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View Poll Results: Which phone do you have? Cellphone or Landline or both.
Cellphone only 22 23.40%
Landline only 11 11.70%
Both a cellphone and landline. 60 63.83%
No cellphone and landline. 1 1.06%
Voters: 94. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-16-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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I have both for the reason of emergency as other have stated.

The last bill I received from Verizon for my land line had an additional charge of $2.00 plus tax. Something about the lack of usage of the long distance service. There must now be some sort of minimum use factored in. Thus, I'm paying for calls I don't make.
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Az.
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I used to have both (landline and cell) 2 years ago. I like to have both, because in my cell phone system I can only get so many amount of minutes on it, while a landline is unlimited (except for the bill that comes at the end of the month). But other than that, I prefer to have both and one day I'll have a landline phone again.
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Another Day Closer
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I have a cell phone and a landline. I keep the landline because I do not want business calls on my cell phone eating up my minutes. My cell phone is strictly for friends and family and for roadside emergencies.
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:27 PM
 
Location: North of The Border
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Wow, my vote was in the 0% category. I was aware I'm a minority when it comes to the cellular world - but 0%?

I don't technically have a landline in my apartment, but my housemates do (attached house). So I can use it if I need to (maybe once a month, at the most).

I once owned and used a cell phone for about 4 days when I moved to a new city and needed a contact number to find work. When I got a message on the cell phone, I would go to a pay phone to return the call. After I found work, I threw the cell phone in a drawer and eventually donated it to somebody on craigslist.

I'm about to relocate again, but I'm thinking of using Skype to get a phone number where I can retrieve messages, then just return calls on a pay phone or friend's land line.

99% of cellular phone calls are "location checks" or people who are too insecure to walk down the sidewalk/ride the bus/go grocery shopping without talking to somebody. And not to mention the rudeness factor...don't get me started. Only with cell phones does the person sitting in front of you become less important when a call comes in. I have ZERO tolerance for that.
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:28 PM
 
Location: North of The Border
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Huh, I'm now 2.17% of the voting population!
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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got em both here but rarely use the land line. Anybody else see the 10 bucks a month dsl service from at&t??

AT&T quietly introduces $10 DSL plan | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle (broken link)
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:29 AM
 
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When we lived in upstate NY, all we had were cell phones. DH had his and I had mine. It got to be annoying b'c I had to give local people DH's number since his was a local area code. When we moved, I said I didn't want to go through that again, especially with job searching and that neither of our cell #s were local!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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During the Northeast Blackout of 2003 we were without cell phones for 3 days. Because we had an old plug in landline, we had phone coverage. Had we not had an old phone, our family would not have been able to call us or us call them.

As it is now, we still keep a landline with unlimited nationwide LD even with a cell phone package in the house because there are times when the cell phones drop the calls just too many times. I get clearer coverage and NO limit on my minutes using my landline. We tried Vonage...hated it.

Because natural disasters are a typical problem all over the country, it's always wise to keep an analog phone available. Liz
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:22 AM
 
Location: orlando, fl
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a few years ago in one of my college classes, a professor asked this same question. everyone had a cell phone, and no one had a land line. i'm sure the phone companies know about this and are scared.
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Old 06-19-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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During the Northeast Blackout of 2003 we were without cell phones for 3 days. Because we had an old plug in landline, we had phone coverage. Had we not had an old phone, our family would not have been able to call us or us call them.

As it is now, we still keep a landline with unlimited nationwide LD even with a cell phone package in the house because there are times when the cell phones drop the calls just too many times. I get clearer coverage and NO limit on my minutes using my landline. We tried Vonage...hated it.

Because natural disasters are a typical problem all over the country, it's always wise to keep an analog phone available. Liz
That’s good advise and more people should keep it in mind when having telephone service established. I remember several years ago when there was a total pager and cell phone outage in the western U.S. due to some solar sunspot cycle problem I think. Anyway it disrupted a large area of service over many states. The old land line telephone continued to work then and in most disasters that occur.

Vonage works only if there you can connect to another service providers wiring. Not a good idea for service.
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