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Getting rid of landline phone

A couple of years ago, I got rid of my classic $35 a month landline service, and went with OOMA internet phone for $4 per month. It has been quite reliable and good quality, not as reliable as landline, but I'd say 98%. No outages, but a few drop-outs.

 

Having said that, it does not support fax machines and alarm systems which rely on landlines. But, who faxes anymore, and any recent alarm systems rely on wired or Wifi internet anymore.

 

Yes, I kind of know that landline is better in a disaster like a hurricane, blah-blah-blah, but paying $370 extra a year wasn't worth it.

 

I still use my old handsets and "ole-fashun" answering machine, and still have my 22 year old phone number. Operationally, nothing has changed... on the surface.

 

If I travel, I turn off my answering machine, and voicemails go to OOMA, then I get an alert on my smartphone, I can listen to them on my Android. Also, I could theoretically move anywhere in the world and keep my Houston TX USA phone number. I would just take the OOMA box, connect it to internet, from a hotel, apartment, vacation rental house, and plug my "ole-fashun" phone into it. Bingo, dial-tone.

 

I do feel better having a home phone, and my old familiar phone number at that. I didn't just want to cut the cord by going to pure mobile phones. It's a nice feeling to have a "home" number.


Sincerely,
Peter
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I  will not get rid of my landline. I pay $15 a month for straightalk and can take it where I go , since i work and live in  different states. When at home once, I suffered a stroke and could not see nor walk. I crawled to my end table in my living room and yanked the phone off the table and was barely able to call for help I have since recovered and had heart surgery. 

 

there was no way i could "find" my cell phone and half the time they don't have a signal, lose their charge, etc. 

 

Kudos to phones that are landlines, and hardwired at that!! no rechargeables for me! 

 

I was told if I had not called for help I would have died there in my home. 

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In Colorado, we dropped our landline (and our DSL as well, since its speed was terrible) and went strictly with cellphone service and cable internet. When we moved to Iowa (job-related), we had to get a landline. We live in a "hole" - tall bluffs on three sides and a steep road to more hills on that one other side, so we get almost no (and intermittent) cell signal. We had considered just going with DSL for our wifi when we first moved in - until we discovered the cellphone problems. So, yeah; we still have the landline. We *could* go with a bundle from the cable company here, but their service is SO bad (they're rated one of the worst in the country), I'd rather go with smoke signals and watch TEEVEE on the microwave than go with them for our internet and phone services.

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In addition to having a cell phone, I have maintained a landline using a voice over IP service such as Majic Jack, which only costs about $25 per YEAR.  

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I do freelance writing from my home online. I have NO need of a cell phone since I'm rarely out on the road. Even before I retired, I traveled 21 miles each way to my job for 15 years and didn't need a cell phone. 

 

I am just a little fed up with being told what I must and must not have, do, say or need. I didn't need Cable TV or the obscene monthly Cable bill. But, oh no. Some toady hot for profit decides Cable TV is a must have. Down came the antenna and up went the cost of watching TV. Which, by the way, I rarely do...writers sit at computer nearly 8 hours a day. 

 

Then, I pay the Cable TV bill and what do I get? Junk TV programs with more commercials than programming. This is what I pay for? And, I wouldn't mind the commercials so much but the programs are straight out of DogPatch USA. I have no identification with Alaskan Wilderness Residents, Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, Dance Moms and that screaming Mimi Abby Lee, the Jersey Shore get rich quick kids or the Moonshiners. This is what I pay for? 

 

Try to watch a movie and what do you get? 15 commercials and one half hour of a movie so badly cut to ribbons, it makes no sense. 

 

Now, land lines have gotten in some Twerpie Generation Twit's craw? And just how much will this added cost burden end up being every month? 

 

 

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I use Roku. Internet only is needed to access a lot of thousands of stations in a platter. These cable TV companies are a ripoff! Crackle, free, TubiTV free. Free news from around the world. Netflix, $9 a month no commercials! 

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No phones were allowed to be kept only the battery boxes those are somewhere in the garage. About the only oddball phones that I think I still have are 3-4 line Bakelite vintage 1930-ish Western Electric from my days spent working for the original telco.

The telco in town realized that their equipment (always think of Lily Tomlinson when I say that line) was fetching $500 in antique telco sales.
Their original in house switchboard (really in the house of switchboard operator and owner of telco) was found and sold for scrap 3 years back.

People didn't know it spent the last several years under leaking pipes and all the relays were encrusted.
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I have to keep my land line because I don't have a cell phone.

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I kinda wish we had been allowed by the phone exchange up here to keep our old 3 crank phones but wasn't in the cards.
We were only allowed the oak boxes with dry cell batteries. Nope not in the early 1900's more like 1972, and went straight from cra
nk to touch tone no dial phones up here.

