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April 18, 2009 6:35 AM Subscribe
Why do we need a landline?
posted by mds35 to Technology (43 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The year is 2009. I know this question has been asked before but as the years go by and networks change, the answers do as well.
We pay $45/month for digital voice that we almost never use (maybe 8-10 minutes per month). I'd like to eliminate the expense but the wife says no, keep it.
But do we really need a landline in this day and age? It's not even a true landline phone since it's digital and comes through the cable modem.
Here's our set-up:
We have 3G iPhones through AT&T.
At home we have Verizon cable internet and digital cable along with digital voice. These all come through the same "pipe." So it seems to me that if we needed a landline and the internet was down, our landline would be too.
Also, we have a Skype account that we could fund for emergency phone calls.
So do we need this antique?
This is in Boston. FIOS and U-Verse are not yet available on my street, FWIW.