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Ditching land line at home? (VANITY)
Self | January 9, 2014 | Self

Posted on 01/09/2014 5:33:59 AM PST by pogo101

My wife and I are considering "making the leap" by dumping our land line phone. We'd effectively still have a hard-wired connection, to a point, namely our U-verse internet connection -- although that largely becomes wireless INSIDE the house.

We are sufficiently confident in the connection that it would work in a medical or other emergency.

Also, we have gotten so many spam land-line calls in recent years, despite being on the DNC list, that our landline is largely useless anyway.

Thoughts?


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1 posted on 01/09/2014 5:33:59 AM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

I’ve kept my land line for two reasons ... to weed out those obnoxious marketing calls and so my kids would have an easy access to a phone in case of an emergency.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 5:35:49 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: pogo101

When we moved to Annapolis, Maryland, we decided not to get a hard line and have not regretted it a moment. Just make sure that your cell phone works great in your home and does not drop calls. I have heard that happening to some folks especially in older homes.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 5:36:37 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: pogo101

During Hurricane Ike, on the SW side of Houston, our U-Verse was out for a few hours. Land-line phones came back in a few days, almost a week before we got power.

With a small generator, we got by fine and let neighbors use our Vonage phone to check in with family.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:15 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: pogo101

Want to do the same thing. Yesterday my ATT monthly $100 bill arrived for precious Land line and Internet. $1,200 a year for endless solicatations and crappy DSL. What do we do?


5 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:20 AM PST by Tugo (O5)
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To: pogo101

Got rid of my land line years ago. Don’t miss it at all.....or the bill for it.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:21 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: pogo101

We found the savings to be minimal. Also, the land line comes in handy when the cell isn’t getting the best signal. Some family and friends only have my land line number, especially older friends.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:49 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: pogo101

If it’s a true analog (PBX-based) phone line, you have the benefit of a telephony connection regardless of power in your home. If it’s VoIP-based, ditch it. The costs are not worth the hassle.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 5:38:48 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: pogo101
My wife is still concerned about emergencies and cell outages. The cell outages don't happen often but the land line is nearly 100% and it's hard to think of something that's more reliable.

Most of what we get on the land line is spam (we're do not call too), service providers, and a few relatives now and again.

I could live without it.

9 posted on 01/09/2014 5:39:32 AM PST by hometoroost
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To: pogo101

Did it for a year, but then had it re-installed.
Reason: Babysitters without phones.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 5:41:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: pogo101
We haven't had a land line for several years.

Don't miss it.

11 posted on 01/09/2014 5:41:35 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: albie

If you have had the number for a long time port it to a cell phone


12 posted on 01/09/2014 5:41:49 AM PST by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: pogo101
Wife, son, and I did the same about 8 years ago. And we thought we were laggards! You've outlasted us.

Seriously, the only adjustment I've had to make is to REMEMBER to drag my cell phone with me from room to room. That's the weird thing--kids do it as a matter of course, but those of us (I'm 52) who grew up with land lines think of the house phone as a central location, with a loud ringer.

Cell phones are more personal in so many ways--quieter ringer, personalized this and that.

I was worried that my doctor, the pharmacy, work (before I retired!) would have trouble reaching me. I worried for naught. We waited years as the land line grew quieter and quieter...we never used it!

My advice: Ditch it! You won't miss it. And don't look back.

13 posted on 01/09/2014 5:42:58 AM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: pogo101

If you have had that phone number for a long time, consider getting MagicJack

You can keep your old number, and you don’t even have to use it- you just go to the website, log onto your account, and forward all calls to your cell phone. All calls that would have gone to your home phone will go to your call. If you later decide you wish you had your old phone back then you have not lost your number

And at $19 a YEAR it is incredible bargain- i am amazed this has not taken over completely


14 posted on 01/09/2014 5:43:56 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: pogo101

Been without a land line for 5 years. No concern about “emergencies”. Just as long as those that need to contact you in the case of an emergency have your cell number.

When I visit my mother, I’m amazed at how often her phone rings with “spam” calls. I have had maybe two or three cold calls over the last 5 years (and I think 2 of those were from candidates during the election).


15 posted on 01/09/2014 5:44:01 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: pogo101
We got rid of it about four years ago and do not miss it a bit.

In fact, when we moved back to Arizona, the cable company packaged in six "free" months of phone service with our internet service. So, we plugged an old phone in. No one ever answered it or used it.

16 posted on 01/09/2014 5:45:45 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Faith65
How do you internet?

I have Comcast LL and internet.

17 posted on 01/09/2014 5:47:22 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: pogo101

I got rid of my landline. Got tired of getting survey calls at 8:00 at night. It was worst around election time. Amazing how the political class exempted themselves from the Do Not Call lists. I have no regrets but I’m single so it works for me.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 5:47:43 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: pogo101

I cut my land line to bare bones service. I get 30 minutes of long distance included and a phone line for $24.95 a month.

