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If I disconnect our home phone, will 911 still work? We have cell phones and plenty of minutes so I hate paying $30 a month for a home phone (that's with no features) but we really feel we should have one in case of an emergency. I've heard conflicting things so I thought maybe someone on here would know. FWIW, we have Qwest. Thanks!
 

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I don't think it will work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
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I'm pretty sure you can get phone service for like $7 a month, you just won't have unlimited calling, it would be charged my the min. I don't have a home phone at all.
 

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If you dont have phone service then you dont have access to the wires.. so no 911 wont work.<br>
You should call qwest and see if they have a 911 only option
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm pretty sure you can get phone service for like $7 a month, you just won't have unlimited calling, it would be charged my the min. I don't have a home phone at all.</div>
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Thanks everyone for your responses!<br><br>
I just wanted to update with what I found out when I called Qwest. It seems they have what's called a "Metered Service" plan. Funny they don't advertise it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Here in Oregon it's $6.79 a month (plus taxes). That gets you unlimited incoming calls and outgoing calls are $.04 a minute. We don't ever call out on our home phone but it allows us to keep the number and allows us to have 911 service (never worried about this until we had DS). A much better option than the $30-$35 a month they were charging me for basic phone service (no features) with long distance capabilities.<br><br>
I'm so happy about this! We are losing about 25% of our income in June and even the little things help these days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've actually heard from numerous sources that you do NOT have to have phone service to be able to call 911 from a landline.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've actually heard from numerous sources that you do NOT have to have phone service to be able to call 911 from a landline.</div>
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I've heard this as well. I've also heard that old cell phones will still call 911 even if you have canceled your plan. Need to verify this.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've actually heard from numerous sources that you do NOT have to have phone service to be able to call 911 from a landline.</div>
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I had my regular Verizon land line cut off a few months ago, when in a fit of insanity I wanted to switch to Earthlink's TruVoice. Earthlink had Verizon shut off before they'd even shipped the part I needed to get the TruVoice. I got such bad customer "service" and such a bad vibe from them that I switched back to Verizon, but it was two more weeks before they were allowed to hook me back up.<br><br>
During that time I got nothing at all. If I picked up the phone it was dead silence and didn't dial. So, I'm sure 911 wouldn't have worked without phone service.
 

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Even if you don't have a dialtone, 911 should still work. It does in the area where I grew up (I didn't know about it until one of my sister's friends -- a police officer -- told me.)
 

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Also, if you qualify for any assistance at all (depends on your state) you can use the Lifeline assistance form. We get our home phone for just 5.13$ a month (including taxes and everything). Here's a <a href="http://www.lifelinesupport.org/li/low-income/lifelinesupport/browser/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Link</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In some places I've lived, you don't need phone service to have access to 911. You should check with the phone company in your area.</div>
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Alternatively you could get a cell phone without a plan. Those have 911 enabled. (I donate my old ones to DV shelters for that reason)<br><br><br>
ETA: The downside of the cellphone is the address won't come up automatically.
 
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