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How many of you still have a landline? I have one because the cellphone service at my home is spotty at best. In order to use our cellphones at our current house, we have to go outside and stand in a certain spot...no lie.

At the house we are (God willing) moving to, the cellphone service is much better. I have walked all over that house using the cell.

Anyway, I am debating on dropping my landline. However, with the hurricanes hitting the gulf so frequently, I remember not having cell service for days after hurricane Ike. That would be disastrous for my husband's business since he is on call 24/7.

I just don't know if it is worth the risk.
 

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It's a pretty good bet that if a hurricane comes through & takes out a few cell towers, it's probably going to knock down some phone lines, as well.

I haven't had a land line since ~ 1997. It used to drive people crazy because, like you, I had to go outside & stand in a spot to talk. But I'm a cheapskate & I couldn't see paying for a land line when I had to have a cell phone.

Once you're out of BFE, I think the cell network has matured enough in recent years to be a primary phone.
 

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I am probably among the last folks on earth not to have a cell phone. Ok, I carry a cell phone for work so they can get ahold of me in the field, but I don't use it for anything personal. land line and 'puter service in one, here. worked well for us in the past, if it ain't broke don't fix it. ( though I do like living in town now, where I'm not on dialup anymore!)
 

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The combination of cell phone, MagicJack, Skype, & Instant Messenger more than compensate for the absence of a land line. I replaced the land line with VOIP early in the millenium when I signed on to high speed internet. Although I don't have it or need it, Vonage offers unlimited calling to 60+ countries for $25 a month. How can the copper wire telecoms compete with that?
 

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Why would you not have a phone if the electricity went out? Cell phones run on battery.
I believe what he is talking about, is that he has a hard wired phone on his land line as opposed to a wireless remote phone hooked to his land line.
When the power goes out, the wireless remote phones do not work as they need electricity to transmit.
That is why my DW asked why I still wanted 2 hard wired phones, even though she bought a set of five wireless remote phones.
I do not have a cell phone, I do not need a cell phone, nor will I ever want a cell phone.
Cell sites are not secure, and cell transmissions are too easy to monitor.
 

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I have a land line with dsl service. Costs around $50-60 a month including long distance calls I make. I hate cell phones. I do have a wireless phone that I can go all over my house and yard with.

I like the reliability of a land line and I can always find it. Cell phones tend to get lost. I think cell phones are rude as they can interrupt face to face conversations.

A few of my friends have got burned by bad cell phone contracts and had to pay hundreds of dollars and had their credit ruined because of them.

I don't see too many pay phones around anymore.
 

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I have a landline with just the most basic service. I dispise the cell phone, so I rarely use it for anything. The only reason I carry it is for emergencies. I'm not a heavy phone user anyway, so the basic service was a cheap way to have an alternate phone source if I needed it. And it's still turned on and handy at night while the cell phone is charging in the other room to avoid the danged wrong numbers waking me up.
 

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We have a landline but it is cable. We found out recently that during a power outage, we no longer have the option to plug in the old wired phone we saved just for that purpose. :( Not good. Could not even call 911 if we wanted to ... unless our cellphone is operational. We luckily didn't need to call 911 the night the power went out ... because that was also the night our cellphone decided it was time to die for good.
 

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I have no land line anymore. Got rid of it because i never used it. And the cables out here where i live, and in such poor shape that they barely even worked right.

This is about the only reason im glad i have satellite internet. When the power goes out (like during hurricane bertha for 7 days) cellphone towers didnt work here. They had no power, i had no phone. But with satellite internet i was able to crank up my generator, and email my family and let them know i was still alive. Other than that, satellite internet sucks LOL
 

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I believe what he is talking about, is that he has a hard wired phone on his land line as opposed to a wireless remote phone hooked to his land line.
When the power goes out, the wireless remote phones do not work as they need electricity to transmit.
That is why my DW asked why I still wanted 2 hard wired phones, even though she bought a set of five wireless remote phones.
I do not have a cell phone, I do not need a cell phone, nor will I ever want a cell phone.
Cell sites are not secure, and cell transmissions are too easy to monitor.
Thanx, I have no thanx button anymore.
 

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land line only for me i had prepaid cell once i would'nt use 10 mins in 3 months and i did'nt want to buy more when i had 50 minutes left so the cell would expired till i bought more minutes you had to buy minutes every 3 months weither you needed them or not
so i gave to kids so they could pretend to have cell phone
 
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