Hangin’ Up: Is it time to cut your landline?


I stopped answering my home phone three months ago. The reason for being a non-landline phone answering homeowner was simple — no one ever called for me. The bored, unfamiliar voices on the other end always asked for the same nonexistent people:

landline phones

Caller: Hello, is Mrs. Taylor there?

Me: Um, that’s my mother?

Caller: Can I speak with K. Taylor, please?

Me: Unpossible! ‘K’ is not a real person first name. Well, unless you’re ‘Agent K’ from Men in Black. But then his first name is ‘Agent’, and he’s still not really a real person. Stupid neuralyzer.

Caller: Is the head of household available?

Me: Cripes, everyone in my household has a head.

Whenever I did pick up the receiver to brave the noise, the caller always seemed to want the same darn thing — to scam-sell me something. The “scam” could range from convincing me I’d won a wicked cruise (Yeah, scam), needed a dire repair to my Windows computer (Another scam. I have a MacBook Pro), or to inform me my credit card balance was in trouble (Total scam. I’ve never carried a balance).

rotary phone

Ring-a-Relic: This rotary landline is still in use. The owner (a friend of a friend) must fail to realize the awesome that is pressing β€œ0β€³ to cut straight to customer service. Seriously.

If the caller wasn’t a staticky scammer calling from overseas, chances are I’d be greeted with dead silence followed by the dreaded robocaller click. The worst of my robocalls were received during the recent provincial general election in British Columbia. Of course I voted, but for the month leading up to the election I had to deal with robotic politicians pitching their recorded platforms morning, noon, and night. Tedious. Horrible.

On the eve before the eve the election I got mad. And then I got squawky.

How much was I paying for these telemarketers and polito robocallers to reach out and dial me? I checked my Telus phone bill for the numbers. For around $25 per month — that’s $300 a year — I wasn’t phoning home, faxing important documents, or surfing the Information Superhighway with a 56.6 baud modem. Nope. These were my days of old, and today I was paying good money for people to bug me at home on my dime.

Since buying a fancy unlocked iPhone most of my friends either text or call me on my cell, and only two people now ring my landline.

Not unlike the National Security Agency (NSA), I was curious about the phone conversations of others, so I posted this landline question on my Squawkfox Facebook page. The response was huge.

Squawkfox Facebook Page

Given the passion both for and against the humble home phone line, I decided to get real to this expense and do the math.

Cut the landline: How much money can you save?

Could I save money by cancelling my landline and communicating with just my mobile? Other telephone talkers have done it, so maybe the money-saving math could work for me too.


I wanted to create a handy dandy tool like the Compare Cell Phone Plans Spreadsheet for you guys, but ’cause everyone’s landline plans, long distance needs, bundle thingers, and cell phone plans vary drastically, it’s silly complicated to create a single tool to reliably calculate an individual’s ringin’ costs. So instead, here are some simple steps to get the easy math done:

How to compare your landline and cell phone costs:

Step 1: Get your landline phone bill. Write down your monthly cost. How many minutes are you telephone talkin’ per month?

Step 2: Get your cell phone bill. How are you being billed? If you talk more, will it cost more to cut your landline minutes? At what point and by how much do your mobile voice minutes become a deal, or deal breaker? Maybe you already have unlimited local calling? Or perhaps you pay a flat rate by the minute? Read the fine print! Can you text more and talk less?

Step 3: Get crunching. How much would your monthly cell phone bill increase if you added the minutes from the landline to it? This is the tricky part, because cell phone billing may become complicated, especially if you’re committed to a contract.

Step 4: Get the difference. If the increase in your monthly cell phone bill is less than what you’re paying for the landline, you would save some cash by cutting your home phone.

My landline savings, explained:

Step 1: My landline costs $25 per month, including all local calls. I use my home phone for about 30 minutes each month.

Step 2: My cell costs a base amount of $15 each month, plus airtime. Airtime minutes are bought in blocks of 500 for $25, which totals $0.05 per minute. These minutes never expire.

Step 3: If I use my cell for 30 more minutes each month, my mobile cost would increase by 30 x $0.05 = $1.50 per month.

