jimw: For those of you that have never been in a disaster or emergency situation, and think landlines are a joke, I wish you well as to the best of my knowledge VOIP and cell have not been proven to be reliable in these situations nor in many cases to have the capacity to handle the call volume. When it comes to reliability from what I understand, landlines are the last service to get overwhelmed or go down. As such I would not EVER trust my life entirely to VOIP or Cell. They do have their place and purpose but not during times of an area emergency or disaster. As such I have no plans ever to give up my personal landline.Think about this: a single, large, EMP, such as from a nuke, way high up can fry all the electronics in your auto, home, cell towers, and server farms, but not your landline if mechanically switched - i.e. relays. Landlines are still the single best backup communication service we have when all else fails.Do phone company want you to know this? Of course not! They, like most businesses, are more interested in profits, rather than service. They could care less that you die because your phone doesn't work when you desperately need it to. They even have a term for this - collateral damage.
midigod: poughdrew: What is the age limit for a land-line? Does anyone under 35 have one of these things?Cute quip, but only a third of US households are cell-only.
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