A few years ago, it would have been inconceivable to not have a home phone, but an increasing number of people are cutting their landlines. So many people have cellphones and use them for so many things nowadays that it often doesn’t make sense to have two phones (and two phone bills).
A poll taken earlier this year found that 52% of Americans had indeed given up on landlines and had their cellphone double as a home phone. That’s a 100% increase over the same number when a survey was conducted in 2010.
While it’s not surprising to hear that young people have no use for landlines, older folks are also getting into the habit. The GfK MRI Survey of the American Consumer reported that now 23% of seniors only use a cell, up considerably from just a few years ago.
Cutting the cord can save quite a bit of money over the course of a year and you will also be subjected to fewer sales calls. However, there can also be a few potential downsides to only having a cellphone:
- There are potential safety concerns if you don’t have a landline. If the cellphone dies or you cannot find it readily in an emergency, then it will take longer to call authorities, which can jeopardize your safety. If there’s a power outage, you can’t charge your cellphone, but a landline will still work.
- Some rural areas have poor cellphone reception. If you fall into that category, you’re better off keeping a landline.
- If you are elderly and have a medical emergency alert phone system, they will only work through a landline.
Where do you stand on this issue? Do you only have a cellphone? Only have a landline? Or both? Are you happy with the choice you made? Click the comment button and let us know!