incrediBILL - 11:03 pm on Sep 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
Some of my friends now have VOIP internet phone from Comcast which is stupid because when the internet is down, how do you call them and report it? LOL My internet periodically goes off, my landline has NEVER went off, which would you prefer? Worse yet, when the power goes out the whole phone system dies unless you have UPS, unlike the landline with it's own power where all you need is a handset. Therefore, no cable phones for me as a primary communications device.
Besides, I can already Skype over my internet connection for free, why pay them an extra fee? I mean sure, in the event I ever need 911... but my cell phone will suffice and even give them my GPS coordinates.
Recently when I upgraded my cell phones at the Sprint store the salesman tried to pitch me a Sprint 'landline' <snickers> and I said I already had a cell phone, what's the point? He shows me the desk top handset we could use. Big whoop. I knew it was coming and eventually he shows us the box with the antenna that you "just plug the phones into this...". Ah ha, you mean the wireless broadband transceiver for VOIP phones just like Comcast does? Um, no thanks. Using a cell phone from my house loses the call every now and then, adding dropped calls to my 'landline' wouldn't exactly be an improvement would it?
People also forget that the real landline is also the only way to use a real fax machine and modem, which my old TiVo still uses. I think the TiVo is officially retired now, replaced by dual tuner DVRs, but the fax machine still gets used a couple of times a year although eFax and my scanner have pretty much replaced the need for that too. Need to sort it all out.