Tuesday, July 09, 2013
"Do I Really Need a Land Line Phone?"
"Do I really need a land line phone?" This is a question that has plagued me for years. Well, not actually plagued me but I've thought about for years.
The first time this question came up was about twelve years ago when I worked at First Financial Bank in Downingtown. Sharon, one of the ladies who I worked with told me her 18 year old son, who was beginning college, got his apartment. She told me he decided not to get a land line but instead would use his cell phone for all his calls. My first thought was "No phone?" She said "Well, he makes all his calls with his cell phone, why would he need a regular phone?" Indeed.
Since that conversation I have mildly entertained the thought of getting rid of my land line. Why not? Ninety-five percent or more of the calls I get on my land line phones are from telemarketers. Oh I know, put my name on the "Do Not Call List." Hey, they still call. Just now, before I sat down at this computer to check my e-mails I see where I had a message on my land line. I take the time to dial into my voice mail. Nada. Nothing there. Then I look at my caller ID. "Out of Area." Well folks, we know what that means don't we? Another one of those "Do Not Call" calls.
In the past I mainly kept my land line in case my Mother called me. She didn't use a cell phone. However, she died in 2010 and since then I don't think I received more than a handful of "legitimate" phone calls on my land line. Oh sure, I get the calls from the doctor's offices reminding me of appointments or asking me to confirm appointments. They can just as well call my cell phone, which many of them do. I'm one of those folks who always give out two phone numbers.
I've justified having a land line in the past by saying I needed a land line to call a Help line. The only Help line I call these days is Apple and that is very rare. No longer do I have those hours calls for help with my Windows based computer because, thank God, I don't use Windows based computers ("Free at last, free at last! Thank God I'm free at last!")
I know I can save about $50 a month on my Verizon bill by cutting my land line. That should help offset my extra charges for my iPad Internet access and our two iPhones. Adds up doesn't it?
However, I do have a easy to remember land line phone. But then, I know I would derive immense pleasure by making life more difficult for all those telemarketers, scammers and my non existent grandchildren who call me from Mexico asking me to bail them out of jail. Oh yes folks, I've had THOSE calls.
So folks, do I take the plunge or not?