Can I get rid of my land-line telephone?

I know it is time for an election when my land-line starts ringing off the wall.  My husband, bless his heart, registered as a voter with the other political party, and they call our house night and day. Now people, I love my husband very much (and he can vote any way he wants to), but if he is going to register with the wrong party I wish he would give the party his cell phone number so they don't call me.  The worst of it is that there is no human being on the line, so I can't even rant at anyone.  After fifteen political calls this morning I'm ready to pull out my meticulously dyed red hair.

Am I the only person on the planet who still has a land-line telephone?  I don't know why in Thunder we have it.  I can't remember the last time I answered it to find a human on the other end of the line.  We both have cell phones, and all of our family and friends use those lines to reach us.  Long ago I signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, so telephone marketers are not supposed to call ... theoretically.  It doesn't seem to stop them all.  It certainly doesn't stop the politicians who call to try to get our votes or the non-profits who call to try to get us to donate money we don't have.

There are two things that have made us hesitate to drop the land-line:

  • I send FAXes for work.
  • We have a security system that is connected to our land-line.

Those aren't good reasons, are they?  I've finally figured out that I can scan any document and send it in an e-mail almost as quickly as I can FAX.  And, I've recently been told that for a small additional fee I can get our security company to connect to a cell phone. 

Is there another reason I should have a land-line?  Am I not thinking this through completely?  Will I miss it when it is gone?


Shelly Kneupper Tucker

writes at This Eclectic Life


Twitter handle: @shellyktucker


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