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Getting Rid of Your Home Phone (Landline): Pros and Cons

Laura is a technical writer. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, fine art, and making jewelry.

Woman talking on a cell phone/mobile phone.

Woman talking on a cell phone/mobile phone.

Pros: There are Many Pros to Giving Up Your Land Line

  • One less phone bill to pay means less hassle and best of all one big cut in fixed expenses.
  • No more telemarketers interrupting the family dinner or the afternoon nap. (Although I think this is changing).
  • Virtually all cell phones have “caller ID” (if it sees a phone number that’s in your contacts list, it posts the name of the person calling).
  • If you move, you take your phone number with you—no big hassle informing everyone you know to update your phone number in their auto-dialing phones or computers.
  • Built-in voicemail.
  • Cell phones can be used virtually any time and anywhere, except where prohibited (such as in airplanes and some hospitals, during theatre presentations, and so on).
  • Smartphones are a great option for professionals, busy parents, and college students because they are many electronic devices rolled into one configurable device. It's like having a computer, phone, and camera all in your hand at once.
  • Cell phone numbers aren't listed in the white pages of the telephone book, so you have an unlisted number.
  • Smartphones have numerous accessibility features for people with disabilities, from text sizing to pairing with hearing aids.
  • Some cell phones built for rugged use, so you can take them camping, hiking, biking, skiing, on the water, and other adventures and be more likely to have a way to call for help if you get in trouble.
  • Most cell phone carriers filter out, or have ways of reporting, spam callers. Also, you can block any number or person from contacting you quickly and easily without contacting the phone company.

Cons: There are Also Many Cons to Going Completely Cellular/Mobile

  • If you have a home security service, you may need to keep your land line in order to stay with the same security service. Other services, however, are available that do not require a land line.
  • Ditto with satellite TV and radio service—they require land lines; I’m not aware of any that don’t, but please leave a comment to this article if you know of any.
  • You almost have to have your cell phone with you at all times. As I write this, I wonder “why??” and the only answer I can come up with is that it’s the etiquette of cell phone usage.
  • There is no “household” phone or concept of getting the whole family on separate phones at key events around the year. You can’t add additional receivers (at least not yet) to your cell phone.
  • You can’t send faxes via your home land line any more.
  • Some rural areas still have spotty cell phone coverage.
  • Some rural areas still have only dial-up Internet service.
  • You MUST make sure your cell phone is charged at all times in order to receive calls.

VoIP: Another Option

Another option is to use VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) in place of a landline. In this case, your calls go over the Internet, rather than over phone or cellular lines. Many options are available to suit your budget.

Reality check: what proportion of readers have a home landline phone?

Ultimately, It's a Personal Decision to Drop Your Home Phone

So, what did I decide, personally? About 2 years ago I decided to drop my land line and go strictly cellular, with my regular phone and a “throw-away”/”pre-paid” cell phone to leave at home at all times, so that I have something to use when I don’t really want to give out my “real” phone number to someone or to put on some form I’m filling out. It also provides a back-up in case my main cell phone dies or disappears suddenly.

Further Reading about Cell/Mobile Phones

  • Cell Phone Etiquette Tips For the Modern Age
    The cell phone is a great tool to use for emergencies. But, EVERY phone call is not an emergency. Frankly, we don't all want to know about your personal life, either. Find out four simple rules to keep your sanity and uphold civilization.
  • Don't Spend a Fortune on Your Cell Phone Bills
    Cell phone expenses can be extremely high depending on the plan and services chosen. By knowing what you need in a cell phone before you buy, you can choose a phone that fits your needs & your budget.
  • 5 Cell Phone Rules for Kids and Teenagers
    It is important to have cell phone rules for kids. Your family cell phone policy should include limits on cell phones at night and school, and monitor cell phone contacts for young kids.
  • Why Don't Airlines Allow Cell Phone Use During Flights?
    If you have ever wondered why you can't use your cell phone on US airlines, or why in other countries some airlines allow them and some don't, this article explains the issues in an easy to understand way.

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Debra Allen from West By God on February 05, 2015:

You are welcome my friend.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on February 05, 2015:

Thanks for commenting, my Lady! Yes, mountains can be a real hindrance to reception. I didn't even think about that when writing this article—I've been living in FLAT Minnesota too long! Thanks again for pointing out a major negative to getting rid of your landline for folks who live in beautiful mountainous regions! Cheers!

Debra Allen from West By God on February 04, 2015:

We will never get rid of out landline. We had a cell phone but there is little recption here on our mountain and we got screwed by a cell phone company.

