Skip to comments.Ditching land line at home? (VANITY)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Got rid of my land line years ago. Don’t miss it at all.....or the bill for it.
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.
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.
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.
Did it for a year, but then had it re-installed.
Reason: Babysitters without phones.
Don't miss it.
If you have had the number for a long time port it to a cell phone
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.
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
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).
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.
I have Comcast LL and internet.
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.
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.
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.
Babysitters without phones? What are you hiring, 9-year-olds?
I've looked into Vonage.
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.
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.
Don’t you need DSL service for Magic Jack?
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.
We have used Vonage for about a decade. No complaints.
No. Cell phone possession is not ubiquitous with the young ladies’ families that I allow to babysit my kids.
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.
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.
BTW- it was At&T
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been landline free for four years, and haven’t once missed having it.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Cell only for 13 years....
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do you do that? Is it A DIY, or do you have to take it to your phone store?