Why pay for both your phone line at home and your cellular phone? Why not keep just your cell phone? This is something I’m considering doing, and there is a good article on that subject over there: Should I ditch my land-based home phone?. Here are the pros and the cons of dropping your land-based phone line. Most are taken from the article, but I added a few on my own:
- Save money. This one is pretty obvious. Most cell plans have free long-distance plans, caller id and voicemail. Why pay for an extra phone line with additional fees for those options when you already have your cell phone.
- Only one phone number. One number where you can always be reached. You don’t have to pay additional fees for redirection services.
- Must keep the phone charged. If you don’t you might miss important calls.
- Less security. In the case of an emergency, 911 services cannot located you as easily.
- Reception and quality issues. The voice quality in general on a cell phone is not very good when compared to land-based lines.
- Need multiple cell phones if you don’t live alone. What about your wife and your kids? They’ll need cell phones too.
As for me, I live alone, I barely use my land phone line and most of my calls are long-distance calls. I will make the jump soon :)