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    We only use cell phones, but you are in Alaska. I would have to think twice about getting rid of a land line in Alaska. If you are close to town and other people, it would be OK. But if you are OUT, I would hold onto it. That's just me. You need to do what you feel most comfortable with.

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    I prefer landlines. There is nothing more annoying to me than to receive a call while I am away from home or busy. I answer because I assume it might be important. If you want to chat with me, call my landline.

    Many times, when I am phoning I don't care which family member answers, my message is for the family. Interrupting a particular individual by calling their cell phone seems rude (especially if they are busy) when I don't really need to talk to that person, just someone in the family.

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    Sounds like you do not need it. For me I need it, I have been the grapevine phone. The older family members can only use the house phone number. As well as Mom and Dad.
    They say I am glad you have the same phone number still, I wanted to tell you , whatever. Usually some one is sick, or has died, or I coming to see you. Your the only number I have to get in touch with, no else has a working number. They only know what use to be and how it works. Mom and Dad or in a assisted living home, and they did not answer the phone much at all.
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    We got a home phone when the tower for our regular phone went out and DH's mother tried reaching us. I sent a mass email out to family and friends stating this. Many freaked even though I told them I would be checking my email frequently as I normally do. It was a pain every time it rang was a solicitor of some sort or auto telemarketer. 3 months and canceled. Have not regretted it. $30.00 a monthplus installation.
    Quote Originally Posted by CurliQ View Post
    Hi all,
    I need some advice. My children, all grown, have their own phones. My husband and I also have our phones. He's been broaching the subject of nixing the home phone. A part of me sees the logic in this. People call us personally on our own phones and it's very rare that the home phone rings anymore. Still, I'm reluctant to give it up.

    Any ideas?

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    I agree. All situations are different even though we got rid of ours.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbie View Post
    We only use cell phones, but you are in Alaska. I would have to think twice about getting rid of a land line in Alaska. If you are close to town and other people, it would be OK. But if you are OUT, I would hold onto it. That's just me. You need to do what you feel most comfortable with.

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    Having our land line saved my DD's life when he had a massive heart attack. They told us if the EMS had been five minutes longer we would have lost him. We use ours as our main phone and only keep a cell phone as a back up and when one of us is out of the house we can reach the other.

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    Wow, so much helpful information here! Thanks so much. My landline goes through my cable company and like most, it rarely rings anymore. I could see changing my cell number to my landline number. Hmmm, very much to think about. Thanks so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    We have a home phone, but we never use it. The calls we get are solicitors. It came as part of a package, but I would just as soon not have it.
    Just unplug it?
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    We let our land line go a little better than 8 years ago. $60.00 X 12 = $720.00
    $720.00 X 8 = $5760.00

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    We have given up the true land line (Which worked great when we had a power failure) and bundled it with our TV, internet, and phone. The phone line (with the cable company) only costs me $4.99/month unlimited local and long distance....so we can't complain. For $5/month, I will keep it just in case of.....WHAT I am not sure....
    I do check with my cable company every few months just to see if there is a better deal that they can offer me. Checked last month and the gal was able to reduce my internet part of the bill by $20/month.

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    We have had the same landline number since moving to Oregon 11 years ago. We have talked about getting rid of it, but with all the kids scattered who knows where half the time. Having the landline gives me peace in case the dreaded "midnight call" comes through.

    Our older grandkids know this number is always going to remain the same. So if something happens to them they can call. Hopefully they won't be as stubborn as their goofy parents and not call until the crap hits the fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    We have had the same landline number since moving to Oregon 11 years ago. We have talked about getting rid of it, but with all the kids scattered who knows where half the time. Having the landline gives me peace in case the dreaded "midnight call" comes through.

    Our older grandkids know this number is always going to remain the same. So if something happens to them they can call. Hopefully they won't be as stubborn as their goofy parents and not call until the crap hits the fan.
    You made me laugh with that one!
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    Interesting discussion...we still have the land line, but with caller ID, we let it go to voice mail if we don't recognize the number or name. As for cell phones, well, our adult children, my husband, and I have them with us 24 x7. We don't get bothered as our phones have caller ID, so it's the same process in "answering" as with the land line.

    My husband and I both have "smart phones". They're quite handy in a disaster, such as an earthquake. Last year, when the Napa, CA, earthquake happened at 4:15 AM, we felt it at our house, 75 miles away. No damage, etc., at our house. Knowing, however, the media would make it out to be tantamount to the 1906 EQ, I used my smart phone to access Face Book, making note that we were OK / no damage. Then, I went back to sleep. My cousin, who lives in the Midwest, commented later that FB was the first place she checked for our status as she knew I would use my phone for the "reporting in" message.

