Do You Still Use Your Land Line?

According to a recently released study, there are more than 5 billion cell phones in use around the world today, with 20% of those just coming into use in the last 18 months. More and more, people are either ditching their traditional land lines or relegating it to a secondary role, especially in large metropolitan areas.

A few months ago, when we polled readers on whether or not they still needed their physical White Pages phone book anymore, an overwhelming number of respondents voted “no.”

So, in the interest of pseudo-science, we now want to know just how frequently you use your land line compared to your mobile — or if you even have a land line at all anymore.

Over 5 billion mobile phone connections worldwide [BBC]


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  1. chefboyardee says:

    my wife and i got rid of our land line a while ago. i don’t even like talking on my cell phone 9 times out of 10, that’s what texting is for. calls completely take me out of what i’m doing, i can multitask while texting.

    • dangerp says:

      Texting is best for one way, non-urgent communication where confirmation of receipt is not important. For me, this means 2 out of 10 times. For any conversation that would take longer than ~3 minutes, you end up wasting time picking up the phone and typing, and a conversation that could have taken 5 minutes ends up taking an hour before the conversation is finished. On top of that, you can’t communicate as much information in 160 characters at a time as you can through a traditional conversation. And no, you can’t type as fast as you can talk.

      I understand that texting is incredibly useful, and has revolutionized the way we communicate, possibly for the better. But it annoys the hell out of me when people default to texting when a phone conversation is much better suited to the situation.

      • chefboyardee says:

        the thing is, it’s very rare that i have a phone conversation that needs more than 1 minute. usually, it’s “what are you doing later” or “what’s for dinner tonight?” or “want to come over” or “can you pick up milk on the way home”. all the people who have important things to tell me, i generally see in my day to day, or talk to over email or IM at work.

        for the record, i’m a 30 year old professional, so i’m not just some dumb kid texting because it’s the cool thing to do. my time is very valuable, and i’m not going to get tied up in a pointless conversation because i had a simple question (see: – specifically numbers 1, 4, 7, 8). i know you weren’t implying that about me, just clarifying my point a little more. i’d much rather take the extra 30 seconds to text someone who i know tends to ramble than potentially get tied up on a 10 minute phone call while i’m in the middle of making dinner. i like texting because i can dictate the pace of the conversation – if i’m in the middle of something, i don’t have to answer it *right this second*, but if you get distracted while talking on the phone, it can be very very annoying to the people on the other end of the line.

        basically, the phone is reserved for my parents and other family, or when i have a long-ish story to tell (or hear from) someone. everyone else i can text and get everything across in ~300 characters or so. also, i have a droid, so i can type 35+wpm on my phone with ease – not as fast as talking, but still fast enough for my purposes.

        • AK47 - Now with longer screen name! says:

          That link is awesome. I hate talking on the phone, and now I have a nifty little cartoon to explain why. :)

        • dangerp says:

          Those conversations mentioned in the first paragraph are the ones that I was referring to as being good for texting (with the exception of ‘what’s for dinner’ to my wife… that has a tendency to turn into an hour long debate).

          The people that I know that abuse texting are often 30 something professionals (yes, the teenies do it too, and more religiously, but I tend to forgive them quicker, as they just don’t know better). I wasn’t making any assumptions about your situation (and I apologize if it came across that way), I was just expressing my annoyance at people that abuse texting that *should* know better.

          Sounds like you have a high percentage of

          • chefboyardee says:

            haha, i know what you mean about the dinner question. those have turned into “eff it, i’ll just call” texts before, believe me.

            but yeah, i figured you weren’t talking about me specifically – sometimes i just like to type. :)

            i wonder if my lack of phone-worthy conversations says anything about me that i shouldn’t be sharing. i have a life, really…

            • pecan 3.14159265 says:

              I think it depends. Do you not like communicating or do you just not like certain mediums? I talk to some of my friends nearly daily, but it is always through e-mail. We have long, long conversations, but it’s all by e-mail.

  2. thezone says:

    I have a voip line. Where does that go?

    • kc2idf says:

      I do, too. I voted it as a land line because there is a physical wire connecting the phone to the terminal and the terminal to the router and the router to the modem and the modem to the ISP. The only difference between that and a conventional, analogue-delivery land line is that some portion of the infrastructure is under your control rather than the telco’s.

      • thezone says:

        Good point.

      • NotEd says:

        Agreed. I considered my Vonage account a landline for that reason as well.

        • Elginista says:

          Exactly. I have Vonage, which I use to talk to my mom (who refuses to call my cell and “eat up my minutes,” even though we have free mobile-to-mobile), and occasionally when I work from home and have to take a conference call. I plan on canceling Vonage and going 100% cell when my contract is up in Sept.

    • Jevia says:

      I consider it a landline, since I also have a cell phone that I carry around, while the VOIP stays at home. I use mine half and half. When at home, I mostly use VOIP because my cell phone doesn’t get good reception in the basement, where I’m at half the time.

  3. Alvis says:

    I’d LIKE to have a landline, but they’re just too damned expensive for how often I’d use it. Even with pay-per-call, you’re still out 20-something a month for fees et al.

    Also, with FiOS rolling out, it’s hard to get a proper landline in the first place – replacing all the copper POTS lines with fiber defeats the point of a landline’s reliability.

    • KyleOrton says:

      Chester Copperpot. CHESTER COPPERPOT!

    • wcnghj says:

      Voip? No Universial Service Fee.

    • kilpatds says:

      At least in Virginia, there’s a handy state regulatory agency that will help convince Verizon to keep your copper line active after you get Fios installed.

      I got Fios TV installed, told them carefully multiple times to leave the old copper alone. And then they disconnected it anyway. 2+ weeks of fighting them to get it fixed later, I sent an email to the relevant state agency.

      Called the next day by someone from the state agency. Called later that day by someone from Verizon, Copper service restored that evening. And now that I’ve taken basically every service off of it, less than $16/month.

