questionsdo you still have a land line?

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We live in the middle of nowhere, so yes we still have a land line...

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Yes, but I never use it.

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Bought a new house this past year, didn't bother getting a phone line installed. Seemed like a waste of money considering we both carry our cell phones at all times.

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No. We're a family of 4 with 3 cellphones, so it seemed silly to have a land line.

My only concern is 911 calls (which I've been told I shouldn't worry about any more), but the ambulance company is literally diagonal from my house, so worst case scenario someone could run over there for help (I have a child with an anaphylactic allergy).

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I've been a cell phone user for about 16 years. Both daughters have had phones since they were about ten.

I kept a landline until my most recent move in mid-2008. In terms of use, I could have dumped it about three years before that, but needed a "utility bill with your name and home address, not a cell phone" for my handgun permit (though I guess I could have used my cable bill).

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Yes, but only because my father in law lives with us and he likes to order take out while we're at work.

I typically ignore it otherwise, typically only telemarketers call that #.

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Yes, I use it for the fax machine.

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No. I was without one for a while as early as 2001, but then I had to get one to get DSL service in 2002. (This was before they started offering "naked" or "dry-loop" DSL service.) I upgraded from basic DSL to U-verse last year, and finally dumped the landline that I never used anyway.

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Yes, I've got one. I basically use it as a business line. I do not give companies my cell phone number, they can call and leave a message on the land line.

I guess it's similar to people who have a personal e-mail addressed and one they give out and get a bunch of spam at.

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Landline? Yes and No.
We have a Vonage home phone, so it's a voice over IP "landline".

We keep that (rather than going to mobile phones exclusively) mostly because we make a lot of calls to my wife's family in the United Kingdom. Making those from a mobile phone would be astronomically more expensive.

We sometimes use Skype for those long distance calls, but it can be painful to use due to poor network latency and jitter.

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I guess we sort of do. We have a GV # that will ring both of our cell phones and our main computer. I think we typically put that down as our Home Phone Number. Eventually I'll do this: http://gizmodo.com/5654683/how-to-replace-your-landline-with-google-voice

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Once I realized I never used it and only used my cell I never got it again. Been going over 10 years without one now.

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I had a landline up until 4 months ago. The only reason why I had it was it was the same price for cable & internet with or without the line. Figured might as well get something for free as not much in this world is. We have since moved into our new house & switched providers and its cheaper without the line now.

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Basically for my Tivo which I should network anyway. I've got the cheapest land line($21 including taxes) but it's still a waste which I should eliminate and go with a dry line DSL.

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I have the landline still for two reasons : DRY DSL is not offered in my area, and it's the "public" number I give out to anyone that asks. Kind of like the spam email-address that I keep since everyone and their monkey's uncle already has that email. My cell number on the other hand is known by almost no one.

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I don't mind them as they are good to have if your cell phone dies or if you're like me and always lose your cellphone. I don't have one now because I'm a college student in a rent house on a tight budget but once I graduate and settle down I plan on getting one.

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Yes. There is the potential for problems after a hurricane so we've decided to have the extra line.

Now the real question will be which will break first and which will be fixed first.

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I am thinking about getting one once we move and my wife and I have kids. Right now we both have cell phones and even though there are signal problems in some rooms, a land line is not that needed.

Just hope the land line will still be able to have power when the rest of the house loses it. Some companies sound like they are moving to a VOIP format which will definitely defeat the major benefit.

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[hipster mode] I dropped my land line before it was cool [/hipster mode]

We dropped ours back in like 2008. The only person who used it was my wife to call her mom. They work together and both have cell phones on the same carrier. I told her if she wanted to keep it her mom had to pay for it, so away it went.

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I decided to drop my lane line since I've gotten a cell phone too, just not worth the extra $20 dollars or whatever it costs. I could use that money for better things, like shirts.woot!

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Yes. Because ATT's bandwidth is so narrow that cellphone service is very often non-existent. Plus the smart-phones suck up what little bandwidth there is.

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Nope, I had a landline at my last apartment, but since I moved I've just used my cell phone. I've never been close to being over my minutes and I get decent cell coverage at my house, so I decided to stick with that.

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I use Ooma for a landline service. My wife and I use pre-paid plans for our cell phones as we rarely use them.

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Nah. Cell reception is great in my area and we pay enough for our cells alone, no need to add even more cost with a second land line. We ditched our VOIP service with we dumped cable tv, trying to keep the bills down.

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@moondrake: this might be too little too late, but your friend could have ported his landline number to his celular carrier...ie: he could have kept the same number. (if it's within 30 days, it might still be available)

I kept my landline for a few years after I got a cell, but ditched it several years ago.

