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mom2jamie2004
08-19-2005, 08:43 AM
I am thinking of disconnecting land line phone and using just cell phones. I have a family plan with cingular and get a home depot discount. Is 911 accessible without a landline connection?? Two different answers from ATT customer service..

deltachi8
08-19-2005, 08:45 AM
If you dial 911 from your cell, they wont automaically know where you calling from, you need to give them information.

Land lines, even without service, should be able to dial 911 or "0" and be connected to 911.

We "cut the cord" in March and dont miss it a bit.

mom2jamie2004
08-19-2005, 09:09 AM
According to Verizon and Att; they are not required to to give you that access to 911. The only state that requiires them as a law to do is Vermont. So even if you leave your phone plugged in yopu cannot dial out 911. For all that are considering this Verizon offers a measured service for a rate of $15- $17 month.

mrsbornkuntry
08-19-2005, 09:19 AM
We did this at one time and a con was that in some places in our house it was hard to get a signal. On the other hand, it was cheaper. You should check with your local emergency service about 911. I recently had a fire safety class and our fire marshall said they are building a new fire station with a call center where if we use our cell phone to call 911 they will be able to trace it, but until that's open they can't. Also, if I plug my landline in I don't get anything so I wouldn't be able to call 911, that must depend on where you are, too.

My cell phone doesn't get a signal in the house I live in now at all, we have to go outside to use it so instead of a landline we got Vonage. It's so much cheaper and I've never had a problem with it.

deltachi8
08-19-2005, 09:32 AM
Try plugging your land line in and dialing "0". I will try it when I get home, it is suppose to work, but I could be wrong.

I waited until DS(9) was old enough to not only dial 9-1-1 himself (he could do that for along time), but accurately say his name, his address and phone number.

We had to call 9-1-1 once from the cell, and they ask where you calling from and connect you to the local center right away.

paladin
08-19-2005, 11:23 AM
On the other hand, it was cheaper

Really? Everytime I look into cell phones, they always seem to be so expensive, much more than our land line. Do others find it to be cheaper?

allaboutmm
08-19-2005, 11:30 AM
Were your ears ringing? My husband and I were just talking about this subject this am. We are thinking about just having our cell phones, and no land-line. I love to hear all the pro's and con's. Keep them coming. I'll let you know what we choose, and how it go's. Happy Friday :cool1:

Colinsmom
08-19-2005, 11:37 AM
I worry about what happens if someone is home without a phone. Cell phones get lost and misplaced (and batteries die), and what if you and DH go out and leave baby with a babysitter? The sitter may have a cell phone, but would he/she remember your address in an emergency (since a land line automatically registers the address on a 911 call)?

I also worry about the 911 calls that OPs have mentioned - even if you are unable to talk, dialing 911 on a land line WILL get you emergency personnel, where it will not on a cell phone unless they have the technology in place.

etwinchester
08-19-2005, 11:45 AM
I thought about doing this as well until about 2 weeks ago. We normally use our cell phone for all long distance calls. Then the one day I went to make a call, it kept disconnecting, then saying "no service", etc... I don't know if they were having problems but I wouldn't want to risk it for emergencies. I also know that when it's raining, our signal goes way down and sometimes have trouble.

Another thing to consider, you have to give this number out on all your applications (loans, credit cards, etc...). I don't want them calling my cell phones bugging me even though I have FREE incoming calls.

Chicago526
08-19-2005, 11:50 AM
We didn't get rid of our land line, but we cut the service down to the bare bones. We can only call within a 15 mile radius of the house, and it's about $20 a month with caller i.d. and to have an unpublished number. Our old bill was about $40 a month including a long distance plan and call waiting and a bunch of other stuff we don't need. So, we are saving about $20 a month, not bad.

Our cells have free long distance, and we have more minutes than we could ever use in a month, so I think this works out just fine.

Disneefun
08-19-2005, 11:56 AM
We looked into this, but hit some snags with both our security system and the satellite system. Both have to dial out at times (the security system has to dial out to contact the monitoring center and the satellite has to dial out when we purchase movies so they can charge us). There were some workarounds for the security system I think, but it seemed like more trouble and expense.

Additionally, if you live in a place prone to outages due to overload of the cell system in emergencies and/or you may have to go without power and charging capability for awhile (such as here in hurricane country) you may want that landline to call out on. If you have a landline with a regular phone (not cordless) plugged into it, you can still use it in the event of a power outage and not have to worry about charging it.