Step 4: By cancelling the landline and opting for mobile only:

  • Landline costs: decrease $25 per month
  • Cell phone costs: increase $1.50 per month
  • Total Telephone Savings: $23.50 per month or $282 per year

Bottom Line: Cutting the landline and switching to my mobile plan to communicate saves me a total of $282 per year. These savings don’t include the sanity-saving measure of stopping telemarketers and robocallers from tapping my time.

4 Reasons to stay on hold.

Not everyone should cancel their home phones just to save a few bucks. Here’s why:

1. Emergency Use: A landline may be more reliable in cases of medical emergency when 911 service is a must! The danger of dialing 911 on a cell phone or via a VoIP system (Skype, etc.) is your call may be routed and dispatched to the wrong location thanks to incorrectly transmitted GPS or nonexistent VoIP location data.

In 2008 a baby died in Calgary because the ambulance was dispatched to the family’s former address in Mississauga after an emergency 911 call was placed via VoIP. Sure, in 2012 the CRTC cracked down on VoIP service providers to ensure they complied with federal rules for 911 services, but if someone in your family has a medical condition where a life-saving 911 call is a possible scenario, you may want to think twice about cutting your landline loose.

Dial Tone

Golden: This princess rotary phone sells for $200 without the doily. I agree, this phone is nothing without the doily.

2. Reliability: Maybe you live in an area with spotty cell coverage, or perhaps your landline is a backup for when your mobile battery dies. Some talkers argue that sound quality is better on a landline, and in case of power outages a landline often keeps you connected to the outside world, even in the dark.


Then again, if your rural road washes out and your neighbour’s excavator hits the buried landline in an attempt to repair the wreckage, your cell phone will be far more reliable. Yes, this really happened to me. No, I could not drive my Smart Car over that mess. Yes, I was trapped. πŸ™‚

3. Yer old skool: Sending faxes via a fax machine or using a modem to access the internet means you need a dang landline. Sorry, peops. Maybe it’s time to upgrade?

4. Cost: Got a sweet bundled telecommunications deal where your landline is more of a perk than a breakout cost? Yeah, you know who you are, and you all tend to have cable packages. Can I convince you to cut your cable too? — here are 10 Legal Alternatives to Costly Cable.

Landline alternatives

Cutting the landline and going fully mobile isn’t possible for many people due to cost and coverage. I was going to compile a long list of alternatives, but the folks on the Squawkfox Facebook page nicely listed these ever-changing options already! Plus, these smart people reviewed these options with experience to boot! So join them over here on Facebook and get in on the brainy money-saving action.

So where am I going with this?

Deciding whether to cancel your home phone comes down to accessibility, safety, and money.

rotary dial phone

But after calculating my savings by going mobile while considering safety factors and alternatives, I decided to tell Telus to cut my landline. It took under 10 minutes to cut the service. Sure, I have to give 30 days notice before my billing cycle ends, but that’s OK. In the end I’ll save some cash and have one less bill to pay.

The real bonus is not having to deal with telemarketers and robots disturbing my kid’s nap time ever again. You can’t put a price on sleep, seriously.

Your Turn: Do you still have a phone landline? Tell me why you cut the cord and how you communicate without a home phone.



  1. Robin from Frugal Family Times June 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Great article, Kerry! I WISH we could give MaBell the boot.

    We want so badly to cut the landline, but our main consideration is our kids. They are in primary school and have friends that call them to play, etc. I am not about to get my single-digit aged kids cellphones nor am I keen to have their friends call me on my cell. I’m not sure how other families deal with this issue, but that’s why were stuck with our landline.

    Also, we use a small company for inexpensive, unlimited, high speed internet – which requires the landline – I think the money we save just about pays for the landline.

  2. Phil McBurney June 17, 2013 at 3:48 am

    The main reason I keep my landline is for long distance calling. What are some long distance alternatives with cell phones?

  3. Ben June 17, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I’ve been landline-free since about 2003, back in Vancouver (in Toronto now). I was in a LD relationship, and using calling cards for long distance to the US, and with the three hour time zone difference, ended up using my cel a lot, to make calls in the evening, right after work. After a while, I noticed how little I was using my landline, and got a good deal from Bell, cut the cord completely.
    After moving to Toronto, we kept a landline for a while, but with two cel lines already, we realized three numbers total was overkill, and I transferred the old landline number to my cel. That was a technical nightmare via Rogers, AND it means that, because it used to be a landline, telemarketers and robocallers have the number on their lists, and I still get these. Luckily, I also have call display, and these kinds of calls are easy to identify and ignore πŸ™‚
    PS. we have a cool wall mounted rotary on the kitchen wall of our 1953 bungalow, too, for show only.

