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(The Consumerist)   The U.S. landline telephone is now down to just a few remaining rollover minutes   ( consumerist.com) divider line
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5165 clicks; posted to Geek » on 28 Dec 2012 at 9:33 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-28 12:38:24 PM  
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I've got a fairly robust VoIP system with a few Cisco SPA phones scattered around the house connected to an SPA9000 IP PBX. The PBX, edge router, modem and PoE switch connect to a UPS so I don't lose service during a power outage. I do have a work-supplied S3, but cell call quality is still crap. VoIP is almost as good as POTS.
2012-12-28 10:21:15 AM  
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All these self-important schlubs running around with cell phones. You really think your friends and family need 24-hour access to you? You're not an on-call trauma surgeon.
I know, everyone thinks they need a cell phone just in case they're in a rollover accident at the bottom of a ravine. News flash.....your chances of being trapped underneath your bicycle riding from Starbucks to your Eco-friendly apartment are pretty low. I think you'll be ok. You're just wasting money on cancer-causing communication devices.
2012-12-28 07:39:08 AM  
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Then there are the 15.9% of households that apparently use their still-connected landline as a paperweight or a reminder of days gone by.

I kept mine so I'd have a number to give banks etc. The majority of the calls are telemarketers, and since the message is very short, and they are robo-calling, they often miss the message and say "hello" for a while to the answering machine. Sometimes they stay on the line and say "hello" for quite a while, getting more and more angry. Shouting angry. That's when the landline pays for itself.
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