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Landline phones: Do you still have one? Do you think you might ever get rid of it?

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:50 p.m. CDT

Yes. I still have a landline. I live in Sheffield, and although I've been told a new tower in the area improves reception on my cell phone, I still have to stand by the glass-paned doors in my kitchen, lift my left leg and my right arm to get any kind of a signal. I'm kidding of course, but if someone calls me on my cell phone at home, they can plan on the call being dropped several times before they give up and call me on my landline.

Because of the poor reception, I can't risk not having a landline. While it rings less and less as the years go by, I wouldn't feel safe to discontinue the service altogether, especially in the case of an emergency.

And quite frankly, if I had to choose, I'd rather cradle that landline between my ear and shoulder rather than my cell phone — which has a way of slipping away from my ear and into the dish water, the cement patio or any other place you aren't supposed to drop your cell phone.

Don't misunderstand. My cell phone is important. But in my world, the landline is too.

Terri Simon

Two or three years ago, I agonized over whether I should drop my landline. And I do mean agonized. It was like someone had asked me to consider deploying a nuclear weapon. I thought about it for months before I finally made the call to drop my landline.

Dropping that landline was a great decision for me. It saved me money, and most importantly, it saved me a lot aggravation. I'd say 95 percent of the calls I received on my landline were telemarketers.

That alleged Do Not Call List didn't work for me. I signed up for that, and I didn't notice any relief from the multiple daily calls I got from telemarketers. It was driving me crazy, and when they started calling my house at unusual hours like 7:30 a.m. and after 9 p.m., that was what finally nudged me into dropping my landline.

These days, both my bank account and I are much, much happier because I dropped the landline, and I hardly ever get calls from telemarketers on my cell phone.

Shannon Serpette

I don't have a landline. I think the last time I used a personal landline phone was 13 years ago in my parent's home. It's no secret they're becoming the next dinosaur, just like 8-track tapes, Beta players and VHS.

Cell phones have taken over the world of communication. Each year, more people choose to drop their landline to rely solely on their mobile device. And it only makes sense.

Aside from being a convenient way to never miss a phone call, a person's life can almost be entirely managed by today's mobile devices. They come with the ability to do so much more than just make/take phones calls. From alarm clocks to paying bills, mobile phones can help a person get by on a day-to-day basis. My only concern about the decreasing landlines is the negative impact on funding for 911 services. As a reporter who has covered this trend, I'm hopeful emergency directors will be able to figure a way to help supplement the lost surcharges.

Goldie Rapp

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