  4. Jody June 17, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I have a landline because of good reception (I can actually hear the words callers say) and because it is connected to my high-speed, unlimited DSL. The bundled price is quite reasonable. I do lots of work from home, so it’s nice to have the unlimited internet. I watch “tv” on my desktop. My cell phone is an old flip (texting horror) which is still on an old t-mobile pay-as-you-go plan – 10 cents a minute/10 cents a text. I use google voice to text people on my home computer. A friend gave me his iphone 4 with a shattered screen. It’s cachΓ© calls to me frequently, but I have resisted getting it fixed and signing up. I have never had cable and never will. My mind cannot quite wrap around how to “figure out” if I’ve arrived at the “best” configuration of connectivity and gadgets for me. Wish I had Squawkbox’ calcu-brain. Do you have comments for my situation? You have been a tremendous influence on my thinking.

  5. Nancy June 17, 2013 at 7:15 am

    The only reason I keep the landline at this point is that my mother lives with us, and uses the phone. She is so UN tech-savvy that she can barely use the land line we have. We gave her a cell phone to use when she’s out but she can’t remember how to use it, and it just makes her feel bad.

    So… when Mom goes, the phone will be right after her. Can’t wait to stop the telemarketing calls (which by the way are mostly because of her and her charities). She’s a total sucker, poor thing.

    Thanks for the article!

  6. Carolyn June 17, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I am in the same boat as Robin. Kids are the only reason we have the land line now too.

  7. Ivy June 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

    The only reason we still have a landlines is because of Internet. It has to go through the phone company to get it. Any suggestions?

  8. Rich June 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

    As a disaster volunteer for the Red Cross I know from experience that is a disaster situation cell phones will not be a viable option nor will VOIP. My cell is flooded with scammers and robo callers so having only cell service does not limit them in any way.Keep the cheapest land line offered by your telephone se4rvice provider if you live in any area where a potential weather disaster can strike.

  9. Braden June 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Can anyone tell me how to cut the landline while still keeping my security alarm and Dish Network TV service? Both require a landline, apparently.

  10. Shira Nahari June 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

    In vain I searched the article and all the comments for the most vital consideration in switching to cell phone and cutting the land line: EMF’s. The jury is in about the risks to health of cell phones. Mobile phone manufacturers spend literally billions annually to keep the information from consumers, but it is available for those who care enough to access it.
    My cell is for emergencies only, mostly kept turned off unless I am on the road. Basically no one has the number except immediate family and they know not to use it. People who want to reach me call the land line. I am on the Do Not Call list. Telemarketers and scammers get hung up on pronto.
    My cell is the simplest possible, with a decent SAR rating and pre-pay. It costs me around $60 A YEAR. The land-line is part of a triple bundle with unlimited calling at a reasonable rate.
    My health is more important to me than money or going with fads.

  11. Paula Lajoie June 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

    EARNONG: before you disconnect your landline make sure your alarm system is not hooked up to it or you will go through a huge rigmarole in order to get it hooked back up. they don’t install land lines anymore only Wireless landlines and they don’t connect often with the alarm company. Then, neither wants to take responsibility to hook them up without a huge financial obligations… experience talking…

  12. john e June 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Landline. I save at least $16.50 per month (your number) plus the $783 initial outlay by not having a cell phone at all. My $20 push button phone from the 1990s works just fine. I avoid tele-marketers by not answering the phone at meal time.

  13. Braden June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Shiri: EMFs can be cut by a thousandfold by simply using a bluetooth earpiece. That’s what I do, if I’m going to speak for an extended period of time. The bluetooth earpiece puts off only a miniscule amount of EMF compared to a cell phone, because it is communicating over only a short distance of perhaps at most, 30 feet. A cellphone has to communicate with a cell tower many miles away and therefore needs to emit a LOT more RF energy. Energy required increases exponentially over distance, per the Inverse Square Rule (which you can look up, if you’re technically inclined).
    So if you use a wireless earpiece (NOT one you plug into the phone!) you can use a cell phone without any concern. Just set it a few feet from you and talk through the earpiece.

