With cell phones becoming so mainstream, and with (*knocking on wood*) telemarketers unable to call those cell phones to lecture us about identity theft and the latest magazine subscriptions, more and more people are opting to give up their home landlines entirely.
Dear Lovely and Wise Mir,
I am trying to save money any way I can. My husband and I each have a cell phone, which we use both for those “Hey, do we need milk?” calls and for our long distance. We still have a land line, which we use for local calls and just because it seems like we ought to have one. But do I really need it? I can, of course, use my cell for local calls. Is there any reason to keep my land line?
Dear Lovely and Wise Betsy,
Yes! Maybe! It depends.
I hope that clears things up for you.
I know lots of people who have chosen to go landline-free with no regrets. Here are the compelling reasons I can think of not to do so:
If you have kids. If you’re going to be leaving children home with a sitter, or, heck, even if you‘re going to be home with them and there’s even the remotest chance that you’ll need to call 911 and your cell could be MIA or dead because you forgot to charge it, you should have a landline.
If you get a large volume of calls. Cell to cell calls are generally free, in-network, which is (I assume) what you and the husband are doing. But if you have gabby friends who tend not to call during your free nights and weekends, it will probably prove more cost-effective to keep the landline than to increase the minutes on your cell plan.
If your cell reception isn’t always crystal-clear at home. I love my cell phone. I love it and pet in and call it George and stare deeply into its menus; but I live smack-dab between two cell towers. One mile down the road? Perfect. Here at home? Spotty. There are some calls I simply cannot afford to have dropped (and/or that I don’t feel like driving down the road to make).
If there is any reason why suddenly being without a phone at home could pose a serious problem. (Sample reasons: You work from a home office, one of you has a medical condition, etc.) Cell phones get lost, run over, and sometimes just up and die for no reason. If the possibility of driving down to your local cell provider to pick out a new model and wait for it to be programmed and activated isn’t a problem, then this isn’t an issue.
If none of these items strike a chord with you, you can probably do away with your landline without regrets. Call me!