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Old 09-14-2017, 01:56 AM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Originally Posted by snowmountains View Post
Wonder how many people only use 1 cell phone without bothering to have a land phone? If you can save money using only cell phone service, would you do so? The one advantage of having both cell and land phones is in case the cell phone service runs into problem, otherwise, a land phone seems unnecessary IF you have to pay more for it. Thoughts?
Two cell phones, two land lines.

Cell phone # 2 is a smart phone but used only as a cell phone. It's 4G technology is necessary out in the country to have some mobile capability. Cell phone #2 was originally established as Mom's voice activated Razr V3 (I think) on my account. It was an emergency phone for her attendants to take in case they had to pull Mom out of the house. As a phone asset, once activated, it was never disabled but it remained out of use from 2011 (Mom's death) to 2016 (conversion over to a basic Apple "smart" phone).

Cell phone #1 is a Razr. Most calls are handled on it, when in a reception area such as the city, but it has no connectivity, practically speaking, out in the country as it is only 2G. The question came up recently to upgrade it to another smart phone instead of replacing the battery, but having a second smart phone had no justifiable reason.

Land line #1 is the primary line to the ranch. It is used for out going calls of a local nature and as the permanent number for the ranch and all frequent buyer links (ie, Best Buy). It has been in service for over 25 years. Incoming calls are fielded by an answering machine; no human picks up the phone on an incoming call.

Land line #2 is a designated FAX line but not currently in use until the Printer/FAX machine is hooked to it. It has been in service for over 25 years and started life as the dedicated modem line when the modem was bought. That is, it was established based on a foreseen need but before the equipment for that need was bought (ie, when I could afford it). It is unlisted and at times served, in the 90s, as a research project, guest, or "OLD" contact phone. Like cell phone #2, there have been times when it has not been in active use for years but as an established telecommunication asset, there was never a question of deactivating it. It was just another asset waiting for a time when it would be needed and placed in use.

In matters such as these, available assets are seen with greater value than saving money.
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