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Advantages of Landline Phones - Should You Keep Your Home Telephone Service?

Updated on November 16, 2014
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Home Phone vs Cell Phone

In today’s age of technology and the rush to have the latest upgraded gadgets, the extremely popular and widely used cell phones, especially iPhones, are all around us. Not owning a cell phone makes folks appear that they came straight out of the dinosaur age. Even young children are now strapped with cell phones so that parents can better keep up with them. Many people have even dropped their landlines, or home telephone service, to use their cell phones exclusively.

Still others hold on to their precious home phones for a number of reasons--reasons that actually make a lot of sense.Some folks even use older telephones for decorative purposes, as the styles are changing and collectors are drawn to the unique look of older telephones. Keeping a home phone definitely has plenty of advantages. Let's look at some.


Greater Reliability

A landline is definitely more reliable than a mobile phone. Reception is much clearer coming through a phone cable than through airwaves to a cell phone. Crackly and distant voices are an often occurrence on cell phones but aren’t frequent visitors to home telephones.

“Dropped calls” is a phrase that has popped up in force since cellular phones made the scene. This phrase is often heard in relation to cell phone service but is rarely associated with a home phone. Reliability is one factor that just can’t be argued when it comes to the advantage of landlines over mobile phones. Landlines receive much less interference than do cell phones. Even in a storm, when cell phone reception is patchy, landlines are usually going strong.


Easier to Keep up With

Landlines are simply easier to keep up with in more ways than one. For one thing, in terms of maintenance, they don’t have to be continually charged. Forgetting to charge a cell phone is another way that calls can be dropped. For some, it is a hassle to have to charge a phone, sometimes daily. Landlines don’t have this problem. Even a cordless home phone just needs to be set back on its base to stay charged. There is no messing with finding the phone charging cord and an available outlet.

Another obvious way that landlines are easier to keep up with is that they are larger. They are harder to misplace and usually don’t end up being dropped in the toilet like cell phones that fall out of pockets. How many times do you hear of someone dropping their landline and ruining it? Or emerging it in water and hoping it comes back to life? Exactly. Landlines don’t get into such predicaments as does the much more fragile mobile cellular phone.


People Can Find You

Do you want your name in the local phone directory? Do you want your number to be found online? Do you want family and friends to be able to look you up? Do you need your number to be more visible for business reasons?

Landlines are easily found in the phone directory, whether in the white or yellow pages or in an online telephone directory. On the other hand, many people may prefer the anonymity of a cell phone, as cell phone directories are hard to find. If you need to be more visible, however, you may need to consider keeping a landline.


Safety

Numerous comments from readers have necessitated adding more advantages of keeping a landline. Safety is one of the pros. In case of an emergency, a 911 call can be traced immediately to a landline, showing the location of the home. This is not the case with a cell phone. If younger children are involved, they can pick up a phone to call, but would they know how to use a cell phone or give out an address?


Family Convenience

With children in the household, a landline is often desired in order for the children to receive calls from their friends. Unless a parent wants to field their ten year old's calls from their classmates, a landline might be warranted. Many families do have cell phone plans with each member having his or her own phone. A lot of parents, however, do not want to go that direction until the children are much older.

Nostalgia

Many folks may not want to give up their landlines for nostalgic reasons. They have always had it, had that number forever, so how can they give it up? Plus, it may have been the family’s line. When Grandma calls, little Suzie picks up the phone and they talk. Grandma can then ask for whomever she wants. She can talk to the whole family, a family who has ONE phone number instead of a separate number for each family member.


Save on Whatever Phone Service You Choose

Still, despite any advantages, many opt to give up their landlines in order to save money. With the onslaught of cell phones and the prevalence of landlines waning, there is great competition out there with phone companies fighting to get your business. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless are some of the major companies vying for customers. Whether or not you keep your landline, you can try to get a better deal on your service. Grab a Verizon Wireless promo code or other coupon code to do some comparison shopping to save on your landline and cell phone plans.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you want nostalgia? I remember party lines on our phone handing on the wall in the kitchen when I was a kid...only four numbers in the phone number...my grandma's phone had to be cranked.....Oh God I'm old.

      LOL....great hub buddy; keep them coming and I'll keep reading....and you just gave me an idea for a hub! Thanks!

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      Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

      I often long for the days when I didn't have to always be thinking about my cell ph! We took out our land line ph 4 years ago and have recently brought it back. Nice hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I love nostalgia! My dad still has the rotary phone on the wall with the long cord--in the kitchen. This is the same phone we talked on to our friends when we were kids--with party lines for a while, too.

      A phone that had to be cranked, though? Now, that is cool. Seriously, I love nostalgia. Glad I gave you a hub idea. Can't wait to read it!

