Why are land line telephones still around??

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    Jan 23, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    With how accessible cell phones are and with us being in work all day and out traveling and playing at weekends, who spends that much time at home?! So why it is that when I told a coworker that I do not have a land line, that I was met with a judgemental face. Mmmmm hmmmm you know what the hell I'm saying. Yeah...that look

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    Yeah yeah I am barely home. So sue me.

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    Jan 23, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    Landlines are the shit yo....

    I live very close to a cellular tower and when the power is out there is usually no cell phone reception from the tower, the only way of making a call is via landline.... I also depend on my landline for my adsl connection.


    Also I have an antique Eiffel tower telephone icon_smile.gif

    Yes I live in the woods.

    Saw little red riding hood this morning icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    If you don't have landlines how can people interrupt your dinner to try and sell you stuff?
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Jewlicious saidLandlines are the shit yo....

    I live very close to a cellular tower and when the power is out there is usually no cell phone reception from the tower, the only way of making a call is via landline.... I also depend on my landline for my adsl connection.


    Also I have an antique Eiffel tower telephone icon_smile.gif

    Yes I live in the woods.

    Saw little red riding hood this morning icon_twisted.gif


    I had landline when I worked out of the house and when a hurricane would take the power out, the cells would go out first but eventually the landline would go out too, usually a few hours or half a day later. When that would happen I'd wonder if the phone company had some batteries (or generator?) that kept their system running a while longer, but generally, it seemed, they'd fail too.

    I haven't had a land line in years but one of the new careers I'm considering might be teaching and the school district requires employees to have a land line even just to sub. I haven't asked yet their reasoning but if I decide to sub, even part time I might have to get one.
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    I just re-installed a land line (AKA "twisted pair copper line")after 2 years without one and I'm glad I did! The derecho of last summer and then Hurricane Sandy caused so many people to lose cell-phone service and even cable-based telephones.

    Face it....copper lines have been around for over a century because they WORK and are not that difficult to install or maintain.

    I am betting that people are beginning to go back to landlines because of the assurance that it will be there while your electronic gizmos fail.

    Even DSL (digital subscriber line: a internet connection) isn't much slower than a cable modem nowadays. AND it stays on in a storm.
    NOTICE I didn't say I was giving up my cellphone. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    Because we still have people alive who were born sometime in the 30 and 40's. They refuse to adapt, lol.

    Really though it's good to have one in case of an emergency. If all the cell towers are down it's a lifesaver to have a backup.
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    For a while I tried to run a business with a cell phone. Massive fail. Sketchy connections and dropped calls almost never happen these days... unless you are on an important business call. And "inappropriate background noises" are always a good way to kill a sale.

    Anyway, my internet comes in on those same wires.

    As a matter of fact, I do still have the personal land line hooked up too. (It's actually those two wires that the internet comes in on.) That's the number I give for daily consumer purchases (i.e. credit card slips), utilities, the IRS, and other people who need to have my phone number for no good reason. The ringer is turned off. I check through the messages on there about once a month.

    Oh, and BTW, the cell towers run on the same fiber optic network as the land-line exchanges. When somebody cuts the fiber, or there's a region-wide power outage, they all go down, along with cable TV and the internet. Although during long power outages, they each have their own backup generator. So sometimes one will be on while the other is out of gas or something.
  • rnch

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    Jan 23, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    IDK about today...but a few years back, when I was considering an alarm system for my house, the reputable companies I got estimates from required a Land Line for the alarm system.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 23, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
    I will buy a cell phone when

    A) They perfect cell phone reception
    B) They stop making land lines
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    Jan 23, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidIf you don't have landlines how can people interrupt your dinner to try and sell you stuff?


    That's exactly why I don't have it.

    Oh you were being sarcastic. Sorry I'm a lil slow
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    JOOU said
    bus9ja2d saidIf you don't have landlines how can people interrupt your dinner to try and sell you stuff?


    That's exactly why I don't have it.

    Oh you were being sarcastic. Sorry I'm a lil slow


    Someone once rang my mum to do a "survey" on corporal punishment, he started off with normal questions about her kids, if they went to school etc. then asked if she liked being spanked. She was shocked!
  • carew28

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    Jan 23, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    Well, believe it or not, there are still people (like me) who don't know how to use a cellphone and depend upon a landline. I did get a small, cheap cellphone last April because I have to now make occasional phone calls away from home, and I have it in my glove-compartment (turned off to save the battery) in case of emergencies like my car breaking down. I've learned how to make an outgoing call (I'm still not sure how to answer an incoming call).
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    theantijock said
    Jewlicious saidLandlines are the shit yo....

    I live very close to a cellular tower and when the power is out there is usually no cell phone reception from the tower, the only way of making a call is via landline.... I also depend on my landline for my adsl connection.


    Also I have an antique Eiffel tower telephone icon_smile.gif

    Yes I live in the woods.

    Saw little red riding hood this morning icon_twisted.gif


    I had landline when I worked out of the house and when a hurricane would take the power out, the cells would go out first but eventually the landline would go out too, usually a few hours or half a day later. When that would happen I'd wonder if the phone company had some batteries (or generator?) that kept their system running a while longer, but generally, it seemed, they'd fail too.

    I haven't had a land line in years but one of the new careers I'm considering might be teaching and the school district requires employees to have a land line even just to sub. I haven't asked yet their reasoning but if I decide to sub, even part time I might have to get one.


