(Closed) Spin Off — Do you have landline telephone ?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What type of Phone Service do you have (check as many as you wish)

    I / We have Cellphone Service

    I / We have Landline Service

    I / We use Skype

    I / We use Magic Jack

    I / We use something else (please tell us in the comments)

    Polls... Telephone Poles ???

  • Post # 77
    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We have only cell phones. When we buy a house, I want a landline. For me, living through September 11 made me want a land line. we couldn’t get cell connection at all near DC for the whole day, and that changed me. My parents got rid of their landline this month, and it kind of bummed me out. I will someday have a non electricity based simple landline, if for no other reason than practical safety. No judgement to those who don’t want one. 

    Post # 78
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @This Time Round:  To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s an actual plan or just something they decided to give us to keep us from cancelling (we also cancelled our satelitte).  We both hate Bell with a burning passion, but unfortunately due to where we live, there aren’t many other options.

    Post # 79
    13994 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We do have a landline, only because it was cheaper to bundle it with cable and internet than it was to get only cable and internet alone.  We have more services for less money, which makes no sense to me, but as long as it’s saving me money, I’m good.  We have turned the ringer off and actually never use it, though.  We rely on our cell phones for communication.

    I live right outside DC.

    Post # 80
    9680 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @This Time Round:  We both have cell phones. Actually, I have 2 of the same phone in different colours (one is for work). We will get a landline when we have kids though because we won’t want them on our cells and they can’t have their own until they can afford to pay for it. 

    Post # 81
    12242 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We only have one personal cell phone for both of us!


    Post # 83
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Fun topic!  USA here.

    I haven’t had a landline since about 2001.  I am healthy and don’t have any children.  DH also had no land line when I met him several years ago.  We both just have cell phones (with the same unlock pattern so we can use them if needed).

    My parents have a landline (with four cordless phones) in a ranch style three bedroom home.  My dad has MS (so he can fall/become weak/not be able to get up on his own) and my mom is hard of hearing so he keeps a phone in his shirt pocket.  Unfortunately this would not work for him if the power went out.

    DH’s parents have a landline because they live so far out in the country they don’t have cell phone service and only have satellite (with very limited data) internet.

    Most people I know with children (whether they are 20 or 50) have a landline with just the basic service “just in case” unless they can only afford a pay per use cell and use it sparingly and they still want a landline.

    Even though I don’t have one I know a landline can:

    • Work without power or a charger (so long as the lines/poles are intact).
    • In an emergency give dispatchers your exact address almost immediately.

    It’s still a risk not having a landline, but I accept it… and wouldn’t blame anyone if something happened and they couldn’t get here in time.  But if I had kids or was very ill/had someone  ill living with me I’d have a landline, even if I had to cut corners somewhere else.

    Post # 85
    1007 posts
    Bumble bee

    Chiming in from New Zealand.  I have a landline, which I do actually use quite frequently to call my parents.  To call anyone else I use my mobile, accept FH who lives in Australia and we talk using either Skype or Google Video.  The main reason why I cling to a landline instead of switching to naked broadband is in case of an emergency causing a loss of cellphone coverage, and so although I have a cordless landline phone I also have an old fashioned corded phone in the cupboard just in case.


    Post # 86
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    @paula1248:  I thought this too. We have a landline mainly because it came as part of our broadband deal.

    We’re in London and it’s often free to call another landline after a certain time. Plus, premium-rate phone numbers (which a lot of our customer service numbers are) charge much less if you call from a landline. Plus, we have elderly relatives who don’t use mobile phones and so landline-to-landline calling for them is free.

    We have smartphones and a landline.

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