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Why do you still have a land-line?

  1. May 9, 2008 #1
    Why do you still have a "land-line?"

    ....and a cell phone, too. I've noticed that lots and lots of people have two phone numbers, not even counting their work numbers. It makes no sense. You have to do everything twice, like checking two voicemail boxes.

    In my case, I have both because I can't get cell phone reception in my home. That in and of itself is a long story, but I am wondering if other people have this problem too or whether there are other factors.......
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  3. May 9, 2008 #2
    For a lot of people it comes down to it being so cheap that it's a 'why not?'. Most people still have typical POTS lines run to their house, so the bells and other companies can offer bundle packages that combine the DSL internet and phone into one payment. Years ago I thought that cable-tv/cable-internet and VOIP would put a hurting on POTS, but after personally diagnosing problems with VOIP in a network ops... it still has a way to go before it can beat the reliability of a standard phone line.

    It's also a good backup when your cell phone is charging or if you live in an are where reception isn't great. If one goes out, you have another.
  4. May 9, 2008 #3


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    For some, it's like having two or more email addresses.
    You can give some folks one mode of contact and leave the other for (say) higher priority contact.

    In addition, landlines (but probably not the digital phone service that comes with cable service) are probably more functional in the event of a power failure.
  5. May 9, 2008 #4
    I only keep a cell.
  6. May 9, 2008 #5

    Every bell and sufficiently sized telco that I am aware of, has a large battery array in case of a power failure. And when the batteries get low, they have diesel generators which come online to recharge the batteries.
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    Need a landline for my internet connection. I get free calls to other landlines, so why not?
  8. May 9, 2008 #7
    My landline is way cheaper than my cell phone, I use my landline for the majority of my calls to save money, my cell is just for emergencies when I am travelling and whatnot.
  9. May 9, 2008 #8

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    What he said.
  10. May 9, 2008 #9
    I had thought about not getting a land line in my next house, but we had a big storm here a couple of years ago and I didn't have power at my house for 5 days. At that time we had (Comcast) digital cable phone and a cell phone. The cell towers ran out of fuel in their generators for at least a day or two (depending on the tower), and the digital line required power to operate. Needless to say, we had no phones for a while. I have learned my lesson and will be putting in a standard (Qwest) land line in the future house now, and I also switched back to Qwest in the current house. I use the cell phone for long distance and when we are out and about, and the land line for local calls and when the power is out! My family was rather stressed not being able to get ahold of us to find out if we were okay. (which we were, we did better than 90% of the locals that also had no power)
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    He's a she. :rofl:
    But, same thing here. My cell is only for incoming calls or emergencies; W uses hers to call me when she's out of town, which is the majority of the time. In addition, both of our cells are our private domain, whereas the house phone is for both of us.
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    I have both for redundancy. I have free dial up internet in the event the DSL goes out, and a broadband wireless connection card as a back up in the event both go out. I also have a cell phone.

    Cable seems to be rather problamatic at times, the land line is waay more reliable. I also have a corded home phone incase electricity goes out. I have candles and books if all else fails. :biggrin:
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    And a good supply of batteries for your friend...? :uhh:
  14. May 9, 2008 #13
    I don't, I only carry a cell phone.
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  16. May 9, 2008 #15

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    Dang it! I knew that!
  17. May 9, 2008 #16
    It's fine. I would haven't known either :smile:
  18. May 9, 2008 #17
    It is cheaper to have the land line, for when I'm at home. The cell is used just for when I'm out and about :smile:
  19. May 9, 2008 #18
    I keep a landline so there is someone that can call me on my cell phone.

    If I didn't have a landline, I'd have to call myself from payphones. And those are expensive.
  20. May 9, 2008 #19
    Do they still have payphones?? lol I'm not sure I saw one in a while
  21. May 9, 2008 #20
    I didn't get what you just said.

    You keep a land-line so there is someone that can call you on your cell phone?

    Why would you need a land-line if you wanted people to call you on your cell phone?
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