Should I cut the cord?
February 28, 2011 9:10 AM Subscribe
Talk me in to (or out of) ditching my landline...
posted by JoanArkham to technology (52 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. Arkham and I just got shiny new iPhones and the additional monthly cost is about the same as what we pay for the landline. I'm thinking of getting rid of it but hesitating because of:
1. Emergencies. During 9-11 you couldn't get a cell call through here in DC. Are the cell phone systems more reliable (or at least redundant) these days?
2. DirecTV. Although the guy who installed ours said he personally didn't have a landline at home we sometimes get "you need to make a call soon" messages. We never buy pay-per-view, but I can't find a straight answer about if we really need it or not. (Internet is via cable modem.)
3. Tradition? It seems weird for us to not have a "household" phone. What if someone wants to get in touch with both of us?
4. My own flakiness. What if I lose the phone? What if I forget to charge it and something important happens?
Please hope me! Am I needlessly stuck in the 20th century?