Why Do People Still Have Landlines?

by Broke Grad on April 23, 2009

The year is 2009, and I think it’s safe to say that practically everyone has a cell phone these days. They’re portable, relatively inexpensive, and do way cooler stuff than the phones our parents grew up using. So here’s a question from a Generation Y’er who has relied solely on a cell phone for the past seven years — why do people still have landlines?

Seven years ago, I got my first cell phone, and I’ve never looked back. Since then, I’ve never had a landline. Cell phones put home phones to shame nowadays. I saved up for an iPhone 3G at the end of last year, and it’s awesome. I use it as my phone, a navigation device, a portable media player, and a portable Internet device.

Cell phones do have some disadvantages though. I’ll never forget the time I tried to get pizza delivered to my apartment in college, but they refused to do it because I called from a cell phone number. I think that’s the only time I’ve wished that I still had a landline since deciding to live life landline-free.

It’s even more confusing for restaurants now because you can keep the same cell phone number. I know a lot of people, myself included, that keep the same number even after moving somewhere new, because it’s easier than having to update all of your accounts and letting all of your friends and family know about the new number.

While cell phone coverage has dramatically improved over the years, I still get bad reception and dropped calls every once in awhile. The most annoying part is that you always seem to get the worst reception at the places where you spend the most time, like your home or workplace. I get spotty reception in my bedroom at my current place, but it’s fine if I move into any of the other rooms.

So based on the points that I’ve covered, the only reasons why people still have landlines are to:

  • Ensure that you can order delivery from restaurants
  • Make it more confusing for friends and family to keep track of all of your phone numbers
  • Be able to talk anywhere in your home without losing reception, including the basement

With an estimated 20% of American households without a landline, I’m definitely in the minority, but as a Generation Y’er, most of my friends live a cell-only life too. So, I’m curious. What do the 80% who still have a landline use it for?

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1 Money Beagle April 23, 2009 at 4:47 am

We haven’t had a landline in about four years. Prior to that I had considered dropping it for a year or two, but didn’t go through with it until I was traveling for a few months and finally came to the conclusion that it was a silly expense.

However, there are two reasons that I can see people wanting to keep the land line. First is safety. If you have an emergency and call 911 from a land line, they can come find you, even if you’re incapacitated and cannot speak. That’s not so easy with a cell phone. Second is reliability. I live in Michigan and was part of the big blackout a few years ago. When that happened, every single cell phone stopped working because the towers had limited or no backup. I read somewhere last year that while a percentage have been upgraded, most haven’t.

2 tom April 23, 2009 at 5:59 am

That is the same as asking why people have desktops while everyone is getting laptops, sure its convenient to pick up and go but I think some people just prefer the security of having a stable device that just stays in place and is always there just in case.

3 Christina April 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

One simple reason: access to the internet.

I refuse to pay for satellite internet when the basic service fee for a landline and $9.95 netzero access are cheaper. I live in the boondocks, so broadband services are not available. Trust me, I’ve checked and nagged for several years.

Additionally, despite the fact my carrier has an exclusive contract with the sheriff’s department, my signal strength varies where I’m at within my house (don’t get me started on losing that signal completely anytime I walk into the local Wal Mart). I prefer knowing I have a reliable phone line since my cell line cannot always be described as such.

4 Kris April 23, 2009 at 6:04 am

I was reading about this on The Simple Dollar a few days ago. Everyone in the comments said they have a land line for safety. It works in a blackout, and if they have kids, they want their kids or their kids’ sitter to be able to call 911 easily. I live without a landline (just never got one). There aren’t any advantages for me, either.

5 n April 23, 2009 at 6:56 am

i agree that safety is the main reason. i don’t have a landline at present, but i would consider getting one so that i know if in the case of an emergency when all cell towers will most likely go down, i can still contact 911 or loved ones. it’s one of those things where the times change drastically, but not enough to totally cancel the previous solution out.

about having a cell with a different area code — i’ve had the same cell phone # from home for years and haven’t lived there. i’ve never really had the problem with restaurants or anyone else getting confused. but maybe that’s because i’m in new york and that’s more of a norm here.

6 Mike Joyce April 23, 2009 at 7:19 am

I agree with you and as a political volunteer I am very interested to see how phone banking will change in the next decade. Completely off topic… I know.

Twitter: @MPJoyceii

7 Lynn April 23, 2009 at 8:57 am

I have a landline phone because my home sits in a sort of small valley and reception on cell phones is spotty at best. And safety is another reason, in case of emergency.

