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Do you still have a land line phone?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 8, 2010

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“No. … With a cell phone you can just reach me wherever I am.”

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“No land line because cell phones are more convenient.”

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“I do because I can count on the clarity and not having and disconnection problems.”

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“I do not, I depend on my cell phone and the internet.”


Bill Lee 7 years, 7 months ago

I hate cell phones and have no plans to ever get one. They'll have to pry my land line from my cold, dead hand.

RoeDapple 7 years, 7 months ago

yep me an cuzin elroy takes it fishun down to teh cuonty laek yessir we drops the wires in teh water off teh side ofthe bote an crank the handle reel good them fishes seem reel happy to jump in the bote but i caint tauk boutit

LadyJ 7 years, 7 months ago

Good fur cuzins to give warnin call when the revinuers are a comin.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 7 months ago

Don't own a cell phone.I don't want to be that available for anyone.Keeping my land line as long as I can.No frills on it either. No call-waiting,etc.

he_who_knows_all 7 years, 7 months ago

grammaddy says… "I don't want to be that available"

And yet you post on here 24/7 telling us anything and everything.

beatrice 7 years, 7 months ago

Grammady didn't say that.

You need a new logon name.

pizzapete 7 years, 7 months ago

Agreed, and pywacket, you probably have to carry that thing with you and check it every 20 minutes like the rest? I was out walking yesterday downtown and could not get away from all the annoying one way conversations.

trinity 7 years, 7 months ago

yes i do have a land line-only because it is part of a package deal. there's no phone hooked in. anybody have an old land line telephone to spare??

LadyJ 7 years, 7 months ago

Hubby insists we keep it but all we get on it are wrong numbers and telemarketers. There are about 10 to 12 bussinesses that have a number close to ours so it is not unusual to get 4 or 5 wrong numbers a day. It does come in handy for those websites or businesses that insist on having your phone number and you don't want them calling your cell. The Time and Temperature number works good for that too. If you give a website your e-mail, there is no reason they need your phone number.

labmonkey 7 years, 7 months ago

I would like to get rid of it, but my wife wants to keep it. I never answer it when it rings anymore. It was handy when I had the lawn service which gave me a local number (I have kept my number from the 620 area code I have had for years), but I don't even need it for that anymore.

jlzack 7 years, 7 months ago

I agree with LadyJ.... I only use the landline phone number when someone wants our phone number...(there's no way I'm giving my cell number out).... we do not even keep a phone plugged in (the land line came with our internet package)

labmonkey 7 years, 7 months ago

I actually like my smartphone.... mom called me up asking for directions to an eating place I didn't know existed... I was able to look it up and even pull up a map all while talking to her on the same phone.

pizzapete 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh the cell phone, a modern annoyance similar to a loud car stereo.

Mike Hatch 7 years, 7 months ago

Not only do I have one, it's a rotary. In the kitchen.
Have a cell phone, but I don't even know what its number is. I only carry it when I go out of town.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

Land line and a heliograph, just in case.

Lacy Mohler 7 years, 7 months ago

Land line has been gone for 3 years. Don't miss it. Don't miss AT&T. I won't give out my cell number so when someone demands a number I still give out the old land line number.

CHKNLTL 7 years, 7 months ago

I wanted one, but not for the installation fees that AT&T wanted! If I lived in the country, I would invest in a land line. When the power goes out, that old-fashioned handset phone still works to reach the power company. My cell phone company SUCKS!

riverdrifter 7 years, 7 months ago

I still have a land line; use it for internet DSL. CID shows the last time anybody called me on it was Sept. 1 and that was Sam Brokeback wanting money. Phone co. is going to have to give me DSL only for like $35 month sans phone service or I'm going to soon pull it out by the wires.

terrapin2 7 years, 7 months ago

We keep a land line for our kids. Never answer it. Grandpa occasionally calls, but otherwise it is telemarketers etc...We can't expect babysitters to have a cell phone, so we keep it in case there is an emergency while we are out. Not sure that 911 can find you when calling from a cell.

Mary Darst 7 years, 7 months ago

Still have an old fashioned phone. no fancy stuff. I still would rather chat on my land line. I can hear it better and it rests easy on my shoulder when I need it too. I also have a land line that does not require electricity to operate. I am worried tho that I will wake up one day and not know how to call anyone. So much new technology, so fast. i know I need to keep up.

