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Do I need a home phone anymore?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Do I need a home phone anymore?

This was a question I had to ask myself about 3 months ago.  My wife and I both have cell phones and use them as our main form of communication and struggled with the idea of turning of our traditional home phone land line.  

Do I need a home phone anymore?

Things you may want to consider when turning off your traditional land line phone:
Forwarding your calls from your old number to your cell phone for awhile until you can get the word out.  After having a home phone for so many years, it is almost impossible to consider how many people you have handed your number out to.  It may be a good idea to forward your calls for one or two months, or longer depending on your situation.  To forward your home calls to a cell phone start by pressing 72* on your land line home phone and then your cell phone number. You should hear a series of beeps.  Test it by calling the home phone to ensure it forwards the calls to your cell phone or you receive a busy signal.  If it didn’t work, repeat the steps above.  To remove the forwarding, press 73# and the calls should start to come back to your home phone again.  
Another option is to leave the home phone line active with a message on the answering machine with something like “We are disconnecting this number and ask that you update your records, please leave your contact information and we will call you back with our updated information”.  You are probably asking, why not include your number as part of the message? While this would save time, you probably want to screen who has your cell phone number. Telemarketers, survey takers, mother in laws...oops just kidding of course, and other unwanted callers could get a hold of your cell phone number and call that instead.  This would allow for a screening process.

How is your coverage?
Does your cell phone work in all areas in the house.  I live in rural area and the cell phone coverage can certainly vary.  Inside my house however, cell coverage is adequate and I have no problems with dropped calls.  

In conclusion saving money on your phone bill.
While the process of changing over to a cell phone only household is a tough decision, the cost savings is substantial.  We are saving around $60 a month by disconnecting our home phone line. I hope this article has provided you some tips and tricks to aid in the process.  



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