    • Rachacha says:

      The only defference between a standard copper POTS line and FiOS (other than the physical connection method) is that with FiOS you need to have a battery backup unit to supply power to the transceiver and to generate a ring voltage. The 8+ hour talk time is more than enough to make it through a short/typical power outage, but a longer outage will eventually drain your battery. What I did, was to install my FiOS battery backup near my network equipment in the basement. My router and network switch are plugged into a UPS, and I plugged my FiOS battery backup into that same UPS. With a 1500VA UPS supplying my FiOS battery backup, I extend the runtime by several hours, which is more than enough time to break out my emergency backup generator.

  4. adamstew says:

    What’s a land line?

  5. deleted2 says:

    We’ve had the same number for over 20 years. Way too difficult to switch over now.
    And, it’s still more dependable than cellular service at our location.

    • Slave For Turtles says:

      OMG – you have AT&T cellular, too? (lol)

    • milkcake says:

      you can port landline number to cell. that’s what i did.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        Or to VOIP.

        • Anonymously says:

          Could you please provide information on porting my land land to a cheap, reliable , reputable VOIP company?

          My friend used to work in CC disputes and she said that they’d get a ton of disputes on Vonage, so I’m scared of them. I’ve done some basic searches but there seems to be no good company to switch to.

    • knoxblox says:

      I was cell phone only since the late nineties. It was extremely cheap since I paid-per-use and didn’t have to use it much. I’ve been unemployed without benefits and my Razr finally broke down, but I can’t afford a new one at the moment. Since I’m living at home now, mom’s land line has become my main mode.

      My god…I’ve become a cliche.

    • lim says:

      I can get cell coverage on the North side of the front porch through Sprint. The others I would have to go down the street for service. Verizon slightly more service on the route I drive to work, but not AT work, so I could only use it while driving (which is not going to happen.)

      Lots of not-quite-mountains in the way of not a lot of towers don’t-cha-know. I have to admit I haven’t looked into phones using satellite service, but in general it seems like the less pavement you have the fewer options you have.

      Land line it is. I tend to look on the bright side-I have never sat on/broke my wall-mounted phone, it doesn’t need to be charged, and I never loose it!

  6. digital0verdose says:

    I haven’t had a land line for nearly 10 years.

  7. Mighty914 says:

    Haven’t owned a land line in about 5 years.

    My parents still use theirs as their primary phone though for whatever that’s worth…maybe it’s a generational thing. Or it becomes tacky to use a cell once you own a real house in the suburbs. Probably the latter.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I think it’s really a generational thing – the 20somethings grew up with cell phones as a big part of their adult lives. We don’t have a landline, and never even thought about getting one. Why pay more for something you can’t even take with you? We also don’t have alarm clocks either. Our phones act as alarm clocks. Our parents, meanwhile, can’t sever their ties with the landlines and all of their friends and family still call them on the landline (except us – we call the cell first because we’re not mind readers and have no idea whether they’re home).

      Even when we move to a house, we won’t get a landline. I can see how maybe if we have a kid at some point, a landline would be a good idea, but we’ve grown up with a tight grip on our cell phones and I just can’t see us getting a landline.

      • Mighty914 says:

        That’s funny about the alarm clock…I’ve used one my whole life, and have never even considered using my phone. I guess I’m still a part of the old generation with that one :)

    • JonStewartMill says:

      I have a “real house in the suburbs” and I got rid of my landline about four years ago.

    • WagTheDog says:

      Yes it’s a generational thing. But when the cell company lost power last summer and my 30 somethings neighbors needed to call 911, they came over and use the old fogie’s land line. Which magically still worked. I had to laugh. The landline costs me $8 a month. I’m still laughing, especially at gamer-neighbor-boy when he had to dial my ultra cool rotary phone and needed tech support to figure that out!

      • brinks says:

        My phone company doesn’t have anything as cheap as $8 a month. If it did, I’d still have a landline…

        if only to call my cell phone when I lose it in the house somewhere.

        • WagTheDog says:

          I just called and said I wanted to cancel, and they lowered the price. Twice now, but I’m probably at rock bottom at this point. I do love that old rotary phone from Ma Bell…..

  8. dangerp says:

    Haven’t had (or missed) a landline for about 7 years. Never saw the need once I had a reliable cellphone with free long distance.

    • IMoriarty says:

      Ditto to above. Ditched ours about 7 years ago when I started state-hopping like mad. Being able to retain my cell number regardless of where I lived or worked is really handy. Confuses the heck out of the locals though.


  9. Santas Little Helper says:

    I find myself using my land line more and more. I used to be just a cell phone only guy, but with dropped calls, cell phones being really hot to hold after 20 min, and the unknown health risks I use my land line more than ever these days. Plus no minutes to worry about, all the long distance I can use, actual caller ID that shows the name of the person calling and above all…peace and quiet when I am out and about, I don’t give out my cell number nearly as much as I used to, I find my land line getting all the love lately.

    • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

      Long hold times are about the only time I miss my landline but I typically just wait and make those calls from my office landline. If I have to do it from home I just put it on speaker and toss it on the table while I watch TV.

    • Santas Little Helper says:

      Clarification, my “land” line is a voip line (Tmo)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I have actual caller ID on my cell phone, but the land line charges for it. I refuse to pay for something I get for free on a prepaid cell. So it’s not on my land line.

    • CoachTabe says:

      Cell phones are really hot to hold after 20 minutes? Since when?

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      Been thinking the same and I may get my old land line back too. For the convienence and dependability, I think $30.00 a month aint bad and as you said, peace and quiet from everyone calling me 24/7. I think cell phones have made us OCD. My magic jack is cool, but a pain when the power goes out. My prepaid cell phone is well, prepaid and cheap, but I think about the effects of carrying it around and as for my friends they usually e-mail me or message me in Facebook. My landline would also give me the ability to have a home security sys installed.

  10. NarcolepticGirl says:

    No. I never used it when I had it 10 years ago.

    My sister has a landline and a cellphone.
    This is because her mother-in-law and our aunt frequently babysit. They do not have cell phones.
    And her husband doesn’t liek using cellphones and always loses the ones she gets him.

  11. SkokieGuy says:

    I’m so glad you bring this up. Yes, I use a land line. I’m in a house with three floors and I don’t want to have to carry a cell phone with me from room to room and floor to floor.

    I have a ‘triple play’ VOIP / Internet / Cable, but the phone portion, after taxes and all is about $45 a month.

