CELL PHONE VS. LAND LINE Which do you have? Both?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 27, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    I'm considering phasing out my home land line and just retaining my cell.
    The cell is a business write off and I can get most of my calls on that.
    Do most of you just have a cell phone or do any of you still have both a ground and cell phone?
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    I haven't had a land line for almost 5 years. The only times I "need" a land line is when I have to send a fax. But that's pretty rare. Maybe once or twice a year. Definitely not worth getting a land line for.
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    We have both, but mostly use the cell. We have a land line because it's required to speak to visitors on our condo complex's intercom, and to buzz them up. Plus we have DSL Internet service over the phone lines. I'd rather have a cable modem, but in this area it sucks. We had it before and it was terrible, constant interruptions and poor broadband quality, very slow. Cable should be faster than DSL, but in our case here, it's not, so we keep the phone line.

    If they ever improve the cable quality we may drop the phone line with DSL Internet. But at present we get our TV from a satellite dish, which is also better than the cable TV service we had previously. Your own decision should be based on the quality of what your own area provides.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    I haven't had a land-line in 10 years.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:54 AM GMT
    What's land line? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    I only have a cell phone and write it off as a business expense. Any faxing I need to do I do at work -- if it ever became vitally important to get faxes at home, I could get an eFax account or something similar (faxes go right to your email, and you get a nifty toll-free number), which I could also write off.

    (I often work as an independent contractor, so you kind of have to save every goddamned receipt and look for deductions where you can find them.)
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    Feb 27, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    Rawrly saidI had a landline until but never used it, lastly so because the nearest extension was on the other side of a house with gargantuan proportions and I only used it for business during the day anyway.

    I have had a cell phone for the past eight or so years. I like the mobility and always being connected but sometimes I wish I would allow myself to be more "unavailable".


    I recently switched from AT&T to T-Mobile, and because of that, there was about a 6 hour period of my life where I was totally unreachable. One service was canceled and the other hadn't started. I felt scared at first, then quickly realized that I was the most free I had been since getting my first cell phone about eight years ago.
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    Feb 27, 2010 10:06 AM GMT
    Cell only.


    The land line is for DSL.
  • swimbikerun

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    Feb 27, 2010 10:13 AM GMT
    Land land? Oh...that old thing. Yeah it's a room with my spinning wheel and Gutenberg press.icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 10:49 AM GMT
    Our town much like a lot of others in our parts never actually got a landline... ever. The population not worth the expense plus the terrain made it not very lucrative for phone companies.

    As such we all rely on cellphones. But I never did like cellphones though. I only use mine when really needed.
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    Feb 27, 2010 12:05 PM GMT
    Have both because of business home/internet line. In a related note, thinking of getting rid of the MotoRazor and getting an iPhone.

    That said, I don't want all the iPhone internet connectivity for cost and lack of interest, but I do want a seamless connection of my iTunes library when I connect the phone to my computer. My old Razor worked great,but that model was dropped in favor of a pc only version.

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  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 27, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
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    Feb 27, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
    Both. Have DSL plus some older relatives know the landline # and can't seem to remember the cell #!
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    Feb 27, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    I have a cell phone and the internet... between these two pipes I can get everything I need!
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    Feb 27, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    is this REALLY a forum? icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    When we had a summer home in Bristol, Vermont in the 1950s, the phone company was locally owned and operated. Our phones only had 4 numbers, and when you picked up the receiver you always got the operator, who placed your call for you. At least we had a private number, not a party line.

    If you wanted a number outside of town then you gave the city, state, and 4 or 7 digits as appropriate (we didn't yet have area codes, if I remember correctly). The pay phone in town was a 2-piece affair (actually also in our hometown in New Jersey, as well), where you held a separate earpiece and tilted the mouthpiece.

    Here's what I used, along with a "candlestick" phone that some people still had in their homes. I kinda liked them:

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    But I also had a personal cell phone by 1991, a bag model from Motorola, along this this large clunky "handheld" the Army gave me to use when I was traveling, almost as big as a Korean War-era walkie-talkie. And now I have an iPhone. Sometimes I really do think I've seen it all. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Feb 27, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said

    But I also had a personal cell phone by 1990, a bag model from Motorola, along this this large clunky "handheld" the Army gave me to use when I was traveling, almost as big as a Korean War-era walkie-talkie. And now I have an iPhone. Sometimes I really do think I've seen it all. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Haha my dad had one of those... he still uses his Motorola StarTac.... damn those were well made!
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    Feb 27, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    clueless why this is a question to some, unless your area doesnt offer cell's. landlines sound so 1990's. the forum,'s addendum should be: do you use a fountain pen or a key board when writing to your friends? = i guess iz a generational thingy icon_cool.gif


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    Feb 27, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    Both.

    Just in case I loose or break my cell phone.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 27, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    I only have a cell phone. I haven't had a land line for ten years because I obviously don't need it.
  • camofchris

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    Feb 27, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    I had both for a couple years, "just in case". But I realized the LAN line was relatively worthless, because I couldn't even remember the number. When I had it turned off, 'gal at the Bell tried to convince me to keep it (i.e. 911, other government services that require a LAN). Told her I'd take my chances.
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    sexylexi said clueless why this is a question to some, unless your area doesnt offer cell's. landlines sound so 1990's. the forum,'s addendum should be: do you use a fountain pen or a key board when writing to your friends? = i guess iz a generational thingy

    Indeed it is. Because I DO write with a fountain pen to this day. When I went to grammar school (not "elementary" back then in the US) you were required to use a fountain pen, and take "Palmer Penmanship" in 3rd & 4th Grades. Ball-point pens were forbidden, as they were by banks on personal checks and for many legal documents. Early ball points skipped horribly, putting what your wrote in doubt, and the ink wouldn't dry for days, making a terrible mess when checks were sorted by the banks.

    When I was promoted to US Army Colonel, I indulged myself with a little gift, a fountain pen custom made for me. Its cost was outrageous, unless you get a Mont Blanc in solid gold with jewels or something.

    In a blue marble finish, it was a replica of a 1920s art deco pen, and similar to one my father had when I was a boy. My mother had a matching one in a red color.

    It has my initials on it in an art deco style, and here it is, 20 years later. Whenever I use it, I think of my late parents, and of learning to write with their fountain pens in the early 1950s. It's the only thing I use to sign all my legal documents.

    My fountain pen capped. All the gold metal trim you see is real gold:

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    Uncapped, ready to write. I had them scale it down from the original 1920s model, which I thought was a bit unwieldy:

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    The nib, likewise in solid gold, trimmed in silver iridium, which also covers the point for wear resistance:

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    The top of the cap, with my 2 initials in an art deco style in gold:

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    Feb 27, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    I hate to say this, but I have no land line and two work cell phones and a personal cell phone. No land line neede here! but believe me Id rather just have a land line and one cell phone!
  • Timbales

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    Feb 27, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    I have a company cell phone, my bf has a personal one. We have a land line, but it's cut down to the bare minimum of service.
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Ditched the land line about 10 years ago.
    Ma Bell can suck it.

    Now I have a Magic Jack and a prepaid cell.
    I'd bet my britches nobody does communication cheaper than I do.
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