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View Poll Results: Telephone Landline - do you have one
Yes, full service 80 39.60%
No / Never Did 7 3.47%
Just have it for internet service 19 9.41%
Used to but cut it 81 40.10%
You made the poll wrong because blah, blah, blah 8 3.96%
I like soup 7 3.47%
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:40 PM   #41
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:19 PM   #42
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I have magic jack... works out to less than $5/month. Only use it for dialing out sometimes. Incoming calls are mostly telemarketers so I forward the magic jack line to google voice...

I have the old landline number tied to several accounts - so it's cheap enough to use this... and still have phones throughout the house if I need it in an emergency.

But -as someone hinted at - it's VOIP - which means the "landline" comes through the broadband/internet... not through the phone company.... But since it's hard wired inside the house I still call it my landline.
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:27 PM   #43
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I thought the correct last poll option was always suppose to be "I like pie", so I voted "You made the poll wrong....blah..blah..blah."
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:47 PM   #44
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I still have my landline and use it primarily for internet DSL service. I do have a limited local landline attached as I can hear better through the landline than through a cell. I use a calling card to make long distance calls. I do have a cell phone I use for traveling, but frankly, I hate it - it's a cheapie TracFone so only costs me $6.41 a month to keep the line connected.
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:17 PM   #45
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I thought the correct last poll option was always suppose to be "I like pie", so I voted "You made the poll wrong....blah..blah..blah."
No, I think this forum skews a little older, so more of a soup crowd...

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Old 09-03-2017, 10:50 PM   #46
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I just realized that I get poor cellular reception in my house, especially in the basement TV room, but my cell provider supports wifi calling. Maybe in a way I'm back to a sort of land line after all.
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Old 09-03-2017, 11:33 PM   #47
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Went to cable internet phone a few years ago and finally convinced DW to ditch that and transfer old home number to her mobile phone.
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Old 09-03-2017, 11:41 PM   #48
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First, I assume by landline you don't really mean POTS but include VOIP. I had a hard time answering the poll but finally selected full service.

We got the service because it came with our cable package. It was cheaper to get the internet/TV we wanted with the phone service than without. So we got it.

Theoretically, it is full service. We could use it all the time. But, we don't. And, it some ways it makes sense. We get terrible cell service in our house (and, no, the other cell providers are worse than the one we have) and get lots of dropped calls. Or we get a notification of a missed call...a day later. Etc.

So, I do occasionally use the VOIP when I want to call someone and not take the chance of a dropped call. But, it is rare enough that I don't actually know our telephone number. I have no idea what it is. I do keep it in my contacts list in case I need to know it, but I have no reason to memorize it since I give it to no one.

Having a telephone number that is tied to a phone in a particular location (my house) seems anachronistic to me. I don't want to give that number to other people and then have them call and I not be here. Yes, I have voice mail but it just seems weird.

Once our contract is up in 18 months or so, we probably won't renew so it will probably be going away. Before getting it from our cable provider I had been without a landline for years already.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:05 AM   #49
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VOIP with ISP. Cell service isn't good enough to rely on solely.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:00 AM   #50
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Another thought on not having a landline from the part of my brain shrouded in tinfoil: your cell phone number gets attached to so much these days that it can "unlock" a lot for the wrong person. I don't pretend to be an expert hacker, but when the cell number is on your credit report, SS and your bank use it for a second-level on-line verification, etc. It just seems like too many things get tied together. No one can text to a land line, hacking into your land line phone would be a useless exercise, and it just seems like fewer things can go wrong when you supply a land line number to people and businesses you don't know well.

When a web site requires authentication, I always go for the e-mail to my spamcatcher address instead of a text.

Landlines can be used to receive "text" authentication codes for various sites. Vanguard for instance does not have an email or other 3rd party authentication but if you provide a landline number then the authentication code comes as a phone call and robotic voice instead of a text message.

Before we moved to England I realized I needed a US phone number for various financial institutions such as our bank, pension provider, and ex-employer so I pay ~$50/year for a US number through Skype. Works great.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:38 AM   #51
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All land lines gone. We move around so much nobody knew where to call anyway. Thought I would miss them but don't. I was mostly just getting marketing calls. Why pay for that?

As long as the telcos are the main providers for internet services and cell phones, I think they will do fine.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:09 AM   #52
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Still have the landline ($20/mo) and we each carry a prepaid cell phone (tracfone $10/mo) for when we are away from the house.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:23 AM   #53
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We dropped our landline more than 10 years ago. For practical purposes, some countries never had them, they went directly to mobile. Landline is a real throwback.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:43 AM   #54
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We have poor cell service in both our places, and both are in hurricane zones. So, we keep traditional copper wire service in both places. When the power is out, they will likely still work. The Comcast service in both places is so unreliable I wouldn't want to count on VOIP for our only phone service. There are times when we have calls we really need to be on. Both landline providers (ATT and Verizon) are trying to make keeping and using traditional landline service as difficult as possible, so the day will probably come when they go away.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:53 AM   #55
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Kept our landline, $10/month with cable package. Cell phones still have bad connections and drop off. If we want a long conversation with no interruptions, clear and concise we use our landline.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:00 AM   #56
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Instead of "Yes, full service", I wish your poll had "Yes, the old-fashioned phone company line" and "Yes, though VOIP" - it would be interesting to see who still has the old-fashioned phone service.

My landline is through Ooma VOIP.
On my cell phone, I think I've made one phone call in the past 2 years.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:01 AM   #57
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I will always have my landline, I love it. I don't like to carry my cell phone all around the house. The house has 5 phones and I never have to walk far. It's VOIP and cheap ($20/mo) no long distance charges and the sound quality is much better than cell.

And when I misplace my cell I find it by calling it on my land line. It's hard to lose a phone that's mounted to the wall -
Agree, not that I really thought about till you brought it up. 5 house phones also. Never know where cell in the house & usually have its ring on mute.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:34 AM   #58
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Have a land line but AT&T is discontinuing it in November so and rolling it over into their VOIP plan unless I object. Cost is more than the land line was but still about 11.50 a month.
I decided to try magicjack go that plugs directly into my router and added an uninterrupted power source for the router.
Paid ~$35 for the magic jack hardware and a year of service and about $60 for the battery back up device. (not sure how long it will power router/wifi suspect 6-12hrs.)
Kicker was I had to pay local 911 fee which was $48 a year.

Will try having both for a bit and see which works best.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:35 AM   #59
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Had traditional land-line plus DSL with AT&T until a couple of years ago.

Since then have had a cable-company "triple-play" for cable/internet/phone.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:39 AM   #60
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Just got a new landline after 5+ yrs without one, as part of a new cable deal (also first cable TV in 3 yrs). Love the sound quality, and we don't plan to give the number to anyone outside of immediate family. Makes me feel better too, with kids occasionally home alone.
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