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Buh-Bye Landlines! Cell Phones Becoming The Norm In Households

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Remember the days of talking on the phone and being stuck in the room unless you had a really long telephone cord? Or making your weekly harmless prank call on a friend and no one knowing who you were??

Those days are long behind us, unfortunately. With a challenging economy and a rapid increase in technology, it seems that more and more households are ditching their ol' landlines and sticking to having wireless-only homes.

Trends show that more than one in four U.S. homes only had wireless phones and even homes that did have landlines, many of them use their cell phones as their primary means of making and receiving calls.

Experts say that people are trying to eliminate unnecessary costs "and giving up a landline is one way to save money."

They also add that "unless the carriers are able to create some new applications or services such as video calling," it seems that landlines will continue to be on the decline.

Oh well. Guess no more hamburger phones to brighten our days.

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21 comments to “Buh-Bye Landlines! Cell Phones Becoming The Norm In Households”

  1. 1

    I'll probably never give up my house phone. I live in a pit of no cell service.

  2. 2

    I still have both.

  3. 3

    I only keep my land line because it's the only way to "buzz" people into my building.

  4. 4

    I like a land line for some reason, a little bit better. I guess bc I can't take it w me and it wont interrupt my night out w friends or family. Just leave a msg and I'll get back to you. I feel this obligation to answer my cell if I'm at dinner or something. What has this culture done to me? Buahahah. But, we did get rid of our land line to save money. I kinda miss it. But we gotta save money.

  5. 5

    don't get rid of the landlines just yet! there will be NO cell service when the towers go down in heavy winds, ice storms, tornadoes etc etc.
    the land lines, and as long as you have a CORDED phone, NOT a cordless one, it will still work for you to call for help. there ya have it. technology not the best in times of dire emergences. so, keep the burger phones alive! ha!

  6. 6

    I haven't had a land line for about 8 years now….. my internet has been cable… and I just didnt need it……..

  7. 7

    I keep my landline. 'Cause when in a shit ass storm, and cell phone towers go down, and electricity is out, if in an emergency, your landline still works.

  8. 8

    wow, great "celeb" gossip there

  9. 9

    I gave up my landline phone to save money as well… But honestly… if the power goes out for an extended period of time.. were F'd.. at least with a land line (not portable phone, but the phone u actually keep corded into the wall- or a portable phone with a speakerphone at the base) you'd still be able to make calls…

  10. 10

    Some people have got it wrong… They should ditch their cell phones and only have a land line to save money.

  11. dude1 says – reply to this


    Having only a cell phone might be OK if they didn't suck ass so bad. There is no comparison in the quality of the call/voice between a landline and a cell. A cell is maybe one step up from two soup cans with a string between them in terms of quality.

    Why do some peeps sink 100's or 1000's of dollars to get a great sounding stereo system, only to settle for the crappy quality of a cell phone call.

    Your average cell phone call sounds about as good as the very first phone call ever did in the 1800's.

    Texting and surfing the internet from a cell are great, but until they improve the actual voice quality, I am keeping my landline.

  12. 12

    Nothing is more reliable or secure than a landline phone. It takes one hell of a storm to knock one out. Cell phones and even a home phone through your cable are a lot more sensitive. A traditional landline through the phone company works off DC, direct current. You have a direct, steady connect right to their central switching office. Cells and phone through cable use AC, alternate current. Not nearly as stable and secure. If you can afford it, keep both.

  13. 13

    That's how it is in my house too. To save money and plus I don't need it anyway. Don't miss my landline.

  14. 14

    I have to keep my landline. I live on the ONLY street in my area (out in the middle of no where) that does not get cable reception. I'm stuck with DSL internet. :/ Grrr. This really isn't news though. It's rare to see a phone booth in town, too…

  15. 15


  16. 16

    Ya, and cell service is 3 times as much money as a POTS line. DUmbasses.

  17. 17

    It is so important to have a land line - especially if you have kids! In the event that you need to call 911 a land line will enable emergency response teams to pinpoint your address and location immediately, whereas a cell phone can only get them to the vicinity. If you are unable to speak to 911, or coherently give your address, they can get from the land line! Any emergency or law enforcement personnel will tell you to KEEP YOUR LANDLINE. Cell phones are great, but they can't do everything.

  18. 18

    Lol, haven't seen those phone for years. I don't think anyone here uses them anymore… No wait, the hospital may be the only place.

  19. 19

    i refuse to give up my landline..between shitty weather ruining cell towers.. long power outages to a cell phone breaking…a cell is useless.

  20. 20

    yeah when they find out with the new phones coming out u have to have the internet…that another 20plus on ur bill…no thanks..

  21. 21

    I still have my landline, I refuse to get rid of even if I haven't used it to make a call in well over a year. I like the security of knowing that if anyone should break into my house and try to kill me I can dial 911 and start screaming bloody murder and the police will be sent to my home and hopefully find me still alive.