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Old 12-31-2018, 08:59 PM
Status: "Most innocent people need to hire 35 lawyers at some point" (set 8 days ago)
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I am considering cancelling my cable, internet, and landline. Having doubts as to whether I could do it long term because I do banking and pay bills by automated payment transfers.

Anyone else made these changes and been succesful?
I have an unlimited data plan for my cell phone. $87/month Verizon. My iPhone will act as a personal hot spot, I just connect it to my laptop, and I'm good. It's a bit slow at times, but I can live with that. If I need to download a big file, I just go to the library and use my laptop with their wifi. Free wifi is easy to find. No cable, no landline.

Not long ago, a bank teller told me that connecting with the bank via their app on my cell phone is more secure than using wifi. I checked, and it seems to be true.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:38 PM
 
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I live offgrid.

Solar powers my house, I hear primarily with wood, have propane for backup heat, HWH, and cooking.(Yes I have a microwave, toaster, etc)
My water is from.a cistern filled from.my metal roof, septic, I compost or burn my trash (get paid to recycle the metal, mostly melt and bury the glass.)

No lines to my house, I use my $68\month cell for talk, text, hotspot etc. (Unlimited, 15 gigs teathered)
No cable, mostly read, occasionally watch $1-2 pawn shop movies

Don't miss it.
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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I have a hot spot on my phone. Videos come in the mail or from the library.

I print out my que and find 1/2 to 2/3 of the movies are available from the library, so the 2 video netflix plan works great for me.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:15 PM
 
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I don't have cable, not a landline. But I DO have Internet through a hotspot on my cell phone.

As for not having cable TV....I was a TV addict. And still love watching TV So I thought I'd miss having cable (especially Bravo and HGTV) more than I do. I actually don't miss it at all. My antenna gets me more than 60 channels...and you know what -- for me that's enough.

I'm not tech savvy, so I don't do any Hulu, Sling, Netflix, etc. I don't even know how they work. (What I miss most -- since moving from the DC area is the Public TV station WETA-UK. The only all British broadcast TV station in the country. I LOVED all those British shows. But I can't watch any more so c'est la vie.

Regarding not having a landline....I also got used to that easier than I thought I would. I guess the necessity of having to get rid of it, helped my psychologically accept I just don't have it anymore.

I don't see ever going back to a landline OR cable TV.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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We were out of service for 4 days last week . It sucked
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:09 PM
 
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I canceled cable and landline a long time ago. I won't cancel internet, though -- it's necessary in my daily life. Like you, I do my banking, bill paying, etc., online.
Ditto.

Canceled cable TV 9 years ago. Landline replaced with free VOIP (Google Voice and Obihai adapter) 7 yrs ago. I use broadband cable Internet and have a LAN with wifi. Internet is a necessary lifeblood for me.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:35 PM
 
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My husband's identity was stolen because of a check I wrote to pay our rent. Nothing online about it...it emptied our accounts, cost us lots of time and the expenses of having things notarized and faxed, and 5 years down the road, my husband was arrested and spent a night in jail because of the identity theft. The charges were dropped the next day but the arrest stayed on his record, unless we wanted to spend $2000 on a lawyer to get it expunged.

If you still write paper checks, that's much riskier than banking online.
Good warning. We use money orders bought from the post office for .75 cents to pay the house payment.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:46 PM
 
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We have a landline and Satellite.
Tried cable tv once, hated it so wouldn't go back if it was free. We've taken to playing board games instead
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:22 PM
Status: "In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty" (set 11 days ago)
 
Location: SF, CA
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No cable? No problem.

No landline? Err... maybe.

No internet? No way!
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I canceled cable and landline a long time ago. I won't cancel internet, though -- it's necessary in my daily life. Like you, I do my banking, bill paying, etc., online.
I haven't had cable or landline in over 15 years. But no matter how expensive internet gets, I'll keep it as long as there is any way for me to pay for it.
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