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Wireless Substitution
CDC ^ | 12-10-2007 | Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke

Posted on 12/11/2007 10:07:10 AM PST by Westlander

Preliminary results from the January–June 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that more than one out of every eight American homes (13.6%) had only wireless telephones during the first half of 2007.

(Excerpt) Read more at cdc.gov ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: cell; landline; phone; wireless
Good riddance.
1 posted on 12/11/2007 10:07:11 AM PST by Westlander
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To: Westlander

If I had a suitable replacement to the DSL service I have, I’d yank the entire land line out of my house. The cell phones work just fine.


2 posted on 12/11/2007 10:09:47 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68

We went wireless over a year ago. We get our cable Internet through Comcast. No regrets.


3 posted on 12/11/2007 10:10:55 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: bcsco

We have cable internet in my area, but it’s through Mediacom...(ie, it sucks).


4 posted on 12/11/2007 10:11:43 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68
The AP has their version Young, Poor Prefer Cells to Landlines
5 posted on 12/11/2007 10:12:20 AM PST by posterchild ("Congress does two things very well: one is nothing and two is overreact." - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga)
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To: Slapshot68

Ditto


6 posted on 12/11/2007 10:12:45 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck is the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aren't going.)
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To: posterchild

“The AP has their version Young, Poor Prefer Cells to Landlines”

Next will be a story about how the poor have to buy a Nintendo Wii because they can’t afford a PS3.


7 posted on 12/11/2007 10:15:17 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Westlander

I would drop the landline, as they keep raising the prices, if there was an easy way to fax via cell phones.

It can be done from some phones, but it is complicated, currently. I don’t fax often, but it is nice to be able to fax from home when needed.


8 posted on 12/11/2007 10:18:06 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Slapshot68

We’ve had some issues with Comcast but for the most part we’re happy. The servicemen are great. The only real problem is in scheduling appointments.

We still have an issue with screen freeze on the TV the cable box is attached to. The serviceman admitted it was their problem and asked we wait a couple weeks as they should have it corrected. Well, it’s been a couple months and it still happens. Time for another service call.


9 posted on 12/11/2007 10:19:12 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: bcsco

In 1998 I went cell only for voice and got cable internet access. There would be weekend long internet outages, and it would take a half hour to reach tech support. The one redeeming thing though is that you usually got an actual engineer rather than someone reading a script.


10 posted on 12/11/2007 10:22:23 AM PST by posterchild ("Congress does two things very well: one is nothing and two is overreact." - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga)
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To: Westlander
My biggest complaint about the landline is that you can't get them to NOT charge a minimum fee for long distance calls every month. We don't make long distance calls -- and we rarely did before we had the cell phones.

So it's absolutely nuts that they will bill us 3 dollars per month for something we don't use. When we were able to choose a long distance provider, we always took none of the above (with the flat 28cent/minute fee).

It's not surprising that landlines are going the way of vinyl records and CDs.

11 posted on 12/11/2007 10:30:35 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (isn't it funny how much a bear likes hunny?)
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To: posterchild

Well, like I say, we have this one issue now, albeit a not very serious one. For the most part we’ve been happy with the arrangement. I think they’ve come a long way.


12 posted on 12/11/2007 10:34:33 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Tanniker Smith

Here’s how I controlled unnecessary costs-local calls only on landline phone service. Buy a phone card for the rare long distance calls. (get a card with no expiration date)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11175927&search=phone%20card&Mo=1&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=0&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=phone%20card&Ntt=phone%20card&No=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1


13 posted on 12/11/2007 10:47:37 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: TomGuy

“I would drop the landline, as they keep raising the prices, if there was an easy way to fax via cell phones.”

The easiest way to fax is through your computer. Check out efax..


14 posted on 12/11/2007 10:49:14 AM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Westlander

When we built two years ago, we didn’t even bother bringing in a landline. We’ve got decent cell coverage through Nextel and Verizon is expanding in our area.

My parents, who live nearby, dumped their landline a few months ago.