  14. RegularGuy June 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Shira, you may have the option of ‘porting’ your landline to a free VoIP service (like Google Voice), after first porting the number to a new prepaid cell phone. At this time Google Voice is not allowing subscribers to port landlines directly to its service.

    That way you keep the home phone #, but you get to talk using a headset (or a VoIP USB handset) through your Internet connection. There’s no antenna next to your head, so no worries about radiation.

    I’ve had my landline number for over 40 years, and I didn’t want to lose it by ‘cutting the cord.’ Now I still have the number, but with no recurring cost. I can even ‘forward’ the landline number (now served by Google Voice) to my cell phone so callers can reach me either way.

  15. Connie June 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I keep a landline for low priced, “unlimited anywhere in N. America long distance, as my family is all over the States and Canada.
    I DO NOT own a cell phone and don’t want one. At present, I have my teen’s cell phone, my internet service and my landline with one carrier. I don’t do TV/ cable, so I save money there, With a high speed connection, I am able to watch TV programming that I might be interested in. I think the scenerio and the needs of every reader would be different and very hard for one to simply do the math on a spread sheet to decide which line to “clip.”

  16. Cleria June 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I keep my land line, foremost for the 911 , I was a 911 Dispatcher and as much as I love my smart phone, I know first hand the frustrations of trying to find someone who can’t talk and have called on a cell that is not showing a valid address..
    The second reason I keep my home number is this is the number I put on everything when asked for a contact number, this way I know the only people calling me on my cell are people I have given the number to. At home I cut off the ringer, and once a day I check if the message button is blinking , look at the caller list and decide if I’m going to listen to the message or just delete it.
    I also have my service at basic, so I figure the peace of mind I get is worth the cost.

  17. RegularGuy June 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Connie, you should check into Google Voice. It’s Internet-based phone service which, at least for 2013, is free to have and free to place all domestic long distance. You just need a Gmail address (also free) and either a VoIP headset or VoIP handset to use GV. The headset should have separate jacks for microphone and headset speaker, or have a USB jack.

  18. Helen June 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hey Kerry!!

    GREAT article! We got rid of our provider for the landline (Telus), but we kept our landline… how? We purchased the Ooma box (available at Costco, London Drugs etc.). Ooma box is about $160, but allows for free long distance in Canada, voicemail, caller ID, etc., but most importantly it is the only VOIP (i.e. internet phone) provider that has 911 coverage that is reliable. Other providers such as Vonage have had a lot of problems maintaining customer billing contact details vs. 911 contact details, so this was very important to us (given coverage during a power outage, lack of reliability for 911 coverage in a densely populated area for mobile phones and our parent’s health). Cost of Ooma each monthly is about $3, which is only for the 911 fees/taxes that our city charges for.

    Ooma does have a bit of a delay in transmission, but WELL worth it in the long run! We had estimated with our long distance and monthly fees (even with the bundle discount – which really wasn’t a discount) that we had the Ooma box paid off in 6 months.

    You can also port over your existing phone number too, but this can take up to 30 days.

    Last but not least, no telemarketers have our number and you can also pay extra each month for a second line and free calling to outside of Canada! The best choice for us!

  19. Sheila English June 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m keeping my landline brcause I don’t have a cell phone. Got rid of the cell over a year ago and have missed it only twice . Life can be lived without a cell phone and at less cost.

  20. Connie June 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    We can’t get rid of our landline because, sadly, there is no cell service where we live. We hope that someday there will be, but even then, we will probably keep our landline because we have our internet service bundled with it.

  21. RegularGuy June 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Connie, if your landline is ‘bundled’ with your Internet, you’re already using VoIP. Your phone service is connected through your Internet connection using ‘Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP voice service looks and feels like traditional wired phone service, but it isn’t the same.

  22. paulealex June 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Landline free since 2006!!! I know it’s very practical in case of emergency but well.. can’t have it all!! For all long distance I use skype. I add a few dollars once or twice a year, It’s really cheap and works great!!! And I use facetime with the Apple people in family/friends. Even better than the phone!!! I bought one of those phone handle handset and a extension cord so that I can sit comfortably on the sofa and not have to stay at the computer, just make sure your sleep setting are turned off during calls!!

