Dec 31, 2017 3:54 AM GMT
I was wondering because by now I would think the vast majority have cell phones and have dropped their land line. I've had my land line disconnected since 2003.
ChicagoSteve saidI was wondering because by now I would think the vast majority have cell phones and have dropped their land line. I've had my land line disconnected since 2003.
art_deco saidWe need a land line here. We use a DSL modem/router for our Internet and WiFi, because the cable in this area is even slower and less reliable. Comcast seems in no hurry to upgrade their cable lines & equipment, so until that happens we'll stick with what we've got. It's also why we have satellite TV rather than cable, which likewise sucks with Comcast service.
Plus our condo building's outside intercom and door control is through our land line phones. That was made convertible to cellular last year for those who wish it, but I hear other residents have had mixed results using that alternative.
Lastly, we still fax a fair amount to other fax machines. While there are also alternatives to a phone line for faxing, as long as we keep the land line for our other purposes, I prefer to simply plug the fax into the phone wall jack. Certainly less convoluted than a fax software Internet solution, given that our internet is carried on the same phone line, anyway.
argus saidI'm leery of paperless billing. I did it and I would not get bills, then get hit with late charges, requiring me to phone and find out why "oh sometimes that happens... Nice con. do it to all your clients = free win-fall!! They would cancel the late fees but eventually I decided to hell with it and demanded a paper bill (just because it costs them money and I'm petty.)
I don't get it... you live in an urban area with millions of potential customers, and no one can be arsed enough to put in some decent broadband. But, in my little town of 10,000 in rural Iowa, in addition to DSL and Mediacom, there are two fiber optic networks to choose from. I live 4 miles outside of town, but back in 2003, I had two and a half miles of fiber buried out to the house. It's astounding to me that an urban area would be a shitty broadband ghetto.
Land line offers some redundancy to cell service during natural or man-made disasters.
Most high-speed internet services in the UK are routed via landline phone cables, for which you have to pay a line rental, so it often makes sense to retain a landline phone. I pay just £4 per month for unlimited free evening and weekend landline calls, so it's a no-brainer really.
What happened to your telly tax? Does that still exist, or rolled up into the cable charge? Only apply to antenna reception (or satellite now, too), or do those broadcasts even still exist?
paradox saidI still have mine, but I did transfer it from the phone company to my ISP.