In a little experiment we have cut out our home phone (land line) service. It saves us about $30 a month. That service included unlimited long distance but I have that on my cell phone so it seemed redundant.
While I am happy to save the money, I do have concerns (of course!) about giving up my land line:
1. I can’t hold my cell phone on my shoulder and talk while I wash dishes or fold clothes. I could use the head set but then the only place I have to set the phone is in my cleavage and invariably I hang up on people.
2. Sometimes I forget to charge and/or lose my cell phone in the house.
3. I don’t hear the ring all over the house.
4. You can hook your security system up without a home phone but it costs you more to hook it up and more per month.
5. I am worried the kids will never learn how to answer a phone. I don’t want them touching my cell phone (they will break it!), and it’s weird for a kid to pick up an adult’s personal cell phone line. How will they ever learn phone manners?
The upside is you’re saving money.
What do you think: Do you have a land line at home?
Is it safe to only have a cell phone at home? (I worried about leaving a baby sitter at home but then I realized they all have their own cell phones.) What if you forget to charge it, lose it or have problems – all of which seem to happen often to my phone.)?
How will kids learn to answer a phone that is not specifically their phone?
(Check back in at 2 p.m. for a second topic. Also make sure you caught yesterday’s discussion about whether letting kids cry it out can make them less smart and less kind.)