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Please post some pictures of those old phones, I'd love to see them!

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Peter
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I don't like change either.  I still have a dial phone.

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There's more to this subject than cost.  I live in a townhouse with a basement, 3 floors in all.  With a landline, I can have extension phones on each floor at the ready for incoming or outgoing calls.  I would need to remember to carry my cell phone, which normally is in my handbag, all over the house with me, which makes it likely that it would not be where I needed it at least some of the time.  Fortunately, I can spend a small amount for ease and convenience.

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Well, if you keep landlines just remember to keep some physical corded extensions on each floor or whatever part of the apartment or house. Took me a couple of times during the last 16 hours to recall cordless phones don't work without power. Followed by which laptop am I going to use, or battery charger to recharge my cell phone, if I don't regain power within the next 16 hours. Best I can get out of my present iphone on full charge is 3 days , you get a might clammy when your looking at 60% at 9 am and still on call. Followed by a couple choice expressions as I tried to remember where the 12V fans and my extra car battery was just in case I needed to keep the house heated by woodstove alone. And having a cellphone sound like my house phone might be easier to hear but, I think I'm going for the British ringtone on my cell, vs. old fashioned Maine ringer. For the hearing impaired if you wear hearing aids then most Samsung and Apple for a couple of brands do have hearing aid happiness, if you require texting there is an actual app for that for speech into text. Like an old fangled teletype reader. Sorry, I retired a while back and know that's not the right name for it. Try a google search, for "cell phone app voice to text for hearing impaired" there are maybe 10 excellent iphone and several other smartphone app's for Voice to ASL (American Sign Language) or ASR. And a dragon app/program for smartphones. There also is now a specific phone for hearing impaired, I think it's deaftel, but, don't know how the heck I even remember that. Haven't seen a disabilities issue out of MA in awhile.. I have power, apologies for errors typing by candlelight earlier, I think I'll get some more firewood. And vote tomorrow for gosh sakes, I know I don't need to worry about chads, just whether my #2 pencil works power or not.
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It's nice to read reply to articles. My comment is if seniors are like me who have a medic alert system beware of what some people say. I would like to get rid of this company. But for a free system a land line is required.

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I would love to get rid of my landline, but I can't. Cell phones and hearing impaired people do not get along too well. They are great for texting but I can't make calls. At the present time I have a phone that captions via voice recognition so I can talk on the phone. Cells do not have relay capabilities so if, say, my car broke down I could not call roadside assistance. Until wireless providers wake up and realize that not everyone can hear they are not getting my business.

Kris

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I like having my land line for added protection, cell phone can be unpredictable at times. I would be at lost if they take away the land line phones.
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But, who faxes anymore,”

 

I do occasionally, when telephoning is useless and there is no email provided. These instances are usually important or even critical in case of medical providers. My last example is only 3 days old. I really needed to speak to my doctor, the phones were either busy or the receptionists hanged up on me repeatedly. After an hour of this abuse I wrote a firmly worded fax. Twenty minutes later the office manager called me back with profuse apologies.

Try that without a fax… The fax is a written document and it has clout. Phone calls can be dropped or disconnected, emails can be lost but a fax cannot be dismissed so easily. Even government officials respond to that, I know because I did it. I would feel crippled without it.

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I've been just relying on mobile internet devices for seven or eight years, but the IPVideo offers looked invitng so I invested in a six party line. Only problem is, you can't get the server unless you have an organization and I am just fond of the old home phone design, not social media ventures.
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Can't speak for the rest of Telco land I retired and haven't read a communication news lately.
Most cities have switched to fiber heck, even my backwater has.

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If you're talking about physical street addresses even the very small communities are now getting house numbers.

After 20 years living in rural Maine and having my home identified By telephone pole #4s left road , or the 3rd house on right past the gazebo - even I have a E911 house number and only one Street name vs the ones used during the last 50 years.

Admit I'm having issues figuring out what you were saying in your post, land lines to 911 operators can be traced back to their physicians cal location courtesy of reverse directories. That's what police, fire, etc. use to get figure out who has that telephone number and what there name and address is including apartment number, suite, etc. is.

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Back in the days that I needed an alarm system relatively remote location with an actual police department, our system did have cell phone backup in the system for times when the power or landlines were down.

Great idea when you live in a state that has utility poles vs underground utilities and an ice storm or blizzard puts you in the dark for awhile.

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Actually most cellphones especially if smartphones are GPS enabled and can have their signal traced to within 10 feet of physical location.handy for when you've misplaced it or yourself.
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