To all who can't understand why people switch to cells only and don't have landlines, consider this:
My landline used to cost about 35 dollars/ month.
I got rid of it, switched to having 3 phones on a family plan, so now my wife has one, I have one, and we have a "home phone." The extra lines cost $10 per month. Savings: $25 a month. We never, ever use it, and give the number out to companies that require it. This system works pretty well!
This makes no sense to me as someone outside the United States. Why wouldn't your home phone be a landline?
In England where I am currently, it's free for most landlines to call most other landlines. Calling cellphones costs a fortune. Am I to believe that in the USA, calling a landline and a cellphone costs the same amount for the caller?
Maybe I'm cheap, but when someone gives me a cellphone number to call and no landline, I get a tad cross with them as it's going to cost a ton to ring them. Maybe that's why I'm still single as well! :-)
Amen, sittnick! It's great to see that I'm not the only one who notices how cell phones have made life worse. LIsten to the terrible sound quality of cell phones compared to land lines. Sometimes you can barely understand customers or friends. This never used to be a problem. The problem is there for everyone to hear when you listen to callers on a radio talk show. Just understanding people is a drain on your mental energy that never used to be there. Sound quality has taken a huge step backwards with cell phones. So much for the advance of technology.
And I'm so sick of seeing my co-workers and bosses stop their work to gab or text on their cell phones. It seems like at any given time half the people around me are suddenly on their cell phones instead of working. Constantly repeating themselves or asking the person to whom they're talking to repeat themselves. Running outside or to a window for better reception. And the floor is littered with recharger lines like a mine field.
This is what technology has brought us to. Well, I don't care what Scott or the rest of you think. I'm never giving up my land line. And I'm still in the White Pages! Remember those?
When did Dilbert go from being cynical to a complete butt-hole? Some people like landlines (multiple handsets, compatibility with security systems, no spotty coverage (darn lost you in the basement!), and simply more reliable.