Mary Darst 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh, And I will say that all of our kids have only cell phones. I find it quite irritating when they don't answer and they are just choosing not to answer.

James Stewart 7 years, 7 months ago

I still have both, partly because I would not save much/any $ by cancelling it and losing the Sunflower package deal and partly because of its overall reliability.

Of course, 9-1-1 call service (especially the ability to automatically register your location) from a cell phone is very unreliable. #1, the call is routed to a 9-1-1 center based entirely upon what tower takes your call, meaning that your call can easily be misrouted and have to be transferred manually. #2, you have to have a charge in your phone to call 9-1-1. #3, even in the best circumstances, the 9-1-1 center will need a few seconds to get an estimated location for you (based on trilateration or an onboard GPS unit in your phone) and that location will tend to be less accurate in buildings or when obstructed by natural features (cliffs, trees, etc.). All of these factors can mean life or death in some situations, especially if the location data is poor and you are unable to convey your location.

If you call from a landline, they will know where you are in a split second -- something to consider for more safety-minded individuals. The same does not necessarily apply with VoIP providers such as Vonage, however, since they rely entirely upon you registering your location each time you move your computer. Forget to update it and responders will be showing up where you last registered.

verity 7 years, 7 months ago

But you can't take your land line with you, so it doesn't do you much good when you have an emergency away from home.

I've been able to get service on my cell phone almost anywhere and it's always clear. Also don't have to pay the hefty fees when I move or pay for long distance. I keep an all purpose charger in the car that I can plug anything into.

I do prefer having an answering machine to having to call voice mail and then listen to an annoying cyber person state the number and time before i get to the message---maybe there's some way to turn that off?

notyourmom 7 years, 7 months ago

For an additional $10 on my cell plan I have a cell phone (one of those cheap free ones they give you when you open the account) that is plugged into my living room wall that we use as a house phone.

pace 7 years, 7 months ago

I use a magic jack phone to call anywhere in the US when I am in Peru. Clear as a bell, cost me around $20 a year. I have a cell phone here in Peru, a cell phone in Kansas and the same home land line phone for 30 years. All in all with all the convenience, it still runs cheaper than the old land line and long distance fees that I had 20 years ago.

LoveThsLife 7 years, 7 months ago

Do you have to pay taxes and fees as well? We've been thinking about purchasing an Ooma.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

I got rid of my cell phone 2 years ago. Mostly because Sprint sucked, but I didn't see the point in getting a new phone, and a new phone company that might suck just as much. So I got a landline instead.

Oddly enough, I've still been getting a "statement" in the mail from Sprint telling me I have a $0.05 credit with the company. You'd think they'd stop sending it after spending probably $10 on postage. I think there's a reason that company is in trouble, but I can't quite put my finger on why...

workinghard 7 years, 7 months ago

Have a land line at our cabin in Missouri in case of an emergency because it sits 100 feet from the road and can't get reception once we get off the road. Thanks AT&T, you should give us a discount for the land line since your cell won't work there.

mom_of_three 7 years, 7 months ago

Land line has been gone for a few years now, and don't miss it. All the kids have cell phones (we have a good deal), so there was no use keeping it. All the grandparents have cell phones in case of emergency.
Now, sometimes, I dont carry my cell phone with me, to the chagrin of the hubby, (honey, pick something up at the store). If you don't want to be attached to a phone, dont answer it.

Bill Lee 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't want to give up my phone number. I consider it part of my identity, and its a great number. If I could transfer it to a cell phone, I'd consider giving up my land line. No, I wouldn't; I still prefer a land line. I find cell phone users to be among the most annoying people on the planet. I'm not interested in hearing half of your conversation. Take it outside!

AnnaUndercover 7 years, 7 months ago

Maybe your phone company will reassign your number to a cell phone.

bkreed1960 7 years, 7 months ago

Gosh no on the land line. Dropped that over 2 years ago. They charge too much for that and I was only using for the computer hookup. Now the computer is happier with the broadband connection. I use the cell phone for the occasional phone call or connect with others via the internet. Saves me so much without that land line.

costello 7 years, 7 months ago

Had my land line number transferred to a cell - and the land line shut off - 2 or 3 years ago.

Had the land line turned back on - with a new number - a few months ago.

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