The WC – Cell Phones or Land-Lines?

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm · 47 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

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Today’s question:

Which do you prefer, cell phones or home phones (land-lines)?

Also, do you think you will ever completely replace your home phone with a cell phone, or have you already?

Talk about it….

wc April 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I prefer a land-line for 911 and DSL service. I prefer a cell phone for everything else.

Nick April 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Havent used a land line at home for over 8 years, its just a waste of money. And if you still have one its a great way to let a garbage company like ATT to rape you yet another way.

S. Crewed April 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

With Comcast my bill would actually INCREASE if I drop my land line because I’d no longer have the “package” deal.. (phone, internet and cable). What a frickin’ scam!

The Grant April 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

no landlines for 15 years, only cell

Audrey April 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

We have a landline for Directv only and in case we need to fax something. We only use cell phones. Our alarm system is even on a cell line.

No land lines April 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I ported my home number to a cell phone years ago. On the family plan, it only costs $10/month and I can give that number out to people who I know will sell it. Now, I just never answer that phone. It’s pretty much nothing but telemarketers, anyway.

Anon777 April 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

If I’m going to be on a call for a while, I prefer a regular land-line phone. Easier to hold, hear, and it doesn’t get hot. We did get rid of our land-line last year and I love saving the $30 each month.

I did get a FREE Google Voice phone number that you can put an outgoing message on and have messages sent to your phone or email (I think you can also forward the number to your cell). That way I have a phone number to hand out to people who I do not want to have my cell.

ChampagneKitty April 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

You’re all going to laugh at me. I have a landline, and I have never ever owned a cell phone. No, I’m not 120 years years old from the Victorian era; I’m 43 years old. Despite having worked for a major telecommunications company for over 20 years, I have always been slow to embrace technology.

By the way, my telephone number is special to me because it was my Nana’s phone number. Nana and Grandaddy lived in Concord in the Holbrook Heights neighborhood. Grandaddy died in 1981 and Nana continued to live in the house, for a total of 55 years, until she passed away in 2006. She had the same phone number the whole time. The number was disconnected and the house sold. I was living in Antioch at the time and a year later, I moved back to Concord, to my current apartment in the Sun Terrace neighborhood, not far at all from Nana’s house. So I made arrangements to get Nana’s phone number re-assigned to me. I will not be giving up my landline, even if I ever do give in and get a cell phone.

Steve Jobson April 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

two tin cans and a ball of string.

KJ April 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I prefer a land-line phone.

Cell phones are good for emergencies, but the sound is not always that great on them: I sometimes have trouble understanding people when they are on a cell phone, and it’s worse when we’re both using cell phones.

Triple Canopy April 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Home/land line.

No… I hate my cell phone – it’s like a freakin’ leash when it is on so I shut if off and communicate with it on my own terms AND for my own convenience.

There is room for both April 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I need a regular land line for a number of reasons, one being the alarm company. I also still have to fax a bit (some people never change).

Also a land line will probably work when cell phones may not if there is a disaster of some sort.

For me, the need is to have both.

James Dean April 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Land line…clear line…no reception problems..cheaper than cell phone…always works…and if there is a disaster…never down…will always have a home phone in addition to my cell phone!

MrDioji April 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I no longer have a land line. I actually would like to in case of emergency when all the cell towers are typically flooded and no one can get through. That hasn’t been enough motivation to pay the monthly fee, though.

Barry April 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Just replace Hm phone with NetTalk device. $30 per year. Was able to port Hm number to it for one time $20 fee. Friend has used their service for years. I just could not see me paying $600 per year to ATT any more for landline I don’t use.

jtkatec April 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I have kept my landline because in a large earthquake, cell towers will go down from overuse and general destruction.

I also have a 1940’s rotary phone (bakelite) which I love.

Pyrrhus April 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ditched the land-line years ago. This year I plan to switch from at&t to tmobile. Now if only there was a real alternative to Comcast for me. I live in San Francisco and all the alternatives are extremely slow. My only hope is that will continue to grow and expand their fiber into my neighborhood.

