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Old 10-25-2009, 11:03 PM   #21
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I don't have a landline - what is that?
And another one you will hear -- POTS. (Plain Old Telephone Service)

"Landline" is slang for the type of telephone service we all had before Wireless (Cell) phones.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:12 PM   #22
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"Landline" is slang for the type of telephone service we all had before Wireless (Cell) phones.
I know, I was being facetious. I haven't had one in 5 years, so sometimes it's hard to imagine why one would want to be tethered to a landline - or tethered to anything for that matter, like a house.

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Old 10-25-2009, 11:26 PM   #23
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I have a landline for my dsl and long distance.
On the cell, we average less than 10 minutes a month

Why so much? ... just chatty I guess.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:59 AM   #25
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4 of us share 1500 cell phone minutes a month, and I have a landline I rarely use. I keep the landline for DSL and to fax occasionally.
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I don't know, but I don't use many minutes at all. My very old and now extinct plan gives me a very low number of anytime minutes, perhaps 200-300. I got the plan in the summer of 2001, and in all this time have paid a total of no more than $5 over the minimum.

I used my cell phone a lot after Katrina, but Verizon gave me extra free minutes based on my New Orleans home location. So, I didn't have a high bill then, either.

Despite my low usage, I love Verizon and will probably choose to stay with them instead of going to the more economically sensible Tracphone. I admit to a struggle with my stingy inner self because it hurts my LBYM sensibilities, now that I know about Tracphones, but I can afford it. When I move north, I will have to upgrade from my current (regional) plan, to Verizon's cheapest nationwide plan which I believe is $39.95, $10 more than I currently pay.

I plan to drop my landline once we move north, and see how that goes.

Estimated average minutes: 5 minutes/month
Estimated maximum minutes, other than right after Katrina: 100 minutes/month
Estimated minutes, September 2005 (right after Katrina): 1500 minutes?
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I don't have a cell and DW has a Megacorp issued one so zero. Don't even use up all the minutes on our landline.
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Three of us share the minutes on our Verizon plan . We don't use up all or most of the minutes because a lot of our calls are to Verizon members . I would hate to see what my long distance bill would be if I did not have that option.
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I have a T-Mobile prepaid plan. Once I spent $100 on refills, my existing balance of minutes will keep rolling over for another year with another $10 per year. I still have over 1300 minutes that keep rolling over and I probably use less than 10 minutes a month on average. For someone that almost never uses a cell phone and once the initial investment is made, $10 a year to maintain service is about as good as it gets.
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Despite my low usage, I love Verizon and will probably choose to stay with them instead of going to the more economically sensible Tracphone.
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I have a T-Mobile prepaid plan. Once I spent $100 on refills, my existing balance of minutes will keep rolling over for another year with another $10 per year. I still have over 1300 minutes that keep rolling over and I probably use less than 10 minutes a month on average. For someone that almost never uses a cell phone and once the initial investment is made, $10 a year to maintain service is about as good as it gets.
OK, or T-Mobile.... Both of these are LBYM specials!
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:12 PM   #31
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Used to carry two cells with me at all times plus had 2 landlines in my office. Yearly bills just for this ran over $7,000++ a year. NOW I have $100 prepaid on my old cell and don't use it much at all. I'm in heaven!
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Two cell phones -- use about 600 minutes per month, almost all of it helping my mother with dementia get up and ready in the morning, get ready for bed, etc. Free minutes to others on Verizon accounts for another 500 minutes per month. Like Moemg I can't imagine my long distance bill without this feature.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:49 PM   #33
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2 prepaid phones:

I put $40 on mine last December. Ran out a week ago.
DW got hers in June, applied $60. Some left (don't know how much).

Up here , in the frozen north, minutes paid for are NEVER lost. They expire with you.

I happen to like landlines. I have a phone for MY convenience, it rings in the house, if I'm not there unlucky. If I want have to make a call while I'm out, I can turn my cell on. I can also turn it off. Back in my working days, mega-corp wanted to supply me with a cell-phone. My response was "my staff has them, if they can't help you, neither can I".
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I know, I was being facetious. I haven't had one in 5 years, so sometimes it's hard to imagine why one would want to be tethered to a landline - or tethered to anything for that matter, like a house.

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oh I don't know... sometimes being tethered could be fun
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #35
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Two cells that get about 150-200 minutes of use per month and a landline. Landline gets heavy use and besides, only costs about $15 per month. I consider my cell phones are for my convenience...not for other folk's convenience. If you call my cell, I may not get your message for a few days until I turn it on again. Really have cells for emergency calls, school can get in touch if sick kid, wife or I can stay in touch with home or each other. VERY few other folks even have our cell numbers....and I never put it on any form without a good reason from my viewpoint.

Call me at home, the answering machine takes good messages, and I'll get back with you when I'm ready. Just because you can dial my number doesn't mean I'm obligated to drop everything to talk. Better yet...email me, I check at least 5 times a day when home.


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