Who still has a home telephone?

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  1. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years ago

    I have relied solely on my cell phone for about 2 years now, you?

    1. IntimatEvolution profile image68
      IntimatEvolutionposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      OMG!  I couldn't live without my home phone.  Isn't it funny how we all are so different?  I cannot stand having a cell phone, and I hardly turn my on.  It annoys me, but, I rely heavily on my home phone.  Go figure.  Fun topic!smile

    2. LillyGrillzit profile image78
      LillyGrillzitposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Land line only! After I read Stephen King's: The Cell, it kind of confirmed some paranoia's I already had about the celly, and unless I go back to traveling extensively, or an employer provides one...I'm out.

      For my All Distance (Long & Short & Canada), Internet for 3 computers, and U-Verse TV $112,00 dollars per month.

      I have in-laws, out-laws (can't call collect to a celly) and grands who always know how to get in touch with Grandma Lilly!

    3. cheryladdey profile image60
      cheryladdeyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Land phones really got a good challenge from mobile phones. I have to admit that mobile phones are really innovated as a replacement for land line phones but unfortunately, both serves different purposes now. VoIP services are also a threat to the existence of land line phones.

  2. Beth100 profile image69
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    VOIP  at home/work
    cell when travelling

    still have the home phone...don't laugh! I'm attached to it!

  3. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 13 years ago

    I have a home phone - only because we need a line to get broadband.

    I plan to get naked adsl once our contract expires - telstra is nothing but trouble.

    1. MPG Narratives profile image61
      MPG Narrativesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      How true Wrylit!

      1. WryLilt profile image89
        WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I wrote a hub about them - they've caused me nothing but phone calls and huge fees and even erroneously charging us for two lots of internet!

        1. MPG Narratives profile image61
          MPG Narrativesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Sounds typical of Telstra, we've had similar problems. We are looking at other services that are available so the home phone may go soon depending on what is required.

          1. WryLilt profile image89
            WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Well the problem is they have such a monopoly that in the end they have the best coverage.

            1. marcofratelli profile image79
              marcofratelliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              When I move into my own place, I'm going with Optus. They got good fusion bundles with home phone (unlimited local, national and optus mobile calls) plus unlimited broadband for <$100. We're with Telstra now cause in the sticks they're the only mob who could get us broadband, but their customer service needs work.

  4. KCC Big Country profile image85
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    I still have a homephone just because it's required for my internet as well.

    1. xixi12 profile image68
      xixi12posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      same here

  5. CASE1WORKER profile image62
    CASE1WORKERposted 13 years ago

    home phone as well.
    I think the majority of middle aged brits still have a home phone!

    1. profile image0
      EmpressFelicityposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Another middle-aged Brit with a home phone here lol.

      I don't want to dispense with the home phone unless I can get equally reliable and fast broadband without it.  (And to me, that means non-wireless broadband rather than the wireless variety.) 

      I gather that Virgin Media does cable-only broadband for £15 per month but you'd still have to pay for a mobile phone on top of that so it doesn't work out any cheaper than the set-up I'm using at the moment (which is £20 per month for landline rental/broadband, plus free evening and weekend calls on the landline.  I use my mobile but only when I have to on a pay-as-you-go basis, so I pay just a couple of pounds a month for that.)

  6. Polly C profile image90
    Polly Cposted 13 years ago

    I have a home phone, and I prefer it. I never use a mobile when indoors, and my family never ring me on it.

  7. Pearldiver profile image66
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    Who still has a home telephone?

    What's a Home Kimberly? hmm

    1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image73
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Pearl,

      Been hearing lots about the after quakes in CC, hope all is well over your vicinity.

      Kimberly, apologies for the temporary post hijacking.

  8. Mama Sez profile image63
    Mama Sezposted 13 years ago

    We also have a homephone (landline) mainly for the broadband

  9. pisean282311 profile image64
    pisean282311posted 13 years ago

    I do...

  10. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    I've been waiting for a home phone for 7 years! The telephone company have never installed the cables on our new estate. They did put the poles up two years ago and we got quite excited, but they never came back and connected them.

    1. Rafini profile image82
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I hope they didn't send you a  bill for it!  I certainly wouldn't pay!!  big_smile roll

  11. joaniemb profile image59
    joaniembposted 13 years ago

    I still have a home phone also because of broadband. My husband only uses his cell, I am a creature of habit and always use the house phone when home. Will most likely always have it lol old school I guess.

  12. Misha profile image61
    Mishaposted 13 years ago

    I do. Somehow I can't imagine a life without a landline big_smile

    1. joaniemb profile image59
      joaniembposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Glad it is not only me. smile

    2. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      same thing here in my country for a lot of people.

  13. Kidgas profile image63
    Kidgasposted 13 years ago

    We have a landline for the internet and fax machine.  Never answer it when it rings since it is usually a telemarketer.

  14. Wendy Krick profile image64
    Wendy Krickposted 13 years ago

    I have a land line and I don't have a cell phone yet. smile

  15. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    I do along with my broadband. I ditched the cells. My good neighbor still has an old rotary wall phone in her kitchen. Young people don't even know how to use it. LOL

  16. lrohner profile image67
    lrohnerposted 13 years ago

    I have a landline, but it's only because if I "unbundle" and get rid of it, my rates for cable TV and Internet actually go up.

