For a few years now we’ve been considering disconnecting our land line.
Our biggest reason for keeping it was internet. In our remote area, choices for internet are very limited. We just got a decent cell phone tower. And it’s only been a few years that we’ve had DSL. For a long time we had dial up internet.
Last year, I brought the phone down to the basics. I got rid of all the bells and whistles, like caller ID and call waiting. We could accept calls at no charge, but it would cost us to call out. Easy enough. With everyone having a cell phone, this wasn’t a big deal.
Without caller ID however, we tended to let the answering machine pick up first. After all, most people who know us would call our cell phones.
Then the answering machine broke.
So anyone who tried to call our house phone, never got through. Eventually, the phone quit ringing all together.
On a whim, I called the phone company again. Turns out that they now offer a stand alone modem, so we no longer need the phone line!
My first reaction was joy! After all, we’d be saving about $30 a month by disconnecting the phone. But surprisingly, it took me a minute to actually tell the representative to do it.
I’ve spent the last couple of years weaning myself from the land line, but to actually cut the cord made me sad.
When the deal was done, I wrapped the phone up with it’s cord and placed it in our donation box. Perhaps somebody out there can use it.
Or could it be that we were the last people on earth to take this step?
Any of you still have a land line? Any plans to disconnect?