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Old 03-10-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Have you considered how you would handle communicating at your home if your cell phone was lost,stolen or damaged? My cousin went into panic mode when she thought her cell phone was stolen. That was her only phone.
Cell phones are not for everyone, since it requires the discipline to not leave it in places you won't remember, such as your laundry, under the seat of your car, the trunk, etc. Don't take it out of your pocket unless you intend to use it. Absent minded people don't usually do well with cell phones.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Our landline provides our WWW access. We turned the audio phone part off, which saved us a lot of money.

We use cellphones for talking. We have Verizon wireless and we pay $14.87/month for each phone.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Have you considered how you would handle communicating at your home if your cell phone was lost,stolen or damaged? My cousin went into panic mode when she thought her cell phone was stolen. That was her only phone.
I may not be the best person to answer this question as I have well over 100 cell phones at my house from the past decade+ (occupational hazard.)

Dialing 911 doesnt require a SIM card or actual 'live' service. Its mandatory to have this feature accessible on any cell phone.

I have said in a few other threads, but along the lines of this one. For anyone that has extra cell phones around, keep them. Put one in your glove box or make sure some of them are charged. They could come in handy.

So to answer your question, no, not concerned at all.

But curious, are you skeptical about the article or defending it?

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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But curious, are you skeptical about the article or defending it?
Neither one. To me that article was just giving the pros and cons of going cell phone only vs keeping a landline phone.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I've been landline less since 2004. If I lose it, or it gets stolen I buy a new one and backup and restore the content from my old stolen/lost phone. I think if someone panics that bad then they should not go outside too often.
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:32 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Have you considered how you would handle communicating at your home if your cell phone was lost,stolen or damaged? My cousin went into panic mode when she thought her cell phone was stolen. That was her only phone.
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Neither one. To me that article was just giving the pros and cons of going cell phone only vs keeping a landline phone.
Thanks for sharing that link. I think its a great discussion to have in 2014.

Its always best to weigh the pros and cons for anyone's given situation. I also think location plays a big role as well. Rural vs large metro as well as actual cell service.

On the flip side, I could easily see myself getting a landline if I were in a very rural area. Where perhaps access to hospitals or emergency services are much different than a more dense metro.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Cell phone carriers have to have you set up an e911 address, don't they. If you're calling from that address you should be okay, no?
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Cell phone carriers have to have you set up an e911 address, don't they. If you're calling from that address you should be okay, no?
A what?
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Cell phone carriers have to have you set up an e911 address, don't they. If you're calling from that address you should be okay, no?
No, it doesn't work the same way your home phone does, which has a name attached to the number unless it's a VOIP phone ( internet call) then a number isn't available unless you voluntarily give it to your dispatch. A cell number doesn't always come up at a PSAP ( public safety answering point) with the name of the subscriber, in which case enhanced 911 software has the ability to narrow the location of the call to within a city block or much closer if the phone has GPS. Some cell phones and prepaid cells don't have GPS and can block their number from coming up on caller ID, so the nearest tower is used to get a location.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:27 PM
 
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No, it doesn't work the same way your home phone does, which has a name attached to the number unless it's a VOIP phone ( internet call) then a number isn't available unless you voluntarily give it to your dispatch. A cell number doesn't always come up at a PSAP ( public safety answering point) with the name of the subscriber, in which case enhanced 911 software has the ability to narrow the location of the call to within a city block or much closer if the phone has GPS. Some cell phones and prepaid cells don't have GPS and can block their number from coming up on caller ID, so the nearest tower is used to get a location.
Most cell phones sold in the US since 2006 have had GPS' built into them. The only ones that don't today are the utter garbage phones... at which point, you're pretty careless anyways.

The idea that locating a phone without GPS is limited to the nearest tower is complete BS. You can get much more accurate results than just where the nearest tower is.
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