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Cutting the cord

As of this morning we no longer have a landline in our house. The phone number I've had since shortly after college is now available for adoption by someone else.

Been 30 some odd years since I got the number. I'd had a different number for a little time before that. On a party line no less LOL! But when my last summer job after graduating was over and I moved back to Moscow for full time work, I got the number I have had ever since.

Feels weird, esp when we pack up all the phones we have around the house and either sell them (the newest set we bought a couple months ago) or give to the Hope Center (the other set we've had a while). But when we really couldn't remember when we made any important outgoing calls on the land line we realized it was time to let it go.

We usually have our cells within reach. I am a total information junkie and having a little computer that links me to the world is just so nice. The hubby is the same way and we both have a ton of books loaded on our cells so we always have something to read wherever we go.

Now I just have to remember who all I need to make sure knows. Nice thing tho, is the amount of telemarketing calls should drop to next to nothing and it is a lot easier to block calls on the cells LOL!

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CoralLevang wrote on February 8, 2016, 8:06 PM

Because I live out away from a cell tower that seems to have great power, half the time my cell phone does not work. I'm still old school enough that I have to have that cell phone or Home Phone I should say I feel like having the backup especially if there's a medical emergency is nice 2 have

JeanC wrote on February 8, 2016, 8:40 PM

If we still lived out at our old place we would keep the landline. We'd considered dropping it while out there a few times, but cell service was iffy at times. But now in town we have pretty good coverage. Not too mention a lot more neighbors. My mom has considered dropping hers, but we've told her that would not be a good idea for her. As good a coverage she has with her cell up in Spokane, even tho she lives in a retirement condo, I feel a lot better if she keeps it. Esp since she doesn't always remember to keep her cell charged. The hubby and I have chargers everywhere and I carry a battery pack in my purse.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 8, 2016, 10:39 PM

A man I once knew used a landline system that was on a party line. Sometimes I feel sorry for those telemarketers because I realize the end is near for landline phones.

MegL wrote on February 9, 2016, 2:29 AM

I have to have a landline to get my internet.

VinceSummers wrote on February 9, 2016, 6:30 PM

The thing is this: a landline can get "signal" anywhere. A cell phone cannot. I'd much rather ditch a cell than a landline.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 9, 2016, 11:18 PM

We let ours go a long time ago. I have not missed it any.