    1. writinginalaska profile image82
      writinginalaskaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      that is exactly where i still have one too.  unbundling in my town makes it more expensive.  please my house sits in a known cell phone black hole, go figure.

  17. I am DB Cooper profile image78
    I am DB Cooperposted 13 years ago

    Haven't had a need for a landline in years. I have cable broadband and even with the bundled discount it's cheaper for me to not have the landline.

  18. lakeerieartists profile image62
    lakeerieartistsposted 13 years ago

    I have one too.  My parents still call me on it.

  19. emievil profile image67
    emievilposted 13 years ago

    I have two home telephones - a 'fixed' one and a 'roving' one. They are still a lot cheaper than cell phones here in my country so home telephones are still here to stay.

  20. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 13 years ago

    We had to install one so that our family who lives abroad can call us. International calls are cheaper when calling a house line than a cell. It's a mystery though... I don't even know my own house number and we never figured out how to retrieve messages. lol

  21. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    My husband and I each have a cell phone, and our computers have laptop connect cards. Our communications and internet move with us.

  22. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    Landline here.  No cell phone.

    When I was in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the landline stayed connected.  Cell phone service gets knocked right out in those situations.

    1. Misha profile image61
      Mishaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. I remember the same thing during 9/11 in DC, and also don't-remember-exactly-what-kind-of-emergency-it-was in Moscow. smile

    2. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This is not our case in Florida. When we get a hurricane, all the cable connections are gone. We need our cell phones!

    3. Sufidreamer profile image79
      Sufidreamerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's an issue here, too

      We have to have landline here - our internet is not reliable enough for VoIP, and phoning the UK from a cellphone racks up the charges smile

  23. Ivorwen profile image65
    Ivorwenposted 13 years ago

    I have a land line, and prefer it.  Cell phones don't really work in my house, because we are so close to a mountain.  My cell phone is a prepaid one, for traveling only, and if payphones weren't so rare, I wouldn't even have it.

  24. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 13 years ago

    Interesting set of replies.  We recently dumped our landline in favor of a cell.  We use DSL for the computer, but have kept that.  Our TV, one cell, landline and DSL were all bundled, but it's still cheaper this way.  We even ported the landline number over to a new cell.  We have a cordless phone setup in the house that is also bluetooth and connects to both cell phones.

    It's worked well enough, and we're happy enough with it, that I wrote a couple of hubs about it all.

  25. Benjimester profile image89
    Benjimesterposted 13 years ago

    Guilty sad  I still like the home phone though.  I try to use my cell mostly for business.  Never sent a text message either.  Long live the Stone Age!!!

  26. rebekahELLE profile image84
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    I still have a landline included in a bundle. I never answer it unless it's family/friends, and let it go to the answer machine. If I'm home and need to make a call I'll use the landline over the cell just because .. I'm not a huge phone person. I use it when I need it, that's it.

  27. Lily Rose profile image84
    Lily Roseposted 13 years ago

    I definitely prefer having a landline at home.  I have a cell phone but I have yet to own one that has great sound quality - I use my cell phone when out but half the time I can hardly make out clearly what people I'm talking to are saying and it drives me crazy! 

    Maybe it's my hearing, but I don't have a problem with my home phone, plus it's a lot more comfortable to hold a larger phone on my ear and/or shoulder...

  28. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years ago

    wow, I honestly thought the response would be the exact opposite.

    I see now, I use a cable or air port for connection, and both of us use our cells for all calls, must admit, a few years ago couldn't imagine this.  Now I love just having this little cell, shut off when I want, guess the same as unplugging a land line!

    Thanks all!


  29. katiem2 profile image60
    katiem2posted 13 years ago

    I have both, I use the landline for my fax machine other than that I use my cell all the time

  30. waynet profile image69
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    I don't have a home telephone, just one that is in the home.....if I had a home telephone then I'd have to put some slippers on it and give it a cup of tea, as guests come first!

    1. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this


    2. LillyGrillzit profile image78
      LillyGrillzitposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      :0) waynet, very poetic comment!

  31. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 13 years ago

    I cell is much better for phone sex...
    those old fashioned phone cords can cut off circulation

    1. saleheensblog profile image60
      saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this


    2. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      lol  lol  lol  lol

      I think I'll go to none, just email people when I need to, which is an indication of how many people I talk to  lol

      But they can't cut the cable, best I pay the bill  hmm:

  32. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 13 years ago

    Yes, and for internet. I live in the hills, Cell phone service is spotty. I only use the cell phone when traveling.

  33. Michael Willis profile image67
    Michael Willisposted 13 years ago

    I have a home phone line since dial-up is the only way I can get the internet. The phone line is only for internet and faxing. Like someone else said earlier, I never answer it if he does ring. I have a cell phone for all personal or business calls.

  34. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 13 years ago

    Cell phone is not great reception here so yes, we have a phone.

    I would love to dump it.