Finally, if you have a landline phone and need to report a power outage, at least around here, if you call from the landline they know where you are so you don't have to speak to a customer service rep. You can just use the automated system. All in all, we found that we needed our landline so we keep it, but we've stripped off the long distance, etc. and use the cell for that.

branv
08-19-2005, 12:12 PM
We did cells only until this year when we added Vonage.

Cons:

that little cell phone is pain to hold up to your ear for a long phone conversation (I swear that thing just squirted right out of my hands on a regular basis). You also can't cradle it between your face and your cheek when you have to use your hands for a second. You can use the ear bud, but then you have to go find the ear bud and untangle it. THEN, if you have speaker phone option...which is great, the problem is that it drains the battery faster. Plus people really don't like being put on speakerphone.

Cell phones feel hot against your face after a while.

When you have to charge your phone, you're trapped to speaking in this one tiny area...and taking the phone off to call and putting it back on is bad for the battery life span.

Sometimes spotty reception in the house.

Losing the cell phone in the house/car (the "lost keys" syndrome). If you have a regular phone line, you can just call your cell phone to find it, right? But you don't HAVE a phone line, and if someone else isn't in the house with their own cell phone at the moment, you can spend forever looking.

No faxing. I never realized I faxed so much, but even when it's just 5 times a year, it's a pain to have to go find a fax line that will let you fax long distance or even local.

Running out of minutes. Sure, you think you can get a jillion minutes and it will be fine...until that time you have to call the cable company and you're on hold for 45 minutes :) (@#$@!!!)

Pizza delivery...no kidding, some places won't deliver if they can't pull your address up in the system through your phone number. We spent one whole year having to go pick up Dominos :)

The pros are that you don't have to pay for two lines. We held out for over 2 years with just using our cells, however, it was just such a pain for us after a while. Now we have Vonage for just $27/month, we decreased our cell plans, and now we break even with what we were paying for just cell service.

tlbwriter
08-19-2005, 01:11 PM
According to Verizon and Att; they are not required to to give you that access to 911. The only state that requiires them as a law to do is Vermont. So even if you leave your phone plugged in yopu cannot dial out 911. For all that are considering this Verizon offers a measured service for a rate of $15- $17 month.
By the end of 2005, all cell towers are supposed to support enhanced 911. However, individual communities still have to buy the equipment to receive that information, and many of them will not be able to afford it. So there is no guarantee that calling 911 on your cell phone will give your location to the responders. Not yet, anyway. This is one good reason I won't give up the landline. But to me, the most compelling reason is that my cell number is relatively private. I want to keep it that way.

christianweecare
08-19-2005, 06:06 PM
Sorry for my ignorance but what is this Vonage that you guys are talking about?

DebbieB
08-19-2005, 08:48 PM
Sorry for my ignorance but what is this Vonage that you guys are talking about?

Vonage works over your broadband internet connection:
http://www.vonage.com/help_vonage.php

I saw a show the other night where a mother lost her toddler son because it did not connect to 911 quickly in an emergency.

One other thing to think about - a coworker mentioned last week that she has only cordless phones in her house. The power went out and they didn't work. She realized that in an emergency, there could be a problem trying to reach emergency services. You should keep at least 1 corded phone.

branv
08-20-2005, 09:23 AM
Actually, that is no longer accurate that all broadband phones don't allow 911 calls. Many of the reputable Broadband phone providers now supply access to the same 911 services regular land line users enjoy.

It's very simple, when you sign up for Vonage, you go to one of their online pages to supply your address. Vonage will check that address for accuracy and lets 911 services know that any calls from this number are assigned to your household.

We've already had to call 911 regarding a neighborhood disturbance, and they knew immediately who we were. This is even despite the fact that we actually signed up for a different area code then we are living in.

Yes, if the power or internet/cable (we go through cable internet) goes out, your phone services on Vonage or any broadband phone service will go out. When this happens, we use our cell phones...so you have to keep that into consideration the ramifications re: losing home service.

For $27/month with all the "add ons" that you need (call waiting, caller i.d., voice mail, call forward, free long distance...cool features like voicemails sent to your email address, being able to dial from your Outlook contacts list), I think it's worth it.

