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Old 03-09-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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As you all know many people nowadays have a cell phone as their only phone instead of landline home phones. Is this the best thing for everyone? My cousin has a cell phone as her only phone. The problem was that recently she lost the phone and had no phone for making any calls. This got me wondering if it was a good idea to have a cell phone as your only phone? I mean you can loose the phone,have it stolen or damage it after dropping it on concrete. I think everyone should have at least two phones. Either having a home phone plus a cell phone or two cell phones. What's your opinion on this? Are some people's situations better for still having a landline home phone? Or are some people's situation better for just a cell phone?

A good article on the pros and cons of this:


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Dialing 911 on a cellular phone still connects you to a law enforcement agency in your local area. If you're experiencing an emergency and need help, the party who receives the call has to reroute your call to the appropriate first responders and will need you to tell them your location. This is obviously a serious problem if you're injured and can't speak or are in a situation where every second counts. It's for this reason that many law enforcement agencies advise you to always call 911 from a land line whenever possible.

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Old 03-09-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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I have my cell phone and my office phone. That's enough for me.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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My wife and I have been cell only for almost a decade.

I am sure there are plenty of reasons to keep a landline handy, including the one from this Yahoo article snippet. We just havent found ourselves being in a situation where it warrants having one anymore.

As far as that article its true, but not the whole picture. All devices in the US are equipped with what is called e911 or ICE services. While they are not fixed like a land line phone is (obvisouly) your device does have the ability to be pinged for its location via cellular triangulation A-GPS or even nowadays, standalone GPS. Have you heard of any stories where someone had been lost or stranded and emergency services were able to locate them via cell phone signal?
Technically the article is correct in that you will have the most direct line via landline, but I am not really sure how much of a delay there actually is between switching to the correct area for dispatch. That seems more like the focus of the issue than anything else. eg.What is the average response time for operators having to transfer using a cell phone for emergencies?

So based on that article, why would anyone be willing to keep a landline if there is a likelihood that you are unable to reach the landline phone to begin with in case of emergency? A cellphone is perhaps more likely to be in someones pocket or within reach (eg countertop, table) vs hung up on a wall, out of reach if on the floor. Maybe lucky enough to have a wireless landline?
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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My wife and I have been cell only for almost a decade.

I am sure there are plenty of reasons to keep a landline handy, including the one from this Yahoo article snippet. We just havent found ourselves being in a situation where it warrants having one anymore.
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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Old 03-09-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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if you lose your phone , it's like everything else
maybe complete loss, maybe not

dont have a cell/smart phone unless you cant handle that loss
if you have a cell/smart phone , keep eye on it like a hawk
you can buy insurance for your phone
you can have tracking services on your phone
remote wipe your phone

to replace it it's easy , just walk into the store, get another one
everything is in the cloud, it's gonna be exact the same after sync
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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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.
My tablet and laptop have Skype, Facebook messenger, Tango, WhatsApp, email, and several other communication methods.

Perhaps your cousin wasn't worried about how she would communicate. Perhaps your cousin was more like "OMG WTF WILL I DO WITHOUT MY CELLPHONE??? I CAN'T TEXT ANYONE!! IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!" Or something along those lines.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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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.
Well... we have insurance, and there are 3 of us with phones, and we have 2 or 3 older phones that could be reactivated.

So, nope, not worried about that at all.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Have you considered how you would handle communicating at your home if your cell phone was lost,stolen or damaged?
And yet, mankind has survived thousands of years without a land line or cell phone. The telephone as we know it hasn't been around for a very long in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:38 PM
 
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Has anyone tried a wireless home phone system? To those not familiar it's another way to move from landline while still having a home phone.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f96VFgi2ujc
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas/SF Peninsula/South Lake Tahoe
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Dropped my landline awhile ago. It was a total waste of money, as everyone calls me on my cell phone.

I have an older cell phone set aside for backup.
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