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Do you have a landline telephone?

Remember the days when you had to talk on a phone attached to a cord in your kitchen? Remember the days before caller ID, when you actually had to answer the phone to see who was calling? What a thought, huh? Ah… how things have changed.

If we had to guess, we bet hardly any of you have a landline phone anymore. Especially for those of us who travel full-time, or a good part of the year. What’s the use for one of those old things?

Please tell us below if you have a landline phone, or if you just use your cell phone. Maybe you’ll prove our guess wrong… who knows?

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Vanessa Simmons
8 months ago

Haven’t had a land line for at least 25 years.

squeakytiki
8 months ago

I had a land line with AT&T for years and years. Then it stopped working and I called them to try and schedule service, only to be told that they coudn’t find my account! Never mind that I had the bill in my hand with my account numbers on it when I called them, for some reason they still couldn’t locate the account. Cue a phone call that lasted an hour and a half, multiple transfers, multiple messages left for ‘supervisors’.  In the end nothing was ever resolved, none of the supposed supervisors ever returned my call.  When I got the next bill in the mail I wrote a few choice thoughts in a letter telling them to cancel my service, and sent it back to them along with the unpaid bill.  That whole experience left such a bad impression on me that I’ve sworn AT&T will never get another dime from me.
My Verizon cell phone has worked just fine.

Joseph Weinstein
8 months ago

I believe for this poll to make any sense it has to be rephrased, unless you are considering Internet Connected Phones, as Landline phones. It used to be that a Landline phone meant you connected “by physical wire” to the local telephone company. How do you define Bluetooth phones connected by wireless to a cable modem, which is a hard wire connection. It seems as if this poll was written by someone in my generation, Boomer. :).

Abe Loughin
8 months ago

I tried to keep a land line when we first started full-time but the wire kept getting tangled in the 5th wheel’s tires.

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8 months ago
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Jeff Craig
8 months ago

Haven’t had a landline in over 20 years, and I work for the phone company!
We’ve used our mobile phones for everything, including internet hotspots when we are on the road. Verizon pulled every penny they could out of landline systems and put it into the wireless network buildout (and then sold their ‘rural’ areas to finance their 4G upgrade).

Telemarketers have servers that randomly dial numbers, so you get them on landline, mobile and VoIP services – but there is technology that can block them, but as with any arms race, they’ll figure a way around it eventually.

Ray
8 months ago

We haven’t had a landline since 2010.

Richard Hughes
8 months ago

I have a landline included with my internet/television bundle and our cell phones are no charge, unlimited use included in the package. If we go on the road, we can forward the landline to our cell phone, so we don’t miss those important extended auto warranty calls.

Ray
8 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Richard, you may have just convinced me to get a landline again, never considered those auto warranty calls not to mention all the free stuff I learn I’ve won.

Tom
8 months ago

During the wildfires the cell service went down and many people didn’t know of approaching fires until sheriff using Hi/Lo alarm headed wound the street and over loudspeakers saying to evacuate. Land line cheap life insurance in my book.

KellyR
8 months ago

We keep our land line. I look at it as cheap insurance. If I call 911, they know where to show up, even if I cannot speak or be understood.

John Koenig
8 months ago

About a decade ago, land line phone prices went through the roof. MOST of the increases were due to “Taxes, Fees & Surcharges” ie NOTHING to do with providing phone service. Also back then, there was little if any “UNLIMITED” calls, texts and especially data (which is why SPAM calls were few to non existent). I dropped my Verizon land line “service” and ported that phone number to Cingular, which was acquired later by AT&T and finally, when AT&T “service” went to heck, got transferred to T-Mobile (who I’ve been with for 4+ years now). I (and I suspect MANY cell phone users) HATE to have to switch carriers. If a carrier simply treated people as VALUED customers, I believe MOST people would STAY with a carrier. {bleeped} those idiot “bean counters”!

Pat
8 months ago

I only have the landline for our house alarm. We’d pay for a new system in a couple of years by not having the landline so I think we’re going to switch.