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      Silver Fish 4 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Great hub. I must be one of the dying breed who don't use a cell phone. Pesky things! Needing charged up, topped up, always bleeping and twittering away when it's not convenient. They sink to the bottom of your bag so caller hangs up before you can find them, they ring when you are driving or at the cinema. People can track you down when you are having a day to yourself wandering around favourite places to ask you to do things that you's rather not.

      Best place for them is the back of the kitchen drawer.

      Lets hear it for land lines!

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      Bill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Hate them, got rid of them for quit a while. Less reliable then my cell. When the wires go done from wind or snow my cell still works. To many taxes on land lines. More expensive then a cell. But everybody has a choice.

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      Mrs Jil Manning 4 years ago from Sussex, England

      we are just having this discussion at home!! I want to get rid of the landline because it rings so many times a day with calls from call centres and people trying to sell me something. Two or three times a day it's a recorded voice. As I type I'm looking at its lead hanging out of the socket, pulled out earlier to give me some peace! Mr. Manning wants to keep it though... Great hub!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee.......We have both, land and cell.....in fact at one time we had 2 land lines, but finally discontinued one. I don't believe we would ever cut out our land line......at least not as long as we run the businesses.......with a home office, the deductions make up for the cost.

      A friend of mine wanted to keep a land line and save money too, so she bought into the "Magic Jack" that hooks into your computer. She has so much trouble with it, she now calls it her Magic Jerk. lol........I prefer to plunk along with the tried and true unless I have a very serious reason to change something......I rely on the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" UP++

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Liz, thanks for the feedback. A landline may be an extra cost, but I think it's worth it.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Silver Fish--I couldn't have said it better. You are so right! They ARE pesky!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      True, handymanbill, we do have choices. As long as you don't have an iPhone, your cell phone bill could be lower than your landline. The cost of my landline and cell phone together still don't cost what just paying for an iPhone every month would. I do hate the taxes on landlines, though--that's for sure! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Jil! I don't get many calls on my landline OR cell phone, but I keep both for convenience. :-) I have caller ID on my landline, so I don't answer it if I don't know the number. If it rang a lot like yours, it might drive me crazy. Well, it's a topic worth discussing. Who do you think will win--you or Mr. Manning? Good luck! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I remember party lines: we had them on base housing at Elmendorf, AFB. I never could remember "our ring." LOL We usually keep a landline in case of power outages. Great hub. :) VUM.

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Because of where I live, there are not many options for internet service, but I luckily have a DSL line with my landline. If another option shows up, then I might think about getting rid of the landline. Many of my friends only have cell phones - to save money...

      I remember my old party line, too. Our phones didn't work whenever it rained!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I keep a landline because 911 can find you easier that way, at least the 911 center by my house. As soon as you dial 911 your address appears on their screen. If you call from a cell phone, they don't necessarily know where you are. Also, with services like Vonage you have to set up your address so they know where you are. If you have an old address or no address at all in the Vonage system, they will not know where you are unless you tell them. And, of course, there is always the possibility that you can't speak when you call. And if a small child has to call, they might not know the address or how to use the cell phone.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer, I'm thinking of dropping my landline and using the Magic Jack. Is it that bad, really??????

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, TT! Our ring was the same....We just never knew who would be on the phone when we picked it up. Usually the old lady at the end of the dirt road! :-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol @ Victoria. I would either pick it up and it wasn't for us, or I'd ignore it and it was my dad. :) I could never win. lol

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      farmloft--I know it's a way to save money, but it's hard for me to give up the landline. I just don't like keeping up with a cell phone, and the reception isn't as good. Oh, well, maybe better and cheaper options will come! Thanks for the input!

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      Mrs Jil Manning 4 years ago from Sussex, England

      you know what Victoria Lynn, I was all for getting rid of the thing, but reading through the comments and through your hub again, I have to say (and it pains me to do so) but this time Mr. Manning wins. Kimberly's comment about emergency calls really hit home. Now that my youngest is 15 we quite often go out leaving the youngsters at home and of course they always use their mobile credit up, and for safety's sake the landline stays!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I've not had personal experience with "Magic Jack," but it seems to me that it depends on your area, your service and maybe a few other things.....I should tell you, my friend with the Magic Jerk?....she's a blonde.

      She also gets confused trying to operate a remote control for the TV. This may tell you what you need to know.

      If I were you, I would ask at least 3 people who have Magic Jack....what their opinion is.......

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      kthix10 4 years ago from IL

      We were just talking about this, you beat me to writing the hub :) My friends don't understand why we have a landline but with kids I think it is important to have. I also don't need my kids friends calling my cell phone and my kids are not getting their own.

