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Cell phones and landlines...

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Cell phones and landlines...
By Mom2three1968 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 07:02 pm:

Just wondering how of you have gotten rid of the landline and opted only to use cell phones for everyone in the household? Dh wants to get rid of the landline and go with cell phones only, how many of you have done this and were you happy with the decision after having done so?

By Emily7 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 07:24 pm:

My parents have just cell phones, but with having young kids at home I think it is still important for us to have both.

By Crystal915 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 07:46 pm:

We have pretty much always been cell only. Since moving in with family, we converted the landline here to the new T-Mobile at home service, which is like Vonage, but $10 a month, and counted as one of my cell lines on my account. This was important for me since the kids are little, and need to be able to use the phone. It works really well, there are some issues like not being able to use the fax line we previously had, but it's a small price to pay for saving over $150 a month (when you factor in LD).

By Dawnk777 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 08:58 pm:

We still have cellphones for only 3 people out of 4, and that is expensive enough, without getting that 4th cellphone. With Emily home by herself, if Gary and I both have to work, I think we still need a landline.

I could see at some point, like when Emily goes off to college, and has her own cellphone, that we might consider getting rid of the landline.

The only thing is, then you have to carry your cellphone everywhere you go in the house. We have landline extensions everywhere in this house and that's so convenient. So, my question is, if you only have cellphones, is the phone always in your pocket, or what?

By Ilovetom on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 09:00 pm:

Our home burned in April. And we had to rely on cell phones. We have not replaced our home phone even though it still works. We do not miss it ringing.

By Trina~moderator on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 09:21 pm:

We have both and would never give up our landline. Cell service is sketchy in our area and we prefer to have the landline for 911 calls, because the dispatcher would automatically know our address.

By Mrsheidi on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 11:39 pm:

No landline and, from the sounds of it, we are grateful since it was an election year! LOL

I'm finding it difficult to justify a land line. We like turning off our phones!

By Crystal915 on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:38 am:

To answer your question, my phone is rarely very far from me, and usually it's tucked into my shirt. It's become such a habit for me that Shane got annoyed one day when we were out to lunch. "Mom, why is your phone there? (pointing at my chest)" I explained that's where I always have it, so I can get to it if it rings, but asked if he would rather me put it in my purse. He said yeah, I guess I was embarrassing him!! LOL!

By Dawnk777 on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:56 am:

Hubby often has his phone with him, except when one of us needs to get ahold of him. It seems his friends can get ahold of him just fine! LOL!

Emily and I share a phone, but she has it most of the time, so she can contact Gary, when he has to pick her up from school.

Then one time, he picked her up, and I didn't know it, but they couldn't call me, and I was waiting! LOL! I was so frustrated. We just don't want to pay for that 4th cellphone yet.

By Mom2three1968 on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 07:40 am:

Our landline,only seems to ring with unknown caller calls, and 1-800 numbers, we got alot of those election campaign calls too. I carry mine in my pocket when I carry it because I have a bluetooth earpiece that takes one touch of a button to answer it.

Dawn, I see what you mean about adding that 4th phone, I didn't realize that it was going to be so darn expensive, we need to look at that because we were going to add a 4th phone and get rid of the landline, but if it's going to be more money we'll have to see!

By Colette on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 07:49 am:

We have t-mobile and whatever plan dh has us on it is only an extra $10 a month to add an additional phone.

He wants to get rid of the landline too. Right now it's a package deal with our cable and internet, but that offer was only for a year and our year is almost up. Not sure what we are going to go with.

I shut my phone off a lot too. I hate calls when we are trying to have dinner so I put it on "do not disturb" and the calls go straight to the answering machine or voice mail.

By Kateg on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 09:48 am:

My DH has an office at home, so he has a landline. So we have that as backup. But other than that the four of us have cell phones - we wouldn't go back to a regular house landline for anything.

By Missbookworm on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:14 pm:

I'm with Trina. It's so important to have a landline for the simple fact that if an emergency happens 911 knows where you are!

There is no reason you cannot turn off a landline as well as you can a cell phone. I do it with ours a lot!

By Cat on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:50 pm:

We have both. I need a land line because I fax things frequently for my business and for school (mine and the kids). Can't fax with a cell phone. :)

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