House Phone or not?
  • Tranquil
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    My husband has been trying to convince me into cancelling our land line and just using our cell phones.  We decided to keep the land line for now.  I just feel like it's important for emergencies, and also when my son is in school in a few years, he will need to call his friends somehow, and I don't think using mom or dads cell phone is ideal...So, my question is, do you have a land line or simply use your mobile phones? 
  • I don't have a land line.  I know only a handful of people who even have one.  Most of those people really don't even need them.  You can always get your son a prepaid cell phone to call his friends on in a few years.  That way you can control how many minutes he has to talk to his friends.
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    I don't have one but my parents do. My grandmother doesn't have a cell phone.
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  • GingerLynn
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    We still have a landline but but we hardly ever use it. I keep it just in case cell phones decide not to work.
  • CrashCrash
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    I have a landline, but I don't have a cell phone. 
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  • GritsGrits
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    Curious said:

    I have a landline, but I don't have a cell phone. 



    I thought I was going to be the only one. We don't have cells. And actually haven't missed them like I thought we would. It's rather nice to go out of the house and be unreachable.

    I'll just go park it in my rocker and turn my hearing aids up so I can hear all you whippersnappers and your talk about your fancy cellular telephones...
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  • sidsmommy3sidsmommy3
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    We only have cell phones.  :)
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  • LLBLLB
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    We only have cell phones. We got a little box thingie that gives us full cell service at our house since we're in a crappy service area.

    We are planning on getting a landline again though because its actually costing us *more* to not have a landline. Sounds silly but the way our cable/Internet/phone was bundled it was cheaper than with just Internet/cable. Wish we would have realized this before we dropped the landline.
  • momma2A
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    We have no land line but will probably have to get one as DD goes to school and needs to contact friends and such. For the next 5 years though it'll just be cell phones
  • LilbitLilbit
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    only cells here 
  • GingersnapGingersnap
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    We have a land line ($10/ month) and a prepaid cell phone. We use calling cards and the land line for long distance calls. I use Pinger (free) on the laptop and on my iPod for texting. 


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  • PenguinsMommaPenguinsMomma
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    I have both and i use both frequently. I use my cell to text and the landline to talk. It worked out cheaper that way for me
  • cheesehead4ever
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    I have a land line for multiple reasons. 

    1.  If anyone in the house needs to call 911 and for some reason can't relay the address, they can trace the call a lot faster.

    2.  I have two kids.  Although my oldest has a cell phone, it's not always charged.  If either one of them has an emergency I don't want them searching for a cell phone.  If DH and I aren't home, two out the three cell phones would be gone and I know my youngest wouldn't be able to find her sister's cell phone.

    3. I am not paying for unlimited minutes on our family plan so DD can call all of her friends for hours at a time on her cell phone.  Our land line has free local calls and free long distance.

    4.  In case of power outage or natural disaster, we would still have phone service.  We do keep one corded phone that doesn't require electricity under our bed so if without power, we can make phone calls.  Weeks like this (Hurricane Sandy) makes me grateful for that option.

  • goldie
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    Always have had both.  I love my cell phone, but I need a land line to run a business.   Also, I think they are much easier to hear on.
  • Nona
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    I don't have a land line haven't had one in 10 years I think that cell phone is best because I can be reached any and everywhere I never miss a call unless I do it on purpose.
  • Tranquil
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    I have a land line for multiple reasons. 

    1.  If anyone in the house needs to call 911 and for some reason can't relay the address, they can trace the call a lot faster.

    2.  I have two kids.  Although my oldest has a cell phone, it's not always charged.  If either one of them has an emergency I don't want them searching for a cell phone.  If DH and I aren't home, two out the three cell phones would be gone and I know my youngest wouldn't be able to find her sister's cell phone.

    3. I am not paying for unlimited minutes on our family plan so DD can call all of her friends for hours at a time on her cell phone.  Our land line has free local calls and free long distance.

    4.  In case of power outage or natural disaster, we would still have phone service.  We do keep one corded phone that doesn't require electricity under our bed so if without power, we can make phone calls.  Weeks like this (Hurricane Sandy) makes me grateful for that option.



    ^yup! All great reasons I want to hold on to my land line.

  • CrashCrash
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    Lol, @Nona. That's exactly why I don't want a cell. I don't want people (!!!) to be able to call and talk to me anywhere and everywhere. Nuh uh, no way.
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  • CinnaCinna
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    We got rid of ours a few months ago and haven't missed it yet. DS started school this year so when the time comes that he wants to chat on the phone I'll just add him to my plan
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  • Katescrazymom
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    We have a landline, but have considered getting rid of it.  I've kept it because it only costs $5-10 a month with our bundle.  If we ever go ahead with getting rid of the cable, it will go, too.