8 H Lee D April 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

I have a landline for a lot of reasons.

1-Internet at home. We don’t have cable, so internet access that way doesn’t work for us.
2-It always works. It doesn’t need to be charged.
3-It’s not going to get intercepted mid-air by thieves. Whlie I recognize that this is not likely, I don’t give out account numbers or my SSN unless I’m on my fully-corded land line.
5-I don’t like to use my cell excessively, as it messes with the cells in your brain. Carcinogenic? Maybe, maybe not, but conclusively causes cellular activity that otherwise doesn’t exist. I’ve done cancer once and don’t want to tempt it again.
6-Unlimited minutes all the time.

9 Liza April 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

I read the post. I read the comments.
All I can think of is; paranoid people. Please, don’t take it personally. I’m sure that we are all socially trained to have fear take over the simplest decisions.

So here are some interested concepts:
Cell phones can be tracked by police. If you call 911, they will find you. It’s called GPS. Unless your battery is dead, in this case, you have poor planning.

Landlines constantly waste energy because they are always plugged in. Cell phones conserve energy when they aren’t being used.

What is the concern about reception? If you are with a service that can’t give you a great coverage, switch. Tmobile, AT&T, Spring all have amazing coverage. My friends and I combined have all of these providers and we never have a complaint. Even snowboarding in Lutsen and off-roading in the middle of nowhere, we have service.

One great thing about cell phones is that you are basically always available. Of course, keep in mind that you still have the choice to not answer the phone.

In my mind, landlines are great for another past time; faxing. And then there is dial-up internet. But if you don’t take part in either of those activities, I doubt your landline is making good use of itself.

But I do have a few exceptions; kids. They don’t need cell phones until they are active in school activities. They do need a phone in case they need to call and say the babysitter died or some other emergency. Another exception; You haven’t dived into the technology world. If you don’t have a cell phone, you likely don’t have a computer and therefore a landline is for you. But I promise, when you die in 10-15 years of old age, the landline probably will too.


10 H Lee D April 23, 2009 at 10:50 am

Cell phones can not always be tracked by police. There is a system that the state needs to pay for in order for cell phones to be tracked. I know because my state just recently-ish got rid of it.

My internet is DSL, which is not available unless I have a phone line.

11 Stephanie PTY April 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

My parents still have a landline, but living at college, I never had one, or if I did (like when it came with my dorm room), I never used it. I remember sitting in my on-campus apartment sophomore year, and our landline phone rang for the first time ever. We all jumped! We just weren’t used to hearing that sounds. My roommate answered it – turns out it was the Sheriff’s office, calling to solicit for donations.

One time, a friend of mine had to get a landline in his apartment, just because that’s the only way the doorbell-intercom would work for his apartment complex. It worked out because it got him a discount on internet access, but it was still sort of a pain. I have no trouble living without a landline, and I think my parents would do the same if they didn’t have DSL for their internet connection.

12 marie April 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm

We still have a land-line because both my roommates, although they have cell phones, insist on it. I don’t really mind. I have a basic plan on my cell, and pay 10 bucks per month (my share) on the landline which has a voicemail, and which I can use for longer calls outside my plan. If my roommates didn’t want it anymore, I’d have to get voicemail and unlimited minutes on my cell. Either, it doesn’t make a big difference to me.

13 Jackie April 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm

We didn’t have a landline for years but just got one about a year ago when we had our son. You have to have one for a babysitter in my opinion.

14 Kristy @ Master Your Card April 23, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I’m also cell-phone only, but that’s just because I’m too cheap to pay for two phones. However, my parents have a land line and they have it for security reasons. I think it’s been mentioned before, but it’s easier for help to track you down when you call from a land line then a cell phone. So if something happens and my parents dial 911 on their land line, their exact location is available to the police. The other reason is that when there’s a power outage and the cell phone towers are down, a land line is still supposed to work.

I can see why people would want to keep their land line, but it’s not something I’m terribly concerned with.

15 Liza April 24, 2009 at 6:19 am

Just to follow up on the whole ‘emergency’ issue:

Tracking Cell Phones in Emergencies

The telephone system in the United States is designed so that landline is tied to a certain address. This was implemented so that if someone dials 911 during an emergency the operator can give dispatch the address from which the all was made even if the person making the call is unable to provide it. With the invention and popularization of cell phones, this system was put in jeopardy. No longer was the location of a caller tied to their phone, and thusly, the operator could not always obtain an address.

