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Should you ditch the landline phone?

 

Many people these days are pondering this question. According to statistics compiled by the International Telecommunication Union, nearly 43% of all phones in America are cell phones. The FCC recently reported that landlines have decreased by 37% since 2000.

Discarding a landline phone in exchange for only a cell phone would only make sense with an "unlimited nights and weekends" plan. Without this type of plan the cell phone bill would be outrageous. As with anything, there are some pros and cons to having only a cell phone. Below we will look at a few of these.

Pros:
- One less bill each month
- The cell phone will receive calls wherever it goes
- Easier to switch over if you move

Cons:
- No reception with the cell phone in some areas
- Your number is not in a phone book
- Harder to access the internet
- Can end up costing more for the cell phone plan if you use more than the allotted minutes.

How to make the decision.

If you really like the Internet and have thought about getting high-speed (cable, DSL) access, maybe this is a good time. High-speed internet access may be cheaper than your current monthly phone bill. You could also surf the net by hooking your computer to your cell phone and using its modem. However, this would be painfully slow (14.4kbps).

If you are one of those people who just can't live without a cell phone and don't spend much time at home anyway, then the answer is clear. Do away with the landline!

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