I have never understood why people pay for telephone service. All you
do is pay a large monthly bill so debt collectors can call and annoy
you by asking for money, and others to call and sell you stuff you
dont need and get you more in debt. Paying for a phone is like handing
someone a gun when they want to kill you. Unless your life is so
meaningless and shallow that you enjoy being called by bill collectors
and telemarketers, or you get a thrill out of your motherinlaw calling
to bitch, why are you paying for phone service? And you know you can
call 911 from any cellphone without service, so dont say you need a
phone for emergencies. Phones are one of the biggest wastes of money
in any home. Rather than pay a phone bill, pay off your other bills
and the bill collectors wont keep harassing you by mail after you
disconnect your phone. And for the mailbox, well, that's another
useless device in every home. Just another means for bill collectors
and advertisers to harass you. The only good thingt is that there is
no cost to own a mailbox (not yet anyway), and the contents of the
mailbox can be tossed in the garbage without annoying you.
A few other advantages.
1. Since it has it's own power supply, it is also less likely to get
I knew lots of people with only cell phones that had no service for 4
days during Hurricane Ike.
(I let them use my land line for $2.00 a minute. :-)
2. Reception is always consistently good.
3. Doesn't need $30 batteries.
Yes here in North America it is generally true that one does not pay
for each local land line call; whereas in some countries one pays for
each call or each minute of time spent when one initiates the phone
call, local or otherwise!
With cell phones many plans are structured so that one is charged for
air time, or an air time amount is structured into the basic charge or
Also land-line phones are generally more reliable and do not to the
same extent depend on either their own batteries or the power at cell
phone sites/towers or on the local cable system for power to their
nodes. An extended power failure of a couple of days could and
sometimes does play havoc with cell phone services.
There are of course advantages to cell phones. Often not listed in
phone book! Supposed to work almost anywhere (not true in certain
areas!) can be installed much more quickly than where cables, poles
etc. throughout towns, cities and the countryside are required.
Because of the investment in an excellent North American system
installed during the 1950s through 1990s etc. North America prospered
during that period while other countries and parts of the world had
generally poorer communications.
But if a country was starting today to install a 'good' telephone/
communication service a choice of only cell phone service might be a
good alternative? And a land-line is more limited in regard to the
extra services (texting, video, internet etc.) it can provide.
Just a few thoughts.
BTW have at least one land-line phone in the home that does not need
batteries or electricity to operate!
We had a power outage which was restored fairly quickly as is usually
the case, by the excellent work crews of our local power utility. The
following day neighbour complained "Her phone was still not working".
Her el-cheapo cordless handsets had not reset or recharged or
That's exactly what happened in Poland a few years ago - after the collapse
of the Communist system.
Various companies were called in to bid on upgrading the national system to
electronic switching and all the rest. Everybody said the system was so
decrepit it couldn't be fixed.
They junked the entire national telephone system and went entirely cellular.
They're actually illegal in The U.S. but guess who buys
most of the things? Yep, The U.S. government. Dey got guns
an dey kan doo wut dey wants.
Apparently that isn't a problem for movie theaters who have been using
them for years.
I am hoping to see legislation banning cell phone use in cars as
studies have shown that "cell phone using drivers" are more impaired
than drunk drivers.
He is confusing 'jammer' with the perfectly legal passive shielding some
public spaces like theaters and restaurants are installing when
redecorating. Metal mesh under the wallpaper, and metallic film on the
windows. Makes the place into a Faraday cage.
I doubt they do that either. I've flip my phone's ringer off instead
of shutting it off and I've yet to see any theater where cell phone
coverage vanished inside although I've obviously only been in a
:> And a land line is still cheaper than a cell phone.
:> -- :> PV
: And you're not annoying everyone around you when you're talking on them like
: those people on cell phones.
And you don't lose service in various spots around town. And the audio
quality is much, much better.
-- Andy Barss
On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 05:49:35 +0000 (UTC), Andrew Barss
And you don't have service at all except exactly one location.
I keep my home line so that businesses don't bother me on the cellphone --
its the number printed on my checks and used for all business contacts.
I now use VOIP so it's $5/month plus a penny a minute in either
direction anywhere in the US, going to asterisk PBX software which I
have set up for the sole purpose of eliminating all calls lacking a
human at the originating end from making my phones ring.
And with VOIP, it's far less reliable than my cell phone. Power and
internet must be up and it doesn't do 911.
I also have a SIP trunk on asterisk for similar reasons.
What lots of folks don't realize because they have no reason to know is
how crappy most wireless providers are as far as redundancy and backup
power. Typically they just have a small amount of battery that will keep
the site up for a short time. Only one carrier I know of is really anal
about having large amounts of battery and also generators on almost
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