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We're cutting back because of my husband's job loss. If you had to choose only one phone service, would you choose to have a land line or would you choose to have cell phones? Why? If you've dropped your land line, please share your experience.
 

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I'd drop the land line. When me moved in '04 we never set up a land line and none of us missed it until a couple of months ago when I spent way too much time on the phone and went over minutes.
 

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Neither. I would sign up for voice over ip & keep the internet. We are using voip right now - it's very reliable & it's cheaper than any phone plan I've ever had. Plus, all long distance in north america is included in the monthly fee.
 

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I would drop the land line as well.
 

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We've been doing cells only for about 4 years now. It has never been an issue. Depends on where you live, but if you have reliable reception at home, I think cell's are the way to go. I would HATE being out and about without a phone at this point.
 

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If I had to choose one, I'd do cell only. I've been cell-only before. I actually technically had a landline, because I had DSL and they just "had" to charge me for voice service <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:, but I got measured-rate with no long distance and just didn't use it.<br><br>
Now we have landline through our cable company, as well as cable internet, and we're "allowed" to get that service even though we don't have cable TV ;-). I prefer the landline for ease of use, multiple extensions, etc., but I can't exactly take it with me when I go out, and that's a big shortcoming.<br><br>
Someday, a cell company is going to start selling an accessory that lets you stick your phone in a cradle when you get home, and connects it to a booster antenna on your roof, while piping your cell connection to all your wired extensions in your house. Then there will be no reason to ever have a landline again. I await that day eagerly.
 

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Cell. We need a cell when out and about for possible emergencies. I just do not feel secure without one, esp when it's just me with our three children.<br><br>
We dropped the landline a few weeks ago. DH and I have cell service through Sprint (their employee referral program, PM me if you want info on it - I do not get credit or anything (neither do employees), but I can direct you where to go to get the plan). It's $30 a month (so $60 total) for 500 min, free nights/weekends after 7pm, unlimited internet/text/etc. and more. We're technically saving some since I got rid of my prepaid cell and landline.<br><br>
We've never had issues (knock on wood) so far with dropped calls or anything. I've had it start to cut out a teensy bit, but I just know I can't be in one corner of my living room while on my cell, lol.
 

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I would pick the cell for convenience. We have gone back and forth between having a landline and only having cells. For the last couple years, we've had only cell service and I don't miss the landline at all.<br><br>
However, in a desperate financial situation, I'd have to look at it very carefully. At least for us, the landline is 1/4 of the cost of a cell. We had voip at $28 (inc. the taxes) per month. Our cell service is just over $100/month (verizon family share plan, 1400 minutes/month, 250 texts/month on my phone only, free to other verizon users and free after 9:00 pm and on weekends). In order to have voip, you do need internet service which for us is about $45/month through our cable company. However, my DH is a software developer and needs internet access for his work, so fairly high speed internet access is a high priority in this house and we would pay for that regardless of whether we had a home phone or not, so I do not include it as part of the cost of the phone service. If we didn't need internet for his work, I'd include that cost in my calculations.
 

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We've had a cell only household since we graduated from high school. We use Verizon as our provider because most of our family uses it and then it's free to one another...and we have free nights and weekends.<br><br>
We spent the first 3 years with only one cell between the two of us, but eventually decided we both needed one.<br><br>
Drop the land line...seems like a very wasted min. of $20
 

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we had a major financial change last year. we went down to the bare minimums, and decided to do the most basic landline (no voicemail, no callwaiting, no caller id) for $22. we have an old answering machine to screen calls and take messages. we do not have long distance. we do have a pay ahead by minutes cell phone for emergency only or emergency long distance (email works instead of ld for us). i do know a few people who dropped their landline and go over a bunch or feel very restricted on their minutes. but, as far as the minimum to get by the cheapest in a dire situation, i feel our decision has worked great for us.
 

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I was in your place last year, I lost my job and had to take a job (that I love) that I only make about half what I used to make. Anyways, we have T-mobile, I've never had a single problem, I'm had then since 2001. We have never had a land line. I moved out on my own in 02 and have never felt like getting one, I really don't miss it. Now it feels kinda strange to talk on a "regular" phone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think that land lines are going to be a things of the past. DH and I literally don't have a phone in our house. Just our cells, and I think most of our friends are like that too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Neither. I would sign up for voice over ip & keep the internet. We are using voip right now - it's very reliable & it's cheaper than any phone plan I've ever had. Plus, all long distance in north america is included in the monthly fee.</div>
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What is voip?
 

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Someday, a cell company is going to start selling an accessory that lets you stick your phone in a cradle when you get home, and connects it to a booster antenna on your roof, while piping your cell connection to all your wired extensions in your house. Then there will be no reason to ever have a landline again. I await that day eagerly.</div>
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This already exists.
 

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We have cell phones and a Magic Jack. Magic Jack is wayyyy cheaper than vonage and has just as good, if not better quality. It keeps our phone bills pretty low. Our cell phones are expensive but we need them with my dh's job and all. We pay like 80 a month for 2 lines and we have the minimum minutes. It is worth it though.
 

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It's where you make calls over the internet using a land phone. Think Vonage. I am in my free trial of magic jack right now and so far it's working very well. Besides having a new number no one knew it was an internet based call. I will probably drop my landline and keep this along with our cells. Dh has a tmobile flex plan(monthly bill but no contract) and I have just a prepaid tmobile cell. I refill mine about every three months.<br>
ETA DH 's cell is about $55 a month with free nights and weekends and favorite 5 this has worked great for us. And magic jack is about $20 a year.
 

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If I could, I would only have a cell phone. As it is, we need a landline for our home security system.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Neither. I would sign up for voice over ip & keep the internet. We are using voip right now - it's very reliable & it's cheaper than any phone plan I've ever had. Plus, all long distance in north america is included in the monthly fee.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I was reading about cheaper services than Vonage which is what we have now. I have 1 pre-paid cell for emergencies that DH and I share.
 

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For convenience, I would go with cell.<br><br>
For cost, I would go with land line.<br><br>
If you have the ability to have VOIP, that would be a great option, but IMO you need to add in the cost of the internet to get the real cost (will you be cutting that to cut costs?)
 

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We are cell phone only. I have a phone and DH has a phone. We can talk to each other and my whole family without using any minutes from our plan because we all use the same provider (Verizon).
 

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I have never had a land line, nor do I miss it. I couldn't give up my cell.
 
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