During the events of September 11th, it became clear that a better emergency response system could be set up if the location of a cell phone user calling for help could be recovered. After 2005, most major wireless providers began building technology into their headsets that allowed 911 dispatchers to locate those who needed assistance.

Today, a majority of providers use the GSM or Global System for Mobile communications to give service to their customers. This systems allows users of all wireless phone companies to utilize the signal towers or call users outside of their network operators. Because of this arrangement, most cell phones can make calls in any part of the country or the world through roaming. It also connects every cell phone user to one another and makes it possible to call those outside of a given network. Under this system, every phone is given an identity which ties it to its user. Since the network knows the identity of the phone it is possible to find the location of it in a number of ways.

When a user makes a phone call, a signal is sent to local signal towers in order to transmit the message where it needs to go. Techniques for locating the user of a cell phone are in part based on this principle. The handset and the computers running the network can confer on which tower the handset communicates with, the signal strength, the strength of nearby phones, and the relationship of the phone to other towers in order to calculate the relative location of the handset. This is why the identity of a cell phone is so important. If the network recognizes the phone, it can be used to determine where the phone is being used.

However, since this technology is not perfect, and a handset is most effectively located only when it is being used to make a call, many phones today are also equipped with GPS. The Global Positioning Systems uses a receiver and signals from satellites in order to track the movement of the receiver on the earth. While most phones contain something approximating this technology, some are sold with GPS navigation features or tracking abilities. These allow the phone to retrieve directions as it is traveling based on its location or tells parents the locations of their children. Though these features might not be part of a basic phones, the ability to receive GPS signals in present in most handsets.

Through the use of these technologies, an emergency dispatcher can be given the coordinates of a caller almost as if they were calling from a landline. Though the system is still not set up perfectly, a hybridization of both of these methods will also yield the location of the cell phone user. It is important to note that emergency call centers and the cell phone providers are the only ones with access to this information. However, the owner of a cell phone with certain capabilities can allow others to view this data.

Laws to create this system pinpointing the bearings of handsets were established for situations of abduction, hijacking, or if the caller is injured or unaware of where they are. Its implementation can make it easier to save lives and increases the safety of wireless users.

16 Kevin April 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

Like on mobile phones, 911 works on landlines whether or not you pay for service. Telephone providers are required by law to provide 911 service on any phone, mobile or POTS, even if you cancel service. I’ve lived without a landline for 5 years, but keep a telephone plugged into the walljack just in case. I still have a dial tone.

It makes no sense to keep a landline just for emergencies when the service is free anyway!

17 Jill April 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I only have a landline for internet connection – is there another way to get connection without one? b/c I thought that was the only way – you know, with the router, etc.

18 Abigail April 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I still have a landline because we’re on a family plan. My mother is a resident manager, so she has to have a phone. We tag along on her bill for an extra $10 each per month. This way, we HAVE cell phones, but we don’t use them much. That’s because the plan is quite low on minutes (as in, the lowest one AT&T has for families). Mostly, we call each other or limit calls to nights/weekends. Meanwhile, for being low income, we get a discount on a landline so it’s about $10-12 a month. It’s good to have the option to chat as much as you want (with in-city folks or people who call you long distance) without worrying about eating up the minutes.

19 Cee April 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I don’t currently have a landline, but about a year ago I did. I rarely used it but it came in handy in several occasions:

* When my cell phone battery was dead and I couldn’t find the charger

* When I couldn’t find my cell phone- I’d call it from my land line and follow the ringer (though if my ringer was off, I would turn off the lights and desperately look for the red light on my cell phone that shines when it’s ringing)

* For the front gates – I live in a gated property, and in order for people to enter, they have to call you from the call box. The property managers would only use local numbers, and since my cell phone was not local (and I wasn’t about to change my number) I got the basic land line so that I had a local number and could use it to open gates

20 FruGal April 29, 2009 at 4:57 am

I have a landline because I live in a different country to my family, and have friends spread all across the world. Why should they have to pay an expensive rate to call a cell phone internationally? It’s far cheaper to call a landline.

21 Ravi April 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm

my parents use it for international calls.

22 Drock May 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

If one or two hardwires are cut all cell phones for a couple of towns may stop working. Landlines sometime still use the many analog cables and will be harder to shut down. We keep pushing everything through a few high bandwidth cables and we are setting ourselves up for disaster.