  35. Rafini profile image82
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    Wow, such interesting answers!!

    I only have a prepaid cell phone @ less than $35/month for all calls, local and long distance, voice mail, internet and texting (local and long distance).  I may even have other features, but don't use them. hmm  Wouldn't know how!  lol  Seriously, my youngest had to show me how to text so if I can send photos, videos, or voice recordings I would have no clue how.

    I've had a cell phone only for about 5 years now, because 5 years ago I couldn't afford to pay for a landline and cell so I went with the cell phone.

  36. blackhatworld profile image60
    blackhatworldposted 13 years ago

    We have Telephone for internet purposes specially for broadband connection. Still telephone is being use up to this time...

  37. Purple Perl profile image49
    Purple Perlposted 13 years ago

    I have 2 home phones-one for broadband,and both are being used.
    Also have cell phone as I take only some calls on that.

  38. Hawkers Bazaar profile image60
    Hawkers Bazaarposted 13 years ago

    Home phone, nope never had one of those fandangle things, I still use my trusty carrier pigeon.

  39. travelespresso profile image68
    travelespressoposted 13 years ago

    Home for me is where my suitcase is!  I use skype and a prepaid SIM card. 
    I've multiple SIM cards and I have trouble keeping track of my phone numbers but it keeps life interesting.

  40. Pearldiver profile image66
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    Hi TE... Are you sheilahs coming back home to make the scones while the blokes are swinging hammers and unblocking the Canterbury loos? hmm

    If you do... can you bring back a bourbon and one of those new motorola brick mobile phones? hmm

    Fix you up when ya get here ok?
    What's a SIM card TE? hmm

  41. travelespresso profile image68
    travelespressoposted 13 years ago

    Hey PD - Yep I am back in shakey isles (shocking isn't it?) for a week or so.

    Motorola and SIM cards!  Comeon PD!

    1. Pearldiver profile image66
      Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh RocknRoll and StainedUndies... Shakey Isles? hmm

      I'm in BumbleTown TE.. Motorola Bricks only cost $6000 here.. Which is a bonus because they don't rely on party lines!! smile
      So... If you own a brick here.. you can talk on the phone without having to keep saying "Working!... I said Working Mrs. Smith!" hmm

      Sheesh... Where have you been? hmm

      Welcome home anyway mate! smile

  42. 2patricias profile image60
    2patriciasposted 13 years ago

    We both have land line phones and mobiles and Skype.  It's addictive.

    Many towns and cities in the UK have cable networks.  In those places one can buy a package deal for TV, computer broadband and phone and mobile phone at a big saving.  Sadly, our town is not networked.

  43. Joy56 profile image67
    Joy56posted 13 years ago

    i find my home phone so much cheaper, maybe that is not the case in the states, i eat the money in the cell phone, maybe you have better deals.....

    1. Elite Publishings profile image41
      Elite Publishingsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Not sure what your home phone rates are where you live, but in the U.S. you can get a cell phone with unlimited talk, text, and internet starting at $40/month, this is priceless when it comes to making calls and connections while traveling on the road.


  44. jossecarr profile image60
    jossecarrposted 13 years ago

    Home phone is reliable to use when you need to contact individuals in remote areas where there is no cell phone coverage. Besides, you can use land line as extension where you can route calls when your cell phone is not available to receive calls. This way you'll never miss important calls.

  45. Bard of Ely profile image79
    Bard of Elyposted 13 years ago

    I have a land line and only got a cell phone because I had to although I very rarely have used it. I had to get it so Telefonica could call me to say when their engineer was coming to fit the other line.

    1. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Bard nice buck on your avatar congrats one one dollar i've only made 87 cents as you can tell, might just have to go phone less for a bit, 100 may not be the first this time but still awesome your always there again!  good to see you  big_smile

  46. Elite Publishings profile image41
    Elite Publishingsposted 13 years ago

    Home phone?  Really?  Where I live the only reason to have a home phoneline is for faxes.  You see I live in the mountains of east Tennessee and most live soely off of air cards and cell phones.  due to the crappy old-aged phone lines here DSL doesn't work, Hughes net is the only kinda internet available in the area unless you go with a mobile broadband service like Virgin Mobile, or AT&T which both lack 3G coverage in the mountains..  Which brings up my next pondering:  Why if i'm so close to the sky don't i get a better signal?  Damn antenna towers, how 1970's, put that crap in space and give us better service already.


  47. Michael_E_Landau profile image59
    Michael_E_Landauposted 13 years ago

    I have a home phone.  I think one would be crazy not to have one.  Mobile phones are so unreliable.  The batteries can go dead, just at the moment when you need to make a call.  I would say for anyone in a situation where an emergency might arise, a home phone is an absolute necessity. Plus, there are sometimes when I don't feel like answering the telephone. With cellphones, people expect you to be available all the time.  That's just not for me.  There are sometimes when I'm just not going to answer the phone.

  48. Diane Inside profile image73
    Diane Insideposted 13 years ago

    we only use the majic jack works well enough for me, I don't like talking on the phone much.

    Of course hubby has a cell phone for work and for travel.


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