    No one can tell me an easy way that I could simply have my cellphone number ring through my home phone system and retain my current number. Consumerist tech geeks, any ideas that aren’t insanely cumbersome?

    I’d like to switch to MagicJack to reduce costs, but they still claim that porting your phone number is “coming soon” (last updated Dec. 2009).

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I believe Google Voice or Grand Central might be able to route cell phone calls to your landline. People who dial your cell just get routed to your home phone.

      • dangerp says:

        That is what I was going to suggest, but unfortunately, you can’t keep you number with Google voice. Have to get a brand spankin new GV number.

        • SkokieGuy says:

          Thank you to everyone who replied!

          I don’t want to lose my long-standing numbers, so MagicJack, Google Voice & Grand Central are think are out of the running.

          To those who suggested the bluetooth through my regular phones, any brand names? I’ve not heard of this this type of product before.

        • noshame says:

          That’s true. But I still kept my old landline number and am giving out my new google voice number as the occasion arises. Anyone can still call my old landline number and the people who dial the new number get automatically routed to my landline number or to my cell phone if that’s what I want. Another thing I like is that you can record a personal message for incoming calls from each person who wants to leave you a message. I have indiviual messages for each of my family members and a generic one for unknown callers.

      • RDOlivaw says:

        Google Voice will indeed route calls to land lines. In fact, I have my GV account set up to ring both my land line and cell phone simultaneously for certain callers.

    • KyleOrton says:

      There are expandable phones with bluetooth that will allow you to drop your cell phone near it when you get home and calls will ring to the other handsets.

    • bsh0544 says:

      There are phones that will couple with your cellphone via bluetooth (from the base station). Plug your phone in next to the base station, scatter a few expansion stations around the house, and all your cell calls will ring through as if they’re landline calls.

      • SkokieGuy says:

        Do I have to have a working land line (i.e. are they forwarding to my land line) or I can I 100% cancel my land (VOIP) service?

        • joshua70448 says:

          The bluetooth gateway I mentioned in my other reply to your comments (Cell2Tel) doesn’t require a landline. My wife and I don’t have a landline, we’ve just got both of our cell phones paired up with the gateway, and we’ve got a wireless phone with two extra bases connected to the gateway. Any time a cell phone rings, the home phones ring as well. I imagine this is probably the case with any other bluetooth gateway you find.

    • wcnghj says:


      Sounds like you are paying way too much. Call in and tell them satellite is cheaper, and you are thinking about switching. They’ll give you a better price.

    • Guppy06 says:

      I’m using Vonage for my landline (their minutes are cheaper than my pre-paid cell minutes). Through Vonage, I’ve set up “call forwarding” (a feature that most phone services seem to offer, VoIP or otherwise), so that when someone dials my landline, both my landline and my cell phone ring. Then I simply hand out only my home phone number.

    • nbs2 says:

      What do you mean “retain you current number”? I have seen some BT handsets that are designed to work with your cell phone. If I remember the ads right, you have the phone within range of the primary base station, and then if a call comes in over the cell, it will allow you to finish the connection via and of the handsets. If you have a land line, it will work with that as well.

      We don’t have one, but I’d probably look into it a little more if our current handsets ever fail.

    • Rachacha says:

      Some time ago, ATT had a charging dock for a Nokia phone that when you docked your cell phone, it would automatically forward any calls the cell phone received to my home phone. For me at the time it was perfect. The downside was that it used your cell phone minutes, but at the time I had way more minutes on the lowest plan than I knew what to do with.

      As others have suggested, get a cellular bluetooth gateway

    • noshame says:

      Get google voice. You can have any phone you have ring to any other phone you want. Also, you can block calls from telemarketers, record conversations, add notes to any phone conversation. It’s just so convenient to have your home number ring to your cell phone when you’re out and about or have your cell phone ring to your home number. Or…….you can have it ring to all your phones at the same time. I love it.

  12. Hooray4Zoidberg says:

    I moved out of my parents house shortly after getting my first cell phone about 10 years ago. I never bothered getting a land line and I’ve never missed it.

  13. captadam says:

    I haven’t had a landline for seven years. But I did have a Vonage phone that I plugged into the house’s phone system. I thought it was neat to have, but I never used it, so I’m now cell-phone-only.

  14. Bohemian says:

    Have not had a landline for years. We briefly had one again because the cable company gave it to you for free for a year. We were bombarded with telemarketing calls and bill collectors looking for the woman who previously had that number. We also still had to pay the taxes on the stupid thing every month. So I canceled it after 2 months. The cable company couldn’t fathom why I would cancel a free service. Nobody used it and it was just a conduit for unwanted people to pester us.

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      I noticed that too…people constantly called my on the Do Not Call registry, unlisted land line number when I had one. I hardly had 5 minutes of peace on an average evening. I got fed up, threw out the phone, called AT&T, and cancelled. Ahhh, peace and quiet!

  15. jehurey says:

    Verizon Fios likes bundling up Landline phone with their internet and tv. Plus I need a landline phone because of my mother.

  16. tbax929 says:

    I just got a land line after five years of not having one. I only got it because it made my cable/internet price lower. I couldn’t even tell you the phone number to it. I have used it once or twice, when my cell battery was low, but I don’t give out the number for people to call me on it.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Everytime we call the cable/internet provider, they bombard us with offers because they look at our account and we’re paying about $10 more than if we had just gotten the landline with the package. Everytime we’re tempted, I just stop myself because it ultimately comes down to the fact that I really hate paying for something I am never going to use, even if it saves me money from month to month.

  17. CompyPaq says:

    The main time I use a landline is when I have to call customer service for my cell phone.

    • cleo159 says:

      Likewise, the main function of my landline is to locate my cell phone.

      Although, I like the sense of security I have knowing I have a back-up.

  18. UnicornMaster says:

    Can we just go ahead and do away with old copper?

  19. Vanilla5 says:

    I haven’t had a landline in 2+ years. Never used the thing.