KAD April 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

We have both. I do not give my cell phone number to everyone. If I am calling a company that will be putting me on hold, I use the Land line and use the speaker on the phone so I am free to do other things while I am waiting. I feel that I need the cell phone for emergencies especially since we drive across the country a couple of times a year. We got a Jitterbug that we can add medical alert apps to when the time comes that we feel we will need them.

The Kid April 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

What’s a land line?

Beacon April 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I will someday. My mobile phone still has a ways to go before it can match my land line in terms of sound quality and battery life.

Incognito April 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I’m right there with ChampagneKitty. And likewise, I am not 100 years old, rather in my early 50’s and I’ve also been slow to embrace modern technology. In fact, I prefer to step back in time.

I have a land line, and if you are my friends and family, you know where to reach me. And, if I’m not home, you can leave a message. So far, I haven’t missed out on much really. There hasn’t been one message left for me while I am out enjoying life that I felt I needed to carry around a cell phone with me. I do have a cell phone which I carry while commuting to and from work in the event of an emergency. So, I do agree they have a good purpose. I just think everyone has gotten out of hand with the use of them and most of you suffer from separation anxiety if you are without it for ten minutes. And, it’s been my observation the bulk of you who are attached to your phones 24/7 are the ones who don’t answer it, you prefer to text. I guess no one wants to actually talk to anyone any more. What a shame.

Horse n around April 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

My friend has Straight Talk. It’s her land line now. $100 dollars for the device and I think she said $15 a month. I might look into that. AT&T is just way to much. I have a cell, but I hate the feeling of being tied to it constantly. Maybe I’m just old school.

Land line if available April 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I prefer a land line if I am near one. The connection/sound is better, it is easier to hold…I don’t have to be dedicated to just talking on the phone, and I don’t have to worry about getting cancer (if that is a worry from cellphones).

I will probably always have a land line, particularly in case of emergency.

I don’t give out my cell # to anyone but family. I don’t want to chat on it – it is just for urgent matters when away from home.

Michelle April 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Give me a cell phone any day!

Momo April 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I still have my land line because I don’t hand my cell number out to just anybody. I only want certain people to have access to me no matter where I am. Plus with the package deals it’s cheaper overall

Mike "troll" Dame April 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

neither, i gave up phones years ago n have not been happier

Jess April 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I have both. The landline is convenient to use at home. The reception is clearer, the battery last longer, it’s good for 911, and service is never down. My young adult offspring have only cell phones.

I never leave home without my cell phone. I can instantly call for help if I need to, look up directions, check radar to see if I’m about to get rained on or if I can continue my walk, check Claycord to see what all those sirens are about, check to see what’s going on with traffic, compare prices while I’m shopping, and I’m always available to my family in an emergency. If I’m traveling, it’s a necessity for keeping in touch with family and checking on travel arrangements. When my Dad was in the hospital, it was invaluable for keeping family members updated with text messages and e-mails.

My cell phone is just for safety/emergency April 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I only carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. I don’t give out the number to people other than family. I have no desire to chat on the phone. I will use it if the car breaks down, or I get hurt or lost, or need to call for help if someone else is hurt or lost.

@ KJ April 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM

That was true about a dozen years ago. It’s just flat-out not true now. You should try a newer cell phone.

Cowellian April 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I agree with Momo about not giving out my cell number. However, my so-called land line is a Google voice number.

Eddie spaghetti April 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Srsly??……..I haven’t had a land line for about 10 years

Mr B April 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Land line is sooo much better. I answer phones all day and trying to understand the garbled,underwater sounding, distortion filled, my voice echoing back,every third word missing,call dropping garbage everyone is using thinking the technology is great is frustrating to say the least.

People we have taken a huge step backward!
What is the point of having your handy cell phone when you can’t be understood?

Every now and then I get a call from a land line and the voice is clear, I can tell if it’s a man or woman and hear every syllable that’s being said. It is a delight to hear clearly the emotions being spoken. Like going from an old black and white TV to HDTV.
Remember when they would advertise the clarity of a telephone network that you could hear a pin drop? Well you would be lucky to hear a car wreck on these garbled messes.
I always appreciate a call from a land line 🙂

Dorothy April 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I have both and plan to keep them both. Both have advantages as well as disadvantages. Land line works when others don’t but can only be used at home. Cell works when I’m not home but there are areas of dead cell air where even roaming won’t work.

