Technology: Home Phone Bill Is Too Expensive in My Opinion

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    Oct 30, 2012 11:14 AM GMT
    $106.06 a month for a land line and DSL
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    $064.51 Phone
    $041.55 DSL

    I'm not making international calls. I make 1 or 2 out of state calls per month.

    I have a Cingular Go Phone that's $1 per day 10cents a minute when I use it.
    That's about $27 every 50 days.



    I sort of think phone should cost $25 and DSL $30 such that my home phone and internet should cost me no more than $55/mo. including all fees and taxes.

    I sort of hate the idea of not having a land line, but should I just give up on that?
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:15 AM GMT
    My Lifetime Fitness monthly membership is less than $106.06 / month.

    I think either the bank where my checking account is or one of my emergency credit cards requires me to have a land line? Or maybe it's the electric company requires me to have a land line.

    One of my former employees says she sells essential services on the side, I'm going to ask her in addition to asking y'all. (Yea, I spent some time in N'awlins [New Orleans] in my lifetime.)
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    Oct 30, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    I haven't had a landline since 2000. I was told by one potential employer that I had to have a landline. I walked out of the interview after flipping him the bird and telling him his company sucks.
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    Oct 30, 2012 1:13 PM GMT
    Landline is soooo 20th century.
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    Oct 30, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    No need for a landline if you have a solid cell phone signal in your home. Only reasons to keep a landline are if you need to send and receive faxes frequently, or if you have a medical condition. 911 services can obtain your location faster if dialled from a landline, than from a cell phone.
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    i cut my landline 2 yrs ago. In Canada, mine was $90 a month, and all i got were survey calls at dinner. I dont miss it at all.
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    We have one, with long distance included, because the cable/internet/phone bundle is as cheap as cable/internet alone. Look into an alternative provider or a good bundle. But what you "think" landline and internet should cost may not have anything to do with what the competition will bear.
  • Medjai

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    Oct 30, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Welcome to the modern era. North America has the most expensive cost of connectivity in the world. Unless you can organize a continent wide boycott, there isn't much to do.
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    Oct 30, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    $106 sounds high to me. Currently paying about $38 per month for land line plus DSL.

    Landline is about $12. DSL is about $17 Crap-ola taxes and fees about $9.

    Also have a pay-as-you-go cell phone, and would like to be rid of the phone company some day.

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    Oct 30, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    $106 sounds decent to me.
    I'm in a rural area. The ONLY ISP available is the phone company. The landline is $6 and the DSL is $70 per month.

    On top of that, I have my cell phone with a data package. I upgraded to a Mobil Share plan and now use my iPhone as a hotspot. So, I was able to do away with my phone company and DSL for $120 per month. So, I am saving about $30 per month over paying for my old cell plan AND landline/DSL. Not only am I saving money now, but my internet with using my iphone hotspot is actually faster then the old DSL (fiber optics) I had.

    Options are changing. The industries are changing.
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    StephenOABC said$106.06 a month for a land line and DSL
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    $064.51 Phone
    $041.55 DSL

    I'm not making international calls. I make 1 or 2 out of state calls per month.

    I have a Cingular Go Phone that's $1 per day 10cents a minute when I use it.
    That's about $27 every 50 days.



    I sort of think phone should cost $25 and DSL $30 such that my home phone and internet should cost me no more than $55/mo. including all fees and taxes.

    I sort of hate the idea of not having a land line, but should I just give up on that?


    Home Phone? What's that? Didn't everyone give up their land line 10 years ago?
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    my mobile phone and ADSL cost me 120 bucks a month... I get unlimited phone calls on my mobile (cell phone) unlimited text messages, unlimited mms messages and on my ADSL I get unlimited download..

    So I got everything covered hahaha
  • kevmoran

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    Oct 30, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    I haven't had a landline since I was in middle school. The only good reason for it is 911, because it's easier to track down an address that way.
  • LJay

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    Oct 31, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    Go shopping. My roommate and I share a fiber optic internet connection and land line for $100 per month total including taxes and fees. That amounts to $50 each. I was getting DSL and phone for about $65 total, but he is a gamer and...

    It isn't easy to compare costs becaue the companies have fast talk down to a science, but keep grubbing and you may be able to do better than you are.

    I am pretty old fashioned about landlines. I don't use it a lot, but it has been my stable telephone number for decades. It does have unlimited long distance which is nice for calling the siblings out of state. The land line is also cheaper when I have to deal with business by phone which usually means being put on hold. Since I pay-as-I-go for the cell phone cell phone (separate number,) it gets expensive to deal with delays while talking to the utility company or bank, etc. The cell phone does not get used a lot but it is great to have while out and around. I put about $25-$50 per year into it. The land lilne also means that I can let the answering machine on it deal with a lot of stuff that does not need an immediate reply and thus take the load off the cell. It has been a godsend for ignoring political ads this year!
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    Oct 31, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidi cut my landline 2 yrs ago. In Canada, mine was $90 a month, and all i got were survey calls at dinner. I dont miss it at all.

    Yikes!

    My bill is 25.00 for landline phone and one feature (call waiting), 24.00 a month for DSL turbo high speed internet and 33.00 a month for 150 channel HD TV which included two digital TV recievers that record.

    ...as well, they threw in a $600.00 HP Pavillion g6 series laptop.

    When the 6 month deal ends the packaged (bundled) cost will go from 82.00 a month to 117.00....and I get to keep the laptop.

    3 year contract but I can live with that. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 31, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    Thank you all for the responses.

    I don't have good cell phone reception in my apartment.


    Re: Vonage, I know my dsl is slow for a while in the morning. If one has a slow connection, that probably affects the phone service, yes?
  • KepaArg

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    Oct 31, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    I live in Tokyo and my bills seem cheaper. I recall in Hawaii this past summer I paid $70 a month for unlimited call, text, and 4g data. I tethered my cell to be hotspot to stream and download. It was tmobile prepaid, maybe something to look into.