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Old 07-18-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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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?
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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A land line will work when the electric net goes down, for a while anyway, but only if you have an old phone that uses the phone line for power. If your land line phone plugs into the electric power it will not work.
We keep our land line only because wife has a pacemaker that reports to the manufacturer every night.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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A land line will work when the electric net goes down,
Mine (currently) is actually not a true "land" line. It's a cable phone, so the modem still needs electricity. But it's definitely not a mobile/cell phone. I'm currently subscribed to both.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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A land line will work when the electric net goes down, for a while anyway, but only if you have an old phone that uses the phone line for power. If your land line phone plugs into the electric power it will not work.
Our local cell towers have fuel cell power backups, so power failures are not an issue. About five years ago we no longer saw the need to spend $600 a year for a landline when we had two perfectly good smart phones. So I ported our landline number to my cell phone and cut the cord. It's never been a problem, even when the power goes out, which happens in the winter once or more. Car charger, generator and external travel batteries. No problems!
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I haven't had a home phone in almost 15 years and only use my cell phone. I have never had a situation that would require a landline phone because I could not use my cell phone. The annual cost savings makes it worthwhile to cut the cord IMHO.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:14 PM
 
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Both. Cell service is terrible at my house.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:25 AM
 
Location: New England
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Cell phone only or cell phone+land phone??
Free Cell Phone, Freedompop, Free landline Google Voice, landline with 911 monthly charge under $4, Ooma.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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The wife and I have cell phones for when we are not home and for when home we also have 2 Magic Jack VOIP lines with a hardwire and cordless phones hooked to them. The Magic Jack cost me around $150 one time fee each for 6 years of service, that is a lot less expensive than any landline, and I have a UPS battery backup on my cordless phones, router and modem, so unless my internet provider goes down, I always have service even when the power goes out for up to an hour.

BTW the Magic Jack is unlimited calls to anywhere in the U.S., Canada and U.S territories. With all the talk about Cell Phones causing brain cancer, I prefer to talk on a desk phone or even cordless phone.

I also use a Magic Jack application on my android phone, so when out and about while on data or wifi, I still get my home calls directed to my cell phone, thus we have one number people can reach us on worldwide.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:55 PM
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I have a cellphone plus a VOIP home phone which gives me unlimited international calling to many countries as I have relatives and friends overseas.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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I've heard a couple of folks say they have both because the landline is used to call the phone if it gets lost in the house. Otherwise, it's really more of an accessory to the cell phone


My parents have phone because it's bundled from their ISP/utilities company, and they only use cell phones while away from the house (if even that. They forget to take it with them every now and then!)


Me, I save the money and just do cell.
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