Do you have a landline?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by dgpiaffeteach, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. dgpiaffeteach

    dgpiaffeteach Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    147

    Jun 13, 2014

    The other thread made me curious how many still have a landline.

    I don't, and I don't have any plans on getting one. My parents still have one but they never use it for outgoing calls.
     
  2.  
  3. LouiseB

    LouiseB Cohort

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    78

    Jun 13, 2014

    I still have one but only because we have terrible cell service where I live. Cell service is just not consistent for me to give up my landline.
     
  4. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    2,517

    Jun 13, 2014

    Nope. haven't had one for years.
     
  5. Em_Catz

    Em_Catz Devotee

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,150
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 13, 2014

    We didn't for the first year living together, but then we'd have situations where maybe both our phones died, or his phone was in thec ar and mine was on silent, so people couldn't get in touch with us. It also helps me when i can't fjnd my phone to be able to use the landline for a quick call or to locate my phone. We are in our late 20s.

    My gf plans to have a landline because when her son is old enough to get phone calls from friends but not old enohgb for his own phone, she said the friends can call the landline. Plus it allows her to monitor his calls.

    Funny thing is the only phone numbers I have memorized are numbers I knew BEFORE i got my first cell phone (so freshman year).
     
  6. Ms. I

    Ms. I Maven

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,863
    Likes Received:
    154

    Jun 13, 2014

    I've always had a landline & probably always will. Plus, I hate talking on my cell when I'm at home due to the bad reception, which is why I don't do it.
     
  7. chemteach55

    chemteach55 Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,710
    Likes Received:
    13

    Jun 13, 2014

    We have one but only because DH's job requires and pays for it.
     
  8. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,660
    Likes Received:
    1,584

    Jun 13, 2014

    We gave up our landline about 10 years ago. I have a love/hate relationship with my cell phone.
     
  9. DrivingPigeon

    DrivingPigeon Phenom

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Messages:
    4,212
    Likes Received:
    8

    Jun 13, 2014

    Nope!

    I heard that they may actually be doing away with them in Michigan, where my husband's family all lives.
     
  10. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    13,982
    Likes Received:
    1,796

    Jun 13, 2014

    We do, but it's used rarely. Of course, my cell phone isn't used much for phone calls either. I would happily give up our landline, but my husband won't.
     
  11. FarFromHome

    FarFromHome Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,857
    Likes Received:
    2

    Jun 13, 2014

    We didn't have one for years, but just got one because it was included in our cable and internet package. I don't ever answer it because we only get calls from telemarketers and wrong numbers. I don't even know what the number is without looking.
     
  12. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,279
    Likes Received:
    748

    Jun 13, 2014

    I cancelled mine a few years ago. I've thought about getting one at one of my homes but haven't done it yet.
     
  13. Jerseygirlteach

    Jerseygirlteach Groupie

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Messages:
    1,439
    Likes Received:
    2

    Jun 13, 2014

    We do. I use it much more than I use my cell.
     
  14. HistoryVA

    HistoryVA Devotee

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    38

    Jun 13, 2014

    No, I haven't had one in years.
     
  15. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4,482
    Likes Received:
    97

    Jun 13, 2014

    We have one because the subfinder service that called with subbing jobs only called land lines. Now that I have been hired and won't be subbing next year we are thinking about dropping it.
     
  16. Peachyness

    Peachyness Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2006
    Messages:
    6,181
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 13, 2014

    My parents have one. I moved out of my parents home for college back in, oh, 2003 I believe, and never had my own landline.

    Hubby and I are good about charging our phones and if I misplace my phone, I just head online and use the Find my Phone feature on icloud.com. :)
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,718
    Likes Received:
    1,141

    Jun 13, 2014

    I do, and it's hooked up to an answering machine - which, in my opinion, is far superior to caller ID in helping one figure out whether or not to pick up.
     
  18. Em_Catz

    Em_Catz Devotee

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,150
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 13, 2014

    It's funny you mentioned answering machines because a few nights ago our landline rang (99.999% it's telemarketers) and somehow the external answering machine option kicked in on our phone and it scared the CRAP out of me. I was in the backroom watching t.v. and one minute the phone's ringing, then suddenly i hear a muffled voice (the robotic "no one's home, please leave a message") then a man's loud voice is filling the apartment.

    DH was startled too because we're both so used having internal answering machine's that we forgot what an external one sounds like. We immediately put it back on internal after that.
     
  19. KinderCowgirl

    KinderCowgirl Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,858
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 13, 2014

    We had a bad hurricane several years ago-electricity was literally out for weeks so we couldn't charge cells except in our cars-but the landlines worked. I also like that they can trace a 911 call from it and can't from a cell. So I still have one. Rarely answer it because it's not a number I give out.
     
  20. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Maven

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    5,735
    Likes Received:
    1,221

    Jun 13, 2014

    I can't get reliable cell service at my house. I have a landline.
     
  21. txmomteacher2

    txmomteacher2 Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,009
    Likes Received:
    152

    Jun 13, 2014

    We have a landline for my husbands business, but it is forwarded to his cellphone. When we moved we wanted a phone number for ths locals to call. We don't use it for anything but this.
     