We’re using a dial around (Onesuite) for long distance for $.02 per minute.

My older cell phone works, but it’s a dumb phone no contract for $.10 per minute. It costs about $9.00 a month and I can’t use all of the minutes.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 5:48:21 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: pogo101

We kept our old AT&T land line with a non powered phone for power outage use. Come to find out the phone didn’t work during a power outage because the sub-station lost power. Apparently it uses digital switching now or something. Thinking about doing the same you are.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 5:49:08 AM PST by McGruff (I stand with Phil.)
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To: MrB

Babysitters without phones? What are you hiring, 9-year-olds?


21 posted on 01/09/2014 5:49:51 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Mr. K
This thread has me interested.

I've looked into Vonage.

22 posted on 01/09/2014 5:49:55 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Hatteras

Sign you mother up for the do not call list. Cuts the annoying calls by 80% and there is a benefit of reducing the chance that your mom get’s scammed.


23 posted on 01/09/2014 5:51:16 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: knarf

comcast


24 posted on 01/09/2014 5:51:42 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: pogo101

Haven’t had a land line in years and years. Love it. Only the people who need to get a hold of me have my contact info. Internet is wireless and TV is satellite. No need for a hard connection. Can’t imagine ever going back.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 5:51:43 AM PST by FAA
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To: Mr. K

Don’t you need DSL service for Magic Jack?


26 posted on 01/09/2014 5:52:42 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: pogo101

I use my landline number for things like registering for store discount cards, or anything else which might tend to draw telemarketers. If I got rid of my landline, I’d start getting those calls on my cell phone.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 5:54:19 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: knarf

We have used Vonage for about a decade. No complaints.


28 posted on 01/09/2014 5:54:25 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: 9YearLurker

No. Cell phone possession is not ubiquitous with the young ladies’ families that I allow to babysit my kids.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 5:54:34 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: pogo101

When power is out in our area friends come to use my land line. Try to keep yours.

Call AT&T and tell them you are thinking of cancelling as the price is too high. They want to keep their long time customers. I negotiated for $20. a month high speed DSL and a $40. a month land line with unlimited local and long distance service. And I use a lot of long distance. DON’T let them switch you to VOIP by packaging the services. Also be sure to tell them that your budget has been busted by Obamacare’s increased rates on your healthcare.

I have had zero problems with solicitation calls, but then I never signed up for Do Not Call. I knew that would be compromised from the get go and used as a call list.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 5:54:52 AM PST by anonsquared
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To: anonsquared

You’re lucky. Whenever we had storms or heavy rain the land line went out- for days. The phone company replaced the line over the years but it still went out in bad weather. I always worried that if the phone was really ever needed in an emergency it wouldn’t work. That made the decision easier a few years back to dump it.


31 posted on 01/09/2014 6:01:43 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: anonsquared

BTW- it was At&T


32 posted on 01/09/2014 6:03:34 AM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: pogo101

Different approaches for different situations so one approach isn’t applicable to all.

In 2005 after Hurricane Rita came ashore, I’ve have had only cell phone access.
It hasn’t caused any problems as for as I can tell.


33 posted on 01/09/2014 6:03:43 AM PST by deport
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To: McGruff
Being in the telephone business there are few true POTS service. Most are running a softswitch which are internet based.
The only issue if you loose power is not to try and charge your cell phone, This always drains your phone. Dont try to live by the internet unless you dont care about regional power outages. Another tidbit is even your internet is based on phone switches and telephone company's ability to have power. Most cell tower are self powered.
For babby sitters, have a child phone they are very cheap and are not smart phones. The child phone then can be turned over to your kid when they get to pre-school.
34 posted on 01/09/2014 6:04:16 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: pogo101

I’ve been pondering the same thing the last few days.

My salary is getting cut so I’m looking for expenses to cut. That $100/month for DSL and a phone line that is only used to receive annoying telemarketing calls is a mighty tempting target.

Considering Vonage/Basic Talk. I have a few resumes floating around that still have the home phone number on them, and it would be unprofessional to have it disconnected should I get a bite. But then those telemarketing calls still come through, just at a cheaper price.

The 911 aspect was a concern at first. But then we figured that, if there was some sort of emergency where the cell towers were down, calling 911 would probably be pointless.

I’d rather just cut the cord though. In terms of value for my dollar, it’s probably the worst of all my monthly expenses.

May call AT&T first and give them a chance to lower the bill, but I don’t expect they’ll go down as low as Basic Talk, and definitely not as low as 0.


35 posted on 01/09/2014 6:04:36 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: pogo101

We did exactly that a few months ago, I should say hubby let AT&T talk him into it. The landline is now part of Uverse and will only last 6-7 hours if the power goes down. That’s a biggy for me and I’d like to switch back to the way things were.


