In today’s poll, I’d like you, our readers, to help me make an important life decision. All right, maybe it’s not that important. Nonetheless, I’d like some input. As I mentioned last week, I will be moving to a new house next month. Of the many decisions that Mrs. Z and I are faced with, we have to choose whether to keep our landline phone service, or dump it and just rely on our cell phones. I’m leaning one way, but Mrs. Z the other. What do you do at your home?
Personally, I think the landline is a waste of money. When I looked at our bills and saw that we could save a good chunk of change by dropping it, I was ready to go cell phone only. It will be only a minor inconvenience to notify friends, family and various institutions of the phone number change.
Mrs. Z, on the other hand, thinks that a landline is good to have in emergencies. She also likes having a home phone as our primary number, so that telemarketers, political campaign robo-calls and so forth will go to that answering machine rather than harassing her personal cell phone.
Another possible advantage to keeping the landline is that we have unlimited calling and long distance on that plan, whereas we’ll have to monitor the minutes on our cell phone plans if those get more use.
Which way should we go with this?