Getting Rid of Your Home Phone (Landline): Pros and Cons
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.
Reality check: what proportion of readers have a home landline phone?
Do you have a landline for your home phone?
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.
Further Reading about Cell/Mobile Phones
- Cell Phone Etiquette Tips For the Modern Age
The cell phone is a great tool to use for emergencies. But, EVERY phone call is not an emergency. Frankly, we don't all want to know about your personal life, either. Find out four simple rules to keep your sanity and uphold civilization.
- Don't Spend a Fortune on Your Cell Phone Bills
Cell phone expenses can be extremely high depending on the plan and services chosen. By knowing what you need in a cell phone before you buy, you can choose a phone that fits your needs & your budget.
- 5 Cell Phone Rules for Kids and Teenagers
It is important to have cell phone rules for kids. Your family cell phone policy should include limits on cell phones at night and school, and monitor cell phone contacts for young kids.
- Why Don't Airlines Allow Cell Phone Use During Flights?
If you have ever wondered why you can't use your cell phone on US airlines, or why in other countries some airlines allow them and some don't, this article explains the issues in an easy to understand way.
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