    Dd will want to call friends sometime, and just learned the number!  And it's nice to have something that's not relient on cell service.  We have corded, no power required phones, so we always know where they are, and if we ever get lives and a babysitter, we won't have to rely on them having a charged, reliable cell phone.

  • LoveLove
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    We only have cell phones. We used to keep a landline, with just the basic, "there if you need it," plan. But after a few years, the only people who ever called it were telemarketers, and I found out that any phone in a landline jack, with a service subscription or not, can dial 911. So I cancelled it and never looked back. 
    We have a family share cell plan through Sprint, with unlimited everything, so even if the kids were to want to talk to their friends for hours upon hours, it won't cost us anything.

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  • babablacksheepbabablacksheep
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    We have both. My children do not have phones nor do they need them yet.  My DS12 stays home alone sometimes and that is why I keep it around.
  • PurpleFlowersPurpleFlowers
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    Love said:

    We only have cell phones. We used to keep a landline, with just the basic, "there if you need it," plan. But after a few years, the only people who ever called it were telemarketers, and I found out that any phone in a landline jack, with a service subscription or not, can dial 911. So I cancelled it and never looked back. 

    We have a family share cell plan through Sprint, with unlimited everything, so even if the kids were to want to talk to their friends for hours upon hours, it won't cost us anything.

    Ditto!

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  • Lakegirl34
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    My parents were in New York on business during 9/11. Cell phone towers were jammed from so many calls, but my mom was able to call my landline and get a message to me they were okay. I keep mine because of fear of emergency like that and I don't have to worry about dropped calls. At some point I'll let it go, but I'm not ready to do it. It pisses off the husband!
  • Marionettevie
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    cell phones only. no one would ever contact us on the landline if we had one

  • WillileeWillilee
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    We still have one for the telemarketers ha ha. I'm with @cheesehead4ever though, if there's an emergency a land line shows up with the address right away.
  • momsaidnomomsaidno
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    We just have cell phones. I don't think I have even talked on a land line since I worked. So its been 4 years since I heard a phone call or answered a land line  L-)

  • WebosMama
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    We have both. The land line is the number given out to everyone. It has an answering maching because we screen most calls. It only costs $10 a month on our bundled plan, so we will keep it forever.

    We don't give out our cell numbers except to family. I do not like being reached "anywhere, anytime". My cell is for my convenience only, no one else's. Work does have my cell because I sometimes travel between facilities, however I made it very clear to my boss that since the company does not pay for my cell, it is to be used only in an urgent situation (and even then I may not answer).

    Also, we do not text at all.
  • forkinthehead
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    Gave up the landline six years ago. The only calls we got were for Gene's Casino tours...apparently it was their number before us. I have a cell to use when I need it...I do screen my mothers calls she doesn't need to call me everyday. She calls out of boredom I screen to keep my sanity.
  • ManicMomma
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    I have a landline for emergency purposes only...I'm really not a phone person.
  • episcopal
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    I'm with you, @tranquil.  I'm not ready to give up the landline just yet.  DW and I both still have "stupid phones."  I still misplace mine on occasion and once left it at Starbucks.  Also good to have a landline just in case of an emergency. 
  • sanitylost
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    We only have a land line.  Its actually run through our internet.  Called magic jack.  It's $30 a year so we just use that.  Works pretty well, unless the net goes down....
  • Tranquil
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    episcopal said:

    I'm with you, @tranquil.  I'm not ready to give up the landline just yet.  DW and I both still have "stupid phones."  I still misplace mine on occasion and once left it at Starbucks.  Also good to have a landline just in case of an emergency. 


    ^I have been known to "misplace" my cell phone a few times too lol. 
  • mommy2brooklynmommy2brooklyn
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    I don't have a house phone anymore. Haven't in probably 8-10 years. I don't miss it at all, that is until I can't find my cell phone and then I wish I had a land line to call it so I could find it!!!!

  • mommy2brooklynmommy2brooklyn
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    Oh and even if you don't pay for a landline, I'm 99% sure you can still plug a phone in and call 911 for free.
  • LoveLove
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    Oh and even if you don't pay for a landline, I'm 99% sure you can still plug a phone in and call 911 for free.


    Yes. That.
    But a quick Google search states that it is entirely dependent on your service area, and that 911 service to non-registered landlines are not mandatory. So.....check it out in YOUR area, before you turn off your phone!!


