GIMME SHELTER- Land line or cell? Decision is a close call
Q: I hear a lot of people are getting rid of of their home phones and just using their cell phones. I'm considering it, but still wonder if it's a good idea.
A: Yes, a lot of people are choosing to abandon their home phone lines, or at least they say they are. Since there are still clear benefits to having both, there's no need to make an either/or decision. For example, your home phone will ring in every room of your house, whereas you have to find your cell phone to answer it. And what if the power goes out and you can't recharge your cell phone? Also, cell phones often don't work in certain rooms of a house or in certain areas of your property. For many people, having both a home phone and a cell phone gives them a sense of security in case something happens with one or the other. As good as cell phones have become, they're still wireless.
In many ways it's a generational thing. For example, it's hard to imagine the younger generation having home phones, because they're so used to having one mobile number. In addition, young people are taking advantage of all the technological bells and whistles that come with cell phones– cameras, text messaging, song recording, e-mail, and Internet connections.
As the technology of cell phones improves, and as people become more comfortable using them, they may begin to eclipse the home phone line. For the time being, however, home phones are still a vital connection to the outside world, providing faster Internet connections and a sense of security for those who don't completely trust their cells.
Basically, you need to consider how you operate. Are you a single person living alone who could do without a home phone? Are you a business person who wants to be reached at one convenient number? Do you have a family who fights over the home phone line? Maybe you need to get cell phones for your kids and keep the home phone for yourself. Are you tired of paying for your home phone line when you never use it? Would you really feel secure not having a home phone line?
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