I’m in a conundrum that many share: I have a cellphone and an AT&T landline (at home), as well as a work phone. I never get calls on my landline and I use it only when I’m calling my cellphone because I’ve misplaced it in my flat and need to find it by making it ring. But I can do that on Skype, too, for you can use Skype as a telephone, buying ten bucks’ worth of calls, which will last for months (overseas calls by phone using Skype can be as low as 2¢ per minute, and of course video calls are free).
So why do I keep a landline. Laziness, I suppose, but also I have the fantasy that one day I won’t have my cellphone and need to call 911, which you can’t do on Skype. In that case I’d use the regular phone. But I always have my cellphone, so that is an improbable event.
I pay about $45/month to keep the damn landline (I also have AT&T wireless), but while I use the wireless, I never use the landline. Give me one reason why I should keep it!
It’s strange, as I usually have no trouble getting rid of stuff I never use, but this is an exception.
I just found an article from 2020 (I knew I would) called “8 reasons you should consider keeping your landline“. It turns out that it’s somewhat of a geezer thing: 60% of adults over 45 have a landline, and I bet that many fewer under 30 would have one.
The reasons given:
1.) “It’s a connection to your past.” I don’t give a hoot about that.
2.) “The sound quality is better.” It’s fine on my cellphone.
3.) “It costs almost nothing.” Not for me, as I don’t have a phone bundled with cable.
4.) “You need it for medical devices or security systems.” I don’t use these things, and anyway I suspect these will now be compatible with cellphones.
5.) “You send and receive faxes”. Nope. I would get them at work, but who faxes any more? People can send documents as pdf files.
6.) “You need your phone to work when you lose power” Both cellphones and Skype on my computer work fine, and I keep both devices charged.
7.) “You really just don’t see the need for a smartphone.” Seriously? Smartphones have greatly improved my life and my ability to get work done. Yes, I know we lived without them, but we used to live (or die) without antibiotics.
8.) “You want 911 access tied to your location.” I think that my iPhone 13 is as well, but you can always tell 911 where you are.
None of these reasons are convincing for me. Maybe I’ll ditch the landline.
You? Do you have one? If so, why?