DisneyArk
08-20-2005, 11:16 AM
I worry about what happens if someone is home without a phone. Cell phones get lost and misplaced (and batteries die), and what if you and DH go out and leave baby with a babysitter? The sitter may have a cell phone, but would he/she remember your address in an emergency (since a land line automatically registers the address on a 911 call)?

Another thing to consider, you have to give this number out on all your applications (loans, credit cards, etc...). I don't want them calling my cell phones bugging me even though I have FREE incoming calls.

These are my 2 concerns! What would I do when I have a baby-sitter watching the kids? Sometimes my husband is out of town and I have to get a baby-sitter. In that case he would have his cell phone and I would need mine so that the sitter could call me, but she wouldn't have a phone to call me from... :confused:

The next problem is the telemarketer calls!! I don't give my cell phone number out very often right now, so I don't get very many calls. I can't imagine getting telemarketing calls all the time on my cell.

Any ideas to solve these problems?

mrsbornkuntry
08-20-2005, 11:35 AM
The next problem is the telemarketer calls!! I don't give my cell phone number out very often right now, so I don't get very many calls. I can't imagine getting telemarketing calls all the time on my cell.

Any ideas to solve these problems?

I have Verizon so I don't know how other cell phone companies are handling this, but Verizon refuses to publish cell phone numbers so you shouldn't get telemarketer calls unless you use your actual phone numbers when you fill out forms online, I can't think of how else they might get it. I never got telemarketer calls on mine when I only had my cell.

My mil is the only person that watched my kids and she had her own cell so the babysitter wasn't a concern for me, but I think you could get a prepaid phone to leave home just for those instances. :confused3

Michelina
08-20-2005, 11:49 AM
We dropped our landline last October and I really don't miss it. The only cons are sometimes spotty reception in the house and sometimes I don't hear it ring. If I'm upstairs and the phone's downstairs I might miss it. I always set it on vibrate at work and sometimes I forget to turn the ringer back on too.
One great plus is that I haven't had one telemarketer or survey call in almost a year!

welovewdw
08-20-2005, 05:50 PM
We switched to Vonage about 6 months ago and it's been great! 911 is activated & definitely works as long as you fill out the address form online. My parents switched last month and I know one of their questions was about how to hook it up & phones - you can use your regular phone with this service. You can also hook it up to use the regular phone jacks in your house - it's very easy to do, too!

drgnfly30
08-20-2005, 09:01 PM
You can also hook it up to use the regular phone jacks in your house - it's very easy to do, too!

You must be reading my mind! I was just looking at Vonage's website to see how to do this... please share! Vonage doesn't tell you how to do this.

welovewdw
08-20-2005, 09:10 PM
They send you a free router - (mine is a linksys) So the cable (for us, we use comcast) comes into the modem (from comcast) then you run an ethernet from modem to the router. (we use a wireless router, too - so we actually have stacked routers here - I've found it doesn't matter which you connect first.) From router: You can plug a regular phone into the router directly (there's a phone jack on the back) - we do this b/c we have wireless phones, so it doesn't really matter where they are hooked up, the work all over the house anyways. (we just have to make sure they don't disappear in teenage dd's room. LOL) Or to get all phone jacks working:

To go to a phone jack - you have to first disconnect outside on the box from the phone co. (where it enters your house) b/c there are power surges even if you turn off service. Once you do that, you simply plug in a regular telephone wire from the router to any phone jack and voila! they all work! It's very cool really - and like I said, easy - b/c believe me, if I can figure this out, anyone can. LOL

welovewdw
08-20-2005, 09:20 PM
One other thing to think about - a coworker mentioned last week that she has only cordless phones in her house. The power went out and they didn't work. She realized that in an emergency, there could be a problem trying to reach emergency services. You should keep at least 1 corded phone.

actually while I haven't put alot of thought into that, we do have one of our phones hooked into an UPS - and we do keep a corded phone (that is not plugged in) to use in emergencies -b ut our internet works w/o power b/c of the UPS thingy. (they're fairly cheap now, too - like $50 and up depending on how long you want them to last & how much you want to plug into them)

arminnie
08-20-2005, 09:25 PM
According to Verizon and Att; they are not required to to give you that access to 911. The only state that requiires them as a law to do is Vermont. So even if you leave your phone plugged in yopu cannot dial out 911. For all that are considering this Verizon offers a measured service for a rate of $15- $17 month.