    Well, good luck in the school district. If you sub, welcome to the world of 5:30 am telephone calls telling you where to report to. The pay is awful, but the work can be quite fulfilling. It's never boring, you'll be meeting new people, and the classroom environment is exciting and challenging. High school kids, especially, try to take advantage of subs, so you need to lay down the law to the little shits, but you'll be doing a worthwhile job, and it's rewarding. If you can't get a permanent teaching job, you might consider a paraprofessional (teachers' aide) position, where you'd be working with kids who need extra help in the classroom. The pay is minimum wage but the hours are good, it has benefits (health-insurance,sick-leave, vacations), and it's a good way to meet people and make friends.

    The landline might be necessary because if there's a snow day, or a 2-hour delay, they need to leave an automated message for you at 5:00 in the morning.
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    alarm systems, internets all run on my land line..
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    Jan 24, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    jonnyboy saidalarm systems, internets all run on my land line..

    I have free access to WiFi
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    Jan 24, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    I have a landline because one person in my life still prefers the sincerity of speaking on the telephone.

    I prefer the landline over a cell because I don't want brain cancer.
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    Jan 24, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Our condo uses the residential land lines in each unit to access our front door intercom and operate the remote door control and security system, since we're too small to make a 24/7 security guard cost effective.

    We also have a DSL modem on the landline, because our previous cable modem from COMCAST actually gave SLOWER Internet speeds, due to old infrastructure in our area. We also have satellite TV service instead of COMCAST TV cable because of the same inferior performance.

    On top of which my partner has a perverse habit of losing or destroying his cell phones, so we like the redundancy. We've also lost cellular service in bad storm conditions.

    I can see why cellular-only service would work in some cases. But not all, at least not yet.
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    Jan 24, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    When I lived in Honolulu, Da Coconut Wireless worked much faster than HawTel. Always up too.

    You could be in Longs and say something dakine about one braddah and before you know, everybody talking story and the moke make beef with you. Because his Tutu was in front line of you at Longs and she heard you, even after someboday say, "Shhhh! Bachi!"

    No copper needed.
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    Jan 24, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    My house alarm uses the land-line and also cellular tech (in case the land-line is cut).

    Here in Quebec, 911 service doesn't know exactly where you are on a mobile phone, but it does on the land-line.

    The single biggest reason to have a land-line is for peace of mind during a storm or other public-service failure. The twisted-pair copper lines are powered by the CO (central office) unlike cable-modem and mobile.

    When we had the ice-storm 10 years ago (which lasted for 2 weeks), the land-lines worked when everything else was dead, dead, dead.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 24, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Maybe because cell phones are not legally protected by law because anyone can listen in on the airwaves

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiretapping
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    Jan 24, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidMaybe because cell phones are not legally protected by law because anyone can listen in on the airwaves
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiretapping
    ...and unless you're James Bond how does this matter?
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    Jan 24, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    Having weathered several hurricanes I always keep an operating vintage phone - the kind that doesn't require a battery where the handset is attached to the base by a cord - because what are you supposed to do in a power outage if your landline battery dies and your cell phone service gets interrupted?

    During and after Hurricane Sandy neighbors had to drive for miles to get cell phone service while I kept making and receiving calls from the comfort of my home.
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    Jan 24, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    carew28 saidWell, good luck in the school district. If you sub, welcome to the world of 5:30 am telephone calls telling you where to report to. The pay is awful, but the work can be quite fulfilling. It's never boring, you'll be meeting new people, and the classroom environment is exciting and challenging. High school kids, especially, try to take advantage of subs, so you need to lay down the law to the little shits, but you'll be doing a worthwhile job, and it's rewarding. If you can't get a permanent teaching job, you might consider a paraprofessional (teachers' aide) position, where you'd be working with kids who need extra help in the classroom. The pay is minimum wage but the hours are good, it has benefits (health-insurance,sick-leave, vacations), and it's a good way to meet people and make friends.

    The landline might be necessary because if there's a snow day, or a 2-hour delay, they need to leave an automated message for you at 5:00 in the morning.


    Thanx. Good info. Florida here so no snow but a sense of urgency justifies the land line. Subs here get about 25% over minimum, more than I need to shore me up. Got killed in the crash. Not a big deal. If I go back to work for another 10 years until normal retirement age, I'll be in good shape again. Won't ever be where I was but more than I need. I need to work anyway as i find I was happier before retiring. Mom was right. Lesson learned. Probably once I crank up again I'll work until I drop like she did. (Though she wound up with AD so we had to drag her from her desk.)

    Considering social work as well. The masters program I wanted is competitive and they want me to have supervised work experience first so I may go that route. Tough jobs paying just 30-40k with a BA but I might find I like it. Or I think teachers get about $35k to start and I could do that with my existing degree. Then I was thinking I could bring either of those experiences with me later in life for a stint as an elder Peace Corp volunteer. Gotta keep life interesting. Just hope I don't run into age discrimination. I've a friend in the service industry in Calif experiencing that now. Over qualified is the catch phrase. Fuck it. I'll just go with plan B, sell out and drink myself to death in Pattaya. Cheers.
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    Jan 24, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    Other than being used for businesses, I see no real use myself.

    I think landlines are cheaper if all you do is make phone calls.

    It kinda depends on the person I guess.

    Alot of the people I know just use cell phones though.
  • mrblue

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    Jan 24, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    I haven't had a landline at home in ages, except for when I was subletting in a place for a few months that actually had a landline. So naturally I bought an old rotary phone so I could use it. I miss using that phone!

    When Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, all cell phone coverage was out in all of lower Manhattan. But the landlines worked.