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Great hub Victoria - I was watching War Games with my son last weekend. There's a scene where the NORAD computer calls Matthew Broderick's computer and to take the call, he has to put the telephone receiver on a modem cradle. My son looked at me and said, "What is he doing Dad? All that just to answer the phone? Really?" (I plan on keeping our land-line, I've been waiting 30 years for that computer to call me and it would be just my luck... )

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kimberly--yes, I have heard that! Maybe I should add that to my hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT--that's funny. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Mrs. Jil! Welcome back! Well, it's interesting that Mr. Manning won this time. Maybe you'll get your way when the kids grow up and move out. :-) Thanks for reading through the comments. That's neat. Thanks for letting me know what you decided, too. That's interesting! Thanks!

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      This is something I have debated with for a while now. OF course, cutting costs is at the root of the issue. We are going thru a difficult emotional time right now and I feel the need for a cell phone "just in case". Left our smart phones for a dumb one that includes unlimited calling & text and Internet for $25 each a month thru Metro PCS. Miss my smart phone but these can keep me in touch with my kids for less than 1/4 of the cost. Another reason I haven't dropped my landline is it's seems everything needs to be faxed these days (we fax quite a lot for personal use). And as far as I know I need a landline for that.

      Decisions, decisions. Great hub, voted up ?

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer--Well, I'm not blonde, so maybe I'll try the Magic Jerk! I could always go back to regular phone service. I'm asking around on Facebook. Maybe some people I know will answer....Thanks, girl!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      kthix--Great point if you have kids! I need to add that to the hub. Their friends call. Who do they call? And you're right--you sure don't want all the kids to have cell phones. Great point!! I said it again. LOL

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LOL, Jeff. That's a great comment. Love it!

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      Patriette 4 years ago

      Here, Here Silver Fish!

      Up and interesting, VL!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Victoria, we still have our landline for many of the reasons you have listed. It is nice to know that you can always be reached, in spite of weather hazards, such as our hurricane prone area, to let others know you are safe. Good post and well done.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      We still have our landline in addition to cell phones. Most of our family is long distance so it's just easier to talk on a landline and not have the numerous dropped calls. Plus, if you've always had one, I think it's sort of like a security blanket in a way.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dragonfly--I have a "dumb" phone, too. It works and is cheap! I don't know about the fax, but I'm looking into it, as I need to set up a fax at home. Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Patriette!!

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      We have cancelled the land line and tried to live without it but was so inconvenient that had to get it back. Land line also helps to use fax service from home. Great Hub. Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches, I agree. It would be hard for me to get rid of my landline!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ktrapp--Great point about the security blanket! It's just hard to give it up!

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      Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Oh, I wish we still had some of the older phones I grew up with - I agree that some older ones can be so attractive, and used as lovely ornaments in the house. I can't imagine not having a lanline in a house - although even though I say that, I actually lived in a house with my now ex-husband for 10 years, without a landline. I have a landline again, and it's useful to have a landline telephone account document displaying your physical address when you apply for some new accounts, like a bank account, or have your cellphone sim card registered etc etc. Our Internet is also part of our landline. We get one account each month, to pay for both. (Our landline phone account provider is also our Internet provider.) (In South Africa - Telkom ADSL Internet) Sharing this interesting hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      urmila--True about the fax service. I've been thinking about that, too; I need to get my fax set up. Thanks for the input!

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Im thinking of getting mine through comcast, need a backup in case I lose my cell or my cell dies...

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Teresa--I too think the landline is handy. Thanks for your input and for sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      howlermunkey--I've heard of comcast but don't know much about them. Maybe I'll look into that, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      hi vicki, I love landline phones 'cause they sure have many memories attached to my childhood. Also when there is no electricity/internet a land line phone comes handy in this technology driven world so, another good use of it to have it around :)

      beautiful hub with many votes and useful button.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Ruchira! I feel that way, too!Thanks for the votes, too.

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      Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

      Our kids are in college so we did go without the land line and my husband and I both have cell phones as well as the children. I didn't want to get rid of the land line until they were on their own I wanted that land line while they were in high school in case of a car accident of some emergency our number was published. Now cell phones are not published as far as I know. My mom and Aunt both have comcast and for 29.00 they can talk all they want long distance and I have had no problems hearing them or losing calls the hours we spend talking! I was thinking about getting that as half my family are on the east coast and in New England. Great article!!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ellen, that makes total sense about keeping a landline until the kids graduate. Ooh, I may look into comcast, too! Thanks!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Phones! I do have a land line and cell phone and half the time both are dead (cordless) so I'll sneak down in the basement and make calls out on our fax phone! Lol it's like - I have half a dozen phones and not one in working order!