  20. blueneon says:

    we have a landline and all have cellphones, so thinking about it now, I have no idea why we still have a landline

  21. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    About 6 years ago, we ditched our land line. But last year we got one again. It’s for my mother-in-law who babysits our son every day. She didn’t have a cell phone at the time, so I got a land line with very basic service and pay-as-you-go long distance from my cable provider (Cox).
    By getting the land line, we got a bundle discount and a new tier of digital channels. My monthly cable bill wound up being the same as before the phone service, only I now have a land line and more digital channels.

  22. tbax929 says:

    My girlfriend has health issues, and her monitoring system is hooked up to her land line. In essence, if she hits her “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up button”, it calls emergency services via her landline. I think the handicapped and elderly would be less inclined to give up their land lines.

    As I said above, I only have one because it made my cable/internet package cheaper.

    • kalaratri says:

      My parents have one for my grandfather’s monitoring service and also for the diagnostics calls for my dad’s pacemaker. I think that might even require a phone with an actual cord.

  23. blueneon says:

    oh, and I love the 867-5309 tag .. tommy tutone rocked it !

  24. wcnghj says:

    Unlimited local calls for $30.30/month tax included with caller ID and call waiting. An always on connection, and very good voice quality.

    Can’t get that from a cell phone.

  25. TonyK says:

    No need for a phone book, but when I’m at home I’ll grab the land line over the cell phone.

  26. RDOlivaw says:

    I have a land line (with Cox). I keep it mainly because of the burglar and fire alarm in our house.

    While I’m a smart phone addict, I also collect and use old rotary phones from the 40s & 50s. I have a working Western Electric 302 (the one in the photo above) that I use everyday. It rings and dials perfectly.

    To keep my land line from ringing due to various annoying calls, I use Cox’s “selective call acceptance” feature. It’s a white list service where only numbers I place in the list are allowed to ring my land line.

  27. Scuba Steve says:

    Since I have to call into my meetings, I use my land line because it offers unlimited call time and doesn’t drop calls nearly as much as my Iphone (My girlfriend calls it the NOTAPHONE, since it sucks so much for phone related activities)

  28. Donathius says:

    I’ve never owned a land line. I got a cell phone my second year of college back in 2003, and that was it. I’ve been all cell since then. My wife had a cell already when we got married, and we’ve just stayed that way. No reason for a land line yet.

    However if we decide in the future that we do need a home phone we may get a Vonage line.

  29. Thyme for an edit button says:

    The cost of my land line (local calling only) has crept up by an additional $20/month over the past two years. Because off this, I have recently cut it back to the most reduced land line service possible and increased my cell phone minutes. I will be ditching the land line next month.

  30. ReverendBrown says:

    I don’t need two phones.

  31. lohertz says:

    OOMA VoIP, Its free, paid for the hardware, Cell phone mainly, but is a VoIP considered a land line? With Google Voice, I only have one number anyway

  32. TardCore says:

    Dropped it several years ago, haven’t ever needed it one time.

  33. silver-spork says:

    We haven’t had a land line since 2003 and have not missed it at all.

  34. dulcinea47 says:

    Haven’t had a land line since 2002.

  35. duncanblackthorne says:

    I haven’t paid for wired phone service for about 4 years now, and see no reason to have it so long as I live somewhere that gets good cellular reception. Mind you, I hate AT&T with a passion (I was originally a Cingular customer) and the only reason I don’t quit them and go elsewhere is pure laziness (that and rollover minutes), but there is nothing that a landline can give me that I can’t get with a cellphone.

  36. coren says:

    Still use the landline – it’s got free long distance 24/7 and no minutes that I can use up.

  37. pb5000 says:

    We have our land line because we get it for a reasonable cost (only $20 a month). If the price goes up, it will disappear.

  38. Alexk says:

    I keep my landline because I’ve had it for 58 years. The cellphone is useful, but not as reliable. Even with a signal booster, we have dead spots in the house.

  39. jaya9581 says:

    I have a land line since we get literally NO cell reception where we live, and T-Mobile has been most unresponsive to the issue. Luckily my husband works for Comcast, so we only pay about $15/month for it.

    Before that though, we were landline-free for 7 or 8 years,and we would still be that way if it weren’t for this issue.

  40. RunawayJim says:

    I have a landline. I don’t get cell reception in my basement, which is where we spend most of our time. We’re considering moving out of state. We’ll likely not get a landline unless cell reception sucks at the new place.

  41. jessjj347 says:

    Polls such as “what’s your favorite product” and “do you still use this product” make me suspect that Consumerist is selling this data somewhere. Maybe I’m just paranoid…

  42. smbizowner says:

    yes I have a land line.

    Because I live in the boonies and the cell coverage suxs (every provider available) We jokingly call our area the black hole for cell phones. We also need it for DSL – it’s the only option for hi speed internet (ya I know, but higher than dial up) cable etc not an option – no service available

    and amusingly we only live 15 miles from the 2nd largest city in Michigan.

    Oh and being a small biz owner – we still have landlines and the costs increase every year as more and more people drop LLs.

  43. Suburban Idiot says:

    Since my house is almost completely full of “dead zones” for my new cellphone, I use the land line a lot more than I had been.

  44. lawnmowerdeth says:

    Took until last year to cancel it, and move to Vonage. It got up to $35 a month for a line mostly used to ignore telemarketers.

    Stupid DirecTV still requires a land line for the old TiVo based DVRs. It nags every day that it hasn’t made a call.

  45. tchann says:

    We ditched our landline entirely after it was sold to another company, including a $52 increase. We just don’t need that extra bill.

  46. silver-spork says:

    We haven’t had a land line since 2003 and haven’t missed it at all.

  47. mopar_man says:

    We haven’t had a land line in almost 2 years. Having two cellphones is just barely more expensive than one land line for us.

  48. JulesNoctambule says:

    We do still have and use a land line; it’s very handy in that it allows us to have a functional home security system.

  49. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I still have a land line because 1) cell phones don’t have reliable E911 yet, 2) for DSL, and 3) in case of bad weather (tornadoes, lightning, ice storms) the power goes out but the phone usually doesn’t. This weekend, though, I loaded all my frequently-called numbers that aren’t local into Skype and will be calling people through the computer. For $2.99 a month I can call anywhere in the US or Canada. I called them to tell them it might look funny on their caller ID since most of them aren’t on Skype. It comes across as either my user name or a bunch of zeros.

