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Old 04-03-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I read somewhere that over half of US households no longer have a landline. We got rid of ours about three years ago. We were paying $50 a month/$600 a year for something we didn't really need. And that $50 a month did not include "long distance" charges, because we always used our cell phones to call out of the area friends, relatives and businesses. We pay $90 a month for our two smartphones and I am quite sure our long distance charge savings well exceeds the $40 "extra" we pay for our smartphone voice, text and data had we only relied on our landline for calling.

I feel there is a false economy with some folk who believe that having a cell phone/smartphone is a waste of money or they boast that they only pay $100 a year for a prepaid service and rely on their landline for all calling.

So why keep a landline?
Because cell service sucks or is not existent in some areas.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Because cell service sucks or is not existent in some areas.
Legitimate reason if there is no cell service in your area. I live in an area where the best I have seen is one bar. I bought a cell phone amplifier with yagi antenna and now inside my home I get five bars. If anyone has marginal cell reception an amp might be the solution. They can be expensive but in my case (I use a Sprint modem for my internet) it is worth it.
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Because cell service sucks or is not existent in some areas.
Well, yes, but what about all those folk who have good service, but view the land line as being a Real Phone and the cell as just something to use for travel or car emergencies.

"Over half of households" is way less than the 90-95% of households who have decent or better coverage c
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Old 04-06-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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I bought a cell phone amplifier with yagi antenna and now inside my home I get five bars. If anyone has marginal cell reception an amp might be the solution. They can be expensive but in my case (I use a Sprint modem for my internet) it is worth it.
My cable company charges $10 for a phone (+$13 in taxes and fees). We also get poor cell service in the home. But at a minimum we will have to pay $40 more for unlimited minutes on two cellular phones. Why switch?
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Old 04-07-2017, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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Legitimate reason if there is no cell service in your area. I live in an area where the best I have seen is one bar. I bought a cell phone amplifier with yagi antenna and now inside my home I get five bars. If anyone has marginal cell reception an amp might be the solution. They can be expensive but in my case (I use a Sprint modem for my internet) it is worth it.
If you have an internet connection and T-Mobile, they'll give you a 4G LTE modem for your house. I think they charge a $25 deposit.
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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No need to have a landline if you have the internet. You can have an internet based phone and pay only $0.0198 per minute and $1.95 a month (Callcentric). All you need is a telephone adapter box ( I have a https://goo.gl/oLjw0o), a router and access to the internet.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:23 PM
 
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Have not had a land line for 10 years. It's just my wife and I and we have our cellphones with unlimited calling, text and web both lines for $70 no need for land line or voip. I almost dropped ATT internet a year ago because Sonic offered a better price for comparable speed but when I found out they only bundle with phone and internet for $40 but that I would be paying $13 a month for taxes it wasn't really a better deal.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:50 PM
 
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Because VOIP service is only 24.95 a month unlimited.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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No need to have a landline if you have the internet. You can have an internet based phone and pay only $0.0198 per minute and $1.95 a month (Callcentric). All you need is a telephone adapter box ( I have a https://goo.gl/oLjw0o), a router and access to the internet.
Google Voice (GV) is free for all domestic calls. You can also install GV on a battery phone so it becomes mobile.

While such a telephony system is a wonderful backup, it shouldn't be your only system. In the event of a power outage nothing will work. A telephone should also be useful in an emergency. It's not too much to pay if a family member's life is on the line.
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Yes, and I've noticed my service charges for phone and Internet has been increasing every three months for the past 3 quarters.
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