It would be interesting to see how many follow suit after the election cycle is over...the constant barrage of political calls were driving my folks crazy!

I still get political junk mail, but at least it doesn’t ring during dinner.


15 posted on 12/11/2007 10:51:02 AM PST by Kieri (Midwest Snark Claw & Feather Club Founder)
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To: TomGuy

“I would drop the landline, as they keep raising the prices, if there was an easy way to fax via cell phones.”

I use myfax.com - $10 a month and get a toll free fax # - faxes come to my email. I send them via email, too. If I need to sign something, I scan it.


16 posted on 12/11/2007 11:02:54 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: bcsco
Same thing with us. Sometimes I get snotty comments like, “If you have kids, how will a babysitter call you for emergencies?” Every teenager I know ( and i teech publik hi scewl) has a cell phone. I can see no problem with getting rid of landlines forever!
17 posted on 12/11/2007 11:03:09 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: TomGuy

Can you scan the info and email it?


18 posted on 12/11/2007 11:04:06 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: bcsco
We kept Comcast for Internet service, but dropped them for cable service. The cable service was terrible. We have DirecTV and love it. Now I know I’m not paying for baby mamas to get free cable, because in our area cable is a considered a necessity!
19 posted on 12/11/2007 11:06:47 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

That’s not only a snotty comment, it’s a dumb comment. A babysitter can call you on your cell phone just as well as your landline. The only problem is if your cell is turned off (a dumb thing to do in itself if the kids are being sat) or being recharged. But then, if the two of you have cell phones, the sitter should have both numbers. Case closed.

So far, I’ve had no instance where I’ve needed a landline over my cell phone. And since most of our calls are between the wife and I, our 700 minutes aren’t an issue. While it would be nice if more of the extended family were with the same carrier, that’s really a minor issue with us.


20 posted on 12/11/2007 11:10:43 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: TomGuy

We switched to a VOIP “land-line” and it definitely saves us over a traditional land-line... And it’s still completely compatible with fax. :)


21 posted on 12/11/2007 11:14:48 AM PST by Kaylee Frye (everything's shiny)
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To: goodwithagun

Comcast in our area hasn’t been bad. Not problem-free by any means, but not bad. So I see no reason to shop for TV signal service at this time. Maybe someday that’ll come; but not now.


22 posted on 12/11/2007 11:17:23 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Slapshot68

Are you trying to say that a phone isn’t necessary? In many places, you can have a cell phone for cheaper than a landline... Poor people still need to be able to call 911 if they have a heart attack. Poor people still need a phone to get calls for interviews for jobs.


23 posted on 12/11/2007 11:18:08 AM PST by Kaylee Frye (everything's shiny)
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To: bcsco

We have Verizon FIOS...screaming fast...so far, very reliable. Very lousy for TV, though...still using DISH.


24 posted on 12/11/2007 11:18:17 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: Kaylee Frye
I switched to Vonage VoIP service several years ago. It cost $35 per month, phone + Fax. The service has been great. I dropped my phone bill from $135 per month to $35. Verizon will never see me again.

Semper Fi

25 posted on 12/11/2007 11:22:37 AM PST by MASS-2 FAC
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To: Kaylee Frye

“In many places, you can have a cell phone for cheaper than a landline... Poor people still need to be able to call 911 if they have a heart attack.”

911 can track cell phones. Just have to turn that feature on.


26 posted on 12/11/2007 11:23:19 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68

Option to DSL; Satellite Internet

http://www.hughesnet.com


27 posted on 12/11/2007 11:23:32 AM PST by Mechanicos
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To: Westlander

We use cell phones, got rid of land line about 4 years ago.

Taking a class from home today, using Skype to call into the toll-free number. took me about 10 minutes to set-up and get going. No charge...nice...


28 posted on 12/11/2007 11:24:51 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Member VRWC - Volvo-owning right-wing conspiracy.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I refuse to use my phone service’s long distance - I use GTC at 3.8 cents per minute. If you pay via credit card, there’s no minimum monthly fee. They use to be my internet service when I was on dialup but now that I have DSL, I still use their long distance service.


