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Weekend Open Forum: Do you still have a landline at home?

By Matthew · 58 replies
Apr 27, 2012
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  1. Unfortunately in a lot of countries in the world, you either need a landline to get internet or it's cheaper to get the combined package. Having lived in UK, Brazil and UAE I can say that UK and Brazil require phone lines; UAE makes it cheaper to have one. I even ended up getting screwed by my phone company in Brazil because I went for the cheapest phone package and they subtly tried to give me a more expensive one until I complained to the regulator. Here in Dubai VOIP is blocked so you can either use an illegal VPN to make foreign calls or deal with internet only calls. It's all still a bit of a challenge - bring on the revolution
  2. Aamir

    Aamir TS Rookie

    Yes sure, i have it... running....DSL ...all the time. and btw its still not obsolete yet. it will take couple of years or may be a decade as what i think.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,615   +596

    Nope, my parents however barely got rid of there phone a year ago even though they have had cell phones for about a decade.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

  5. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 200   +16

    My landline exists (even has the odd phone plugged into it), in most of the UK we need it for broadband, but never make calls on it, though (all mobile or VOIP).
  6. Yes, ADSL user and you still aren't seen as "serious" by banc's etc without landline. It's like having no fixed adress, but just a p.o. box.
    Beside that..I don't trust the mobile stuff to work as good as a landline....yet.
    Landline and wifi plus dect..still makes me able to stroll around anywhere in the garden talking surfing for a flat rate.
    (of c I also got moblie internet and cellphones..but thats for use when not at home)
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,507   +1,306

    To slh28 and Artix - I understand where your coming from, but where I live (Hazlemere, Bucks) they have sort of rolled out Fiber from BT but Virgin is no where to be seen.

    Even the Fiber from I cannot get at my house anyway so I have to have a landline before I can get any kind of internet, adds about £10 on the monthly bill but I will be moving house (hopefully) very soon so I don't really mind :)
  8. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I have thought several times about cutting my landline, but because its part of the bundle with my Bresnan/Optimum cable/internet service I haven't. It would save me about $6/mo to get rid of it when all is said and done.
    And now my fiance uses to talk during the day so she doesn't burn up her cell minutes and go over. So we do finally get some use out of it.
    Plus it always works. My cell likes to randomly reboot itself during calls or loose connection (can't wait until my contract is out Dec and I can switch providers....).

    If I could get a good rate here on JUST internet I would be all over that, but I haven't found any good deals I can take advantage of sadly.
  9. Ivan Serrano

    Ivan Serrano TS Rookie

    In my case, it is bundled with my cable/internet and tv package and worths the few bucks.
    But in the meaning time, I'm not thinking to get rid of it, you never know when you are going to need it for any emergency purpose.

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