    Also, not sure if anyone knows it or not, but CELL PHONES with no service can also dial 911. They don't need a plan, doesn't matter if there are minutes on it, it doesn't even need a SIM card. If it has power, it can dial 911. Which is why letting your kid play with an old phone is not always a smart thing LOL (if it has power). My girlfriend got a visit from local law enforcement a couple years ago for this reason. Her son was playing with an old phone, that hadn't had service for like 3 YEARS, but was charged so he could play a game that was on it. And apparently, he had called 911 like 15 times... Lord.

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  • mommy2brooklynmommy2brooklyn
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    Gotcha! Thanks for checking into that!
  • busy_and_dizzy
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    DD13 and I have cells and we have a landline. We only use the landline to call our cells when we've misplaced them :-) It came with the internet. I've heard that in an emergency landlines will work better than cells.
  • Landric
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    We only have a landline because it is required by my employer (of course they don't pay for it).  Interestingly enough, whenever work calls me, they call my cell, which they also don't pay for.  I have DSL internet instead of cable because I was required to have a landline and the cable company in my area didn't offer phone service where I live when I bought my house.  They might now, I haven't checked.  We don't have cable TV (or any other TV service), and I didn't want two separate bills for phone and internet. 

    We are working on moving halfway across the country, just dependent on when we get jobs.  Once we get out there and settled, I am planning on ditching the landline entirely.  No one we know calls our landline, if it rings we ignore it because 95% of the time it is a telemarketer or a wrong number.  I'll probably add a third line to our cell service once we are settled and use that as our "house" phone.

  • Mommyof5
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    No landline here. Only cell phones.
  • cheesehead4ever
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    I don't have a house phone anymore. Haven't in probably 8-10 years. I don't miss it at all, that is until I can't find my cell phone and then I wish I had a land line to call it so I could find it!!!!



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  • jfletch1719
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    I work for a company that handles lots of phone service issues, and the primary reason a lot of people keep their phone is the e911 service. When you call 911 from a land line, they know exactly where you are without needing you to provide your address. With a cell phone, you need to tell them your location or wait while they trace it which can take a while. Even the VOIP (voice over IP--like Vonayge) services are better for e911 than a cell.
  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    We had a land line back in NJ, but never used it. All we got were wrong numbers, telemarketers and my Nana called me on it. For us it was a waste of money. Now we just have our cell phones....maybe when the boys are older we'll get a landline. But for now cells are fine.
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  • JazBearLilyJazBearLily
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    we dont have a land line. we both have cells with unlimited minutes for cheapo, and the kids just use those if they need to call somebody. a land line for us would just be a useless expense.
  • Kenb
    Posts: 84Member
    in my home we only have cell phones. We decided to cut the landline because we were cutting items from our budget.
  • 2isenuff84
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    I only have cells but I really miss having a landline. If I could afford to have both I would.
  • etherieletheriel
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    We have a landline. I can't hear very well on any cell phone even under the best of circumstances. Also, my house appears to be some sort of cell phone reception black hole. I have to go outside to use it. I always tell people to try the landline first. If I don't answer that, then you can call my cell phone.

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  • nottheone
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    We live in ano mans land for cell service, it's a 2g network and we have 4g phones. Basically expensive paperweights. We only get any decent service by connecting to our homes wireless Internet. We dropped the land lines to save money. Plus for us, texting is more common than speaking on the phone anymore lol.
  • LiquidPeppermintLiquidPeppermint
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    I didn't read all the way through and someone else might have mentioned this, but have you considered a VOIP like Vonage or Magic Jack?  We have a Magic Jack that we would use ONLY for emergencies.  My parents also have a Magic Jack, and it works fine for us, though my parents have low-bandwidth internet, so sometimes they can't do Internet AND talk on the phone (We're talking 1mb upload). 

    We don't even generally have a phone plugged into the Magic Jack.  We really got it so my DH could receive faxes at the house without paying for a landline.  It didn't work, but DSS 15 knows it exists, should he ever have an emergency and be unable to find his cell phone. 
  • Tacoflower1218Tacoflower1218
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    it's just my DD9 and I at my house.  When I moved into my apt 6yrs ago, they hadn't fixed the phone jack yet.  I told him not to bother bc i wasn't going to use it lol  I just have a cell (which costs me way too much a month, but can't part with it/downgrade).  when my daughter gets older, if we are still in this apt, i will probably get her a prepaid cell.  if we move, i may get a land line that she can use.  but for now it's just the cell.
  • undercoverbanana
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    for emergencies, I would have one....but, now magicjack has an option for people that dont have a computer...is that a landline? Having a cell has saved my life a couple times...but if towers get knocked down, they are useless.
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  • StarsStars
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    Once my youngest was old enough for a cell phone we cancelled our land line.  I had only kept it cause if he was home alone or wanted to call his friends that was his to use.  Now my boys, DH and I share an unlimited package for texting and what not.  Works for us. 
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