Grant Graves
8 months ago

It would be interesting to see the answer by age group. Some of my grand-kids would not know what you are even asking about.

Diane Mc
8 months ago

Yes and no. My husband has had his landline number for 40+ years. He wasn’t ready to give it up and some things are tied to it. Plus occasionally a friend from the past will contact him. It was too expensive for the limited use so for $20/m we kept the number but there is a cell number behind it (don’t even know what it is). We rarely answer it. If it’s important or an old friend they will leave a message. We also give that number out if we need to supply a number for some reason, but don’t want them to have our cell number.

DW/ND
8 months ago

We have a landline, with 7 extensions or handsets, which we have had since the 60’s. We also have TracFones. 1 Smart and 1 flip. They are used only for emergency service and when we are on the road. I have about 9,000 minutes and my wife has about 2,500 minutes on our cells.

The robocalls are just about enuff to make me rip the phone off the wall – but alas it is a “reliable” system from CenturyLink and their service is excellent if needed. $5.99 per call for directory assistance – because the phone book is so small you can’t read it anymore! Our internet is also thru CenturyLink.

Marilyn M
8 months ago

We winter in Baja Mexico. Our landline is tied to our internet service – a whopping deal at 389 pesos (less than $20!!),

William Braxton
8 months ago

No landline. I see no reason to have a monthly bill so telemarketers and spammers can call 24/7. Cell alone works for us.

Gordy B
8 months ago

I hate to tell you William, but the telemarketers already have access to cell phone numbers. You can register with the “do not call” service but it only slows them down. We have registered several times and still get calls.

KellyR
8 months ago
Reply to  Gordy B

Between our land line and 2 cells we average 10 spam calls a day – 15 during political seasons. Just recently I have received spam texts on my cell. I have registered to the “do not call” for both land line and cell. For some reason that seemed to make it worse.

Jeff Craig
8 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Political calls are exempt from the Do-Not-Call list (naturally I won’t comment on the irony that lawmakers had to guarantee THAT loophole). I made a lot of ‘get out the vote’ texts to people in the lead up to Novembers election – if someone replied ‘Stop’ or ‘Remove’, their number was removed from the list.

That said, only telemarketers based in the US are beholding to the D-N-C list, and if you go through their routine, you’ll notice every sales rep has a South Asian (likely India, Pakistan or Bangladesh) accent. That’s because these centers use V0IP servers, and they pay minimum wage rates – for the whole day.

Rich
8 months ago

beyond the low price the Comcast “land line” has three major benefits for us. first, we could keep our mobile numbers private by using our LL as our contact number for businesses, health care and so on. second, we were able to configure the LL to also ring both of our mobile phones, a tremendous comvenience. lastly, we eliminated 99% of spam calls thanks to NoMoRoBo which came at no additional cost with the Comcast line.

Rich
8 months ago

we had a traditional copper line from AT&T for decades. costs kept creeping up to the point that it was running just over $100 p/month. at the same time we were paying $50 p/m for an internet DSL line from Earthlnk. we wanted to make a change. we already had Comcast cable and Comcast was offering their “triple play” bundle of cable tv, internet and phone. so we canceled AT&T and Earthlink for a saving of $1800 p/year and went with the Comcast triple play which ended up costing *less* than what we had been paying for just cable tv. breaking down the monthly bill the cost of the Comcast “land line” (really a VoIP line…Voice Over Internet Protocol line) wasjust $7 p/m. a no brainer.

Thomas D
8 months ago

At $68 a month, i finally dropped the land line. nobody other than telemarketers used it. Kinda like tv.never had cable because they brought it out to us 12 years after the subdivision went in and by then we had used Dish and Direct. When the digital tv came out and we could get 30+ channels we dropped that too. More money in my pocket and not glued to a chair watching senseless crap.

Glenda Alexander
8 months ago

I have had only a cell phone since 1992, when I started living full-time in an RV. At that time, only about 5% of the US population had cell phones.

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