I Finally Cut the Cord

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As I promised a few weeks ago, I’ve disconnected my land line. Actually I had my husband do it, because after several random snafus that involved my office line going dead and then randomly dialing 9-1-1 at odd times during the day and night, I can no longer deal with talking to AT&T.

It only took 15 minutes, but involved speaking with four different people because he was transferred to the wrong department twice. Incidentally, as a former employee of the phone company, my husband shed some light on why you have to give your phone number to the IVR when you call and again to each successive person. Apparently the first time it helps route the call, but the number doesn’t actually pop up on an agent’s screen when they answer the phone. And your information typically doesn’t go with you when you’re transferred from one agent to another because the various departments’ back ends aren’t connected.

The timing of my voluntary disconnection, however, is perfect. Aside from not paying AT&T $60 a month, the best part of killing my land line will be the end of all the campaign calls. I had five of them on the Tuesday that Texans went to the polls. It drove me crazy that despite being on the Do-Not-Call List, I still had to hear from political campaigners multiple times a day in the weeks leading up to the primary. Now I’m off the hook.

23 Comments

George Hines

Nice move. We thought about cutting the phone cord, but didn’t want to rely entirely on our cell phones. Instead, as part of my effort to cut the cord from cable TV, I ran across companies like OOMA and MagicJack. Instead of a monthly fee, I pay only Federal Taxes as such (for my, it’s less that $12 per year). I still keep my phone and use it as before. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten rid of the telemarketers (groan).

http://www.cuttingthebills.com/2010/04/cut-cord-with-free-phone-service.html

Craig

What about a connection for my Desktop computer. No phone line, no DSL and the phone company has to charge for the line?

Erik Giberti

Scott R.

Vonage has 911 location services (you need to provide your physical address via the website for it after you activate your service) and most cell phones some level of E911 service although location information is spotty.

If you read over this document, you’ll see the highlights of what/when to expect reliable emergency service from a cell phone beginning September 11, 2012.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/wireless911srvc.html

Scott R

One thing to know – perhaps the last remaining reason to consider a landline is for 911 if you have children. Cell phones don’t give a physical location, land lines do. This might be a consideration worth mentioning for those that have small kids..

Brian

The ONLY reason I have a landline (from my cable company) is because our high speed (15M service), Digital cable are bundled with my voice line for $99 plus taxes (non promotional rate). We usually use it for receiving calls from our relatives.

Most of the time, my wife and I talk on our Sprint phones and communicate with our relatives on our mobiles as well. And, when the power fails due to storms or whatnot, my Sprint phone always works.

Short story, we have mostly cut the cord, but we haven’t because our landline is nearly free. The ala carte price for digial cable plus 15M service exceeds $99 per month. Go figure.

Jeanette

After switching to cable phone to save over $100 per month, I had nothing but trouble. When I went back to Verizon, I had no service for three months. Finally, Verizon found the problem: the cable company had cut the wires from the phone box into the house at a point past the service box. In other words, Verizon said my phones were working when they did not and charged me. Today, my monthly charges with Verizon are less than last year for the same services from the same company.

If I did not need a landline to do teleseminars, I would cut the cord.

As for 911, don’t count on the landline phone company answering. We waited for over 20 minutes for them to answer and got faster service from a cell phone.

macdad614

Hmmmm, my phone bill is about $45 per month … thanks to the added charges and taxes that amount to about $15, something the phone company rep didn’t mention when he sold me this plan. And the cost continues to increase, something it shouldn’t be doing considering the number of people who are cutting their phone lines altogether. When I can be sure I will not have to use the dial-up for my internet, I will save that $45 each month. As for 911 calls, I don’t live in a place where that is a major concern. The only times I have had to call 911 recently is when I have been on the highway and someone is driving like a moron in a hurry to get to Hades.

Andrew

@ Chris – you can’t be serious about Vonage. It’s horrible. My business partner used it and had nothing but problems. There was a couple second delay between when you picked up the phone and heard the other person, and whenever the service went down (at least a couple times a month) any call to his home line would be forwarded to his office line.

@ Vinnie – I’ve received those calls several times as well.

Shaun Dakin

RE: Political calls and cell phones.

Unfortunately, politicians can call ANY number, including cell phones at any time. If you register to vote with a cell phone number they will get it. If you volunteer or contribute to ANY campaign and use your cell phone number they will call you.

Exempt from the do not call list, politicians are increasingly using calls and robo calls to contact voters.

As I testified in the US Senate recently These calls are an epidemic and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.

Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at StopPoliticalCalls.org.

Here is a quote from a member this morning:

“I find it very frustrating… I tend to get calls at the WORST time. I have a one year old daughter, and it NEVER fails that the phone will ring when I put her down for a nap or for bed. Also my vote is PRIVATE… so who do you think you are calling with a survey to find out who I am voting for!!! Stop calling me.”

Regards,

Shaun Dakin
CEO and Founder
http://www.stoppoliticalcalls.org

beatofhawaii.com

We got rid of our landline 4 years ago and have never missed it. We use VOIP and cell phones. The cell phones work during most power outages. It seemed scary but really, it was just a $600 per year savings at with no downside.

SlickRick

If you live in the bay area, you live in earthquake country. When the power goes out, a corded phone can still be live. I’ve experienced this a few times before.

Tony

Hmmm, my local phone bill is about $17/month, so it’s worth keeping for reliable 911 and local calls.

The best part about not watching much TV: missing all the political ads (even if I’m going to vote for the pol, I generally can’t stand their ads).

In the fall, the best part about living in a non-competitive state: I get to miss most radio and TV political ads. I feel sorry for the people in swing states like Ohio and Florida.

Stacey Higginbotham

I was using a traditional phone line from AT&T. I cut the cord to rely on my mobile. I also use Skype.

Chris

You should have Vonage,they are the best. If you call plenty of long distance calls to Europe, they have great rates. Going with AT&T sorry to say is not a good move. They were atrocious before and now even more with Apple iPhone service.

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