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Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:18 PM

Finally cut our land line.......was costing us 50.00 a month, wasn't breaking us

but we each have trac fones so, finally took the leap. We find out now that our phone, Internet, and cable company will drop our "membership" credits because we dumped our land line. Our bill for all three connections, phone internet and cable was about 200.00 a month, so we've dumped the phone, and will live without the credits. When we first moved here we would get a check for our credits, and could do with it whatever we wanted, now they're just paying down our bill. Big change from getting the money. Have you ever noticed what charges are on your land line IF you still have it?? Dang near 15.00 with all fees they charge us. Wow.....lotsa extra charges for that land line connection.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:28 PM

1. I finally cut mine after not using it for a year. That was some expensive procrastination.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:35 PM

2. Good for you......

and ya did it so......there you are.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:46 PM

3. We use NetTalkDuo.

It mostly acts as an answering machine and we use that number for when we don't want to give out our cell phone number.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:56 PM

4. Just wondering, do I HAVE to give my cell at check outs when they ask for a phone number??

Never really thought of that......hmmmmmmm

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:05 PM

5. Oh, I'm not talking at checkouts, but other situations

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:26 PM

8. I always say let's pretend

That I don't have a phone.
That ends it.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 12:20 AM

9. When asked for a phone number a friend would give one

It wasn't HIS number, just some random phone number he came up with at the spur of the moment. I was always surprised he got away with it.

On the other hand, my brother in law was glad he gave a number when he bought stuff at an auto parts store. He left his wallet on the counter. Since they had his phone number on the receipt they called him to let him know where his wallet was and held it for him until he could drive back to pick it up. He hadn't realized he didn't have it!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:10 PM

6. I was able to keep my Century Link number with AT&T Wireless Home Phone.

And halved my bill. I also got unlimited US long distance, caller ID and call waiting for free.

Century Link called and offered discounts for me to come back. No way. They said they have lost 1/3 of their land line customers in my area.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:15 PM

7. That's a lot of money for a landline.

I still have a wired landline (with unlimited long distance and call waiting) bundled with my internet. Last time I checked, about a year ago, I would pay within $2 of the same amount for the same speed of internet without the phone with the other main internet provider.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 12:25 AM

10. I don't get a good enough cell signal at home to give up my landline

With my new 3G phone Tracfone forced me to upgrade to (for free) I do actually get a signal sometimes but not good enough to rely on it.

With the DSL I have to have a landline anyway so I'd keep it even if my cell signal were better. I have a bundled package that includes DSL and Prism TV along with the phone and every add on they offer for telephone.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 11:29 AM

13. I'm In This Boat

as well. Plus, cell service around here is very susceptible to weather even if you do get a good signal most times. Our copper wire phone service is the only service that can claim any sort of reliability anymore. Went 30 years with one electrical outage and now the electric goes out every time there's a storm. Or any other slight disturbance. Or no disturbance at all. It's like the wires are thumb-tacked to the poles in the past couple years.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 05:15 PM

14. I'm a little better off than that - I can get cell service from the top of the hill

But where my house is, over the edge of the ridge, there is poor service - no cell towers to the east of us for a long ways.

Here the electricity goes out any time there are serious winds - usually a tree falls across the lines or a limb hits a transformer. One of the perks of living miles out on a canopy road.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 10:17 AM

11. I dumped AT&T two months ago.

I was paying $94/mo for DSL(a whopping 5.4 Mbps) and a landline (with no long distance) and DirecTV $93/mo.
Got a Vonage VOIP phone box for $10, paying $15/mo for the phone with unlimited long distance, transferred the landline number to it(used that number since 1983).
Now get 950 Mbps speed, TV and with the Vonage I'm paying about $165/mo when before I was paying about $225/mo.
Have a Tracfone but only about 15 people have the number and it costs me about $7/mo.

AT&T was charging me a line subscriber fee for the phone, another line subscriber fee for the DSL, another line subscriber fee for the privilege of dialing long distance. THREE different fees on the same
pair of wires.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 10:55 AM

12. I know, outrageously out of control........

I did enjoy that our three state company was small enough that when you needed service of any kind, you just dial a 4 digit number!!!!!! A 4 digit number!!!!! and you got a live person who could have a service person in our home in about 2 hours at the longest. Insane compared to the giants of now, where you get a response from a call center in whatever country, and repair could take up to a few to get service.

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