should we give up our voip phone and only have cell phones? help me decide.

The ancient technology I grew up with,
including the colour.
We still have a bit of antiquated technology called a home phone.

We use a VoIP phone -- have done so since 2002 -- which is why I say "home phone" rather than "landline". Our home phone is not a landline.

I've blogged about VoIP in the past: it's reliable, very inexpensive, and easier to use than Skype.* I also like the flat-rate monthly fee that includes all the bells and whistles. The only catch is that if your internet connection or power goes down, you have no phone, so it's best to have a cell phone as a backup.

Then we graduated to this.
The other relevant fact here is that Allan doesn't use a cell phone. He's had a cell phone at various times, and he hated them, and doesn't want to be bothered. (I actually have several friends who don't use mobile devices.)

And now this. But they suck.
This means that if I'm not home and there is a power failure or internet failure, Allan has no phone. This is not safe. A few months ago, Allan was in a minor car accident, and now I am insisting that he have a cell phone.

Recently our phone -- the hardware, not the service -- began to die, yet again. I find that no matter what brand I buy, the hardware (like everything else these days) is cheaply made crap that only last a few years. So, rather than buy yet another portable phone system, I'm thinking of getting rid of our home phone altogether.

I think no one under the age of 30 (or is it 40?) has a home phone or even thinks about the concept of it. But before I cancel Vonage, I want to be sure. Do we still need our home phone? What do you think?

* I also blogged about a crazy ordeal I had moving from Vonage US to Vonage Canada. And I notice in that post I still liked Rogers!


Kirbycairo said...

We gave up our home-phone about 5 years ago. It has been generally successful. The key is you have to have one of the family's cellphones that has a national calling anytime plan so you can call family and friends long-distance. So my partner has a really thorough plan and my (and the Kids'} are basic. It is really good not to hassle with a home phone anymore. It always seemed like we were paying too much and always getting unwanted calls etc.

laura k said...

Thanks, Kirby. That makes sense. I think we're ready to go the same route.

It seems most readers are commenting on Facebook now -- which dampens discussion here. (Stupid Facebook!)

impudent strumpet said...

In addition to all the usual reasons, I continue to favour the landline because I don't actually want to use the phone when I'm not at home, unless it's directly related to what I'm doing at the moment. ("I'm on the train", "Should I meet you inside or outside?" sort of thing.) I'm just not equipped to deal with the bank or a call back to work or a long chatty conversation if I'm not at home, so I use the home phone, which I actually want people to call, as a primary number and only give out the cell phone to people who might need to contact me urgently.

(I'm sure some people will point out that I could just look at the call display and ignore calls that come in when I'm not at home, but I could also do absolutely nothing and continue to have things set up exactly as I like them.)

laura k said...

but I could also do absolutely nothing and continue to have things set up exactly as I like them.)

Always the simplest solution. :) People who use Thing A often assume everyone wants Thing A in their life.

I use my cell much the same way, when it comes to voice calls. I rarely have actual conversations on my cell. (Although that will soon change.) I use my cell mostly for texting.

I do notice that no matter how many times I ask people, such as union members, to call me at home and give them my home number, they invariably call my cell anyway. I don't know why that is. But soon that will no longer be a mistake.

johngoldfine said...

My landline phone service and my internet come over the same wires, so there's no question for me. Somehow, neither Jean nor I have cellphones.

I'm just back from Wales, where I must have been the only person in the country still using those quaint remaining telephone call boxes.

laura k said...

As in dial-up internet? Wow.

laura k said...

Or maybe you meant DSL.

johngoldfine said...

Yep, DSL.

impudent strumpet said...

I do notice that no matter how many times I ask people, such as union members, to call me at home and give them my home number, they invariably call my cell anyway.

That's been happening to me so often lately! It's like in the past couple of years, people have decided that it's somehow rude to call my landline even when I explicitly ask them to use my landline and not my cellphone and explain why. Even when I don't answer the cellphone if I'm home and they haven't tried the landline first and then get back to them a few hours later and tell them I'm sorry I didn't get their message until now because I don't keep my cellphone on when I'm home.

I think I'm going to have to start refusing to give out the cell number at all ever!

laura k said...

With some people, it's might be because we text each other. So even when I ask them to call a different number, they don't remember or don't pay attention, and just call the number that they use to text. But others, who I've never texted -- why???

I'm taking the easy way out, getting rid of the choice!