    I’m sick of the high bills. At least this will save me some money and if it doesn’t, I’ll have to see about getting an internet alternative.

  50. MickeyG says:

    I used to work at a big box electronics store and got an awesome deal on DSL internet… I would cancel my landline – but am afraid that if I do it’ll set in motion the fact that I haven’t worked for this certain big box store for over 4 years….
    It is WAY cheaper for me to pay for both the landline and the DSL than it would be for just the DSL… WAY….
    I hate phones overall, and would love to have less opportunity to have people call me! My cell is mostly just for emergencies…

  51. BrianneG says:

    My boss got rid of hers for years till she had kids. If an emergency ever occurred, it would be easier for her 4 year old to call 911 on a landline than with her iphone.

  52. Elvisisdead says:

    Landline all the time. But, I work for Ma Bell, so landline and long distance is free for us non-union folks.

  53. Pigpen says:

    Well we bought a house recently.. I have VZW… I’m lucky to get one bar upstairs. We have a raised ranch style house so I spend a lot of time in the lower level. I get no service down there……
    So I had to get a land line.
    Borrowed a Sprint phone from a friend it gets one bar in the lower level haven’t tried ATT yet.
    It really sucks having to pay for both.

  54. AnonymousCoward says:

    We still have a landline, partly because we’ve had the same number for the past 15 years, and partly because we have DSL, and it doesn’t add much to the price to have a landline also. The only time we use the landline, though, is to give the number out to people we need to have a phone number for, but don’t really want to talk to (banks, credit cards, the blood bank, etc). If it happens to ring, we just let it go to the answering machine, and listen to the message when we feel the urge.

  55. baquwards says:

    Dumped land line 7 years ago and never looked back…

  56. legolex says:

    I use Ooma due to moving into a home where I get the shittiest cell service ever.

  57. Npakaderm says:

    Thanks for reminding me to cancel my land line! I got on a Comcast package deal with TV/Phone/internet. I needed the phone at the time to connect it to my apartment door to buzz people in. They would only allow a phone number in the same area code to be linked with the door and I wasn’t willing to change my cell phone number at that time. I’ve been using Google Voice for several months now and set that to a number in the same area code and linked it to my door but keep forgetting to cancel the land line!

    My mom calls me on it every once in a while if my cell phone is dead…

  58. Darkrose says:

    Does SIP/VoIP count? We have that — I work for the Internet provider, she works for the SIP provider…so I suppose it all works out.

  59. MercuryPDX says:

    Ditched my land line a while ago, and I’m surviving fine on just my cell phone. :)

  60. menty666 says:

    My cell’s not up to the rigors of multiple conference calls in one day.

  61. Al Rognlie says:

    I haven’t had one for about 6 years. It doesn’t help that I’m in the Navy and move almost every 2 years, so it was easy to decide to just not get one a few years back. At least with my cell phone I have the same number no matter where I am.

  62. lenagainster says:

    We are members of the older generation who grew up with rotary dial black phones. In fact, in my childhood, we had to pick up the phone and tell the operator what number we wanted to call. About four months ago, we gave up our landline and a number that we had for over 44 years. The transition to our cellphones was painless. When the Luddites of our generation were puzzled about why we would do something so drastic, we would reply that when they call us, are they trying to call a house or a person. The only thing we miss not having a landline are those incessant telemarketers who are constantly interrupting our dinners and our naps.

  63. 24gotham says:

    Although I prefer the clarity and call quality of a land line, I am finally dumping my home phone next week when I move. It just no longer makes financial sense.

    On the plus side, I get to port my 212 area code to my cell phone.

  64. StutiCebriones says:

    I’ve also been considering dumping my cell phone, as Facebook’s mostly supplanted it for keeping in touch with, and making plans with, friends. In June I received no calls and made two, which on my smartphone plan works out to $45 per call. A prepaid phone makes much more sense.

  65. cluberti says:

    Well, AT&T isn’t the best for service in the area, but it works fine in most of the house. Considering both my wife and I had phones and we were paying for a VoIP “landline” we rarely ever used, we canceled the home phone service and switched to only cell phones. We considered bluetooth base stations, but the phones work fine everywhere in the house, and after considering whether or not you live with the “inconvenience” of keeping the cell phone with you wherever you go, we realized it is basically exactly the same “experience” with cordless phones in the house. We save ~$35 a month in phone service we don’t use, and we have unlimited data and phone already with our cell plan (and we use them), so it was sort of a no-brainer for us. We’re rarely ever actually home, so having a landline at this point in time just wasn’t worth it. It might be later when the kids are older, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

  66. whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

    It’s been years since I used my home landline for anything other than finding my cellphone. I have been carrying the number around since 1995, and didn’t want to get rid of it because it’s so long-standing. I even knew that was stupid — no one ever calls except politicians, charities, and scammers, so I never answer. If a legitimate call came through, I’d never know, so there’s no point in keeping the line open!

    I didn’t cancel it until I decided to move out of town. No, actually, I didn’t cancel it until I got a job offer in the new town. It’s finally gone, and if I really *really* lose my cell, I can hop on IM and get someone to call it.

    I should have cancelled the landline ages ago. Why was it so hard?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      If you happen to lose your cell phone somewhere in your home and no one is online to call it, Gmail’s gchat lets you send text message, so you can just ‘ping’ yourself until you find it.

  67. kamikasee says:

    We have a landline to go with our DSL service. At $55/mo for phone+DSL, it’s still cheaper than cable+internet since we don’t need cable). Our cordless phones are much more comfortable to talk on and we never have dropped calls or reception problems. With Google Voice for free long distance (and greater convenience than skype), our cell phone usage has dropped to about 350 minutes a month, we were able to get a cheaper cell plan. If anything, we’ll probably drop our monthly cell phone plan in favor of prepaid.

  68. Dallas_shopper says:

    I ditched my land line a few years ago, don’t miss it.

  69. MrsLopsided says:

    We use Time Warner Cable’s Digital Phone for the home & home-office. We also have a 5 year basic prepaid cell phone that just has phone and text message functions.