Then there are the relatives who went to individual cells and no home phone anymore. Sometimes I have to leave messages on 5 or 6 phones just to ask if they want to come to dinner or something.

Kirkwood April 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

My Astound landline is about $10/mo plus some change for calls, that’s what I use when home. If I’m going to be away from the house for more than a few hours the cell goes with me but not for social calls. The primary incentive is to have roadside service available now. A couple of years ago I had a blowout on I-50, changed the tire myself and ended up exhausted and dirty. I’m too old for that [stuff]. Traveling to Tucson next month and there’s nothing between L.A. and Phoenix but sand, Phoenix and Tucson sand and cactus.

Emily April 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

We gave up the land line years ago and haven’t regretted it for a moment. My mobile plan is $30/mo. It’s all i need.

ClayDen April 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I have both, and plan to keep both. I have had a cell phone since they were the size of a regular portable/wireless handset in the house. I have had DSL for over 20 years too, and my land line is connected to my DirectTV and home alarm system. I also want the land line for emergencies, as in a major one we won’t be able to count on cell phones, and if the electricity is out for longer than your cell battery will last, you will be out of luck (the land lines do not require regular AC power). The cell phone is also the primary means of communicating with our kids, as well as all of the functionality available with the latest smart phones.

Rob April 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

S. Crewed April 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

+1 – it is a scam isn’t it when if you drop a service the cost goes up for everything else!

Teacher Wannabe April 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Don’t give up the land line. Unless you have enhanced 911 (still not very common) youll have problems in an emergency. I keep both.
And AT&T has been ranked #1-3 nunerous times by 3rd party cimpanies fir best wireless service, internet connectivity and customer service. No one is perfect, but overall….

Antler April 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Add me to those who have both. The AT&T U-verse bundle plan works well for us re cost.

Those of you who are bragging about NOT having a landline, you will be without communication very quickly during any natural disaster, attack, etc..

Very few people have my smartphone number, and they know it’s turned off and I’m not checking for messages on it UNLESS by prior arrangement. A cellphone is a great help and safety aid especially when traveling. And thanks to iCloud, when I have my cell phone with me, I have my computer with me.

NT April 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Landlines, because of the studies that have shown that cell phone use can lead to brain cancer.

MadMom April 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I use both. Glad to see I’m in good company
ChampagneKitty. That story was adorable 🙂

KAD April 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Teacher Wannabe –
AT&T Wireless is not that great if you live in some parts of the country. In Nashville, you can be standing under a tower and not get service. It has recently been upgraded to fix this problem that was reported on the evening news there. Verizon is by far the best all over the country. It also works in Canada.

Walnut Creek Resident April 8, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I use Magic Jack for my land line. I like that because I can use unlimited minutes and can call when ever I need to do so. My cell is with Consumer Cellular by AARP and is also very very cheap and I get 500 minutes a month. The Magic Jack is about 35.00 a year!! So I am all set.

The Mamba April 9, 2014 at 7:27 AM

When I was single, I just worked off of a cell phone, but my wife insists on having a home fun in case something happens and the cell network goes down, which makes sense. I actually use the home phone anyway because I still think the sound quality is better and hate repeating myself to people on fuzzy cell phones.

macawlady April 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Both. We didn’t get a cellphone until 2007, when we took a cross-country driving trip. We figured we needed one for safety reasons.

Still use pay-as-you-go cell service, works fine for us. We’re not heavy users. Also have cheap Android phones that we use only for wifi. No active cell service, but great to carry around with you to places like Starbucks. Free wifi? Yes please.

FirstW April 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I live in the Gregory Gardens neighborhood in Pleasant Hill and I can barely get a signal from my AT&T “smart” phone, so I’m still using my land line. It’s nice to have in emergencies, our neighbor got into an auto accident with a bicyclist a couple years back and we called 911 on the land line and the emergency crews arrived very quickly.

skrab April 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM


I also live in Gregory Gardens. I have Verizon. I get a very strong signal.

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