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 Post subject: Drop landline and just use cell phone?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:27 am 
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Anyone that done this and have any opinions to share? Do you keep your cellphone on you the whole time when you're at home (with landlines is natural to have maybe 3 or 4 phones in the house)? How about soliciting calls?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:06 pm 
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Haven't had a land line in just over six years. I usually keep it in it's holder on my belt until I go to bed, then I plug it into the recharger on my nightstand. I don't need internet at home so that is a non issue but if you do then you will need to get cable service with internet. If you don't already have cable setting it up can sometimes be pricey. You might want to look at the costs to see if it will actually save you any money in the long run.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:51 am 
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TheSimulatorGuy wrote:
Haven't had a land line in just over six years. I usually keep it in it's holder on my belt until I go to bed, then I plug it into the recharger on my nightstand. I don't need internet at home so that is a non issue but if you do then you will need to get cable service with internet. If you don't already have cable setting it up can sometimes be pricey. You might want to look at the costs to see if it will actually save you any money in the long run.


AT&T DSL actually has the option to run w/o a landline.


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:54 pm 
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I'm just worried about getting local 911 access.


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Funny you should ask......


http://digg.com/gadgets/More_Americans_ ... ell_phones


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 Post subject: no need for a landline
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:07 am 
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it's been about 8 years since i've had a landline phone.

my cell works just fine, 911 and everything. although i work a VOIP company now and have thought of getting a VOIP phone for faxing and stuff. but other than that i see no reason to waste the money.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:38 pm 
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normally I would say this was a good idea but the recent earthquake in California has me questioning... When this earthquake (5.8) happened all cell phone usage was out while land lines worked perfectly... So that would have really screwed you if you had no land line wouldn't it?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:47 pm 
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hbgrg wrote:
normally I would say this was a good idea but the recent earthquake in California has me questioning... When this earthquake (5.8) happened all cell phone usage was out while land lines worked perfectly... So that would have really screwed you if you had no land line wouldn't it?


Well, there's always the neighbor's phone. :mrgreen:

I know my cellphone was completely jammed during 9/11, so well aware of these situations.


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Cell phone? How 1990'ish. I'm satellite phone only!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:52 am 
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I have been without a land line for the past 2 years, and it does have a few drawbacks. Since I have been moving a lot my area code never matches where I am living. This confuses people (especially Pizza delivery joints). Plus If you are not good about budgeting your call time you can easily run over your allotted minutes. My wife and I have a 700 minute plan between the 2 of us. But for the most part it has worked for us. I get one $82 bill per month for our phone plan. I have cable internet so DSL is not a problem for me.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:14 am 
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I haven't had a land line in years. There's absolutely no point unless it is wire to your house alarm.

Land lines are a waste of money. Especially when your cell phone is free. ;)


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Haven't had a land line in two maybe three years now. Kept the same number, no problems there. As a matter of fact less problems do to my job keeping me on the move the whole time.

Not much in the way of telemarkiters eather. Thankfully.

I also use a cellphone internet card so I'm set for my lifestyles situation.


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i would do that to but we have an alarm and it needs a phone line. :evil:


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beteks wrote:
i would do that to but we have an alarm and it needs a phone line. :evil:


I use a cell backup which is $20/month extra. Assuming you don't have cell backup, someone can disconnect your phone line to disable your alarm anyways. I actually feel safer this way.


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Is dropping your phone line worth it? How much would i expect to pay?


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Is dropping your phone line worth it? How much would i expect to pay?


Less. By the amount of what you pay monthly for your phone service.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:20 pm 
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I've been land line free since March 2001. Fortunately I have never had cause to call 911, but as others have pointed out in emergency situations the cell towers will get overloaded making it difficult to make, or receive calls.

When the 35W bridge collapsed, here in Minneapolis, some people said they tried for a couple of hours to reach me.

I can't say I have ever run into coverage issues, because I have always lived in metro areas, but those with rural living on their minds it might not be a viable option yet.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:50 pm 
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Well, I just came to a situation where I needed a landline (Houston, Ike, you figure it out :) ).

Funny thing is, some places with landlines were out too, so I guess it's pointless spending all that money for a rare case of emergency, and it might not even work then.

However, I currently added T-Mobile @Home, and when the cell towers are jammed, so does the @Home. I'm considering dropping @Home and get a separate VoIP service.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:25 am 
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My family has gone cellular only for nearly 7 years now. When I moved out and got my own place over 3 years ago, I too went with simply a cell phone. Cingular Go-Phone (terrible prices), Net10 prepaid (ran a small on-site PC repair business with it ^_^), and now Sprint. I've got the simply everything plan, so I get unlimited everything except anytime minutes. I have 450 anytime minutes even though most of my calls are to friends/family who are also on Sprint. I'm considering using my phone as a modem and cutting Comcast out of my house for good :)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:51 am 
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that Linux guy wrote:
I've got the simply everything plan, so I get unlimited everything except anytime minutes. I have 450 anytime minutes even though most of my calls are to friends/family who are also on Sprint. I'm considering using my phone as a modem and cutting Comcast out of my house for good :)


Would that still be $99.99 if you aren't getting unlimited talk time? Cutting Comcast would work if you don't game at all, otherwise, latency will probably kill you. Streaming might not work well either.


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