    More and more family communication is through text messaging, email, and Facebook – surprising even among the older aunt/uncle/grandparent generations.

  70. Coyote says:

    No landline at all here. Although I really hate to see telephone lines disappear completely. In the event of a great cataclysm they may be the only way left to communicate.

  71. veritybrown says:

    Still have a land line. It’s cheaper than outfitting each of our children with cell phones (especially cheaper than replacing lost cell phones, an inevitable result of giving them to my kids). When you add the fact that 911 is a much more useful service on a land line, that my husband’s cell phone tends to drop calls inside in the house (although mine, curiously, does not), and that we need the phone line operating for DSL anyway, I haven’t yet reached a point where getting rid of the land line is a good option.

  72. LatinoGeek says:

    Dropped my land line in 2006-ish. When I wasn’t receiving Telemarketing Solicitations on it, It went unused.

  73. Mike says:

    I keep my land line phone between my dual cassette deck and my dot matrix printer.

  74. Benjamin Stearns says:

    What landline? I use Vonage at home, but only as a secondary phone line. Every time I get a phonebook dropped off at my door, I take it to the recycle bin.

  75. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    The only people I know who still have a land line in their homes either got it as part of a cable bundle or live in areas without cell phone coverage. AT&T and Verizon may claim that cover most Americans, but they don’t cover most of Colorado.

  76. jaredutah says:

    Our ‘land line’ is a voip service that comes bundled for free with our fiber internet service so we use it.

  77. pinecone99 says:

    I use it whenever possible over a cell phone. Quality if far superior and I like holding the handset with my shoulder.

  78. Etoiles says:

    When we have kids I’d like to have a land line to be the “family phone,” so that they can learn to use it, have a phone number to give to teachers and classmates, and so on. Also so that my parents and in-laws can just call the house and get someone, rather than this awkward “deciding whose cell to call” and “handing the cell around” thing we do now.

    But other than that? I haven’t had a land-line since 2002.

  79. pinecone99 says:

    I use it whenever possible over a cell phone. Quality if far superior and I like holding the handset with my shoulder.

  80. Dave Farquhar says:

    I keep a landline. It makes sense to. Get rid of all the extras like call waiting, call forwarding, voice mail, and all that. All you need is a dialtone and an answering machine. I end up paying around $15 a month, and it lets me make all the local calls I want, it doesn’t cost anything when someone calls me, and corded phones are really handy. You don’t have to remember to charge them, and they still work during power outages. During emergencies, they’re the best thing ever.

    Some people end up spending three figures per month just on cell phone service. We have a basic, dumb cell phone with a moderate plan ($40/month), the landline, and a pay-as-you-go cell phone phone that we put $10 on every other month and use sparingly, so we end up spending about $60 per month on phone service.

    If we didn’t have the landline, we’d have to buy more minutes on one or both cell phones, which would quickly eat up that $15 we saved. Plus AT&T would raise the price of my DSL.

    Getting rid of the landline is hip and chic, but I’ve yet to see how it actually would save me money.

    • lenagainster says:

      “Getting rid of the landline is hip and chic, but I’ve yet to see how it actually would save me money.”
      That’s why I still have my horse. A bale of hay is a lot cheaper than a tankful of gas.
      “During emergencies, they’re the best thing ever.”
      Same with my horse. Will go through the deepest snow.
      “corded phones are really handy. You don’t have to remember to charge them”
      With my horse, I don’t have to change the oil or the filters. And I get free fertilizer for the garden.
      Dang nabbit, I ain’t never gonna git one of them darn automobiles.

      • Doubts42 says:

        No where near the same thing. But if it didn’t cost anything to house or feed a horse then i would absolutely keep a spare horse around the house for emergencies.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I don’t see the point of having two phones. The cell phone can go where you go. The landline can’t. What cell network do most of the people you talk to use? Mobile to mobile doesn’t eat up the minutes you buy, so that’s one way of cutting down the number of minutes you need.

    • john says:

      I agree. It isn’t a savings when compared to each other. Cell service costs far more than landlines. While it is true that I can’t take my landline with me, I can dial 911 and have the authorities show up at my door if I can’t speak. That isn’t possible with cell phones. With small kids in the house, I am too paranoid to let go of the landline. Seems to be a younger demographic with no kids that is landline free.

  81. DragonKid says:

    I still have a landline, even though I use my cell phone a lot more. I only use it when my cell is charging/dead, or when the power goes out and need to make a call. That last part is actually true. I have Verizon for my cell service and when the power goes out, the tower goes offline. The next closest tower is about 5 miles away.

  82. Wei says:

    I haven’t had one for 8 years

  83. kabamm says:

    Yes. Landline and corded phone for outgoing service during a power outage. Several times I’ve been grateful to have the connection. Otherwise I use the cell phone.

  84. A Bay Horse says:

    What’s a cellphone?

    (Life in the dead zone.)

  85. veronykah says:

    We have a land line for DSL and so people can call us from the building’s front door.
    The only times I’ve used it were to call my cell phone when I couldn’t find it.
    We have measured rate service and NEVER use it. Ever.

  86. Mr. zip says:

    As someone who lives where cell phone reception is but a rumor, it would be silly to ditch the land line. I prefer talking on a land line, I can just sit naturally and understand every word someone says, where as with a cell phone, I have to constantly move about trying to find the best signal and often miss what the other person says.

  87. Peer to Peer Nachos says:

    Does my VoIP line count as a land line?

  88. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    We still have our regular land line…but we also have a VOIP service that we use as much as possible, in addition to ample minutes on our cell phones.

    At some point, I expect that we’ll probably drop the traditional land line…just seems kind of odd to not have it.

  89. Wrayvin says:

    Because E911 does not work the same on cell phones or VoIP, my family and I will always have a landline.

  90. Lollerface says:

    Because I have small children I want to be able to call 911 and have my location passed to the dispatcher. Otherwise I hardly use it and will probably drop it when my kids are older.

  91. dpeters11 says:

    My phone company helped cut the cord. I ordered fiber for Internet, they removed the copper line coming from the street and the demarc point. Bye bye land line.

  92. Invader Zim says:

    The landline cable isnt even connected to my house anymore, clipping accident.

