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Landline or Cell Phone?

Updated on June 30, 2013

More than 90% of Americans have cell phones. Landline telephone use is now down to 30% of the market. Cell phones provide not only phone service, but also cameras, music, and access to email and internet. More and more people are opting to disconnect landline telephone service and have cell phone service only.

What is the best choice for you? Cell phone or landline? Do you need both? Here are a few things to consider when choosing between a cell phone and a landline telephone.

Why Get a Landline Phone?

Consider a landline telephone if:

  • you want to be certain that you have a solid phone connection at your home
  • you use your home phone for business
  • you live in an area where cell reception is poor

Landline telephones may be needed in unique situations.  Learn why some still have landline phones.
Landline telephones may be needed in unique situations. Learn why some still have landline phones. | Source

Do You Need a Landline Phone?

Before you get a landline telephone in your home, consider whether or not you really need it. Does your cell phone now do the same thing that your landline phone does? Or, are you like me and live in an area of poor cell phone reception where there is a real benefit to having a landline phone?

For those using a home phone for business purposes, a landline is a must. Landline service is amazingly dependable and calls do not get dropped. In the event of emergencies that may cause cell phone towers to go down landline phones will still work.

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The ultimate in convenience, cell phones can be limited by dropped calls, poor reception and cell tower problems. | Source

Why Choose a Cell Phone Over a Landline Phone?

Many people are choosing to have only a cell phone as a means of communication. Cell phones offer the convenience of immediate connections with business contacts, friends and family. The younger generation is growing up with cell phones in their back pocket. These young people may never have a landline phone in their homes.

Text messaging has become incredibly popular as a means of quick and concise communication when callers are unable to talk. Access to email means that important correspondence can occur immediately - even while on the go. Internet availability provides additional convenience and access to a world of information including turn by turn directions for driving and searching restaurants, movie theaters, and more!

If you have good cell phone reception in your home and are not worried about being able to communicate from home in the event of cell towers going down you may be very comfortable choosing a cell phone over a landline.

Consider whether the cost of maintaing both a cell phone and landline is worth it.  If not, decide which one to eliminate.
Consider whether the cost of maintaing both a cell phone and landline is worth it. If not, decide which one to eliminate. | Source

Can You Live Without a Landline Phone?

Change is always difficult. If you have lived all of your life with a landline phone in your home, the idea of going with only a cell phone may leave you uneasy. To evaluate whether or not you need to keep your landline phone consider the following.

  • Is your landline used daily?
  • Does your landline phone provide any service that your cell phone does not? Consider things like clear calls, no dropped calls, and ability to communicate even if cell phone towers are down.
  • Is your cell phone service dependable in your home area?
  • Is the cost of maintaining your landline phone and your cell phone worth what both provide?

Just because there has always been a landline telephone in your home doesn't mean you shouldn't remove it. By the same token, you shouldn't remove it without considering if it provides a service you need. You can save lots of money every month by eliminating either your cell phone or your landline phone. Be sure you make your choice carefully.

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      I wouldn't dream of dropping my landline account. Do people not realise the damage done to their bodies by radiation emitted by cell phones? I use mine mainly for texting and if I have to make a call, limit it to less than a minute.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      We have been living without a land line for several years now. It easier for us to use cell phones. However, land line companies are now going into wireless land lines. It's land line minus the cord. What's nice about these gadgets is that you can take it anywhere with you. Unlike conventional cordless phones, you can actually take it outside your house. It's actually like a cellphone but uses land line rates. But one limitation is the coverage, you're usually limited to a city or several cities unlike cell phones.

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      We dropped our landline phone a couple years ago and use only cell phones instead. It seemed wasteful to pay for a landline when we already had multiple cell phones in the house. This article had some good factors for people to consider when deciding whether to choose landline or cell phone.

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