  23. Christine Weadick June 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Our daughter has a landline and the only reason is that she lives in a controlled entry apt building and needs to be able to buzz people in. Her cell has call display but the other phone doesn’t. We have a landline for your first reason.. the ability to call 911, hubby is not well and I have had to call for an ambulance in the past. It’s bundled in with the cable TV and internet so I live with it. If we are going out to an appointment for hubby we take our younger son’s cheap pay as you go cell he got a few years ago when our landline crapped out at a lousy time.

  24. Terri June 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Great points!

    How do you keep telemarketers from calling yer cell number? Lately, I am seeing am increase in these pesky-calls, despite having registered my number on the US-do-not-call-lists (including AGAIN just over a month ago).

    (Part of the use of my landline, is to redirect calls to that number… instead of giving out my cell–I agree, that isn’t a very good use of $$ for phone service.)

  25. Michael @ The Student Loan Sherpa June 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve never had a land line. I graduated high school ten years ago and used my cell phone during college and it has remained the same. I bet I have saved thousands at this point.

  26. Gajizmo June 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve looked into the same exact thing, except in our case, with our DSL package, it was actually cheaper to have the land line than not. Funny how that works, right?

  27. Tina June 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Great article – already planning on cutting the home phone line!
    Any tips on cutting or reducing or changing cable providers? Or best internet prices and if you need to buy into the higher speed etc?

  28. Annie June 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Doe anybody have or has anybody used Magic Jack?

  29. Ray June 18, 2013 at 3:33 am

    For some people the way to save money is to keep their landlines, not to ditch them. The great thing about landlines is that they can be shared with family members. It costs us $15 a month as part of a bundle over coax. Also, mobile devices are really for… mobile people. 99% of the time I’m either at work or at home and I have landlines in both locations. Quite enough for me.

  30. Terri June 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

    We also have MagicJack. Seems like our family is phone-challenged. (cell phones don’t work well in house. To keep our landline as inexpensive as possible, we have measured service and no long distance). We use MagicJack when traveling (internationally especially) and for long-distance. We have not made it work perfectly (leaving it hooked up to receive calls, for example, but it is pretty cheap and ended up saving me from some very expensive phone calls to deal with a family death when I was traveling in the carribean on a yacht!) I use MagicJack as a back up plan–primarily for long distance, so I don’t rely on it as a primary phone.

  31. Natalia June 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I havent had a land line since the early 2000’s. Didnt make sense to have 2 numbers for 1 person. Plus I dont like voice mail, so that reduced how much I had to check πŸ™‚
    I call LD a great deal, so I already have to have an unlimited package. The only problem I’ve had was that I cant ‘bundle’ things, which increases internet costs.

  32. Rachel June 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I for one will most likely keep a landline for a variety of reasons. A landline doesn’t lose it’s charge in cases of emergencies where there is no power, ( landlines don’t rely on electricity- only if you want call display- and don’t have a hands free one) In case of an emergency a landline can pinpoint what apartment you are in- cell phones can’t. International calls are cheaper and much clearer when speaking with an interviewer say for radio, Cell phone towers go down quicker than losing a landline, and my favourite. I don’t have to be in constant contact with everyone when i don’t want to be. I don’t pay by the minute, and don’t have to ask people to call me to save on billing!

  33. Susan June 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    @Annie & @Terri – we also use MagicJack Plus as our landline. Cost per year is $30 – yes, I said per year, not month. I believe the signup fee for the 1st year is $60, not sure because when we 1st signed up they didn’t have MJ Plus so we paid $20 first year. MJPlus offers number portability, ability to use without going through your computer, and (in our experience) better reception than plain MagicJack. Main drawbacks – It is about 80% of the call quality we got from AT&T, so if you have to have blistering clarity you may not be happy… but good luck with getting that anyway! We also have to dial the area code even for local calls for them to go through, which is inconvenient but something you get used to in order to pay $30 PER YEAR. Did I mention it is $30 per year? πŸ™‚ I like it.