I just bought a condo in New Orleans and the phone guy that was here today said that 911 is required for all phone lines here even if you don't have service. I don't have a land line here - he was just here finishing up the wiring for the developer.

Tjaleks
08-20-2005, 10:37 PM
Just a word on Vonage. (If some one already said this, sorry), they offer service in all areas but do not have numbers available in all area codes. My sister lives in the 217 area code but they don't offer numbers with this area code. She chose a 314 because we have lots of family in the St. Louis area. So if I want to call her it is a long distance call for me and she lives less than a mile a way from me.

NewEnglandDisney
08-21-2005, 03:38 AM
I've wrestled with the idea, but I've concluded it's just not for me. The piece of mind of having a dedicated land-line is just worth it to me. I use my cell for long distance (as it's free), but one never knows with cells - they break easily, the batteries die, service can be spotty with no explaination.

To be honest, it's the 911 thing mostly. I live alone and if something happens and I can't speak or otherwise can only manage to dial 911, I know they'll be at my house in minutes. I'm not usually one of those "what if what if" people, but I can just imagine too many situations where I'd want a dedicated land line.

That said, I've dropped all additional services from my landline except caller ID. I also route my unanswered cell calls to the landline (and eliminated voice mail on my cell) so all unanswered calls are picked up by my landline answering machine consolidating all my messages.

On a related note, I strongly encourage having a spare corded phone around if all you use is cordless. You can pick one up for like $7 at Wal-Mart. I keep in a drawer next to the phone all ready to go - including the phone cable - so I can have it up and running in less than 10 seconds if need be.

Just my experience - your mileage may vary.

N.E.D.

manhattan
08-21-2005, 11:13 AM
After going through 9/11 and through the Blackout in NYC I am glad that we kept our landline.... ;)

cra-z-4-dizney
08-21-2005, 12:46 PM
We dropped our land line about a year ago and do not miss it one bit. The house is so much more quieter without the land line..no annoying telemarketers. Just make sure everyone has a cell phone like a family plan, and I suggest for the ones that have babysitters just get a cheap pre-paid phone with like 60 minutes. The minutes are good for 90 days I think...alot cheaper than a land-line.

lila
08-21-2005, 11:30 PM
Interesting I have the opposite experience of manhattan.

Originally, I kept my landline for 2 reasons:
1) When I work from home, I can't have conference calls lasting several hours eating up my minutes
2) In case of emergencies when cell phone networks are tied up so I can call out.
3) In case my cable modem goes out

HOWEVER, I have concluded that #2 is pointless for me. I live in NYC, and during the major times when I had cell phone issues, 9/11 and the blackout, Verizon had issues that rendered my landline as useless as my cell phone. The other 2 reasons, esp. #1, are still valid.

Partnrpal
08-22-2005, 11:10 AM
I would keep your landline if I were you. I work for credit card application department and we can not extend credit if you don't have a landline phone number because we have no way of verifying your cell phone number.

Also, I personally have had tons of problems with my cell phone and I wouldn't ever consider get rid of my landline.

Eeyore1928
08-22-2005, 12:29 PM
We have recently moved into a new home. The phone company here wanted $60.00 to hook up our phone service. Plus our plan was "grandfathered" so we had to get a more expensive plan that gave us less long distance minutes. To go with the unlimited it would be a monthly bill of roughly $65.00 with all taxes. My husband had a cell phone for work and so I just added a line to his account. We never got our phone service hooked up...in fact we don't even have a phone box on the outside of the house. We never miss a call now, we are free to leave the house while still carrying on a conversation. We travel a lot and these cell phones have been priceless. Especially when you don't want soem people to know you are out of town...we just answer like we were home. I keep my charger by my side of the bed and plug it in every night to charge. Our cell phone bill only went up $15.00 to add me. So it saved us about $50.00 a month and added a lot more freedom! Plus no TELEMARKETERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool1: :goodvibes

connorsmom911
08-22-2005, 03:47 PM
I work as a dispatcher for the fire dept. We have had to do a lot of training on all the new technology as it comes out and becomes more popular...cell phones, voice over internet, etc.

I won't ever get rid of my land-line for these reasons...

