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  1.    05 May 2017 #1
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    Milestone for cellphones vs. landline phones


    Milestone for cellphones vs. landline phones

    NEW YORK -- Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group -- people with a landline phone at home.

    According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Braswell and her family are part of the 45.9 percent that still have landline phones. The remaining households have no phone service at all.
    Milestone for cellphones vs. landline phones
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  2.    05 May 2017 #2
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    Having a career in construction, I started with a bag phone back in the early 90's then onto a brick, then a two-way, a flip, a Droid X2, and now a Lumia 1520. Sometime around the turn of the century when DSL was in it's infancy vs dialup, I remember asking myself why I kept on paying for a landline? Haven't had one since.
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  3.    05 May 2017 #3
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    I will not ever give up my landline connection! They will have to prize the handset out of my hands before they bury me one day!
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  4.    05 May 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Gosh - the US is so backward here - we surpassed that years ago UK (and most EU countries I am sure).

    In the UK, the competition for mobile phones is so fierce, and coupled with strong legislation, we all can choose from three or more service providers unless in really remote areas. As a result we "tooled up" years ago. I bet it is less than 20% of home that do not have a mobile phone.

    Nearly all homes have a landline of course as that is pretty much a pre-requisite to having broadband (which is also a fraction of US price due to competition).

    A lot of this stems from the days when we had a single state controlled telecom company (BT) over the whole country. One of the requirements of privatisation was that BT who run the infrastructure had to allow third parties to access the infrastructure.

    Hell, I only pay £9 per month for unlimited calls to any mobile or landline, unlimited texts and 4GB of data, £2.50 per month for unlimited broadband (good deal even here) but we have to pay for the telephone line rental (£20 per month).
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  5.    05 May 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Daniell View Post
    I will not ever give up my landline connection! They will have to prize the handset out of my hands before they bury me one day!
    Oh? How often do you use a landline? And how is cell service there? Millions of towers here, so always get a connection and never lose one.
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  6.    05 May 2017 #6
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    I have to keep my land line, it's part of my 'Bundle'.
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  7.    05 May 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Gosh - the US is so backward here - we surpassed that years ago UK (and most EU countries I am sure).

    In the UK, the competition for mobile phones is so fierce, and coupled with strong legislation, we all can choose from three or more service providers unless in really remote areas. As a result we "tooled up" years ago. I bet it is less than 20% of home that do not have a mobile phone.

    Nearly all homes have a landline of course as that is pretty much a pre-requisite to having broadband (which is also a fraction of US price due to competition).

    A lot of this stems from the days when we had a single state controlled telecom company (BT) over the whole country. One of the requirements of privatisation was that BT who run the infrastructure had to allow third parties to access the infrastructure.

    Hell, I only pay £9 per month for unlimited calls to any mobile or landline, unlimited texts and 4GB of data, £2.50 per month for unlimited broadband (good deal even here) but we have to pay for the telephone line rental (£20 per month).
    I hear you. There was hardly any competition here due to basically 3 big corps that serviced them. Also, phones used to be locked to a cell provider. They passed legislation 2 or 3 years back that they can't lock them anymore. That opened up a provider war and prices started dropping. More companies got into the business, which is helping even more.

    Lots of the elderly won't go cellular here, so that shrinks the market for competition. e.g. My oldest brother and others I know will never get one.

    Another thing is that we overbuild everything here. The Frankenstein syndrome. e.g. Millions of cell towers here and someone has to pay for them. A hospital on just about every corner. One of the reasons for our housing bubble is everyone built big and plenty. With a family of 4, who needs 3, 4, 6K thousand sq ft houses? Now they're worthless. You would think building plenty would lower costs, but it does the opposite.

    Another here is we have cellular, cable, and phone line for options. Again, overbuilt. Simply, someone has to pay to build and maintain those infrastructures.

    Another thing is government regulation. They need to keep their filthy little hands out of businesses regulation and people's business. People around the world think the US is so free. Think again. This is not to say I don't love my country. I do, but things have gotten out of hand.

    I cry at seeing your prices, but like I said, slowly prices are coming down. I pay $44.00/mo unlimited cellular phone on everything except oversea calls. $40.00/mo for 1TB of data at 45mbps flow. I'm really getting about 50mbps.

    I could go on, but I'm done with my rant.
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  8.    06 May 2017 #8
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    I'm not surprised by this. Of my three kids, two do not have landlines and the third has one because it came bundled with their Cable/Internet service -- but they use their cell phones nearly all the time.

    My wife and I also use our cell phones a lot -- but we didn't "grow up" with them, so unlike the Millenials, we're not on them ALL THE TIME! So we're probably not going to get rid of our landline, since it too came bundled with our Cable/Internet service.
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  9.    06 May 2017 #9
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    I have to have a land line to supply FTTC. £22 a month for internet then landline charges. Cellular service at my area is abysmal.
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    We are retired and our LL is in constant use, talk, fax and alarm (cost is bundled w/TV & Internet) Cell phones are prepay and only go on while away from the house, off when we return. Our cell phones TM (2 lines) cost us $10 a YEAR each. Our kids + grand kids (13) have cells that run $40-$60 per line a month.
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