  34. Elle @ ForHerByHer June 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve been debating whether or not I should just get rid of my landline for the last two years. I also don’t remember the last time I had a real call on my landline. In fact, I doubt most people I know even know that I have a landline.

    I’ve decided to keep it for one reason only – safety. I’m a big time worrier and always imagine the worst case scenario – what if I can’t use my cell phone in a medical emergency? So for that reason, I’ve stripped my landline services to the bare minimum (no voicemail, call display or call waiting) and have kept it around.

  35. Ana June 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    About four years ago I cancelled my landline and got a cell phone. My ‘home phone’ number came with me (it was my number after all). My reasons were mostly monetary. At the time I was paying about $45/month for local phone service only and now with my blackberry I have all the bells and whistles including unlimited North America calling and unlimited internet for a mere $39.55 after tax. I did however keep my high speed internet with Bell. It IS possible to have internet without a landline. They just add something called a ‘dry loop’. Don’t know what it is, but they add it somewhere on their end (no need for a technician to come to the house) and presto internet without a landline!!

  36. essie June 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I have a landline and have never had a cell phone. I don’t see what the purpose of a cell phone would be for me, plus there are two people in my household, so I don’t see how it could possibly be cheaper than the landline. Both of us would need to buy a phone. With the landline, we just need one cheap phone and that’s it. Plus, I don’t wish to get sucked into a contract that I don’t have time to read and that will almost surely be more than the landline.

    I can see having one of those throwaway-type cell phones if I were travelling or something, but for daily purposes I have no need for a cell phone.

  37. Brenda June 27, 2013 at 3:02 am

    As the wife of an 911 dispatcher here in Ontario, I will always have a landline. Foremost – safety purposes. Living in a rural area, and the power can be cut off, the landline is the only safe way to call in an emergency. My husband has had MANY problems with call using VOIP, cell phones, Ooma, etc. in an emergency and they have to track where the call is from. Too often, there is a delay in response because of bad communication with the service provider, that lives are in danger. With a landline, your contact information is sent directly to the dispatcher – if you can’t talk, just having the open line will send someone. With ANY other phone (Voip, Ooma, cellphone), you MUST tell them your address (don’t rely on your provider to do so). This can cost you VALUABLE time in trying to get an emergency service.

  38. theresa June 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    We live in an area prone to power outages. As our landline phones are cordless, the phones don’t work when the power goes out. Just last week I called Bell to see about lowering my bill. We make no long distance calls have only call display and call answer and the absolute cheapest I can get is with tax $56 a month. As we are rural Rogers home phone is not available. I am seriously considering getting rid of the landline.

  39. Scott July 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

    To all the folks considering dropping their land line, but are concerned about others in their household (parents etc) not having access, or needing to keep your cell with you at all times, here is the solution I used.

    We dropped our land line a few years ago. I have a BlackBerry from work, and my wife also had a BlackBerry with a very basic plan that allowed unlimited IM including BBM. This allowed us to keep in contact during the days, especially since at the time we were sharing one car and traveling from different parts of the city together each day.

    At the time, I had a bundled Internet+phone plan, where the land line was costing about $18/month plus any long distance we used. The BlackBerry plan was $20 after taxes, for a total of $38/ month being spent on basic phone service. Both of our families live in other towns, so we used the long distance plan which took the cheapest of the 3 competitors, so on average we were paying about $14/ month on long distance, for a grand total of $52/ month.

    Eventually I discovered that long distance savings plan, was costing us around $8 a month, if we used any long distance, and that the majority of the time the only people we talked to on the land line was telemarketers, much like Kerry, so I started investigating other BlackBerry plans to see if it made sense.

    The plan we ended on is with Koodo, and costs $56/ month, includes unlimited Canadian minutes, and more than enough data to cover anything my wife wants to do, including FaceBook, browsing, etc.

    That’s all the background leading up to the next purchase, a set of 4 Bluetooth enabled cordless phones that will link to both of our BlackBerry’s.

    So that means, we come home, plug in our phones, and then we can pick up any of the 4 cordless handsets and make or receive calls, including caller ID for incoming calls.

    Its like we still have a home phone, that also happens to come with us when we aren’t at home. These are the ones I bough on sale at Costco a couple of years ago for around $65.