- black-out of 2003...spotty if not no cell phone service and no power to computer
- cell phone calls to 911 will not show the exact location like a land-line does (eventually it will be close, giving GPS data, but that's only as good as the software being used at the 911 centre, if it's not GPS compatible it's useless data) so if you can't talk, we don't know where you are, all we get is the address of the cell phone tower the signal happened to bounce off of.
- cell phone battery dead or used up because of that long time on hold with credit card company right before an emergency at your house
- VOIP, like Vonage, you have to sign up for 911 service as an added feature, there is a waiting period, and it's only as good as the data you provide and that they keep in their system in order to transfer your call...it's a middle man and every time you add a middle man there is room for error
-along the same lines, when you dial 911 from a landline, the call travels on a seperate and dedicated circuit that are not affected the same way if the regular telephone circuits are overloaded (think Dec 25 or during a local emergency)...when you call from a voip phone and your call transferred to a 911 centre it's not on the 911 lines, not dedicated circuits.
-little kids, no matter how well you train them to rhyme off their address etc, in an emergency they will get flustered. and what happens if your child is unconc and a friend has to make the call? do they know your address?

Can't convince me that there will ever be enough safety and security to get rid of my landline, no matter how much it costs.

Tracey :wave:

drakethib
08-28-2005, 10:19 PM
I am thinking of disconnecting land line phone and using just cell phones. I have a family plan with cingular and get a home depot discount. Is 911 accessible without a landline connection?? Two different answers from ATT customer service..


I use Vonage (14.99 plan) and both the wife and I have cell phones.

I had to switch to a different security system due to my system not being able to dial out on Vonage.

I am able to use my fax on Vonage with no problem at all.

Also, know that any cell phone regardless if is on a cellular service or not will work when you dial 911.

Meezers
08-28-2005, 10:30 PM
By the end of 2005, all cell towers are supposed to support enhanced 911. However, individual communities still have to buy the equipment to receive that information, and many of them will not be able to afford it. So there is no guarantee that calling 911 on your cell phone will give your location to the responders. Not yet, anyway. This is one good reason I won't give up the landline. But to me, the most compelling reason is that my cell number is relatively private. I want to keep it that way.

I started working in Emergency Services in 1995. Enhanced 9-1-1 for cell phones was supposed to come online in 2 years...then another 2 years...then another.....

I believe that if you have phone lines in your house...and plug in a phone...you can call 9-1-1....even if you don't have service. At least in Georgia and Arizona (2 places I have worked 9-1-1).

The above is one reason I keep my landline. The second is silly...my Tivo won't work without it....give up my Tivo? That would be like giving up chocolate :)

moonvine
08-29-2005, 11:45 AM
I've been without a landline for about a year now. No problems, I love it. Much cheaper too.

hmgolden
08-29-2005, 12:01 PM
The above is one reason I keep my landline. The second is silly...my Tivo won't work without it....give up my Tivo? That would be like giving up chocolate :)

We have Tivo, and no landline, and no problems. DH set it up so Tivo 'calls home' via our wireless internet connection. I could never live without my Tivo! ;)

DizMare
09-01-2005, 12:46 PM
Until last week, I lived without a landline for two years. Bottom line - I hated it.

I hated always having to carry my "home phone" around with me. Cell phones are more delicate and I was rough on them - had to replace mine once, and my current one hangs up on me (I think I have some kind of teenager governor on it :) ).

My main concern was not being able to reach someone in my house when I was away with the "home phone." My son was okay about keeping his cell phone with him, but dh and dd were notorious for not having their cell phones near them/charged up/on.

The last straw was two weeks ago. I was on my way to the dentist, and realized I had left some information I needed to share with the dentist on my kitchen counter. Both dd and dh were home. I called his personal cell, her personal cell, and his blackberry - not one was answered. I came home and called Verizon.

Now I have phones galore and they all ring loud enough to wake the dead. We did save money doing the cellphone only thang, but I would never do it again.

Funny note - my teenagers are so happy to have a home phone again. They were telling their friends "we got a home phone!" and their friends looked at them like they were crazy. :rotfl:

malibuconlee
09-01-2005, 01:13 PM
I would think a big con is for people who have children. Are you going to get an extra cell phone to leave at home for the sitter to use? Or are you just going to leave yours at home for the sitter to use for emergencies. Then you'll be without one.

bride03
09-01-2005, 09:09 PM
We didn't get rid of our land line, but we cut the service down to the bare bones. We can only call within a 15 mile radius of the house, and it's about $20 a month with caller i.d. and to have an unpublished number. Our old bill was about $40 a month including a long distance plan and call waiting and a bunch of other stuff we don't need. So, we are saving about $20 a month, not bad.

