Hang Up the Phone!

Old fashioned green telephoneDo you still have a landline telephone? If you do, that’s so twentieth century of you. We gave up our landline phone in 2010. My wife and I both had cellphones, as did my son and daughter, so it became somewhat redundant to have a landline. And more importantly, to pay for a landline.

Well, my friends, it turns out I was prescient. I was reading the newspaper this morning and read an article that informed me that more than half of U.S. households have ditched landline phones.

(And yes, I see the irony of reading in a physical newspaper about how cellphones have replaced landlines, so no need to point that out to me.)

In 2006, just a dozen years ago, only 15.8% of survey respondents said they didn’t have a landline phone. Now, 53.9% of American households rely entirely on cellphones, according to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The shift from landline to wireless isn’t all that surprising. Today’s smartphones can do so much more than landlines. Like texting, emailing, surfing the net, and watching porn. At the same time, the quality and connectivity of cell service has become increasingly reliable, and many people who grew up in the age of cellphones and data plans have never even had to use a landline.

But before we Americans get all braggadocio about how tech-savvy we are, let’s bear in mind that in some European countries, 80 to 90 percent of households are wireless only.

14 thoughts on “Hang Up the Phone!

  1. Kenneth T. June 11, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I’m with you there, I ditched my land-line oh so many years ago.

    But seriously, I don’t call my galaxy s7 (just recently upgrading from a s3 that I had since they came out) a cellphone, I call it a mini computer. *sure, that names already been taken, but I digress*
    I use my “mini” for nearly everything, but hardly ever talk on it.

    So to call it a cellphone…
    Nah, I ain’t do’in it!

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    • Fandango June 11, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Mine is more of a micro-computer than a phone. I agree, as I rarely use it to call or talk to anyone.

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  2. Scotty’s Keep June 11, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Try your cell phone in Pie Town, New Mexico. Yes we’ve gone to the cell phine, but I always bring my wigwag flags when I leave town.

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  3. baddadcartoons101 June 11, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    I’ve kept my landline because it’s in a package deal with my cable and WiFi but I haven’t even had a phone hooked up to it in 4-5 years. I just can’t stand the thought of losing my number which I’ve had for 30 years. I still like to tell people that’s my number but fat chance someone can contact me on it. (Something seems a little warped about this)

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  4. bobcb1896 June 11, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Yeah, I remember growing up with this big black rotary phone that could double as a murder weapon. And the bell was so loud. When we finally got a push button phone I was so excited. Now, I wish I still had that Perry Mason-looking phone.

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  5. Mr. Green June 11, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I haven’t had a landline in a while but I like to collect rotary phones. Perhaps I’m an old soul.

    With cell phones now you can’t really say “the phone’s ringing.” What do you say instead? I miss the suspense and surprise of having a landline. “Mike, it’s for you!”

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  6. lifelessons June 11, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    My landline and wifi are a package deal. I also want a landline for housesitters who sometimes don’t have cell phones that work in Mexico.

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  7. Osyth June 12, 2018 / 6:24 am

    In France we still use Landline but mostly they are not really landlines but linked to the wifi. Here we do have a landline but watch this space when I finally get a US Cell. Maybe then we will stop being ‘so last century”!!

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  8. pensitivity101 June 12, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Old school, old tech, old fashioned. Yep, we have a landline rather than the all singing, all dancing smart phones and the like. Sure, we have a cell phone too……. one cell, maybe two, for sending and receiving text messages as well as phone calls. No gizmos, cameras, or flashiness. Why? because it suits us. We have no TV but use the internet, hence the landline, cheaper than a contract phone with all the bells and whistles. Best bit? Nobody rings us as they don’t know our number!!!!

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  9. Embeecee June 12, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I have both. I rarely ever use the cell, and I doubt I’ll ever give up my landline (well until, like 8 tracks or cassettes, they become too hard to keep and then you can never find replacement parts or something..) BUT. I suggest a read of Stephen King’s “Cell”. Or watch almost any movie that involves a nuclear ‘event’ (war)…and you’ll see why the paranoid in the crowd keep their landlines. Plus the idea that the low level radiation in those cells just might give a person cancer… yeah yeah. I know. I sound goofy….but sometimes one isn’t paranoid, people really are out to get them… 😉

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  10. leigha66 June 13, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    No landlines anymore… haven’t had one for close to 7 or 8 years now. You lose the satisfaction of hanging up the phone loudly by slamming the receiver down. And I do miss a dial tone.

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