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Does anybody use a home phone anymore?


Sep 22, 2009, 12:12 AM

Sep 22, 2009, 12:24 AM
Personally I've been all wireless for almost 8yrs.

Sep 22, 2009, 2:12 AM
We have 2 landlines with AT&T, one for voice and one for a fax. In my line of work (Federal Government), landlines are a requirement, cell phones simply don't have the 99% uptime that landlines have. I can remember several times we've had cell phone problems in the past few years, but the landline has stayed up and true.

Sep 22, 2009, 10:44 AM
calif1mc said:
We have 2 landlines with AT&T, one for voice and one for a fax. In my line of work ...

The question asked if you had a home phone, I think a home-office is a little different.

Also, I bet this would require AT&T's unlimited home phone calling plan. Even if you have a land line for personal use in combination with a cell phone plan, you probably don't need unlimited land line calling. Maybe that's just me.

Besides, the only value here is text messaging, which is over-priced for consumers since they don't cost the carriers very much at all. They're throwing you a bone for helping them to keep a dwindling service profitable.

Sep 22, 2009, 10:05 AM
And, of course, everyone is exactly the same as you, right?

For your information, most home alarm systems require a landline, as do fax machines. Also, during an extended blackout a landline is the only thing that will keep going, provided you have a basic handset. Most cell towers have battery backup which will run out in a few hours.

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