23 Michelle May 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Because my landline and pay-as-you-go cell phone are cheaper than any cell phone plan that allows me to keep my current level of usage. I have a cell phone for when I’m out and about, but a landline for making calls from home, which is where I make the majority of my calls from. Maybe if my situation changes and I’m making most of my calls from outside home then I’ll go cell phone only, but until that becomes the less expensive option, I’ll stick with what I have.

24 prodgod May 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I would have to wonder about a babysitter that doesn’t have a cell phone these days, LOL. Concerning power outages, most (not all) phones these days need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to either charge the cordless handset or to allow all the other fancy features. When the power’s out, so are these phones. Always a good idea to have an old-fashioned phone around as a back-up, if that’s your concern.

ALSO, please educate me on disaster situations, since I don’t live in a disaster-prone area. If there’s an area-wide disaster, wouldn’t most emergency response be overwhelmed? I’m just trying to picture the situation…would you need to call for police? Fire? Ambulance? Pizza delivery? I’m thinking if there’s a major emergency, you either stay home or you get out – phone seems rather irrelevant to me.

25 KC May 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I’ve kept a landline for 2 reasons. The first is because of internet service – what I receive from the phone company is cheaper and better than my other alternatives. Its also more reliable than any other alternatives (and I’ll take reliability even if I have to pay more for it). The second reason is that the landline is far more convenient. I have a landline phone in every room I want one in. With a cell you have to carry it from room to room or floor to floor if you want to answer it. You also have to keep the battery charged in order to use it. The cell phone just requires more maintenance than I’m willing to put in. I save more money by using a pre pay plan for cell and a regular landline.

26 Kat May 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I am on the fence between Gen X & Gen Y (depending on your definition)…We went landline free in 2003, and it lasted for about two years… the downsides that we found were:
- long distance rates / quality of long distance connections
- overall cost of 2 cell phones with good packages versus one landline plus pay as you go phones
- suprisingly, convenience – having a phone in multiple rooms, not having to always charge phone
- not having a phone available for guests to use if we are not home (although as more people have cell phones this may not be an issue in 2009, it was in 2003)

We manage with one pay as you go phone + a digital landline from our cable provider.

27 h May 21, 2009 at 3:04 am

I’m not from America however I’ll answer too:

Mobile is still more expensive, I use it only when necessary: Landline with 20 MBit Internet costs 30 EUR. Without the landline around 5 EUR less…and it’s a flatrate. Except to mobiles.

Mobile flatrates start somewhere around 50 EUR and the cheapest way otherwise is to have a prepaid card for 0,09 EUR per minute/sms.

So do you math. 25+50 or 30+x with x < 20?

28 Monroe on a Budget May 21, 2009 at 4:56 am

I can second that experience Money Beagle had … the landline phones worked during the big blackout in August 2003 that affected Michigan and several other states.

But I was running out of battery charge on my cell phone and had no way to recharge the cell. There was no place to plug it in – even at work, all available power was keeping our emergency equipment running.

Besides it is much cheaper than it was just a few years ago to have a landline package that will keep you from eating too many minutes on your cell plan.

29 Dave May 21, 2009 at 4:58 am

Christina, you must live in Maine.

30 Margaret Mary May 21, 2009 at 5:24 am

A few years ago, I called the (landline) phone company to cancel and they offered me a minimal plan for something like $12.00. I took it. As someone said, if the electricity goes out, it still works and you don’t have to charge it (just keep a non-cordless phone available to use in such a case).

Also, when we moved, our cell phone service didn’t work in our new apartment. Sure, you can always switch to a different service…if you want to pay to get out of the contract. The company did work with us, but there was still a pretty large cost for several different phones in a family, so we have waited awhile.

Having a landline also enables us to receive all the incoming calls we want, without concern about how many minutes we are racking up.

31 prufock May 21, 2009 at 6:24 am

I still have a landline, and no cell phone. Why? Because I can’t see any advantage to having a cell phone over the land line. It seems to be more expensive, habit-forming, and annoying.