36 posted on 01/09/2014 6:04:43 AM PST by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: pogo101

Also, if you do not use much long distance another option is going to local calls only. Then if you want to make a long distance call use a phone card. Costco sells them for $20. You just call an 800 number then the number you want to reach. Incoming local and long distance calls always come through.


37 posted on 01/09/2014 6:05:23 AM PST by anonsquared
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To: pogo101

I’ve been landline free for four years, and haven’t once missed having it.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 6:06:17 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: pogo101

we did it years ago and are very happy now. For the first few years I had sprint and often could not use my cell at home. I have t-mobile now and am happy. My wife always had AT&T and has never had an issue. Make sure you get a provider with a good signal at your house (have friends/family over to test).


39 posted on 01/09/2014 6:06:38 AM PST by LostPassword
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To: pogo101

I used to think that the land line was the most reliable option in times of power outages, but that seems to be no longer the case.

The phone company central offices used to have banks of batteries to keep the system running when the power goes off, but apparently they have cut back severely on their batteries to save money.

Case in point: Sandy

My land line phone stayed up for about 8 hours after the power went off, and then died. No dial tone, no DC power on the line. I think I had cell service the whole time.

On several earlier incidents when the power was off for several days, the land line phone was operational throughout.

On at least one post-Sandy incident, the power went off and the land line phone went dead immediately.

They’re pushing hard to get everyone onto their fiber optic system. I don’t have any confidence that this system will be any better.

Back in olden times, before the government came down hard on Ma Bell, reliable service under all conditions was a matter of pride for the company. Now I don’t think they give a crap.


40 posted on 01/09/2014 6:09:45 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Faith65

In our area it is the cell service that goes out with the power, not the land line. We are in a rural area that the power company deems ‘unpopulated’ so they use their resources to get power back to the cities over an hour away. They know we will stay civilized if our power is out for days. The same can’t be said for the Obama voters in America’s cities.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 6:10:36 AM PST by anonsquared
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To: pogo101
It's 2013. I've had good experiences with OOMA, Vonage, and Sprint's Home Phone Connect.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 6:11:19 AM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: McGruff

A few years back, there was a pretty bad ice storm here that knocked out the power for almost 3 days.
My cell continued to work.
My land line continued to work.

About 8 hours after the power went out, my land line ceased. I think the substation I’m connected through ran out of AUX power then.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 6:11:41 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: pogo101

Cell only for 13 years....


44 posted on 01/09/2014 6:14:22 AM PST by colinhester
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To: pogo101

I ditched the landline telephone 10 years ago and never regretted it. Why give AT&T more of my hard earned money? The only people who called it were telemarketing anyway.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 6:17:40 AM PST by Brasky (You miss every shot you never take.)
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To: pogo101

If the cost of the line isn’t a problem, turn the ringer on the phone off - disconnect any message machine - we even got rid of all the phones but the one in the spare bedroom. This gives us a landline should cell service be unavailable. Probably paranoid on my part, but stories of jammed up cell service after tornado, hurricane and earthquake activity, and now arctic vortex’s seems like a good reason to keep the landline.


46 posted on 01/09/2014 6:18:14 AM PST by Plain Old American (Remember who said what; Remind those who don't Remember; Vote and take a friend to the polls)
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To: pogo101
I was about to dump my land-line just last week, but I decided to first look into companies providing VOIP (Voice Over the Internet Protocol) service.
I narrowed my selection down to VOIPO and Phone Power, then I looked into Time Warner's digital phone service.
Because I already have Internet and TV, I'd get a great deal (Triple Play) by adding their digital phone service. So I signed up.
I wish I could tell you how great the digital phone is, but my existing land-line company is giving TW a hard time canceling my account.
Porting my existing phone number won't take place until tomorrow.
47 posted on 01/09/2014 6:19:29 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: hometoroost
We visited friends over Thanksgiving; they'd just moved to Peoria, Arizona - a booming northern suburb about 30 miles north of Phoenix.

Zero cell service at this time, so their carrier sent them some sort of gizmo which equates to a mini-cell tower; problem is, though, that their setup was difficult and only their gear worked in the house....our cell and tablet were worthless there.

48 posted on 01/09/2014 6:20:22 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: pogo101
Also, we have gotten so many spam land-line calls in recent years, despite being on the DNC list...

Same here. I have repeatedly filed the required reports to have the violators fined, but there is a problem. There is no way to follow up on the reports to see if any action has been taken. I suspect that the jobs at the DNC list are no-show positions for the friends, relatives and donors of the other DNC! Maybe a FOIA investigation of DNC list is warranted.

49 posted on 01/09/2014 6:22:35 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: scottteng
If you have had the number for a long time port it to a cell phone

How do you do that? Is it A DIY, or do you have to take it to your phone store?

50 posted on 01/09/2014 6:24:20 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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