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Are the days of land lines numbered?

August 27th, 2009 at 05:12 pm

I currently have a land line and a cell phone and Skype. The second is indispensable for work. The third is terrific for free international calling.

I'm really wondering why I still have the land line. I rarely use it, and it costs about $20 a month, by the time all the taxes are added, just for local service.

So this timely article is making me think more about this:

http://www.fiscalfizzle.com/2009/08/land-lines-are-useless/

How many of you have given up the land line, and how is it working for you?

8 Responses to “Are the days of land lines numbered?”

  1. Caoineag Says:

    I gave up my landline back in college. As a renter moving to a new apartment always had a new hookup fee so it was cheaper to have a cell phone monthly plan than a local phone. I now do prepaid because that is even cheaper and I don't spend a lot of time on the phone.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    I gave up my traditional landline a few years ago when I switched to VOIP. I suspect this will disappear as well when it's up for renewal. No reason at all for us to have it.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oh yeah, I gave up the landline a long time ago. All I have now is a cellphone, and VoIP of some kind when the situation calls for it.

  4. cptacek Says:

    I can't give up the land line unless I give up internet and cable as well...I asked and they didn't have any dry loop plans.

    Hey, you use Skype? You use a web cam? I'm trying to research those, but have no idea what the difference is between a $9.99 one and a $99 one. Is there a big difference?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    cptacek, do you mean the difference in price between different types of web cams? Different quality and brands. Cheap ones are equivalent to cellphone cameras. Expensive ones can be equivalent HD camcorder cameras. Logitech has some of the best ones on the market (and charges accordingly).

    But I admit I haven't really looked into it in detail either. I don't have any personal interest or need for web cams.

  6. Jerry Says:

    We are living overseas right now, so that leads to essentially no need for us to have a land line. We have our local mobile phones to keep in touch with each other and our circle of friends here, and then we use VOIP (Skype) to do all of our calls back to the States. It's insurance for the pocketbook, certainly, but there are occasional frustrations when our internet service goes on the fritz... which can happen with some frequency in this part of the world.
    Jerry

  7. davera Says:

    Cptacek, I have the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro and am very pleased with the quality. It sells for about $100 on Amazon.

  8. nmboone Says:

    Getting rid of the landline is a popular option around here, especially among younger people. Which is fine! Problem is, hurricanes are also popular here in certain months (southern Louisiana) and when a hurricane comes through, landlines are often the last thing that actually works to get a hold of other people. So it can be a trade off if you don't have others to rely on here.

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