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I have a real land line but only for some medical equipment I use.

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Yes and I use DSL. Some people's options around here are still only dial-up.

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No land line here. With 3 cell phones in the house, and never a problem with reception, we see no use for it. Before we decided to get rid of it, the only ones calling it anyway were telemarketers.

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@goatcrapp: I didn't know he was considering killing his landline till he'd already done it. He didn't know it was a possibility. I think Tracphone just added this option, I only saw it a few months ago when I bought my latest phone. We are very cheap, not only do we not have landlines, but we use $100 a year Tracphones as well.

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Technically no, but our house has one (it isn't mine). Before you consider ditching yours, see if you can get an el cheapo plan for under $10/month -- when the cell tower near your house starts acting up and you can't dial out at all (and 90% of your calls drop even with 5 bar signals!) you'll appreciate it.

(Either that or just avoid Sprint like the plague)

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No, we switched over to cell only about 6 years ago.

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Yep. I'd prefer to have no phone at all. Or, at least, only a phone that dials out.

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Had to have a land line a few years ago for our cable/internet service. Only phone calls we ever received were telemarketers. We'd never given our phone number to anyone, and yet they still found us. Drives me crazy.

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Yes, I want to make sure someone can always bother me when I am at home....
Actually it's a retarded requirement in having the internet provider we have, otherwise no we would not have one.

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No. I can see situations where a land line is useful, but none of them apply to me.

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Just added Magic Jack for 70 bucks for the whole year, connects to my internet and you pick the number. Works great.

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Yup, we still have a traditional land line in our home.

But I guess 70% of all calls are spam calls though.

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we live in the country, so we got one when we first moved in. after months of nothing but spam calls, i dropped it. most of the calls were coming from outside the US so they didn't have to comply with the no-call list stuff. they called all day every day so i just canceled it. land lines are a thing of the past unless you live in an area with zero coverage.

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I have one simply because it was cheaper to get my internet and tv service with a phone that it would have been without one. I never answer it though, no one ever calls it except telemarketers. Anyone that actually needs to call me knows my cell number :-)

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I have a Magic Jack plus. I like having a second phone number that I can give out to people or companies that I don't want to have my cell phone number. It's cheap and it works well.

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Yes, though we don't actively use it. Our monthly cost is the same for landline and DSL (with "lifetime" discount) as for my daughter who has naked DSL. We only use it for verifying credit cards (which are old enough accounts that they are linked to it) and giving out to businesses we'd rather not have bugging us on our cell phones (required shipping info, etc.). The message machine is where we can easily see if there are messages so we can follow up on those that need a response.

Last winter when a contractor tore up fiber cable with an auger and we lost cell phone service in much of the state for a day, it was reassuring to have the landline. It's times like that which make you start thinking about emergency backups.

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Right now I pay $15/mo. for a VoIP-based landline. The only reason I'm on that is because I got it when I worked from home and used it a lot and I don't want to lose my number. Otherwise I would move to $4/mo. + 1.25 cents per minute through VoIP.ms

Between two prepay cell phones and VoIP phone, we pay $45/mo. Long phone calls sound much better on VoIP than cell, and the cordless phones are always fully charged. When HD Voice for cellular becomes common, I'll probably rig up the cell phones to our phone system via bluetooth so we can keep using the cordless phones while our cell phones are on the charger.

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My house does yes, we have one of those service bundles and it saves a few dollars to just have it.

We barely utilize it however, as the whole family has cellphones. More of a back-up than anything else.

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I do have a landline most because I live alone and like the idea that, in an emergency I don't have to go hunting for my cell phone (which I rarely use...I don't use my landline a lot either...just don't talk on the phone much). I've thought about dropping it, but I'm just not comfortable doing that yet.

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Yes.

When we signed up for DSL, it was required at the time. Now that you can have DSL w/o home phone service, we've thought about switching but like others have mentioned, I like having a "spam" phone number I can use when filling out forms and such. We have the most basic service you can get in our area which is about $19/month with taxes and fees. I also like using it to call my phone when it's MIA (usually, the dog is lying on it).

AT&T still mails me once a week offers for nationwide long-distance added to my home phone line. I can't believe there's still a business for that.

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What's a land line?
Where do you live? Mayberry?

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We actually added a land line a couple years ago. We were without one for some time but our cell phone service is - to be kind - atrocious at our house. We were tired of dropped calls and such nonsense so we picked up a magicjack.

We live in a place where we can get more than adequate high speed internet via cable for magicjack, but we can't get decent cell phone reception. Go figure. That, and a regular cordless phone is a lot more comfortable for a long conversation than a cell phone.

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YES! Do not have a cell phone and don't want one.