    In the case of a natural disaster or catastrophe, if you have a cell phone, DO NOT TRY TO CALL ANYONE. Send a text message, instead. Texts use very little bandwith; saving battery and internet resource.

    If you live in an area prone to disasters, set up a far away contact, preferably someone well out of the area / region. Provide that contact's info to relatives and friends, etc., letting them know you will reach your contact and that person is their point of contact for exchaning info. and status about you and them. If / when the disaster occurs, text (or phone -- you can make one call) your contact, letting them know your status. It's much easier to make one call or send one text than answering the phone while you're dealing with chaos and uncertainty.

    This "remote contact" info is endorsed enthusiastically by all emergency services personnel. I've used it and it works.
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    We gave up our home phone 7 years ago, our jobs required us to have cell phones and I saw no reason to pay double bills. We do not miss it
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    Having our land line saved my DD's life when he had a massive heart attack. They told us if the EMS had been five minutes longer we would have lost him. We use ours as our main phone and only keep a cell phone as a back up and when one of us is out of the house we can reach the other.

    Our cell phones have GPS tracking & caller id so in case of emergency 911 dispatch can locate us at home or anywhere else we are
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    When I recently moved, I bundled the service for landline and internet. The customer service rep never said a word that in order to have a true landline, I'd need a battery backup for the modem in case electricity went out. It would cost $99. for installation. I learned about the battery backup from another technician who had to come out for another problem. Kinda defeats the purpose of a landline, don't you think? I'm debating what to do. I hate my smart phone. I don't hear well on it and I hate carrying it around the house with me. Half the time, I'm using my 'landline' to call the cell phone just to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    When I recently moved, I have bundled service for landline and internet. When it was installed, the technician never said a word that in order to have a true landline, I'd need a battery backup for the modem if electricity ever went out. It would cost $99. for installation. I learned about the battery backup from another technician who had to come out for another problem. Kinda defeats the purpose of a landline, don't you think? I'm debating what to do. I hate my smart phone. I don't hear well on it and I hate carrying it around the house with me. Half the time, I'm using my 'landline' to call the cell phone just to find it.
    if it needs a battery backup it is not a true landline. It is a home phone. A true landline doesn't need a battery backup and doesn't go out when the power does. Because of all the power outages where we are we kept the landline.
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    I still have my landline, because this is the only number my adult kids have ever had. My DH passed away about a year and a half ago and kids had a fit when i said I was going to give it up. So I just listen to it ring (mostly politicians anyway)
    and check to see if there is any messages.

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    I have often thought of getting rid of the "land line." But that part of our bill is the smallest, so we keep putting it off. As for a hard-wired line, we have that & we connect the old-fashioned phone we keep in a closet to it when the electricity is off. It's the only way we can guarantee contact with the outside world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    if it needs a battery backup it is not a true landline. It is a home phone. A true landline doesn't need a battery backup and doesn't go out when the power does. Because of all the power outages where we are we kept the landline.
    Exactly my point. I had several old phones (real old landlines), but they would not work with the wiring in my new apt. I'm angry because the customer service rep did not tell me I'd need a battery backup. I'm older, have some physical issues and live alone. I'm debating with myself what I want to do.

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    I have a land-line and a cell phone, never use the cell unless I break down on the road. The reason I love the land-line is that, with the old rotary phone I have, I can get calls out in a power outage. This is very important when you're elderly as we are.

    I could use some protection from telemarketers though. No matter how many times I add or name to the "do not call list" we still get two or three calls per day. I've cut those down by asking the caller for the federal I.D. number as suggested on a website and they usually hang up right away and don't call for some time. I have been sworn at before they hang up however :-)/

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    I got rid of my landline several years ago & never once regretted it or missed it. Get rid of it & if you do miss it you can always turn it back on. I think you will be surprised. Just another expense that I don't need

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    I still have my landline. It is bundled with the internet and cable. If I got rid of it, I would only save $10 per month.

    I have turned off the ringers so I can't hear the phone ringing with sales and political calls. Now I have the option of calling out from the landline in case something happens to my cellphone. If I wanted to, I could turn the ringer back on in case of an emergency.

    The best part is that whenever a solicitor calls, they hear the tone from my fax machine. If they really wanted to sell me something they could fax it. That's never happened. I feel smug when I hear the fax machine click when I'm in my office. Another solicitor foiled again!

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    We have to keep our land line as we do not have cell phone reception unless we hike up the hill behind our place. One year we took an old chair up there and called it our "phone booth"

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