: : : I pulled mine out of the wall 25 years ago and never replaced it. Drives my callers nuts! If I'm home I can screen the calls via caller ID - I'll answer if I have time, am in the mood or otherwise willing to talk at the moment. But I have the ID list and always call back, I just do it at my convenience.
My theory is that I pay for the phone line, it is there for my convenience - not the caller's. I am in control. My home is my sanctuary and I have the right to allow whom I choose to invade it. Have you ever noticed how many people seem to think it is their RIGHT to scold you for not returning their call IN THEIR timeframe? All too often, they also feel it is THEIR RIGHT to leave me instructions and expect me to follow through without asking.
I love hearing from friends or colleagues but it is, after all, my personal space.