32 Canadian May 21, 2009 at 7:20 am

I am Generation Y by some definitions, and Generation X by others. I have a landline only and no cell phone. (No, Liza, I am not anti-technology and will not die in 10-15 years. I have 3 computers at home and I look like a student.) I am not interested in being reachable 24/7 (in fact, I would definitely consider that a negative). I am interested in 911 service, making doctor’s appointments, ordering pizza, and long-distance conversations with relatives. Oh, and DSL internet service (cable would be more expensive because we are not cable subscribers). The landline works just fine for all those tasks. I always get good reception. I have two telephones. One is a new cordless phone with answering machine, and the other is an old fashioned non-cordless heavy black telephone — it does not require electricity and will work in a power failure. I pay $25 Canadian per month and I get what I need and want. Why would I change?

33 Patricia May 21, 2009 at 7:36 am

This article came at a good time for me. I have been struggling with whether or not to give up my land line. We use our cell phones for 95% of our calls. We have ATT and have excellent coverage. We have family overseas and virtually every conversation is had via webcam (texting to let the person know we are online). The only person who ever calls us on our land line is my mother, who also has an ATT cell phone and could call us for free on it. We have children, but since we rarely have a babysitter I don’t really see it being a problem not having a land line. I figure on the off-chance we ever actually have a babysitter, and they don’t have their own cell phone, we can always leave mine or my husband’s behind and take the other. I’m not stressed about an emergency- if we had one I’d call 911 on my cell. If by some strange chance every single cell phone tower goes down, I’ll go next door and ask my neighbor to use their phone. So why am I still struggling with the choice? I’m 39 years old. I have always had a land line. I was out of college and married before cell phones became the norm. I was out of college and married before the internet really became the norm. It’s a mind set thing. Our plan is to get rid of the phone as soon as school is done for the year and do it on a trial basis. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to tell my friends we’re getting rid of it- they’ll all probably think I’m courting disaster and being a really bad parent! LOL

34 prodgod May 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

@Patricia – Perhaps you can do what we did. My spouse was apprehensive about losing the land line because of safety concerns, so we decided to unplug all the phones, except for one. We kept one tucked away in my studio/office/den, just so we would have it, if needed. Otherwise, we operated as if we had already dropped the land line. After several months, the experiment revealed that we didn’t miss the land line, so we canceled it and haven’t regretted it.

Of course, that’s not for everyone. I always had my land line forwarded to my cell anyway, so that I wouldn’t miss any business calls, as my clients kind of expect the phone to be answered during normal business hours (but I need the freedom to leave the home/office). Ultimately, it was an unnecessary duplication.

35 Aryn May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

As a California-native who has lived through three major earthquakes, let me explain the virtue of the landline.

1. In a major disaster, the power is out for days. Your cell phone will die long before your power does. I suppose you could charge it in your car, but then you’d be wasting gas you might need later. Obviously, anything relying on the internet is also useless. And no, you don’t just “get out.” Most people stay home and wait it out because their home hasn’t fallen down. Besides, if the freeway has collapsed, getting out will be long and complicated. For a hurricane, yes people flee. That’s not true of other disasters.

2. For those who say, “Well, cordless phones need to be charged, too.” There’s this little thing called the corded phone. It costs $10. It requires no power. You plug it into the wall and then use the corded handset to complete your call. You keep it with your emergency supplies.

3. I don’t trust cell towers to remain functional in a disaster. I have a much better chance of getting through to relatives or emergency services with a landline than a cell phone.

36 The Happy Rock May 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

The world is full of diverse people, situations, and perspectives, so there is no on size fits all solution.

Landlines still have a ton of value even outside of security and safety. For the single person living alone, cell phone plan only is probably a great deal.

For a family, no way. One decent cell phone plan costs way more than a landline. Plus people are home all the time and there needs to be a phone there all the time for children, babysitters, etc.

Plus there are those of us, who don’t like cell phone. Sure they are convenient, but I prefer to live as simply as possible. People don’t need access to me every second of the day. We have a couple pay as you go phones to make usually just outgoing calls when needed and don’t have any plan to switch. I often forgot or don’t bring a phone with me, the battery often runs dry, it is a hassle. A landline isn’t.

Another thing is that cell phone contracts are ridiculous.

I am 30 buy the way, so it isn’t just an age thing.

37 Hannah May 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

I kept a landline until my youngest child graduated from middle school and got her first cell phone. When I called to cancel the landline, they asked me if I was certain I didn’t want to keep it for emergencies, and obviously, I declined. Why? The last time an emergency was so bad that it was nearly impossible to get a cell signal, the phone lines were also down. All the phones available to me were useless, so why not stick with the one that I can at least take with me? Oh, and that was… ten years ago.

