Do you have both a cell phone and a landline? If so, why?
Many people have cell phones and no landline. It took me a few years to get on the bandwagon–I got my first cell phone after I started college. After that contract expired, I got a pre-paid cell, since I lived in an apartment with a built-in landline (it was included with the rent) and I barely used my mobile phone.
Next, I got the phone and plan I’m using now: A regular cell phone with a two-year contract, set to expire in the summer of 2008. I got 12% off per month for being affiliated with a university, but with tax, it’s still $40/month for the smallest plan. Oy.
Originally, I got it because I needed it for work. I needed to be reachable no matter where I was or when the phone call was coming in. My employer couldn’t reimburse me–it was a student newspaper, after all.
I still have that phone plan.
I barely use my phone these days. I don’t do text messaging or use it for accessing the internet. I regularly talk to my parents using it, and occasionally talk to a friend here or there. I don’t want to get a landline–I’d rather have a phone that I can take with me. Plus, the extra expense of having two phone lines isn’t worth it to me.
I’m still researching what to do when my plan expires. I might switch back to a pre-paid cell phone again, and add an internet plan such as Skype or Yahoo Voice.
If you’re going over your cell phone minutes each month (and have to pay outrageous overage fees) by all means, increase your minutes! It makes much more sense to pay an extra $10-20 per month to add minutes to your plan, instead of paying hundreds in overage fees.
Some people need a landline so they can access their internet, for example they can only have dial-up (sorry if that’s you!) or DSL.
For people who absolutely need a landline, one way to save money with it is to eliminate all extras on the line. Do you need call waiting or voicemail on it? Not really, especially if you have cell phones. People can just call you on that, right?
Do you have a long-distance plan on your landline? Why? Can’t you use your cell phone for that?
If you don’t have great cellular reception at home but still want to make long-distance calls, you still have options.
Coming up: Info on Skype and Yahoo Voice
Your turn: What’s your phone situation?