Cell phone, land line, or both?
Reader Question: We’re trying to save money, and wonder if it would be easier and less expensive to get rid of our land line and just have cell phones. What do you think?
In a nutshell, we have both. A few precursors to my reasoning that certainly won’t apply to everyone:
- We get lousy cell service where we live.
- I have no desire to be available to all people at all times.
- I’m home. A lot.
- My hubby works one block away from home.
I know the trend is to ditch the land line, but we’re not ready for that. Here are my top three hesitations.
It is very important to me to have a phone in one spot that my kids, or anyone else in my home, can find and use during an emergency. Self included! Also, from my understanding, dispatchers can find your address quickly if you’re calling from a land line (if you dial but can’t respond), but not-so-much from a cell phone. (Although NCIS would have me believe otherwise!)
We still have a phone with a cord (tucked away for emergencies). Ancient? Yes. Necessary? I think so. It’s not terribly unusual where we live to be out of power for a few days at a time. If the power is out, it’s likely that the cell phone service will be even worse than normal. Plus… cells can last only so long without charging. A land line insures that I’ll have phone access at all times.
As far as I know, no one can “look us up” with a cell number. For some, perhaps that’s a perk. For me, I want my grade school best friend’s mom to be able to find me in the phone book. When my brother died, I remember looking up numbers of a few family friends who hadn’t been contacted. If they didn’t have home phones and weren’t listed somewhere, I wouldn’t have been able to inform them.
The Verdict: For our own needs, we’ve chosen to have only one pre-paid cell phone and keep the land line. Our cell costs $8.34 per month. Our land line bill, with unlimited long distance calling (calling nearly anyone around here is long distance) is $55 per month. All together, we’re paying about $64 per month for phone service. I don’t even know how that compares to other plans and options, but I’m guessing we pay less than average. Tell me if I’m wrong!
Having a land line and one super-inexpensive cell phone works for me. What works for you? Do you have cell phones only, land line only, or both?
This post is linked to
- Frugal Friday
- Works for Me Wednesday