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Old 09-23-2017, 07:27 AM
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Whenever this comes up, there is always a general feeling that folks that only use cell phones are "hi-tech" and more forward thinking than LL users. We've had smart phones for quite a few years, and we like them. We also have a LL. It comes with our cable package, and if we dropped it our bill would be higher than with it. It comes with a bundle.

As people said above: my hearing is not what it used to be, and I am much more comfortable using a LL. We have phones all over the house, and don't have to drag a CP with us. The ID of the caller comes up on the TV when we are watching, which is v convenient. We don't answer if we feel like it's a scam call.

All our family and businesses we use know our LL number. We use it for most purposes like that. We both can use the same number, which is also convenient. My cell phone is often buried in my handbag, and I don't hear it ring.

We use our cells frequently to text family members, and send pics, etc. Wouldn't be without them. I would not willingly give up our LL. We have four around the house, and it's great. Long live the LL!
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:02 AM
Location: Western Colorado
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Nope. Too expensive. I have a cheap Tracfone cell phone. That's all I need. I use it to, gasp, make telephone calls.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:19 AM
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We have a landline although it's getting more expensive and seems wasteful. However, we had a network outage and my husband, working from home, was so glad to have a LL to fall back on. Cell phones are fine but reception isn't always great, and I hate the lag where you talk over the other person.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:37 AM
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I use both landline and cellphone. As someone posted upthread, the cell phone is not really a phone, but rather a portable computer with camera, speakers, microphone, free international communication tools, and FaceTime [once called the video phone]. It's rather challenging to live today without a cell phone, but when I'm at home I prefer a real computer [laptop, iPad, etc.] and telephone rather than what is essentially un-design beyond the black box cellphone.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:02 AM
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Had to get rid of the landline and switch to evil cable because every time it rained I would lose service because the phone lines were so ancient and I kept losing my internet connection. I still miss it and actually came home late from work the other night, super tired, and for a split second wanted to see if I had any messages on the answering machine. sigh.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:09 AM
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I do but it's disconnected
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:48 AM
Location: Columbia SC
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I have a land line primarily as it was a local call to my wife from her mother. With my wife passed away, I am considering dumping my land line. It is now tied into a phone, internet, cable TV package and if I ever change (actually more when) that package, the land line will go away.

I have a low cost but limited cell phone plan (TracFone) and if it was to be my only phone, I will need to change my cell phone service provider. I recently did some checking around on cell phone plans to help a friend change her cell phone plan. She switched to Virgin Mobile. Unlimited talk, unlimited messages, unlimited data though they do slow the data down after 5mb of monthly usage all for $35 per month. Seemed the best for a one person one line, one number plan. No need for a family plan here.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rodentraiser
I'm not about to pay over a hundred bucks just to have a landline.

Originally Posted by CA4Now View Post

Yeek. Ours is about $20 now (was once nearly $70 with the previous provider)....I think it's all how they package this stuff, e.g. Internet, landline, cable, etc. Cell phones are under a different provider, unfortunately.

Agree with you there. I tend to forget my cell phone in my purse but check the landline messages first. Habit. My sister's cell phone is like an appendage. And kids are never without theirs.
He was talking about paying over $100 to obtain a triple package deal of internet, cable TV, and landline phone – usually from a cable TV company – where the landline often comes free with the triple deal.

He wasn’t talking about paying over $100 for just a landline and nothing else from a company.

(if I understand him correctly, that is – because I had mentioned the triple package option I get from xfinity/Comcast - not suggesting that he get this - but just mentioning how it is packaged)
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:42 PM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Originally Posted by gentlearts View Post
We do not use our cell phones much. We keep a landline as part of a bundle with Internet. If we got rid of the landline our internet would go up $10. so we'd only be saving about $10.

We like that we can screen calls on the landline.
You can screen calls on a cell phone just as easily. All the info pops up whenever I receive a phone call. If they are in my contacts list, just their name shows up.
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Old 09-23-2017, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ss20ts View Post
In many areas, if the power goes out so does cable and phone as the lines are all on the same poles. Good luck finding a corded phone! My WalMart does not carry them.
Amazon has multiple ones for sale. Just checked.
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