We also opted to use cable as our internet and TV providers becaue we got local stations whereas the satellite was hard to get due to the area we live in and the many trees in the forest. They did not have any of our local stations and was hard to find the weather for our area.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on February 04, 2015:

Hi, PeachPurple! Thanks for commenting. I can't imagine what I'd do without my smart phone. It keeps my life in order (and makes calls, too! LOL). Cheers!

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peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

we stopped using telephone at home but had to have a line in order to connect internet. All family members call thru mobile phone

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on October 17, 2013:

Cable companies--sheesh! They're trying desperately to compete with the Internet, but they're past their prime.

(Thanks, Crafty to the Core!! I'll send you a link to the finished article and if you change your mind just let me know!)

CraftytotheCore on October 17, 2013:

We used to have a home phone. That's before I got a cell. But the monthly bill was outrageous. I cancelled it. We just use cell phones now. However, our cable company has a package deal which includes a free phone line. But it's actually not free, they charge $7 for this and a few dollars for that...ridiculous. In order to cancel it though, my monthly plan will go up. They only give a special rate if we keep the phone. I have it to use but I had to unplug it because even though it's an unlisted number, it's a recycled number. So there are two automated computer calls that dial that number every single day like clockwork. I tried to have them blocked and no success.

To answer your question in my email, yes! I don't mind at all. :D

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on April 21, 2013:

Thanks for reading! I dropped mine about 5 years ago. The only time I miss it is when I misplace my cell phone (typically in the sofa cushions, that sort of thing). Otherwise, I have to wait for a timer to ring or a friend to call. Cheers!

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on April 21, 2013:

Interesting hub. I stopped having a landline about 4 years ago, and haven't missed it.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on October 03, 2012:

Excellent suggestion! This is one I haven't heard of. Thanks, Marla!

Maria Esteban on October 02, 2012:

One phone service is worth trying is Ooma. It is very cheap – I can make unlimited calls in the U.S. for free and international rates are low compared to other services out there.I get clear connection .. there is no voice delay when calling abroad

J Schneider on July 16, 2012:

I'm keeping my land line for the time being.

1. My land line is very ecconomical. It seldom exceeds $33 per month.

2. I like to make lengthy long-distance calls. Even my "local" calls are in different area codes.

3. I like the privacy afforded by the land line. The 4 people on my cell phone account do not need to know to whom I am talking. They may not be able to hear the conversations, but just knowing that they can see my call history makes it feel like an old fashion party line.

4. My cell phone account has 4 family members listed but I am the only remote location. My calls are often to area codes that are neither the cell phone number nor the land line.

5. I know that the other members of the cell phone "family" use their phones for all of their calls. I don't need to add to the problem of running over the allotted minutes or "scrimp" on my own phone call habits.

6. When I am filling out applications or regstering for services, I don't want to use the cell phone number. I like to compartmentalize my life.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 21, 2012:

Thanks, Jo!

Jo_Goldsmith11 on June 21, 2012:

Hello Laura,

I decided about 3 yrs ago to get rid of the landline phone. I went to cell phones instead. I use the connection for my cp DSL connection.

As far as the telemarketers. I still get trapped into the schools calling me or other crazy folks looking to see if I would like one of their products.

I may in the future think about going primitive. A couple of tin cans! :)

Voted up and shared. nice informative hub.:) take care

kirit parikh on April 27, 2012:

i like to reduse my phone bill please send me e mail on so i can save moneis

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on April 05, 2012:

Great info on the pros and cons of going totally mobile. I just went through the same evaluation process about a month ago, and decided to bite the bullet and get rid of the land line. So far, it's working out fine, and I'm saving myself more than 50 USD a month, too, since my daughter added me to her existing plan.

The biggest problem I've had is remembering where I put the cell phone!

Up and useful!

guest on March 27, 2012:

Land line costs $44. Add min. cell service - $65. I could up the cell minutes, cancel land line and save over $240 annually.

Vibhavari from India on March 13, 2012:


Even in India more and more people are using cell phones. I have a land-line for my broad-band connection and very rarely get calls on that line. Though at times when the signal on the cell is poor, it is handy to have a land-line. Some land-line instruments do have a caller ID facility, so you can decide which calls you want to answer.

Sometimes the cell phone becomes a distraction, especially when you are in with a group of friends and there are people talking or texting and not giving the present moment their full attention.... they may as well not be a part of the group interaction at all. Also carrying a cell phone on your person is not good for health.

All said and done, I think the land-line does have some advantages, especially like the instrument does not heat up or run out of battery in the middle of a conversation and no one has yet said using the land-line is bad for health.

iain-mars from United Kingdom on March 11, 2012:

Great hub. I only use a cell phone which is the same as a lot of people I know. There's definitely a decline in the number of landline users happening at the moment.

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