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Old 10-22-2015, 03:31 PM
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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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Old 10-22-2015, 05:26 PM
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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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Old 10-22-2015, 05:32 PM
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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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Old 10-22-2015, 10:25 PM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 03:00 AM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 04:30 AM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 05:00 AM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 08:15 AM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 08:24 AM
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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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Old 10-23-2015, 04:56 PM
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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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