  93. milty456 says:

    I don’t particularly like concentrated EMF fields next to my brain.

  94. Sandtigrr says:

    If it was not for my alarm system I would have gotten rid of my house line a long time ago. Cell is more than enough.

  95. Brent says:

    My elderly, disabled mother lives with me, so I keep a land line (and a phone with big numbers). If not for her, however, I wouldn’t have a land line for the same reason I don’t drive a car. They’re destructive. The cables and poles are destructive, rather.

  96. ltsupervisor says:

    Gotta have a land line. One, it monitors our house alarm system. Two, hubby works at a nuclear power plant. You might remember that on 911 and during Katrina, cell service went out in those areas; we need to have phone service 24/7/365. That said, I do have a cell phone, but I primarily use my land line (it’s cheaper when I start with the hour-plus-long calls to widowed elderly relatives–several per month.)

  97. Doubts42 says:

    I have magic jack (VOIP). It is about $20.00 a year and without it I could never find my lost cellphone. Never had any problems with telemarketers on it. The quality is spotty. I do not know if that is because it is plugged into my old dinosaur of a desktop, or magic jack itself, but for what i pay and what i use it for it is a pretty good fit in our house.

  98. cosby says:

    I have a land line for my security system and I have a real fax machine that I have connected to it. If the cell option was cheaper for the security system I’d be using it.

  99. CFinWV says:

    Haven’t had a land line in approximately 8 years now.

  100. roguemarvel says:

    Don’t currently have one, but my husband and I have decided when we buy a house we will get one. I actually miss having a second number people can call to reach me in case my cellphone is misplaced or the battery died and it will be useful when we have children and we need to call the check on the babysitter and so they kids can use the phone before we give them a cellphone

  101. RyGuy1152 says:

    Only old people still have landlines. There is absolutely no reason to have one since all cellphones now have free long distance. Use Skype as a backup. I bet if you take this poll 10 years from now the people answering “What’s a land line” will increase to 90%.

    • wcnghj says:

      No reason to have one? I don’t want to be limited to 300 or 500 minutes a month, and paying $30+tax for 300 minutes is insane.

  102. golddog says:

    I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to drop my land line. But I’ve had cell phones on Verizon, Cingular, AT&T, and T-Mo and the call quality basically sucks at various areas around my home on the outskirts of a top 12 metro area. I don’t even bother trying to use it at home and just forward to the land line.

    I’m convinced that the Bells (or whatever they are now) pay the Mobiles to not add tower capacity. A call between my SO’s iphone and my N1 on T-Mo, a ten minute call driving around the city will drop at least 5 times. God forbid I need to call 911.

  103. Beeker26 says:

    I get the cheapest plan from Verizon, basic message rate service. Costs about $15 a month. I use Google Voice to make regional toll and long distance calls.

    2 things you can’t do with a cell phone and even many VOIP providers — call 911 or send/receive faxes. Since I need both those options I’m sticking with the land line.

  104. Wolfbird says:

    I no longer have mine (sort of, we have dry loop) and I don’t miss it.

    I have noticed that often the existing lines inside apartment buildings are poorly maintained and quite frankly just don’t work most of the time. Recently we changed from cable internet to DSL for price reasons and I kind of regret it. We’re still having problems with our dry loop DSL (it’s really temperamental) but there are so many other problems with this stupid new apartment we’re worrying about our spotty connection last.

    When I did have my landline I found it was way too expensive for the few times I used it. I now have a cell phone on prepaid cards and most of the time the $15 balance just expires before I use it all. Going back to the tecnical issue, I also like not having any with cell phones! If the damn thing breaks, you just get a new one or get a refund. No waiting around at home all day, missing work, just to have some incompetent Bell Canada technician come over (or not, depends on how he feels that day).

    I’m one of those kids what uses that newfangled invention called “the internet” where (for free sometimes!) I can check my emails pretty much anywhere in the world. It’s like having voicemail, except without all the bullshit.

  105. MatheusDebull says:

    I haven’t had a land line for about 8 years now and I will probably never get one again.

    The ONLY thing they really have going for them anymore is local 911, and that won’t be an issue in the future I’m sure.

  106. patricia says:

    I still use mine, but I have T-mobile at home, so it only costs $10 a month for unlimited minutes, voicemail, call waiting etc. So far it has been too much of a bargain to pass up. Wait, I’m guessing that’s a voip line, either way, it is great.

  107. microe says:

    I have a VoIP phone still. How does that work into the mix? I do not have a dedicated land line. And I don’t know why people still have one.

  108. tenioman says:

    I got horrible service in my new house with ATT…this makes using the landline necessary.

  109. farlo666 says:

    i have a landline through cox, bundles in with the rest of my services, i have a cell phone as well, but i prefer to be annoyed at home rather than when im somewhere else.

  110. Clyde Barrow says:

    My grandma had a phone like this one except it hung on her kitchen wall. I swear that the head-set receiver weighed ten pounds.

  111. rdclark says:

    VOIP + Tracfone. I try not to talk to anyone if I can avoid it.

  112. Amalas says:

    I use my landline number when I need to put something in a field online or something. Or when I want people to be able to reach me, without being bothered RIGHT NOW on my cell phone. For example, when the doctor’s office calls to say “We are calling to confirm that has an appointment at .” They can leave a message at home, and if I need to, I will call them back at my convenience.

  113. Sound Money Girl says:

    I use my land line for dialing into meetings from home, and I keep it for emergencies. I live in earthquake country, and experience has taught me that when a big quake hits cell towers go down, power goes out for days (which renders VOIP useless), but a good old-fashioned landline with a corded phone never fails me. I keep a $10 princess phone in my earthquake kit just for this reason.

  114. vastrightwing says:

    I dropped mine 8 years ago. Never plan to add a land line Voip or otherwise ever.

  115. Trilby says:

    I guess I am the only person who does not have a premium experience talking on cell phones? I like how you can hear yourself talk, or whatever it is that make landlines a superior talking experience. I mostly use my cell phone for texting. I know, I’m weird.

