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Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes in partnership with Bean Group - Moultonborough, NH
Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers

Well, it's not when you want to protect personal and confidential information that you're sharing.  And, it's not when your home and all the cell towers around it lose electricity during a severe storm.  It's not when you need emergency 911 services (land lines identify you by address).  And can you remember the day when telephone conversations were not interrupted by dropped service?  And, oh I almost forgot.  I think home security systems still rely on land lines to connect to monitoring stations.  So, when would I know it's time to give up my land line?   Could it be when I'm on my death bed?

Jun 17, 2015 05:09 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. That is a great question. We used to have two different land lines at home, gave one of them up, does that count?

Jun 17, 2015 06:30 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It was so long ago, that I can't remember. 

Jun 17, 2015 04:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

When I no longer needed it for internet connection.  We did not even have a phone plugged into the line.

Jun 17, 2015 09:32 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds Like Joe Petrowsky I'm down to one landline.

Jun 17, 2015 09:35 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We have different land line companies and cell phones of course...they are life lines...and this back up plan works for us !

Jun 17, 2015 09:23 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I still have one. They do come in handy every now and then.

Jun 17, 2015 07:21 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie -- gave it up a few years ago.    

Jun 17, 2015 06:39 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When you believe it wise to put ALL of your communication eggs in one basket, that is the time to terminate your land line service.

When hurricanes threaten Florida, the wireless networks are quickly overwhelmed, then cyberspace gets foggy, and looking at that receptacle on the wall makes one ask, "What have I done?"

In TN, this may not be a concern, therefore, an easier decision.

Jun 17, 2015 11:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Our home phone is no longer a land line. 

Jun 17, 2015 11:23 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Like Jeff Pearl we are in a secluded area with only DSL for internet. Funny thing is, it's a lot faster than the so-called "high speed internet" we were getting from Comcast when we lived in a highly congested area. 

Jun 17, 2015 11:17 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We gave it up a long time ago. Our office is a free Google number that rings all of us, actually three of us, we don't need a line for a fax anymore, and for foreign national calls we use WhatsApp which makes the calls free. Why pay money for something you don't need? I would add that when we had a Cox home line it was mostly spam calls and I certainly don't miss those.

Jun 17, 2015 10:53 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

When I start receiving offers almost every other day from our local provider saying what a good deal they are offering for a landline. They have since stopped menaing I think they gave up.

I gave mine up about 7 years ago. Haven't missed it at all.

Jun 17, 2015 10:47 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

We realized that hardly anyone was calling us on our land line ... except for telemarketers ... years ago.  It became an expense we didn't need to have.   And the decision to cancel our landline service was an easy, simple one ... 


Jun 17, 2015 10:41 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

When you are no longer receiving calls from friends and relatives!

Jun 17, 2015 10:36 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Totally cellular in my home. Just couldn't justify the money for something we were not using. It's been years. 

Jun 17, 2015 10:29 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

We can't. We need landline for DSL internet service, and some of our relatives only use land lines. Some don't even have internet service or email.

Jun 17, 2015 09:59 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

We recently changed our home phones to Bluetooth so when my cell rings I answer it with the landline.  With a 2 story home it's hard to only have 1 phone. Also, if you have a package with home phone and internet etc, when you delete the phone your internet access rates go UP.  Not worth it.

Jun 17, 2015 09:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't had one for years. It came down to money versus the usage.

Jun 17, 2015 09:38 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I keep it in case of power outages and cell towers going down with hurricanes.

Feb 25, 2019 06:33 AM
Anabel "Anni" Conesa - Cotilla
Century 21 City Real Estate Corp - Coral Springs, FL
Honesty, Integrity, Professional Realtor

With all of the technology we have available at our fingertips today, I can't remember the last time I saw a home with an actual phone and a  land line. We are all connected, on so many levels via social media, our cell phones have all we need to communicate, send e-mails, blogs and we have access to the world and each other. 

Jun 18, 2015 12:32 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

WHen you rarely check the messages and it becomes more of a nuisance than a help!

Jun 18, 2015 10:56 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

We gave up our landline seven years ago. The only calls we were receiving were telemarketers. Everyone else was just calling our cell. 

Jun 18, 2015 07:54 AM
Garry May
Keller Williams - Mount Juliet, TN

I haven't used a land line in 20 years. It surprises me that people still do, but I'm also a minimalist. Other than the occasional reception problems, which are fewer and fewer, I don't see any real need to have another phone other than your cell.

Jun 18, 2015 07:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Debbie- We gave up our landline about 6 years ago.  I'd kept it only in case of power outages during a hurricane but it was silly for us to spend $50 a month for something we didn't use.  We considered a very basic line but even that would be $50 a month. 

Jun 18, 2015 05:49 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Good question, Debbie. I was thinking maybe it's time but then what number would all the telemarketers call. We never pick up our land line. Just delete the numbers every few days. 

Jun 18, 2015 03:07 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

When all you get is calls from telemarketers

Jun 18, 2015 02:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I will never give up my land line ... at least not voluntarily. Only when the service is no longer an option. I hope by then I will be long since dead and gone from the land of phones.

Jun 18, 2015 01:46 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I gave mine up 10 years ago!

Jun 18, 2015 01:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I rarely use my home phone unless my cell needs charging.... it's part of the internet/cable bundle from I do use it on occasion...

Jun 18, 2015 12:45 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When it never rings for days, or weeks and when it does; it's a wrong number.

Jun 18, 2015 12:34 AM