Land Lines - Stay or Go? (also, an aside) 30 replies

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#1 11 years ago

This is a two part question. First, the simple question. Who here still has a land line, and who has dumped it for their cellphone?

The second question is a bit tougher to answer. I've seen a number of people call the land line obsolete. Do you think this is the case? Why?I argued the point with one friend that land lines are the only thing that work and work reliably in a power-outage, so I would say they definitely can't be phased out yet. So long as power outages exist I just can't see using only a cellphone.

Also, the aside is this. Has anyone replaced phone calls with something like Skype?




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#2 11 years ago

I doubt land lines will ever go obsolete until we have no power outages and no dead spots.


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#3 11 years ago

The only reason why my household has kept landlines is for international calls. Past that it's become redundant.

In many developing countries, some are forgoing the construction of phone lines in favor of cell phone towers. It's risky with power outages but I suppose they don't want to buck the high cost of the infrastructure.

As for skype, I've only used it for my relatives overseas, but we still use the regular landline since we're used to that...




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#4 11 years ago

I have no land line - and as a matter of fact, in Norway it is becoming increasingly popular to only have a mobile. At first I found it a little disconcerting - in the UK I always had a land line, even if it was only for my internet connection - but I really don't mind it now - most internet connections in Norway (at least the people I know) are cable type... comes as a package with the cable TV.

So - yeah, I do believe land lines are obsolete. However, fiber-optics are not... And they are really just a fancy type of land line, when you really think about it...




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#5 11 years ago

LAAAAAAAAAAAND LINE MOTHER FUCKER YEEEEEEEAH.

I HAVE NO CELL PHONE, I DON'T NEED ONE, I'VE GOT MY LAND LINE! SHIT SHOOTS LIGHTNING GETS ME BITCHES, FUCK.

WHY DROP a LAND LINE WHEN IT GETS YOU BITCHES AND SHOOTS LIGHTNING?




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#6 11 years ago
Afterburner;5205729This is a two part question. First, the simple question. Who here still has a land line, and who has dumped it for their cellphone?[/QUOTE] I still have it, but I rarely use it. I use my cellphone even less. Given the fact I don't talk much in general, it's perfectly natural for me not to use the phone much.
Afterburner;5205729The second question is a bit tougher to answer. I've seen a number of people call the land line obsolete. Do you think this is the case? Why?I argued the point with one friend that land lines are the only thing that work and work reliably in a power-outage, so I would say they definitely can't be phased out yet. So long as power outages exist I just can't see using only a cellphone.
Personally, I don't care. Phones in general don't mean much to me. But, I guess having a land line as a backup can be useful. [QUOTE=Afterburner;5205729]Also, the aside is this. Has anyone replaced phone calls with something like Skype?

I didn't and I have no intention of doing so in a foreseeable future.




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#7 11 years ago

I use Skype to call other Skype accounts while deployed, but both people have to have their computers and Skype on at the same time in order for it to work.




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#8 11 years ago

I use skype as well as a cellphone for my calls. As I don't do a lot of calls that works well enough for me.




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#9 11 years ago

My grandparents still have landlines. I can't remember when I would last have had a power outage, and have never had a land line myself, unless Ethernet through which I connect to the Internet counts as a land line, but the thing has far more disruptions than the power grid, I get disconnected at least once a year, often several times. I use Skype as much as possible because it is more comfortable, but obviously only when I'm sitting at my computer at home and calling someone who is also sitting at their computer, I have gotten so used to having a mobile phone that I don't want to wait until I'm home before calling someone.




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#10 11 years ago

I don't use the phone a whole lot. Neither the landline (or "fixed line", in Dutch we use the term "vaste lijn/telefoon" which translates to "fixed line/phone") or my mobile phone. I probably use the landline more. Calling from fixed pone to fixed phone, or from mobile to mobile is often more cheap then calling from one to the other (cooperate bastards =p ). Since most of my calls are to fixed phones, that's one reason to use a fixed phone. That and the phone, TV and internet are all bundled in one single package. All national calls are "free", so it would be a bit silly to use my mobile phone (pre-paid) ....

I also like the thought of having a backup, though the current setup of 3in1 is a digital one. All 3 media go through a router and as you may guess... that thing requires electricty to operate. So no electricity means no TV, computer (internet) or telephone.

Speaking of blackouts, that's one reason I'd prefer to use gas heating over electric heating (for warmign the house, cooking anf such). If there is a blackout, atleast you won't freeze, neither will you miss your dinner. If there is no gas (never ever happend...) you could still have dinner (microwave, grill), and use a small, portable heater device if need be. That and cooking on gas is much more comfortable/easy as you have a better control over the heating.

Edit: Never used Skype or such. I used the fixed phone for most calls, my mobile a bit (but I sent more SMS text message with it I suppose). I don't need to make any international calls. For communication between home and somebody abroad we use email and SMS.