29 posted on 12/11/2007 11:25:31 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: doctor noe

FIOS isn’t available here. Verizon is my cell provider (and former landline provider), but I guess I’m too boonyfied for FIOS.


30 posted on 12/11/2007 11:27:28 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Slapshot68

Wiis are currently more expensive than PS3s.


31 posted on 12/11/2007 11:46:13 AM PST by reg45
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To: bcsco

I have Verizon for Internet (Fios), TV (Fios), landline and wireless. I would ditch the landline if only I had a good signal in the house — until then, I have to keep the landline.

There was a proposal to build a tower for T-Mobile (with hopes that other carriers could piggyback) in my town, but it got squashed, I believe.

Hopefully you get Fios in your area soon, at least for Internet — blazingly fast speeds, if only hampered by a piece-o-poo router.


32 posted on 12/11/2007 11:48:03 AM PST by nostrum09
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To: goodwithagun
We kept Comcast for Internet service, but dropped them for cable service.

Did you lose the bundled-service discount?

I subscribed to Earthlink cable Internet service (which cost the same as the Comcast "discount") and got my TV signal via DISH. The funny thing about it is that Comcast did the install, Comcast handed the billing, and Comcast serviced the account. Yet because I signed up through Earthlink I got it cheaper.

I did return to DSL though because the up speed of the cable service was too slow.

33 posted on 12/11/2007 11:55:58 AM PST by whd23
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To: nostrum09
blazingly fast speeds, if only hampered by a piece-o-poo router.

Router or modem? I currently have my two PC's both hard and wireless wired through a router. The router goes to Comcast's cable modem. And I really don't want to replace my fine Linksys router with another.

34 posted on 12/11/2007 12:44:24 PM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Mechanicos
Option to DSL; Satellite Internet

You must really dislike Slapshot to give him/her such advice. DSL is cheaper, faster and steadier than satellite. I don't know anyone on earth who would take satellite over DSL if given the choice. I speak from experience.

35 posted on 12/11/2007 4:30:59 PM PST by Defiant (Huckabee puts the goober back in gubernatorial.)
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To: Slapshot68

>>>If I had a suitable replacement to the DSL service I have, I’d yank the entire land line out of my house. The cell phones work just fine.<<<
If your cell provider has EVDO technology, get an air card from them.


36 posted on 12/11/2007 4:34:18 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (A dyslexic, agnostic insomniac asks, "Is there a doG?")
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To: Defiant

My system works very well, download speeds similar to cable. I don’t upload big files. Yes, there is a 2-3 second lag for the signal to travel to and from the satellite. And upload is not much faster then dial up. You get used to it. My experience with DSL was not good. To each their own. The technology is different and relatively new. For some, satellite is a viable option. There is even airband now...


37 posted on 12/11/2007 4:55:24 PM PST by Mechanicos
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To: Kaylee Frye
We switched to a VOIP “land-line” and it definitely saves us over a traditional land-line... And it’s still completely compatible with fax. :)

That may be so, but if power goes out in your area, you have no comms. At least the POTS lines supply their own power.

38 posted on 12/11/2007 5:18:32 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Mechanicos
Satellite is $50/month. $225 for the equipment, if you sign up for 2 years. DSL is $15-$35, and faster, low startup costs. Satellite upload speeds are really sloooooow. Then, there's Hughesnet. And google the acronym FAP sometime to see why everyone hates satellite. I can't watch anything online, and they throttle all the good web sites that have video, like youtube. It can download at decent speeds, but browsing is horrible.

Other than that, it's great. It's better than dialup, but way way worse than DSL, which is second. Cable is best, of course, at least until we get FiOS.

39 posted on 12/11/2007 5:32:38 PM PST by Defiant (Huckabee puts the goober back in gubernatorial.)
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To: AFreeBird

True, but that’s why we have cell phones as well. If the power is out, faxing is the least of my worries.


40 posted on 12/12/2007 8:22:14 AM PST by Kaylee Frye (everything's shiny)
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