    So its really the best of both worlds, convenience at home with a standard type phone, no additional charges for long distance, and when we are not at home, we are still reachable. As as Kerry mentioned, texting and BBM are the main ways that people contact us at this point.

  40. Bryan Jaskolka July 18, 2013 at 3:05 am

    We just got rid of our land line this summer, and I’ve never been happier. As you mentioned, now we don’t have to worry about all those people calling that don’t REALLY want to talk to us anyway, and we’re saving money in the end. As for the kids that want to have play dates? Their parents email me and we set something up. When the time comes that they’re going to be chatty on the phone, they can either text or Face Time from the family iPad. Because my kids won’t have a cell phone either until they’re old enough to pay for it themselves.

  41. frugalcindy September 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    The landline is actually free with my high-speed Internet now from Bright House. You don’t even have to sign on for a contract. I need Internet to work so it’s a no brainer for me.

  42. Mike September 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I know most people cut their landline because they like smart phones. Well you may never heard of a smart landline phone. Plus landline service are cheaper than cell phone service. If you are to buy it you can go to google.com and search “Smart landline phone”. To know what they look like click images.

  43. Marie October 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t have a cell phone. I have had a prepaid one before. Not great coverage & just too expensive for us. I have a basic landline, no long distance. I discovered I could make long distance calls from google voice. I like having a landline, but I wouldn’t mind switching to a voip service. I just can’t figure out what the most cost effective route is. I am not attached to my phone number. I would LOVE to have an awesome smart phone that does everything, but the cheapest one is about 50$ a month, & that is quite a chunk in a year! I found this box that is supposed to allow me to call out using my google voice number. Thing is google voice has NOTHING available with my area code, so it would be long distance for local calls. I am trying to navigate this, I haven’t got it all figured out yet.

  44. snowman November 24, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I do not currently use a cell phone and like my landline. I hate people calling me at all hours of the day and night and find that my reception is much better with landline. Cell phones are convenient but not always good for regular use. Call me old fashioned but I do find the landline more reliable. The same goes for newspapers- I have found that people really still do love newspapers.

  45. Stan January 23, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Two simple questions to consider.

    1. How many times in a year do you lose your broadband connection? i.e. How many times does your internet go down for more than 30 months in a year.

    Answer: More often than you realize since you are not home 24/7.

    2. How many times in a year do you lose dial tone on a land line?

    Answer: In the United States the FCC requires that landlines are to maintain 99.999% up time annually. This is referred to as 5 nines in the Telecommunications Industry. It’s the gold standard and TO THIS DAY only old fashioned land lines meet that standard.

    If they don’t meet that standard that have to submit incident reports to the FCC and can be fined.

    What does 99.999% mean? It means your old fashioned phone is required by the FCC to have less than 5 minutes and 15 seconds per year of down time.


    The 5 nines standard does not apply to broadband internet, VOIP Phones, or Cellular phones. If those standard did apply Cable companies would not be in the VOIP business.

    So from the get go; the land line companies are held to a much higher standard and that is a competitive disadvantage for them.

    Been in telecom for almost 30 years. I have worked on both sides of the fence; namely land lines and VOIP solutions. Knowing what I know about both technologies; I wouldn’t bet my life on a VOIP line or a cell phone.

    What I do is the following:

    1. I have a prepaid cell phone for emergencies and long distance. That costs me less than $100 a year.

    2. I pay $20 a month for basic bare bones local phone service. That allows my security system to still work and I can call 911 during a power outage. I can also still receive incoming long distance calls.

    3. I have a home VOIP phone via Cable also. Turned out the bundle actually lowered my bill by $30 a month. I can use it for unlimited long distance also. But there is no way on this Earth I would trust it to be 5 Nines reliable. I base that on how often my Cable TV and Cable Modem go out to lunch in a month; much less over the span of a year.

    It’s worth $20 a month to me know that if I have a heart attack; all I have to do is hit the 911 pre-dial and that’s it. I don’t have to say a word. The line is hard wired to the 911 Emergency Center.

    That is not the case with Cellular or VOIP. You have to hope that some contractor in India entered your information correctly in a 911 database for those technologies.

