So now that I have a new! cell phone that actually works, I’ve been thinking about What To Do About Our Phones.
We still have a land line, with a phone number that’s been ours for at least 12 years. My phone usage is about 85% land line; 15% cell phone. I have many people that I keep in touch with mainly via phone, and I do nearly all of these correspondences on my land line. Also any of my local friends always call our home number if they are looking for me. I like that having a home phone especially since it’s sort of “old fashioned” now.
Also, a land line seems safer, specifically thinking of if the kids ever needed to make an call. The older two are just getting to the age where we feel like we can leave them home alone for a few minutes, and that “home alone” time will only increase over the next few years. I’m certainly not ready to get them their OWN cell phones but maybe wouldn’t want to leave them my phone in every circumstance…. Besides, if I left them my phone, and there was a problem, who would they call?
David has been wanting to cancel our land line for awhile now. He uses his cell phone for at least 90% of his calls, and he’s not here at home as much as I am, so our land line has very little value for him.
Also, we’ve been wanting/needing to cancel our cable (simply because we don’t use it enough to justify the cost), but since our services are bundled (phone, internet, cable and DVR), canceling cable might actually cost us MORE since we’d have to pay for the remaining services individually. At the very least, canceling cable wouldn’t save us much.
HOWEVER, if we canceled cable, and our phone line, we’d only have to pay for internet. Our savings would be significant. And it does seem sorta silly to be paying for a total of three phones (my cell, D’s cell, and our land line).
Also, our home phones are dying, one by one. We have one of those “systems” of cordless phones, where a whole bunch of cordless phones are connected to the same base. However, the display screen is broken on all but one of them, which means you can only see the caller ID (another service we are paying for) on the one remaining working phone.
I’d hate to buy new phones, only to decide to cancel our line, so I’ve been putting up with these broken/half working pieces of shit for awhile now.
So tell me, do you have both a land line and cell phones? If you only have cell phones, has there ever been any problems with this? What do you do about leaving the kids or a babysitter at home with potentially NO PHONE?