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Thread: Land vs. Cell

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    Senior Member sandilee's Avatar
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    Have you given up your land line phone and using your cell phone now as your primary service?
    We are thinking about doing this.
    Wondering what the pros/cons are? Please share.

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    I'm giving up mine simply because it will save $30.00 a month.

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    We gave up our home phone to save $$. I still miss it sometimes!

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    Lots of people are doing that now.

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    Not yet, but I would like to. Why pay 2 phone bills. The only neg. I can think of is when to cell towers are down. That happens when we have big storms here in In.

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    no i still have one land line phone. i'm not pleased when the power goes out that my portable lines don't work. but then, who do i call when the power is out? not many people. i'm just old fashioned. i only use my cell phone for car emergencies too....

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    We gave us ours because we have 2 cell phones and my husband has a work phone as well. I think what I miss most is the clarity - sometimes I feel like the wind is blowing the towers -- and I miss holding it in the crook of my neck while I'm doing something else. The little cell phones drop so easily. I hate wearing an earpiece and my eyesight is getting worse with old age and playing with a cell phone isn't fun when I have to find my reading glasses to look at it. But we're saving money and I guess that counts, right? I'd go back to the corded phones in a flash if I could. Tough keeping up with technology.

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    CELL ONLY NOW

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    Yes and no. We have cells, but we use magic jack for the landline where you pay 20 dollars a year, Love it. no landline bill, only downside is computer has to be on to use it but free lobg distance. Also skype alot online with family(free)

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    I keep our land line for my vollenteer work. I'm in charge of the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival craft and flea market so I really don't want all of the hundreds of calls I get to be on a cell phone. I would much rather have them contact me when I am home or leave a message. I keep a cheap pay as you go cell phone that only a few people have the number to.

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    I still have my land phone simply because Comcast comes through the phone, so the phones still work. But since I'm an
    older lady and always drive alone, I have a Trac phone for security. It and my AAA card I think of as added insurance.

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    We don't have a landline. We haven't had one for about 2-3 years now. My neigbor allows me to connect into her wifi so that is cool so I have no internet costs.
    My cell phone company, told me to set my 911 on LOCATION ON. The reason for this is because so many people no longer have landlines that if you have an emergency and you only have it set for 911 only, they will go to where ever it is that your address is on your account. With LOCATION ON....they will find you where ever you are at. :)
    But I hope to never have to use that feature. :)

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    I would use cell only but we can't get cell reception where we live.:(

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandilee
    Have you given up your land line phone and using your cell phone now as your primary service?
    We are thinking about doing this.
    Wondering what the pros/cons are? Please share.
    I've been on only cell phone for over 8 years, no land line!
    I notice only a few easily adjusted to problems:
    1. Putting the cell down somewhere and "loosing" it.
    2. Forgetting to charge it on a timely schedule.
    3. Forgetting to pick it up and put in my purse when I leave the house.
    4. Not easy to "look up" someone's cell number.
    5. And the occasionally irritating 2-year-contract issue.

    My pros are:
    1. MY choice for which server I want to use, which style of phone. (Many areas have only one landline server, such as Verizon or AT&T.)
    2. Always available for calls if I want to be.
    3. Some cell phones, plans allow internet searches, email checks, etc., anywhere/anytime with your cell.
    4. Not easy for people I don't care about to find my number or call me.
    5. I can use my cell as an alarm, calculator, calendar, text messager, and other things. And I have only a basic cell style!
    6. As mentioned above, I can use my cell for 911 anywhere and the call is directed to the local 911 service of the area I'm in.

    I love having only a cell!

    Jan in VA

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    We gave up our land line a few years ago for the savings and convenience. Found that we just aren't home enough to justify having a home phone! Too many activities at church, school and scouts leads to too many calls to return, so cell only for this family.

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    We did this about 2 years ago. And it has worked out great for us. Especially when we are out & about.
    I know ALOT of people that are doing this. No need in paying for 2 different sets of phone bills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I would use cell only but we can't get cell reception where we live.:(
    Same here.

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    We only have a cell. I use Walmarts Straight Talk, is only $45 a month unlimited everything.
    When my budget is really tight, I buy their $30 a month plan for 1,000 minutes and texts, then use Skype for the long calls to family. Everyone I know is long distance.

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    This is a bone of contention between hubby and I. He thinks cell only, for $$ reasons, but I refuse to give up my landline for safety reasons. We do have cell service here (tower is in the neighbor's pasture), but when we loose power (happens not infrequently year round) we also loose cell service. Being without a phone out in the sticks is NOT for me!

    I guess I should add, we have both-one for home safety (and chatting), one for travel safety :thumbup:

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    Both my sons have cell phones only and one is a doctor and the other travels all over the state. They are now telling me that I need to disconnect my home line. Not sure about it because I may not save that much money if everyone starts calling my cell phone. I need a cell because I live alone and travel at times and I'm disabled so never know when I might need it.

    Just too many decisions...LOL

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    We have cell phones only. One nice thing is that I only have one number to give out to people. I think it makes a person easier to reach in that way. One phone number for home, work, and play. (Of course being easier to reach can also be a negative. But if I don't want to talk to that person at that moment, I just don't answer.)

    The negative is that now there's people I don't talk to as often. For example, if my husband's sister calls, she will call his cell phone, which he of course will answer. With a land line, either one of us would answer, and you get to know your spouse's friends, coworkers, etc. better.

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    We call Europe a lot (2-5 X weekly) so a land line is a must. The $$ they want for European calls on Verizon are just not worth it. We have a separate cell phone that we use when we go to Europe - the pay-as-you-go kind and just top it up at the grocery store when we arrive (which is usually one of our first pit stops anyway).

    My "land line" though is Vonage and we get Europe, Canada, Mexico, and a handful of Caribe nations for a flat fee.

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    I still have land line computer connection, so I will keep mine.

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    Gave ours up when DH was layed off and the only thing I really miss the phone number. We had the same number for about 20 years.

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    I would if my mother-in-law wasn't living with us. All my DH and I use are our cells.

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