  22. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,621
    Likes Received:
    6

    Jun 13, 2014

    I haven't had a landline for years. I did have one for a while when I lived in North Dakota, but only because it was cheaper to have phone/internet/cable bundled than to have just internet and cable. I didn't have an actual phone hooked up to it though.
     
  23. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Jun 13, 2014

    I still have one because of the fax machine.
     
  24. Major

    Major Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Messages:
    1,620
    Likes Received:
    5

    Jun 13, 2014

    We have a landline ....... My wife and I both also have cells of course.... I seldom "answer" the phone...... normally use it as "outgoing" only ......... Phones in general are a pain in the butt.... ((Just one guy's opinion)...:p
     
  25. waterfall

    waterfall Maven

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    5,959
    Likes Received:
    830

    Jun 13, 2014

    I've never had one. It seems like a waste of money since everyone has cell phones, unless you live in a really rural area where they don't work as well I guess. My parents still have theirs and it's so silly because they both have cell phones with unlimited minutes that they literally use to make a 2 minute phone call maybe once a month. Cell reception in their area is fine, and they get 5-10 telemarketing calls daily on the land line (even though they're on the do not call list). But they will not get rid of the landline because that's what they've always used for calls and there is no reason to change :rolleyes:. They literally still have the kind attached to the wall with the cord too:lol:.
     
  26. bros

    bros Phenom

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    4,105
    Likes Received:
    68

    Jun 14, 2014

    Yeah, my mom's required to have one for work - they need to be able to reliably fax warrants to her so she can fill them out along with whatever paperwork they need filled out (commitments, releases, etc.)

    The town refuses to pay for the phone line, though.
     
  27. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    3,061
    Likes Received:
    538

    Jun 14, 2014

    I don't. I live by myself and don't want to pay for both services.
     
  28. 4815162342

    4815162342 Companion

    Joined:
    May 17, 2014
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    13

    Jun 14, 2014

    I never have. My parents did when I lived at home, but as soon as I moved out (like 14 years ago), i got a cell phone and have used that as my main phone ever since.
     
  29. kpa1b2

    kpa1b2 Aficionado

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2002
    Messages:
    3,274
    Likes Received:
    38

    Jun 14, 2014

    We haven't had one for years.
     
  30. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,392
    Likes Received:
    1,544

    Jun 14, 2014

    The closest I have to a landline is my school office phone, and that's through my Cisco router.
     
  31. scmom

    scmom Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,188
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 14, 2014

    We have had the same land line for over 37 years...
    -I only give my cell phone number to friends or family. I don't want a million calls during the day.
    -I really don't have a close relationship with my cell phone, like some people do.
    -It is the number old friends, etc. have.
    -The land line works better during emergencies.
    -Maybe I am just old fashioned, but I don't feel the need to be in touch 24/7.
     
  32. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jun 14, 2014

    We have one because it was cheaper to get a landline with our cable and internet package than to just get cable and internet alone. We use it very rarely, and I regret giving the number to my mother-in-law.
     
  33. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,718
    Likes Received:
    1,141

    Jun 14, 2014

    monsieurteacher, let me recommend getting and using an answering machine: one can monitor incoming calls and decide whether or not to pick up, and it tends to deter telemarketers.
     
  34. geoteacher

    geoteacher Devotee

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,008
    Likes Received:
    230

    Jun 14, 2014

    We have one, and we don't have any intention of giving it up. We have a fax machine that operates from that number, and we have an office that is operated from our home. The office number needs to be published.
     
  35. yellowdaisies

    yellowdaisies Fanatic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,653
    Likes Received:
    233

    Jun 14, 2014

    Nope. We each have a cellphone and we have cable internet. It's not necessary for us.
     
  36. bora

    bora Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 14, 2014

    I disconnected it for awhile, but changed my mind.
     
  37. otterpop

    otterpop Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,973
    Likes Received:
    1,571

    Jun 14, 2014

    I don't. The only people that I know who do are my grandparents.
     
  38. ku_alum

    ku_alum Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Messages:
    3,513
    Likes Received:
    15

    Jun 14, 2014

    We have one.
    It is bundled with our Internet and cable.
    It is also the same number my grandparents had when I was a kid. Kinda sentimental about that, though I'm not sure why.
     
  39. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 15, 2014

    Nope. Cell service is really reliable here. I only talk on the phone with family and close friends and have a love/hate relationship with it (I love that it goes with me in case of emergencies but I really hate that I get calls ANYWHERE). BF is on the phone constantly but we have an unlimited minutes plan. The landline just seemed like an unnecessary expense for us.
     
  40. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jun 15, 2014

    I have a landline. Cell service isn't reliable where I live. Mine is also bundled with cable and internet, so the cost isn't that bad.
     
  41. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    5,279
    Likes Received:
    748

    Jun 15, 2014

    I must have a way to tell time out at recess yet I don't expect my school to pay for my watch.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Whoknows85,
  2. vickilyn,
  3. CaliforniaRPCV
Total: 243 (members: 6, guests: 220, robots: 17)
test