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Only use mobile phone (no landline) at home?

by boysfromboston / April 9, 2006 2:09 PM PDT

We (both) use our cells as our primary phones. Anyone else?

Vonage = grey area, we think.

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by RodderRodder / April 9, 2006 4:12 PM PDT

I could get Vonage, but with DSl it seems like it defeats the purpose(personally). My Best friend has Vonage and a Cell phone. Loves it! You wouldn't know it was a landline from the call quality....unless his broadband was out.

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(NT) (NT) And I forgot. Skype for Long Distance.
by RodderRodder / April 9, 2006 9:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Landline...
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Landline and Cell Now
by nelsondr / April 9, 2006 4:29 PM PDT

When I lived in an area that had Comcast cable, I only used my cell phone as my primary phone. Now that I've moved a couple of miles down the road and Comcast doesn't serve my apartment complex (but they serve the houses across the steet), I had to get a landline so I could get DSL.

The downside is that almost everyone I know got used to calling me on my cell. As a result they rarely if ever call my home phone.

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Both, sort of, mostly cell & dsl
by ddubb / April 9, 2006 8:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Landline and Cell Now

We have to have a landline for our DSL connection, but there is no landline phone plugged into any jack in our house. What's kinda messed up is that we pay for that landline phone call capability but never use it.

What's kinda messed up is that we used to use our landline number and over years phased into just using cell phones.

What's more messed up is that we don't pay the fee to opt out of being listed in the phone book. So people may think they should be able to reach us when they see our number listed.

I figure screw it. If you don't know me well enough to have my cell phone then you really don't need to be calling me on the phone.

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Landline and cell
by acedtect / April 10, 2006 4:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Landline and Cell Now

I'm in somewhat the same situation. We use our cells for almost every call, but we still have a landline with DSL. Mostly the landline is for taking calls from telemarketers.

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It's a great feeling
by MacHugger / April 10, 2006 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Landline and cell

...when you can finally say "goodbye" to one of your telecoms! I FINALLY moved to a new place where I get good reception with my wireless service.

My Highspeed internet is cable (6 Mbps) so I don't need a landline.

-Kevin S.

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Mobile Phone for me
by pufit_ / April 9, 2006 4:36 PM PDT

Yup, I use my mobile phone (cellphone, whatever you call it) as my primary phone. The reason is my girlfriend is on the same network as I am, which is Optus, so we can call each other for free (free minutes thing with every prepaid recharge). Also, since nearly all my friends are on the same network as well, we can take advantage of the free minutes.

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Cell Phone
by brianabartlett / April 9, 2006 4:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Mobile Phone for me

I've gone the no landline route as well. I do a lot of traveling for work, so it just makes sense.

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Landline *sigh*
by digirebel / April 9, 2006 7:50 PM PDT

I was excited about VOIP a couple of years ago when it came out, but then realized that my security system ties into my land line to call the security service when tripped. I just didn't want to bother messing around with it.

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(NT) (NT) Well, Digital phone (cable) now.
by Ravensblood / April 10, 2006 12:35 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) me! have for 3 years.
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I do.
by heundorothy / April 10, 2006 3:51 AM PDT

My cell phone number is my only number. I've been landline less and mobile phone only for almost 5 years.

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by archaeo1 / April 10, 2006 4:40 AM PDT

I only have my cell phone, I'm very rarely at home, so it's great that I can get calls wherever I may be, plus, it seems to work out a little cheaper for me.

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Two Extremes
by rosscbrown / April 10, 2006 5:39 AM PDT

Monday to Friday, I live in a lovely little place that is more or less in a ditch and does not get DSL, Cell Coverage or satellite data/tv. I live with a very crackly copper line and to be honest, I don't call anyone there.

Saturday and Sunday, I live with a 100mb data connection and everything bar the TV goes down that pipe.

We have VOIP with proper Cisco telephones and stuff, kinda cool.

(We also run 12 CCTV network cameras that stream 24/7 down the pipe to a datacenter where the feeds are archived.)

For all you guys kind of jealous of the wide connection, at peak times, with all the archiving and with everything off site, there is only about 4 or 5 mb/s free for general internet stuff, like surfing, email or streaming video.

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What's the future of mobile co's?
by boysfromboston / April 10, 2006 6:47 AM PDT


Muni WiFi + PocketPC-type device + Skype + bluetooth headset = Will I need a Cingular acct?

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by macmanchad / April 12, 2006 7:10 PM PDT

You will if you leave your municipal area. Or traveling through rural areas. Kinda doubt if anyone would be willing to set up Wi-Fi on those long stretches of freeway that pass through the middle of nowhere.

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by macmanchad / April 12, 2006 7:15 PM PDT

I've not had a landline since early- to mid-2001 or so, if I remember right. Only time this has gotten me stuck is when I discovered something in the tranceiver of my phone was broken after a night of partying and it took forever to get a replacement phone, and that whenever I visit my parents I don't have coverage (they live on the side of a mountain that faces away from the city and its cell towers, there's analog-only reception), but even there I just turn on call forwarding in town before I get to their house.

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