Post # 77
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
@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
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
@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
We only have one personal cell phone for both of us!
Post # 82
Weather… that I understand. The only time I remember there being NO Landline Service in my general area (not my family… but close by) was during the 1998 Ice Storm… that was pretty extreme, and UNUSUAL even for our crazy Canadian Weather.
PHOTO – 1998 Ice Storm c/o Wikipedia
When I was a kid we got a lot of snow (more than now, due to global warming)… like FEETS of snow.. and I never remember the landline phone going out… the electricity sure… but NEVER the phone.
That I understand. Crazy how a Bundled product can cost less for more… but like you I ain’t gonna turn it down if that is the case (was going to buy the other elements anyhow)
September 11th was one of those occasions when I really appreciated having my landline. Like others, I use my cell phone a lot when I’m running around… and I quickly discovered that day my cell phone wasn’t given me great service… some calls would go thru others wouldn’t (service currently unavailable = overload). Whereas my landline at home was up and running the whole time. Surprising, just how far the “effects” from 9/11’s Ground Zero in NYCity & Washington spread outwards.
That event, made me realize just how important it was to have a way to communicate in case of an unprecidented emergency. Not knowing what is going on with your Loved Ones is a HORRIBLE helpless feeling !!
Post # 83
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 # 84
@This Time Round: I haven’t had a landline since 2005.
Post # 85
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
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.