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Thoughts on getting rid of home phones

July 16th, 2008 at 03:02 pm

My husband and I each have cell phones and do most of our talking on them. Until the year before last we also had a Verizon home phone but I felt that was a rip-off so we got Sunrocket and when the went out of business we got Vonage. I am happy with the Vonage plan we have and have no reason to discontinue the service other than I think it is a waste of money since the 90 % of the calls we get on the home phone line are telemarketers. It's not a lot of money ($19.38 per month total) but this is a good way to trim the budget if the line is unnecessary.

I am wondering if any of you discontinued home phone service for just cell phones and are happy with it or still wish you had a home phone.

One of the only reasons I can think of to keep the home phone would be 911 but I am wondering if cells can be tracked by some kind of GPS and that isn't a valid concern...if we weren't able to give our location verbally or something.

I have Sprint and this is what their website says about 911 calls:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated guidelines to enhance wireless 911 location services. Sprint Nextel has complied with its federally mandated obligation to make 911 location services available to its customers. All wireless phone companies send money for 911 funding to designated local government authorities. This money is collected from their customers in the form of surcharges. Some local and state governments have chosen to forego investments that would permit customers to take advantage of wireless 911 location services. As a result, local Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and emergency services are sometimes unable to effectively respond to wireless 911 calls. In these areas, when wireless phone users call 911, the dispatcher does not automatically receive callback phone number or caller's location, making it difficult to route call to nearest emergency responder.

I did e-mail my local police department to ask them about this but I haven't heard back yet.

6 Responses to “Thoughts on getting rid of home phones”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I had not switched in the past due to 911 issues. I have tried to call 911 from a cell phone. UGH!!! Not very useful (just sit on hold forever).

    BUT I have since learned that you should be able to dial 911 from any landline phone, even if you have no phone service.

    I also learned that most cities have another emergency # to dial to get to 911. I learned in California your 911 calls go to Highway Patrol, where you get put on hold. Whenever I have called 911 from a landline it was instant help, so I was very frustrated before I learned that. So it is good to learn what the emergency cell # is for your area. 911 from a cell often gets directed elsewhere.

    For now, I just don't want to pay for a lot of minutes and I do not appreciate the sheer number of calls we get on our land line (sales calls, etc.). I also use my cell as an emergency phone and never really answer it. So I don't feel like making that switch now. But I am sure we will eventually.

  2. saj Says:

    I haven't had a land line for a long time. There are times I'd like one, when the cell is dead, or just because I feel without someting important, but life has been fine and I do well with Cricket. Too many phones gets overwhelming, its bad enough anyone can bug you whenever with your cell, and having to check both lines messages, its just easier with one or the other.

  3. skydivingchic Says:

    DBF and I haven't had a land line in years and love it. I believe it has been 6 years since we fired Pac Bell. If your cell phone gets good reception at your house, getting rid of the land line can be a great way to save money. Finish researching the 911 issue, as that is the only possible disadvantage. DBF and I aren't too concerned about it, so we've thus far taken our chances. Our phones are over 5 years old now, so even if the GPS 911 has been implemented, I don't think it will work with our phones.

    It is heavenly not getting sales calls! And not having to deal with the incompetent ya-hoos at Pac Bell is icing on the cake.

  4. gamecock43 Says:

    I have not had a land line since 2002 when I lived on a farm and had poor cell phone reception. I dont plan to get a land line, even though I live in a gated community that requires a land line so people can call you to buzz in visitors. Theres so much traffic it is easy to just follow someone in.
    And for 911- Wasnt there just a HUGE story about a girl in a bike race who found herself on a remote strech, she was attacked by a BEAR of all things, and during the struggle managed to call 911, but couldnt speak. The bear dragged her into the woods, but a biker came up the road, saw her shoes and heard her cell phone ringing in the grass. He answered it, it was 911 calling ack, and they were able to find the girl, alive.

  5. Caoineag Says:

    Haven't had a landline in over 5 years, cell phones only. As to the 911, well, that would be more of an issue if we were ever home (which also explains why we have cell phones instead of a landline).

  6. cylenchar Says:

    I haven't had a home phone line in almost 6 years, and do not miss it..... For the amount of time we are actually at home, it serves no purpose.

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