Dropping Landline

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kok328

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I've had cell only for many years now but, I recall 911 calls, medical alerts and burglar alarms had to be thought about before cutting the phone cord.
 

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Sparky, what Havasu said above is exactly right for CA.
Glancing at the link, it would appear specific to some areas in LA County. Cell phones use location identification services to determine where you are located and route it to the correct 911 center. The majority of calls to 911 come from cell phones today. Landlines are quickly becoming a thing of the past. And I've been in the phone industry for close to 40 years. If our fiber phone service is available to your address we won't install a copper landline to your house. Your service will be on fiber, even if you don't opt for internet or TV services. Phone companies want to retire the aging and higher maintenance copper outside plant and all the equipment that supports that service. Northern Telecom (Nortel) made a lot of that gear and they went out of business a decade or more ago.
 

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I would keep landline for backup but it has become too expensive. With all the this-and-that fixed charges I am paying $37.37 per month compared to $10 + tax for cell phone service. Plus the cell service includes caller ID, long distance and mail box at no extra charge. Now if there was just some way to get cheap high speed internet I would be in business.
 

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I would keep landline for backup but it has become too expensive. With all the this-and-that fixed charges I am paying $37.37 per month compared to $10 + tax for cell phone service. Plus the cell service includes caller ID, long distance and mail box at no extra charge. Now if there was just some way to get cheap high speed internet I would be in business.
Yeah, there's no way I would pay that with the minimum cell phone deals we have. I will have to investigate what my charge would be since Charter never talks about Phone service anymore.
 

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Phone companies want to retire the aging and higher maintenance copper outside plant and all the equipment that supports that service. Northern Telecom (Nortel) made a lot of that gear and they went out of business a decade or more ago.
I wish AT&T would upgrade equipment in my area. I have to use Wave Broadband (cable company) for internet because ATT can only manage 12 mbs over old landline. Question: When old equipment is replaced with fiber, do they replace up to the house or just to the poles?
 

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It bears mentioning that just because you have a landline doesn't necessarily mean that your old
land line phone will be compatible as some service providers have switched from analog service
over to digital. So take a moment to look into compatibility. I still have a trimline which I used
when electrical power is out....but that fallback method is no longer possible now that AT&T has
gone digital in most of Seattle
 

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To figure the actual cost per minute you have to use the actual number of minutes actually used...
That's what I tell my friends, unlimited minutes mean nothing if you don't use them. My current plan is in reality a placeholder. Since I don't use all my .06 minutes I am paying around $8/mo just to have a phone in my pocket (much better than paying $100 for same).

edit: I forgot to mention that I overpaid because I failed to read the fine print. I was letting my minutes expire before renewing. After I discovered that by renewing before expiry minutes carry over I now have a comfortable balance and it only takes a $10+tax tickler for another 120 days of service.
 
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I have had a land line installed in an unoccupied building so I could have a device I dial into and get a temperature report as a safeguard against heating failure and freeze up in winter.

Didn't want to use wifi which would require a running PC that might crash plus an internet ISP which costs a lot more per month compared with a minimal measured (by the minute) land line.
 

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