Landline Wires

In the process of ridding our yard of a giant wasp nest, my husband cut away some pesky wires, which turned out to be the telephone cable into the house.  What could have been a disaster was just a minor blip, since I just forwarded all calls to my cellphone.  Three days later, the phone company is sending someone to fix this.

This is just one example of what can go wrong with home ownership, but this particular glitch causes a different line of thinking.  How necessary is it for us to continue to pay for a landline?  I realize that there is a generation of young adults who wouldn’t think of bothering with a landline, but that’s not us.  I used to use honest-to-goodness, real, round dials on telephones that were anchored to the wall with wires.  Giving up a landline feels like giving up Kleenex, something ingrained in home ownership.

Has anyone else gone through this dilemma?  Speak now, or I’ll call you later when the landline is back in operation.  Maybe.

One thought on “Landline Wires

  1. Elisabeth Parker

    We parted with the landline a few years ago. It was annoying to have to change your phone number with friends and banks and other businesses. However, we never missed it after. It cut way down on unwanted sales calls, and, best of all, stopped the endless political solicitations. One especially annoying congressman’s campaign would call five times daily for months prior to the election, as I was trying to prepare dinner and eat. The silence is delightful. The money savings was minimal, since that meant cell phones for more family members, who probably would have needed/wanted them soon anyway. All in all, don’t miss it a bit. Takes awhile to extinguish the habit of checking the no-longer-there answering machine for messages when you come home, though!

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