38 Sharon May 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm

For those of us who don’t hear well, often a land line provides a far superior sound. Also, you can use a captioned telephone with a land line, which isn’t available on cell. Sure, you can text, but those charges add up in a big hurry.

39 Becca May 22, 2009 at 8:45 am

We have a landline because:
1) Our internet is DSL (with dial-up available as a backup), and around here you need to have a landline for it.
2) For the level of phone usage we have, it’s far cheaper. $12 per month on the landline takes care of all our local calls, and long distance is $0.03 – $0.05 per minute with no flat fee. So our landline costs us about $16 per month, and we use our cell phones only for calls made outside the home (or when our prepaid minutes are about to expire). We have basic pay-as-you-go cell phone service, and I use about $9 per month and my husband uses about $20 per month. $45 total per month is less than we’d spend for just 2 cell phones if we used them for all our calls.
3. The sound quality is better on the landlines, which is really good for me because I have a hard time hearing people on the phone.
4. I don’t have to remember to charge the landline phones. I don’t have to remember to check pockets for them before doing laundry. I’ve never lost one or had it stolen. The corded variety can easily last a decade without breaking.
5. Since we have more than one phone on our landline, my husband and I can each pick up one if we want to both talk to someone on the other end. This is nice for holiday family calls.

40 Matt May 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I have a landline (on the $9.99/month 30 outgoing calls/month plan) because if there is a fire I can dial 911 and run and they will still be able to use ALI to find the exact address, including apartment.

I live in Florida and there are hurricanes which can down landlines, and mobile phones but the chances of both failing is less than only one. I also have an Iridium phone so I am covered there.

Fax machines do not work well with mobile or VoIP phones. They were developed for POTS and work just fine on that.

Cool lights from dealextreme.com. I have lights that plug into the phone jack and work from that power which are really very, very handy when the power goes out.

41 lilyradiohead May 23, 2009 at 8:37 am

One good reason to keep the land line is if you are self-employed.
Are any of you people self-employed? Or considering it?

Try starting and maintaining a business and then see how another big dynamic comes into play. If you offer goods or services to the public -or even a special population- they have to find you and need to keep in touch. Try getting credit with new vendors without a landline (or physical address) in this economy. But again, to order in materials or inventory, you need to offer some stability to those you are in business with, especially if you are new.

On the plus-side, businesses can now use cell numbers in internet/on-line /print/yellow pages advertising. Question is: how do you get a decent phone book without a land-line? Yellow pages are a great way to get your web address in the hands of the older folks who don’t spend their lives googling.

The big issue I have with our land-line is that EVERY segment of the bill is taxed by our local jurisdiction. We need the land-line for the fax; we get dsl too, but living in a rural area we have limited options. We don’t have cable.

There are some good ideas here.

42 prodgod May 24, 2009 at 10:32 am

@lilyradiohead – Since you asked, yes, I’m self-employed and have been for many years. You make some good points and if I were just starting out, I’d probably keep the land line, too, for the reasons you state. However, faxes were mostly replaced by emails over the years and I mainly received junk faxes, so I don’t miss that at all. I don’t like spending every minute of the workday near the office phone, so I always had that forwarded to my cell phone anyway. You make a good point regarding yellow pages advertising, but that’s a presence that is no longer necessary in my situation. Different strokes…

43 landline anonymous January 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I still have a landline. But that is because my company expenses an international phone card. Using the phone card on my cell would still eat up minutes.

44 lula June 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

land lines don’t make your ear super hot when you use them for awhile. and they are needed for alarm systems.

45 prodgod September 29, 2010 at 6:33 am

@lula: Before we ditched our landline, we had our alarm system converted to wireless, which is much more secure anyway. No wires for burglars to cut. The alarm company receives the signal via a cellular box installed inside our home.

And for very long calls, I use Skype.

46 prodgod October 1, 2010 at 4:39 am

Well, I certainly can’t argue with that.

47 rent textbooks online August 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

I am with you on this one land lines are useless these days

48 Masha December 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I still have my land-line, and because it’s internet-based, I not only have had the same number for 5 years, but I still the number I had before then while living in US so that people that knew me way back then can still easily get in touch. And might I mention I move to a new place about once a year, so not all of us constantly switch our numbers and confuse people!
Also, you can’t misplace your home telephone quite as easily as i’ve misplaced a LOT of cell phones..personally i end up getting new cell numbers much more frequently than you seem to think land-line users change theirs :P

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