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When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

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When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

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  • Landline? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by anybody_out_there (2814321) on Monday January 21, 2013 @11:49AM (#42647397)
    Does home/biz VoIP count as a landline? It's not mobile!
  • Re:Landline? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 21, 2013 @11:55AM (#42647457)

    Ask fax techs. They hate VoIP with the fire of a thousand suns.

  • Home POTS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lord Grey (463613) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:05PM (#42647599)

    I still have Plain Old Telephone Service at home, albeit with several fancy wireless handsets scattered around the house. I also have a cherry red corded handset (my wife refers to it as the BatPhone) that I can use when the wireless handsets die, like after a prolonged power outage.

    Having this landline, in this configuration, is an intentional decision. It's separate from all my networking stuff, it survives power outages (when I haul out my BatPhone), and it generally works a hell of a lot better than any other technology for voice calls. Calls are clear, don't get dropped, I hear every word, and there is no latency.

    I'm keeping my landline, thankyouverymuch

  • by DickBreath (207180) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:24PM (#42647823) Homepage
    Most people do have a landline at the office. This will probably continue to be true for a long time. It may gradually become blurry whether your desk phone at work is actually a land line or VoIP. But most people will think of it and probably call it a land line.

    A much better question would be to ask Slashdot readers about landlines at home, or in personal non-work life. I suspect this would change the poll outcome significantly.
  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:27PM (#42647871)
    The local County lockup only allows collect calls to land lines. Over the years, some of our employees have preferred this bonding-out benefit over more traditional perks like 401k and retirement.
  • Re:Home POTS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kannibal_klown (531544) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:59PM (#42648215)

    If I hadn't gone with FIOS I'd probably still have POTS... if only for the ability to make calls during prolonged power outages. Over the past 1.5 years I've had 3 such outages: 8 days, 7 days, and 3 days. Prior to that, only 1 or 2 long outages in 25-30 years.

    BUt... I just couldn't help myself. 75Mbit Fiber connection was just too tempting. So they set up what I imagine is a VOIP setup... all calls through the fiber. Which means when the fiber box's battery runs out (X Hours) I'm without a hard line.

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.


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