      Funny and oh that rotary phone is gorgeous!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Real K--You are so funny. I'm that way with clocks. I love clocks and have a ton of them, but very few work. Some need batteries, some need their innards fixed--LOL. Sometimes I have to come to the computer to check the time. Oh, well, it's a good excuse to get back on the computer.

      Yeah, isn't that a cool red rotary phone! That is at my dad's house. Very cool!

      Thanks, Kelly! Always good to see you!

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Although, I prefer a cell, landline phones definitely have their advantages. I'm definitely not knocking that. Also, it does bring back some nostalgia. I remember watching an episode of Family Matters not too long ago, and they had an 8 way conversation. LOL. Remember those days? Wow =P.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      shin...Oh, yeah, the many way conversations--how fun! Thanks for that comment!

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      Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

      Oh yeah love that three way calling, have it on my cell, think it's on most cells automatically, But Victoria Lynn, I miss those old rotatory phones! we had a really old one. My mum still has one we had as a kid.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ellen, me, too! The rotary phones take me back. They look so cool NOW, don't they??

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      Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

      Yes they do!!!!!

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      I have both a landline and a cell phone and don't ever plan to get rid of my landline for many of the reasons listed here.

      I like the convenience of a cell (most of the time) but hate the crackly-ness of it. As I get older, it seems harder to hear on some cell phones.

      One advantage I didn't see mentioned here (or maybe not as clearly as I am) is that you can have multiple extensions on a landline. This is a great advantage if you have someone stationed overseas as we do or away in school. That way when the person calls, more than 1 person can be in on the call at the same time. Can't do that with a cell phone.

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      I keep a land line for safety reasons. Plus, it keeps my daughter from tying up my phone every time she wants to talk to her friends or boyfriend. I have no plans to get rid of my land line.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Danette--Good point on the many-way calling on landlines. That can be really important in many cases, like you mention. Thanks for the input!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bedbugabscond--Therea re many reasons to keep a landline. You just listed some. Thanks for the input!

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      Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

      Danette I have three way calling on my cell phone, and my phone is three years old, check with your provider, I didn't know I did until I asked. I just call one person tell them to stay on the line while I hang up and call the next person then, tell them to hold, and click back over and all three of us are on. I'm only charged for calling the first person. Ask, it's worth a shot.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We still have land line. I don't think we will get rid of it. We just don't always hear our cell phones and we can never keep track of where we last put them. Long distance is so much better on them. Voted Up.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ellen, I guess you can put your cell on speaker for the three way calling? Thanks for the info!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      moonlake--LOL. I forget where my phone is, too. Sometimes I have to call my cell phone from my landline to find it. hahaha!

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      Eria 4 years ago

      I think its best to keep the landline, with most tv etc.. packages the cost is negligible. best to have it, as you say its more reliable as with most things when you really need them they are not there and i can imagine that happening with my cell phone!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Eria, I agree that it's good to keep the landline. I need to find a cheaper one, though. Still cheaper than iPhone service. Thanks for coming by.

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I'm keeping my landline and I don't own a cell phone. I worked as a tech support person for a cable company. I know how easy it is for those phones to go down versus keeping a reliable landline.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That Grrl--Interesting comment. It's unusual for people not to have some sort of cell phone these days. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I still have a landline phone. In the last year, Maryland has experienced power outages for a while in some areas due to storms. Everyone with a cell phone was scrambling to figure out ways to charge their phones. Those of us with landline phones were fine. Great hub and voted up!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I would like both but can only afford one. I've got a pay as you go mobile.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think a key disadvantage to cell phones is being so dependent on power lines and it's an easy way to contact people. But in terms of general reasoning- I don't want to pay two phone bills. If I had my way, I'd just email all the time. But you bring up some good, interesting points. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jeannie--I had a similar experience in a horrible ice storm a few years ago. My landline worked fine. :-) Great to see you. Thanks for coming by!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Peanutritious--Haven't seen you in a while. Good to see you. A pay as you go mobile is a cheap way to go, for sure, if you aren't on the phone much. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Alecia--I prefer email, too. Unfortunately, we need phones some of the time. Thanks for commenting!

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      Patrick 4 years ago

      I just placed an order today to my Phone company to bring back my number to it. With the earthquake here in New England the other night, the cell towers were overwhelmed and the web crawled to a snails pace for a bit and It was not an emergency! Imagine if it had been. My Voip phone service was coming up for renewal so I was able to bundle my Internet, Phone and Directv and get some money off of each service, Yes, let's hear it for the Landline. I do not think they will ever go away completely. Great discussion here.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Patrick, for that input! You mentioned a perfect case where the landline is still very valuable to have. thanks!

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