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Getting Rid of Your Home Phone (Landline): Pros and Cons

Updated on October 30, 2013
Woman talking on a cell phone/mobile phone.
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Pros: There are Many Pros to Giving Up Your Land Line

  • One less phone bill to pay means less hassle and best of all one big cut in fixed expenses.
  • No more telemarketers interrupting the family dinner or the afternoon nap. (Although I think this is changing).
  • Virtually all cell phones have “caller ID” (if it sees a phone number that’s in your contacts list, it posts the name of the person calling).
  • If you move, you take your phone number with you—no big hassle informing everyone you know to update your phone number in their auto-dialing phones or computers.
  • Built-in voicemail.
  • Cell phones can be used virtually any time and anywhere, except where prohibited (such as in airplanes and some hospitals, during theatre presentations, and so on).
  • “Smart phones” are a great option for professionals, busy parents, and college students because they are many electronic devices rolled into one configurable device.
  • Cell phone numbers aren't listed in the white pages of the telephone book, so you have an unlisted number.


Cons: There are Also Many Cons to Going Completely Cellular/Mobile

  • If you have a home security service, you may need to keep your land line in order to stay with the same security service. Other services, however, are available that do not require a land line.
  • Ditto with satellite TV and radio service—they require land lines; I’m not aware of any that don’t, but please leave a comment to this article if you know of any.
  • You almost have to have your cell phone with you at all times. As I write this, I wonder “why??” and the only answer I can come up with is that it’s the etiquette of cell phone usage.
  • There is no “household” phone or concept of getting the whole family on separate phones at key events around the year. You can’t add additional receivers (at least not yet) to your cell phone.
  • You can’t send faxes via your home land line any more.
  • Some rural areas still have spotty cell phone coverage.
  • Some rural areas still have only dial-up Internet service.
  • You MUST make sure your cell phone is charged at all times in order to receive calls.

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Ultimately, It's a Personal Decision to Drop Your Home Phone

So, what did I decide, personally? About 2 years ago I decided to drop my land line and go strictly cellular, with my regular phone and a “throw-away”/”pre-paid” cell phone to leave at home at all times, so that I have something to use when I don’t really want to give out my “real” phone number to someone or to put on some form I’m filling out. It also provides a back-up in case my main cell phone dies or disappears suddenly.

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    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      You are welcome my friend.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks for commenting, my Lady! Yes, mountains can be a real hindrance to reception. I didn't even think about that when writing this article—I've been living in FLAT Minnesota too long! Thanks again for pointing out a major negative to getting rid of your landline for folks who live in beautiful mountainous regions! Cheers!

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      Debra Allen 

      3 years ago from West By God

      We will never get rid of out landline. We had a cell phone but there is little recption here on our mountain and we got screwed by a cell phone company.

      We also opted to use cable as our internet and TV providers becaue we got local stations whereas the satellite was hard to get due to the area we live in and the many trees in the forest. They did not have any of our local stations and was hard to find the weather for our area.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Hi, PeachPurple! Thanks for commenting. I can't imagine what I'd do without my smart phone. It keeps my life in order (and makes calls, too! LOL). Cheers!

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      we stopped using telephone at home but had to have a line in order to connect internet. All family members call thru mobile phone

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Cable companies--sheesh! They're trying desperately to compete with the Internet, but they're past their prime.

      (Thanks, Crafty to the Core!! I'll send you a link to the finished article and if you change your mind just let me know!)

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      5 years ago

      We used to have a home phone. That's before I got a cell. But the monthly bill was outrageous. I cancelled it. We just use cell phones now. However, our cable company has a package deal which includes a free phone line. But it's actually not free, they charge $7 for this and a few dollars for that...ridiculous. In order to cancel it though, my monthly plan will go up. They only give a special rate if we keep the phone. I have it to use but I had to unplug it because even though it's an unlisted number, it's a recycled number. So there are two automated computer calls that dial that number every single day like clockwork. I tried to have them blocked and no success.

      To answer your question in my email, yes! I don't mind at all. :D

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks for reading! I dropped mine about 5 years ago. The only time I miss it is when I misplace my cell phone (typically in the sofa cushions, that sort of thing). Otherwise, I have to wait for a timer to ring or a friend to call. Cheers!

    • Thief12 profile image


      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Interesting hub. I stopped having a landline about 4 years ago, and haven't missed it.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Excellent suggestion! This is one I haven't heard of. Thanks, Marla!

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      Maria Esteban 

      6 years ago

      One phone service is worth trying is Ooma. It is very cheap – I can make unlimited calls in the U.S. for free and international rates are low compared to other services out there.I get clear connection .. there is no voice delay when calling abroad

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      J Schneider 

      6 years ago

      I'm keeping my land line for the time being.

      1. My land line is very ecconomical. It seldom exceeds $33 per month.

      2. I like to make lengthy long-distance calls. Even my "local" calls are in different area codes.

      3. I like the privacy afforded by the land line. The 4 people on my cell phone account do not need to know to whom I am talking. They may not be able to hear the conversations, but just knowing that they can see my call history makes it feel like an old fashion party line.

      4. My cell phone account has 4 family members listed but I am the only remote location. My calls are often to area codes that are neither the cell phone number nor the land line.

      5. I know that the other members of the cell phone "family" use their phones for all of their calls. I don't need to add to the problem of running over the allotted minutes or "scrimp" on my own phone call habits.

      6. When I am filling out applications or regstering for services, I don't want to use the cell phone number. I like to compartmentalize my life.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks, Jo!

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Hello Laura,

      I decided about 3 yrs ago to get rid of the landline phone. I went to cell phones instead. I use the connection for my cp DSL connection.

      As far as the telemarketers. I still get trapped into the schools calling me or other crazy folks looking to see if I would like one of their products.

      I may in the future think about going primitive. A couple of tin cans! :)

      Voted up and shared. nice informative hub.:) take care

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      kirit parikh 

      6 years ago

      i like to reduse my phone bill please send me e mail on so i can save moneis

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Great info on the pros and cons of going totally mobile. I just went through the same evaluation process about a month ago, and decided to bite the bullet and get rid of the land line. So far, it's working out fine, and I'm saving myself more than 50 USD a month, too, since my daughter added me to her existing plan.

      The biggest problem I've had is remembering where I put the cell phone!

      Up and useful!

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      6 years ago

      Land line costs $44. Add min. cell service - $65. I could up the cell minutes, cancel land line and save over $240 annually.

    • Vibhavari profile image


      6 years ago from India


      Even in India more and more people are using cell phones. I have a land-line for my broad-band connection and very rarely get calls on that line. Though at times when the signal on the cell is poor, it is handy to have a land-line. Some land-line instruments do have a caller ID facility, so you can decide which calls you want to answer.

      Sometimes the cell phone becomes a distraction, especially when you are in with a group of friends and there are people talking or texting and not giving the present moment their full attention.... they may as well not be a part of the group interaction at all. Also carrying a cell phone on your person is not good for health.

      All said and done, I think the land-line does have some advantages, especially like the instrument does not heat up or run out of battery in the middle of a conversation and no one has yet said using the land-line is bad for health.

    • iain-mars profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub. I only use a cell phone which is the same as a lot of people I know. There's definitely a decline in the number of landline users happening at the moment.


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