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Old 09-20-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I actually have two landlines with different phone numbers. One that I've had forever. The other came in a package deal with cable (and will eventually be gone when I change cable packages).
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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For a short while I had what the company who provides cable tv and internet (I get internet) called a 'landline'. For a true landline a cable would have to be run to the house, as there is none. But the phone rang, and rang, and so on. I got an interesting variety of messages, but it was pretty sure that the number had had a lot of customers. And some male person derided me in spanish when I answered, and I finally hung up on him and unplugged it.

I ask the company if they can provide numbers without fifty people waiting to call you, but they said they just assign them. After a few months when it wasn't used I cancelled. I just got a cheaper cell as a second phone for use when the other one was charging. I did miss calling my cell on the 'landline' to find it.

There are real advantages of having a landline, especially if you get power outages, so its a lifeline. But check and make sure its the *real deal* with a cable and will work without power or you don't have much of an advantage.

If I had an actual line in the ground, I just might get one of those 'emergency/limited time lines, but if it has to have a net connection if the power goes out its still dead.
Your remarks about power and cell phones puzzle me. You need TWO cell phones because one is always without a charge?? Do you use it THAT much? And...it's been many years since I had a land line, but ours' didn't work when there was a power outage. Cell phones do.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:59 AM
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Location: Cody, WY
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You're very lucky. We don't have lines underground here.
I bet that you don't have our winds either.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Nope...not anymore
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We had a landline with DSL on it. But the audio had a lot of noise on it, and we kept asking people to call us back on our cellphone, so we could hear them. After a couple years of doing that, we finally dropped the phone part and kept the DSL part. It is our only way to access the internet.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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We have a "Landline", Cable DSL with voice phone and we also have one cellphone.

That has been working very well for us for several years...
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:23 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Yes, I have one. When I'm home I like being able to screen calls with the answering machine. I do NOT carry my cell around with me inside/around the house.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:01 PM
 
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About 4 years ago, I'd finally had enough of AT&T socking me with ever-increasing taxes, fees and surcharges, so I ported my landline number over to Vonage.

My landline number has been associated with my name and address for so many years, I wanted to keep it.

At first, I kept AT&T for stand-alone DSL internet after switching to Vonage phone service, but the first time I tried to have a Vonage phone conversation of any length, the DSL connection quickly dropped, it was always problematic in the 8 or so years I had it, but extra bad on the weekends, even though I'm not very far from the central office, so after a month or two, I decided enough was enough, and switched to Cox cable internet, and everything was fine after that.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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it's been many years since I had a land line, but ours' didn't work when there was a power outage. Cell phones do.

Our landline phone connected to the phone jack works when power is off. The landline through the cable company goes out when we lose power.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:10 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Our landline phone connected to the phone jack works when power is off. The landline through the cable company goes out when we lose power.
Put a UPS Power Supply on your Modem and Router (Wifi) power cord and it would work.

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