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Old 12-02-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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Hi folks, thought I may be able to offer some insight with me working for a major phone company and all. Most of you will probably think that my opinion is biased but really it's not. I have both a home phone and a wireless phone. Quite honestly I use my cell phone more than my home phone and yes I do still have to pay a phone bill every month.
You guys have so far brought up some very good reasons but there are some things here that I noticed were not mentioned so let me point them out.
1. Yes definitely I agree that the telemarketers are causing a major issue with home phones. What people are failing to realize is that once you start using your cell phone for everything they will get that number and begin to all that number also. ***There are no regulations stopping them from calling those numbers either.!!!***
2.Let's think about price the average unlimited cell phone plan costs in the range of 100.00. Anything less than that and you risk running overages that can be anywhere from 0.25/min to .40/min. Who has money for that??? All the popular calling feature and unlimited long distance run around 45.00/mo. see the difference? Also if you are not the only one you have to have phones for everyone and most companies don't let you shar unlimited plans.
3.Yes there is definitely the thing with E 911.
4. I have had a lot of poeple call me and say that they wnat to use cells only anstrong signal always and end up dropping the call in the middle of the conversation.
5.Even though there are a lot fo voips out there have you really taken the time to read the reports? There has been numerous articles published about the poor quality of service from both vonage and magic jack. Vonage makes you sign a contract as do most others and they depend on internet service. Do you really want your private conversations on the internet? Not to mention magic jack doesn't even have a customer service center. All they have is a recording for you to leave a message.
6.Quite honestly I want to scream when I hear people give those reasons because they don't want it or telemarketers call or I need to save money. If you call and ask more times than not there are things out there to help you.
People are starting to put more trust in technology and it's really not warranted. Cable phones, cell phones and voips all have way too many variables. I advise anyone who thinks of disconnecting the landline to do some deep research not just on hearsay. Yes I work for a landline company and some of these reasons were presented at my job but they are true. I've even done the research myself. You'd be suprised at what you will find. I have also worked for a cable company with digital phone service. I would definitely not recommend that although it is better than a voip. The fact remains that the landlines are here to stay like it or not. The numbers speak for themselves. Landlines have been proven to be more than 99% more reliable than any other communication out there. Just a little food for thought.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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sorry the answer is no. when your service is disconnected it's disconnected. 911 and all. so you really have no phone access.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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"Some states have a “soft dialtone”, which is a dialtone that allows people with disconnected phone service to call 911, and to call the local telephone company so that service can be reestablished".

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: TwilightZone
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If you're going to use a cell phone,make sure it's something dependable and not like a Razr phone...after awhile they start to suck!
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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"Some states have a “soft dialtone”, which is a dialtone that allows people with disconnected phone service to call 911, and to call the local telephone company so that service can be reestablished".

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that may be true but you definitely need to check into it. that is not the case.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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We have no land lines at our house. We produce our own electric, have satellite TV and Internet. We have had only a cell phone for 5 years or so. When you travel the country in a motorhome for 3 1/2 years and then build an off grid home there is no choice.

I am thankful a new tower went in across the mountain last Monday. We only use the phone about 120 minutes per month.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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I've encountered MANY people who don't have a "home phone". They give their cell phone number as a point of contact, and carry that "leash" around with them daily...instead of simply having times where they "can't be reached."

I preferred to be "unreachable" unless I wanted to be "reached".
I like to be unreachable sometimes, too.

My cell phone has a handy off switch. Calls which come in when it's off, go directly to voicemail. The phone also has a switch (a physical button, not a menu item) which allows me not to be bothered - but to know exactly whos call I've missed - without the bother of checking my voicemail.

...seems ironic to keep a phone line for those times when you don't want to take a phone call.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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that may be true but you definitely need to check into it. that is not the case.
Absolutely, one needs to check with their home state's regulatory agency. Some state require the phone companies to provide the service as a condition to operate within their state, but some do not.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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The home phone has caller ID on it...and it's more for calling OUT than for receiving calls.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:21 AM
 
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Do you know of anyone who has had their home phone shut off and uses their cell phone as their only phone? We were thinking about doing this, but wanted some insight from anyone who has/is doing it.
My husband and I just have the two cell phones and that's it. Everything has worked well. (Unlimited calling for us and people using AT&T so no problem with limits, etc.)

Annoying things are that our provider seemed to "recycle" the number so several calls aren't for us. Telemarketing is not pleasant either. But I think this can happen if you have home phone too.

We use cards for international calling.

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I've thought about it plenty, but without a land-line, I wouldn't have internet service.

But I do know a few people that only have a cell-phone and use cafes for their online pleasures.
what about cable internet?
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