  116. JackieEggs says:

    Had my landline number ported over to my cell phone a few years ago. I don’t miss it. If my cell phone goes wonky on me, I can use Yahoo’s Phone Feature to call ATTM…If the power in the house goes out, I always have a car charger for my cell..I’m difficult to keep quiet ;-X

  117. n0th1ng says:

    I just transferred my old land line that my parents had since the 1960’s onto a VOIP provider. I also transferred my dads old cell phone to the same provider. Now I pay $2 per line per month, plus $0.015 a minute for whatever calls come in. So now I just have my cellular and a naked DSL line at our place.

    • n0th1ng says:

      I was paying $30 per month for a POTS service….without making any calls!! $360 a year and I would never even use it.

  118. COBBCITY says:

    I ONLY have a land line at home because both Comcast and AT&T Uverse have made their “three service” packages about the same price per month as if I only took TV and internet. I wanted to drop the home line twice and it saved me almost nothing, so it’s still there.

  119. Jimmy37 says:

    I’m a cheap bastard, so I kept my land line for emergencies and pay per call. I also use Skype for phone calls.

  120. outsdr says:

    I prefer the call quality on a land line. I have a pre-paid cellphone that I use for travel, and that’s all.

  121. watchwhathappens says:

    Haven’t had a land line in years. Seems like an incredible waste of money. I do a cell/Skype combo.

  122. Weekilter says:

    I haven’t had a “land line” since May of 2002. When I’m home I use an Xlink BT bluetooth cellular gateway so I can use all my regular phones when I’m home. It was only $80 through

  123. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Since cell coverage is spotty, and that’s being generous, and I really don’t want to have to drag a five gallon bucket up to the neighbor’s field to sit on, in a snowstorm, while I make a call, yes, I still have a land line, albeit Comcast Digital Voice. But if I could just use the cell phone, I’d ditch the land line in a minute.

  124. ossuary says:

    A side effect of no single point of telephone contact for a home (ie land line) is that there are no more of picking up a phone when a relative/friend/etc calls and it is really for your spouse/child but you spend a few seconds talking and interacting with them while the spouse/child is coming to the phone.

    Not saying that is good or bad, but it is a definite difference vs someone calling a number (ie cell phone) that they know only one person in particular is likely to answer.

    I bet social scientists will look back at this past decade as a turning point for that type of communication.

    • lim says:

      Dad answered the phone and it was my sister’s date (over a decade ago).

      “Oh, hey Shawn. Calling to finalize plans? I’ll get her for you. Oh, by the way, if you don’t have my little girl home by 10:30 I’m cuttin’ off your balls and feeding ’em to the dog. OK?” yells upstairs “Sweetheart, telephone!”

      How are modern fathers supposed to impress upon their daughters’ dates that their princesses should be treated with respect if the daughters have their own lines?

  125. lillym says:

    I haven’t had a land line in several years. I actually didn’t get a cell phone until about the same time. I had a really basic phone plan, no voice mail, and it was a real pain. Also even though I’d had the land line phone number for nearly 6 years I constantly got calls fro the people who formerly had the phone number. Including reminder appointments for doctors visits with messages that if you didn’t call and confirm the appointment would be canceled. And telemarketer calls for them. It wasn’t uncommon for me to get a sales call and then about an hour later get the same sales pitch for the previous people.

    I split a family plan with a family member so it works out to be about what I was paying for my phone service. I was moving and I was going to be charged fees for transferring my phone service so I just canceled and there’s never been an issue.

  126. bleigh says:

    We bought the OOMA device a few years back. The quality is awesome and for about 200 bucks we saved $400 in the first year and about $600 from now on… awesome.

  127. PixDawg says:

    Security folks. Landlines have much better built in built in security (assuming you are not using a cordless) and MUCH better legal protections. I would not discuss anything financial involving account numbers and such on a cell, that is for sure.

    It amuses me that folks say landlines are expensive when people are commonly spending as much as $3500 for a two year smartphone contract! The combination of my land line and prepaid cell costs less than half of that…

    For smartphone functions, my iPad, iPod Touch, and free hotspots work fine (better, actually) and have a zero monthly cost.

  128. aaron8301 says:

    Ditched POTS in early 2004. Tried VOIP a time or two, but each time realized I didn’t have a need for it.

    I plan to use VOIP again when the kids get a little older but not old enough for cell phones.

  129. Seattle-Guy says:

    I haven’t had a land line since 2002. I’ve had both Vonage and most recently Magic Jack, but I think that Google Voice will eventually cause me to lose the Magicjack.

  130. Pasketti says:

    I have a landline.

    I don’t have a cellphone. Maybe one day I’ll get one, but right now, I can’t really justify it.

  131. Mr Fife says:

    The batteries have never run out on my land line, nor have I had to wonder about how many bars I have.

  132. Thorzdad says:

    Still have a landline here. And I don’t see getting rid of it any time soon.

    If either AT&T (my wife’s work phone) or Verizon (the rest of the family) had more reliable coverage here, I’d ditch my landline in a heartbeat. But, we never have dropped calls or quality issues with the landline. We have both problems with the cell service in our home. We’re one of those “have to stand out in the yard to maintain a connection” homes.

  133. Kris with a K says:

    The roommate refuses to get a landline. We have cable and internet (in his name) and pay for them ala carte. If we had triple play, we’d only be paying $20.00 more for the landline.

    I get tired of putting people off until after 9:00 when my “free” minutes kick in.

  134. GeekChicCanuck says:

    I only have a land line. It’s way cheaper than any cell plan and cell coverage sucks where I live.

    I’ve never owned a cell – and won’t in the foreseeable future unless work pays.

  135. BradenR says:

    my land line uses which is a lot less expensive for routine calls then my cell phone. (3 cents vs. 35)

  136. EyeintheLAsky says:

    Ditched our landline back in ’04…and haven’t looked back.

    Next: ditching our cable (Cox cable sure lives up to their name – they suck ! )

  137. oldwiz65 says:

    We still have landline, part of FIOS package deal. Cell service from both at&T and Verizon is crappy in our town in West Suburban Boston, only 4 miles from 128. Also with land line the e-911 service works. Our AT&T cell phone will not give any bars in the house and the Verizon cell drops 80% of the calls. Several areas in town do not even show any bars, so both cell phones are useless.