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    Default Do you have a land line? Or house phone?

    I remember about ten or fifthteen years ago talking to someone who was moving into a house with their new partner and I asked if they would be getting a phone line installed and he told me that since he and his partner both had mobile phones already they were not going to bother, it seemed odd at the time but I have begun to think it makes more sense as time passes.

    Now I am in a perhaps unique position of being old enough to remember a time when we didnt have any phone at all and it didnt make a difference, I remember the first phone being installed in the house we used to live in, it was hardly used, I never got a mobile phone until my early twenties, which was late but at the time phones didnt have cameras, internet, the newest thing was the capacity to send text messages and people talked about that function as pagers (the fact that it was awesome for deaf people was almost incidential).

    So do you own a house or land line distinct from a mobile? Why? Would you think you only need the one? Is the house line an obsolete technology?

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    We dropped the land line when my husband got laid off in 2009 and haven't missed it yet. No, wait. It would be handy when I'm at the grocery store and I want someone to check and see if we're out of something but all the kids have their cells turned off because they don't want to forget to turn them off for school and get in trouble. But it's not thirty-plus dollars a month worth of inconvenience.
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    No. I don't have one and don't miss it.
    You hem me in -- behind and before;
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    is this a strategy for mass seduction? you want my number?

    ps. to answer the question, i move house pretty frequently and i tend to adjust to whatever i find. but i like having one so that i can make cheap international calls (voipbuster). but if i lived in the same place for a long time, and in particular in my home country, i'd probably not have one.

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    I have one but getting ready to get rid of it. I kept one for years because I used to fax/receive stuff on a regular basis...can't do it with this damn service though.

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    I have one, and in fact still don't have a cell phone. (I had a blackberry briefly for work, but they were taken away last year to save money.) In an extended power outage, a landline can be a lifesaver, as it can be a problem keeping cell phones charged. As such, I consider it a valuable safety feature, and will keep one as long as I can reasonably afford it. Plus, I like the idea of a single phone in the house than anyone can feel free to answer. Otherwise, one is calling a string of cell numbers, hoping someone answers.
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    I do have a land line. I get lousy reception on my cell phone in my house. It's great at work and in the car, and ... anyplace but in my house.

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    I don't... It's been years since I have and even then it was barely used. Except yeah I guess to fax stuff.
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    I do have a landline and it is sacred, meaning that only the chosen few have the number and can call me at home. The cell is my business and everything else phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ene View Post
    I do have a landline and it is sacred, meaning that only the chosen few have the number and can call me at home. The cell is my business and everything else phone.
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