wasn’t home. If it was on my cell phone they would know I was just ignoring them. lol
Post # 6
Because where I live you can only get broadband through your landline, so needs must.
Post # 7
We have a landline (it’s cheap though) for 2 reasons: 1) reverse 911 calls and 2) it’s better to have a landline with our home security system.
Post # 8
I got one because it was cheaper to add it. I was paying $120 for cable and internet, if I added a land line it was considered a bundle so I ended up paying $99 for all three.
Post # 9
We’re going to get one once we have have a house so that we have a “home” number where we can both be reached, rather than having to give our cell numbers out for everything.
Post # 10
We live with Future Mother-In-Law and Future Father-In-Law, they have one still because they have had it for like 25 years and everything work related has always been connected to that number. They don’t use their cell phones except to call us or Future Brother-In-Law.
Future Mother-In-Law also still uses a pager…again for work! She is a nurse so I guess thats the easiest way for her to be on call without her phone ringing constantly
Post # 11
I have one because my cell reception is awful in our condo. I work from home and call clients all day so I don’t exactly enjoy getting dropped calls all the time.
Post # 12
Our cable/internet/phone package was cheaper if we had the landline…having just cable/internet cost way more, weirdly. Buy more, save more, I guess?
We also get terrible cell reception at our house, like one bar if we’re lucky and stand in the exact right spot.
Plus, I just like having one. It makes it easier for when someone needs to call “us” to talk to either one of us, as opposed to specifically me or Fiance.
Post # 13
It made getting internet cheaper & a BIG reason why we are keeping it, last year a HUGE storm hit. The power was out for a few days & I could not charge our cell ONCE it did start working. But while the storm was happening (9 pm at night & while my husband was at work) I couldn’t get ahold of anyone to see if there was a tornado warning or anything! I was scared to DEATH! The storm kept the cell phone from dialing out for whatever reason, I had no power, no clue what was going on, no phone & I was terrified! I knew NO ONE around where we live at the time. I cried, watched the wind blow things around (including a bike that almost hit ME while I was walking around outside trying to find SOMEONE with a phone.)
At the time of the storm we already had our landline but I didn’t have a cord phone (which will work without power) & now we do. So if something like that happens again I will have a phone to call someone (like my husband if he is at work or my mother if need be.)
Post # 14
A phone line came with our cable and internet bundle, so we have a home phone. I honestly love it. I HATE having a cell phone. It’s a ball and chain. People are always like “Why didn’t you answer my text, why did my call go to voicemail…” I don’t know, I never have my cell phone on me because I hate it.
Post # 15
We have it for our alarm system, I honestly don’t even know what the number is!
Post # 16
Our home alarm system is set up through a land line. Otherwise we wouldn’t have one.