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Do you think the "home phone" is becoming a thing of the past?

Asked by jaketheripper (2773points) February 7th, 2010

everyone in my family has a cellphone yet we still have a home phone. I think that’s a little redundant. I imagine soon there will be no home phone. What do you think? Will you miss it?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Home whatnow? Seriously I haven’t had a land line in over 10 years and the majority of phones I call are mobiles even when I know people are at home.

lilikoi's avatar

This is a somewhat redundant question:

Have you given up your Land Line phone for a Cell Phone?

Is there any compelling reason to keep my land line phone?

Do you still have a landline telephone?

And that was only in the first page or two out of 12+ hits to “land line”...

janbb's avatar

I don’t plan to give up my home phone yet, but when we go to our other place, we only have cell phones. My sons also only have ever had cell phones. I think the landline is a fading thing. One downside is that sometimes you really want to talk to anyone in a household and having to choose the husband or the wife, for example, is a pain.

Mamradpivo's avatar

I’m 26 and haven’t had a landline since the dorm my freshman year of college. And that came with the building.

My wife and I both have cellphones. In fact, we have cellphones with different area codes from each other, and from the region where we live. Nobody cares. There’s still very much a need for landlines for business (my business card just has that number on it), but I don’t foresee getting a landline for the home any time soon.

AlyxCaitlin's avatar

My family and I haven’t had a landline for years! We decided we’d all get cell phones and kick rocks with the landline

jamcanfi74's avatar

ya pretty much so

Spinel's avatar

What’s a landline again? Is it some kind of fence or something?

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Yes, I am joking.

mangeons's avatar

We still have one, it’s useful since my dad doesn’t let me use my cell phone to call my friends because it uses up minutes, and I’m like “Um… isn’t that the point of minutes? To call people?”

I mainly text anyway, and I have unlimited texting, but I still talk on the phone sometimes.

wundayatta's avatar

I still have a land line, and it’s still the number I give out if people really want to reach me. I also have a land line at work. We do have cell phones, but we think of them as for emergencies, and we use prepaid plans, or minimal plans.

It seems so expensive to buy cell phone time. You can get unlimited minutes on landlines for like 25 dollars a month, but it costs at least 50 bucks a month for a cell phone with unlimited minutes—plus, it only works for one person.

However, it seems like most people don’t see it this way. Especially young people are used to having cell phones. Leading more peripatetic lives, they need them.

I wonder what people will do if they want to have multiple people on one call? Will they conference everyone in? Or will they use computers for that?

Well, things change, and people will do what is most useful to them. I think my computer will likely become my phone in the future. It can do video as well.

aphilotus's avatar

I haven’t had a landline in six years. It’s never been a problem.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

I think the home phone will always be around because they are still more reliable then cell networks. What some of the telecoms are doing now is to bundle cell phones / cable / and home phone to keep their customers because a lot of people are dumping their home phones because it’s not economically feasible to keep the two. I dumped my home phone but I wish I still had it because i’m constantly having dropped calls from my cell phone and reception issues.

gailcalled's avatar

For the 12th time, I keep my land line (and corded) phone because it works during a power outage, of which we have many.

cjmegatron81's avatar

I will never have a landline again

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I still have a home phone and I like it.I haven’t had a cell for 4 years or so and finally broke down and got one a few months ago.I hate it.

VohuManah's avatar

I keep a landline because I don’t have to stand on my bed and recite O Fortuna six times to get service on one. Our neighborhood will get proper cellphone service once Olympus Mons gets wireless internet.

filmfann's avatar

I work for AT&T, and I will tell you that they see the writing on the wall here.
Home phones will eventually go the way of the dodo.
Just remember that when the earthquake hit, people lost power, water, and gas, but still had phone service on wired lines.

Steve_A's avatar

Wireless is the new wired.

Alleycat8782's avatar

We still have a home phone because where else are the annoying salemen and etc. going to call? Most certainly not my cell phone.

thriftymaid's avatar

Not at my house. It’s the best quality and most dependable voice communication available. Money well spent.

gailcalled's avatar

Clear and reliable cell phones are a myth around here. I have some friends and a daughter 3400 miles away who rely on their cells, but half the time, the signal is crappy and often cuts out.

I live in eastern NYS hill country and my daughter in the BC mountains near the Olympic venues.

During the several severe power outages/annum, the corded phone is our safety net, speaking of mixed metaphors.

Rufus_T_Firefly's avatar

I keep my land-line simply because of the outrageous pricing of cell phones and service plans. My land-line costs about $25 a month and includes all the free long-distance calls I care to make. Even the most-inclusive of cell phone plans run somewhere between $60–100 a month and are still riddled with coverage gaps. That might change if the phone companies ever decide to price their phones and plans realistically.

downtide's avatar

I would give up my landline if I could but I need it for the internet. It’s never used for anything else.

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