Our cells have free long distance, and we have more minutes than we could ever use in a month, so I think this works out just fine.

That's a great idea. I didn't even think about a sitter coming over like someone else had said. We don't have kiddos yet but it's something I didn't even think about! I like the idea of so many people going to cell phones only. Why wouldn't you?? No one uses land lines anymore.

Oh...another con is that you can get your security system hooked up to the police so that they automatically call when your alarm goes off. That is so stupid IMO. UGH

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
09-02-2005, 12:30 AM
If you dial 911 from your cell, they wont automaically know where you calling from, you need to give them information.

Land lines, even without service, should be able to dial 911 or "0" and be connected to 911.

We "cut the cord" in March and dont miss it a bit.

How would that work on dialing 911 from land line when you don't have service? Here if you don't have service- you don't even get a dial tone so I highly doubt dialing 911 in that case is going to do you a bit of good.... operator wouldn't work either.

We actually wanted to go without landline and stick with cellphone when we bought this house last Aug- started thinking how we never use the landline and yet were paying right at $70 a month on it. We decided a landline is necesary for 911 -just in case.... we have 3 kids and there ARE times that the cellphone is left in the vehicle to charge up or we've allowed it to go dead (one or the other- DH usually has his with him at work though so we'd be just left with mine... which might be dead or charging in the vehicle). Plus as someone else said- if anyone else is watching our children in our home- they wouldn't have a phone because for sure I'd be taking mine with me and would want to be able to call and for them to be able to call me!

BUT we went with the CHEAPEST land line- no caller id/no nothing- it's really only like $4.58 before all the taxes and fees. It's unlimited incoming, only 25 outgoing per month, no long distance on it- and so far we haven't even come close to that on outgoing since we use the cellphone usually. After the taxes/fees it's $12.06 a month- so that's still a savings of about $60 a month from what we used to pay! It's worth the extra $12 to us... but all the extra 'things' on the landline wasn't worth it.

PrincessKitty
09-02-2005, 05:16 AM
When I used to work with families of medically compromised infants, I was occasionally asked to intervene with the phone company to stop them from shutting off service due to unpaid bills. The telephone company told me that people without phone service but who still have a land line hooked up, CAN call 911. I, too, have trouble believing that!

Maggie0507
09-02-2005, 06:04 AM
I use Vonage (14.99 plan) and both the wife and I have cell phones.

I had to switch to a different security system due to my system not being able to dial out on Vonage.

I am able to use my fax on Vonage with no problem at all.

Also, know that any cell phone regardless if is on a cellular service or not will work when you dial 911.

I too have Vonage and LOVE it. We are a family of 4 and we all have cell phones so figured even if Vonage didn't work great it wouldn't be a problem since I lowered my phone bill from $80.00 to $24.99. With Vonage we have Ulimited calling to the US, Mexico, Canada and Peurto Rico AND it works GREAT, sounds just like my land line.

If our cable goes out incoming calls are automatically switched to my husband's cell.......

LOVE Vonage,
M

connorsmom911
10-18-2005, 02:54 PM
Please read...

www.911voip.org

Tracey :wave:

mickeyfan2
10-18-2005, 03:06 PM
Really? Everytime I look into cell phones, they always seem to be so expensive, much more than our land line. Do others find it to be cheaper?

If you were to swap a land line for a cell phone then not it is not cheaper. But it you already have cell phones it would be cheaper.

mickeyfan2
10-18-2005, 03:13 PM
Something to remember, during a power outage the cell phone will not work (no power at the cell) but the landline still will. This is the reason I still have my landline.

WIcruizer
10-18-2005, 04:53 PM
Every situation is different. Cutting the land line wouldn't work for us. That would require at least 3 cell phones for our family. The monthly cost for that would be around $80 a month at a minumum. But the 2nd problem is bigger. That would be for 1,000 minutes/month. We burn through that like candy. So we would need a cell plan with a ton of shared minutes, driving the cost to around $120/month at least.

Right now we have Voip for about $30/month and one cell phone for $35/month. (Then I also have a cell phone paid for by employer) So we would double our phone costs going to cell phones exclusively.

Michelina
10-18-2005, 05:37 PM
It's so funny that this thread came back. After a year of just cell phones we bought Vonage today. I'm sick of not being able to get reception in my house on the cell phone.