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Old 11-26-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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I hope to always have a landline.

For starters:

Landlines tend to have better, clearer connections.
I don't have to worry about my landline being lost, being stolen, needing recharging, or breaking.
Landlines tend to be more reliable. Did you know that on 9/11, cell phones weren't working?
Landlines encourage a more relaxed, more focused conversation.
Landlines, unlike cell phones, don't prey on you, don't require you to be constantly aware of them, carry no expectation of always interrupting you - for instance, my landline won't interrupt me at a restaurant.

I'm sure I could come up with more, but that's off the top of my head.
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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OK. I assume you carry your landline phone around the house with you...
I don't know if you've ever seen a land line, but you can have a different phone in each room.
Or section of the house.
Google it some time.
Then google Enhanced 911.
With a 2 year old and a 4 year old, it's worth it.
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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New fiber optic landlines also do not work once power is lost past the battery backup stage, I know, my cellphone was still working after hurricane Wilma in 2005 but my landline went dead within a half hour after power went out and the power was out for days in our home and weeks in friends homes.

Added, with our Magic Jack we have a cordless phone in each room, so it is just like a landline unless the power or internet goes out, then I have my cellphone.
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Old 11-26-2016, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I do. No power = no cell phones, no recharging, and no internet or cable-based phones, either.

In California the power grid goes down frequently. For many hours. And this is without an earthquake or wildfire. I will stick with a landline as long as I can. And yes, I have a cellphone.
I live in CA and have no idea what you are talking about. Your power goes out frequently??? Maybe you have a localized problem or possibly have missed a payment to your local provider. At any rate my phone works even when there is a power failure due to weather or some fool knocking out a power poll

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I hope to always have a landline.

For starters:

Landlines tend to have better, clearer connections.
I don't have to worry about my landline being lost, being stolen, needing recharging, or breaking.
Landlines tend to be more reliable. Did you know that on 9/11, cell phones weren't working?
Landlines encourage a more relaxed, more focused conversation.
Landlines, unlike cell phones, don't prey on you, don't require you to be constantly aware of them, carry no expectation of always interrupting you - for instance, my landline won't interrupt me at a restaurant.

I'm sure I could come up with more, but that's off the top of my head.
Good for you! Just so you know, Mrs5150 and I have hour long relaxed conversations with friends. Answering a phone is a choice and a matter of self control. Wireless or otherwise. Come restaurant time, we leave the phone in the car. Once again a choice and self control. At home when you are with friends and the phone rings do you answer it or let it go to voice mail-landline or otherwise?. So that point is mute.

As to reliability-has not been an issue since we dropped our landline. But if spending a $1000 a year extra for some "peace of mind" makes you feel better I am fine with that.

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I don't know if you've ever seen a land line, but you can have a different phone in each room.
Or section of the house.
Google it some time.
Then google Enhanced 911.
With a 2 year old and a 4 year old, it's worth it.
OK, you like the convenience. Good. If it's worth the $1000 a year to not have to walk to another room to answer a phone then .

I have enhanced 911 on both of our phones. Something I use every day .

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Old 11-26-2016, 10:16 PM
 
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Landlines tend to have better, clearer connections.
I don't have to worry about my landline being lost, being stolen, needing recharging, or breaking.
Landlines tend to be more reliable. Did you know that on 9/11, cell phones weren't working?
Landlines encourage a more relaxed, more focused conversation.
Landlines, unlike cell phones, don't prey on you, don't require you to be constantly aware of them, carry no expectation of always interrupting you - for instance, my landline won't interrupt me at a restaurant.

I'm sure I could come up with more, but that's off the top of my head.
We have a landline, so I am not opposed to them But the main reason is that it is $20+taxes and fees with the cable. If I had to pay Verizon $60 + taxes and fees I would rethink my options.

There is no fantastic mystery as to why copper telephone wires work when the power is out. The telephone company simply has rooms full of batteries. You should back up your mobile cellular phone with a battery that will last you a few days.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Understandable

Also understandable. We have excellent reception at our house.

OK. I assume you carry your landline phone around the house with you...
You can have a base station in the kitchen, for example, and three or more telephones around the house.
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:28 AM
 
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I read somewhere that over half of US households no longer have a landline. We got rid of ours about three years ago. We were paying $50 a month/$600 a year for something we didn't really need.
Yes landlines are MORE expensive but THE QUALITY IS MUCH BETTER so in my opinion its worth it..

I have had so many dropped calls on this TIME WARNER crap its not funny..... We only had 1 dropped call when we had landline service all those years! (I happend to be on the 1 call that was dropped)
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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Plus one on Magic Jack. Modem and router on battery backup gives us an hour of landline service during power outages. Cordless phone in every room lets us hear/answer from anywhere.

Twenty bucks a year.
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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We got rid of our traditional land line 10 or 12 years ago and went with a VOIP provider. 3 or 4 years ago we dumped them in favor of just using our cells.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I don't have very good cell reception, so I hesitated for years about getting rid of the landline. But I finally got fed up with the endless nuisance calls and got rid of it. There are too many other options these days to pay for a service, and then be told you need to pay more for an unlisted number if you don't want your phone number made public.

I got a MagicJack back in June, the service costs $20/year. Not one telemarketing call in 5 months.
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