  46. randomguy October 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The reason I still have a landline is that it gives me a number to put on business licenses and mortgages and bank accounts and all manner of contracts — for the simple reason that every one of these nitwits turns right around and sells your phone number. Even if they don’t sell the number, they do a credit check and the credit companies all sell your number. The credit companies are the worst guerilla marketers ever conceived.

    So, I have a landline for the same reason that I have a throw-away email address… something to give people I don’t know – don’t trust – or don’t particularly like.


    It works. I have phones in the house with the ringers turned way down. If I’m expecting a call, I turn the ringers up. Periodically I check for messages. Other than that – it’s simply to keep my cellphone free from solicitation. Knock on wood — so far its working. I get a spam-text or call about half a dozen times per year and I immediately block the number (most smartphones allow this).

    So far, so good.

  47. RegularGuy November 10, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Randomguy: You can get a free number from Google Voice. You ‘point it’ to your real number. When someone calls the Google # it can ring your ‘real’ number, or take a message. You can also block individual callers who become a nuisance.

  48. Zippy February 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I would like to keep the landline since we have young children and I worry about emergencies. For example, if a sitter were here or we taught our children how to call 911 if, for example, something happened to Mommy or Daddy and we were unable to call for help.
    There are other reasons too and as someone previously mentioned, I am not about to provide them with a cell phone at their ages. Plus we have calls long distance to the US

    However, I find the price of the homephone with Bell outrageous and am trying to find something cheaper that still provides a LANDLINE (not VOIP) but is not $40 a month. Any ideas?

  49. jm March 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I like the old phones, but not the expense of a real phone line, so I run them on my voip system. My voip system does everything I need it to do, blocking telemarketers, send all calls to vmail at night, etc. For 911 I programmed the local emergency number that goes to the 911 center at the police station. Costs are just $1 each for two phone numbers, and a free google voice number, and one cent per minute through a voip carrier otherwise free minutes via google voice. When I ‘m away, I do a few things: use a dumbphone, and if I’m near wifi, I can call through my voip system with my tablet, that is if I have my tablet with me. Because of voip and google voice, people only have to call one number to reach me wether I’m at home or away no matter what phone I have. When I come home, the dumbphone goes off and I answer on the wired phones.

  50. David J. June 30, 2015 at 2:03 am

    My brother and sister both dropped their landlines but I still have mine. Trouble is, I use my cell for long distance calls (such as to both of them) and sometimes I have no juice left in the cell. So what do you without landline service do–plug in your cell phone every night to recharge? I use my landline for local calls; the sound is more reliable, but I also have a lot of minuteSs stacked up on my cell that never get used, so sometimes I wonder about cutting landline to take care of that. But I also have caller id units; would these be useless without landline service? Please answer.

  51. TJ October 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Privacy. That is why I don’t get rid of my landline. Can you really call the bank, check up on your IRA account safely?
    Would like responses to my question. Thanks

  52. Nomadsandra January 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I have magicjack was great till i moved and the dolt upstairs ahs a cb tower which si cutting into my line can hear his conversations all the time and he listens to the police calls …not leagal…but now i decided to put a raid channel on that internet line so he can hear that ..Hope the hell he cant hear me doing my business and banking but probably can apparently those cb towers picked up cells and your car phone as well ..what up CTRC something wrong here we arent allowed to buy a blocking device but they cna listen to our banking and private calls>>?????I’m n Penetanguishene on where they allow personal cb towers.Not right.. but magickack is 49 f(0ne time amount) or the plug in then 10 for a canadaian number per year and 30 a year for use so very cheap. Plus free long distance across canada and the usa.Other thn the ass upstairs it works fine hoping the radio on it is now blocking his calls or listening to mine …i know most men hate rap so i put rap on lol a method to my maddness.

  53. M Eloise May 9, 2016 at 9:54 am

    For 2 years my husband has been trying to terminate a landline installed in1990. AT&T refused to terminate the number without a fee. In 1990, there was no such contract! He is 79 years old and no longer operates the business the number was tied to. He has stopped paying for the line. He calls them frequently and gets passed from one person to another who says they have no authority to take care of the problem. It is unbelievable that such a scam can continue!

  54. Howard November 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I’m about to drop my land line. I have Magic Jack and am happy with it. Just haven’t decided whether to port my old number to Magic Jack, or drop it and just use my Magic Jack number to help minimize the nuisance calls.

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