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  Reply # 1836985 4-Aug-2017 09:19
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Given that I think we pay like $7 a month for our phone line through 2Talk, it's not like it's a big financial burden - so even if the OP shifts VOIP providers there's some decent savings there.

 

A few years ago I would have said it was quite self-centred for people to expect others to only be able to contact them on a mobile - given the higher proportion that didn't have mobiles, or that calls to mobiles were charged per minute and were expensive (whether made from a mobile or landline). This isn't nearly the same issue given so many are on reasonably-priced plans with a set number of minutes, and often end up with more than they know what to do with (I have just under 2,000 minutes built up on a $16/month plan!).

 

That said, I think it depends on the specific circumstances. Some elderly in particular may be reluctant to call mobiles, whether due to a cost or simply sticking to what they know. I for one won't be getting rid of our landline, given my mother would struggle with calling us all on mobiles.

 

I also like it that a home phone is a collective device - it enables anyone to pick up, allows those who don't have mobiles (eg younger children) to engage and communicate without having to do so via an adult's phone.


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  Reply # 1836990 4-Aug-2017 09:30
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So WHY does a phone number cost $15/month ?

 

 

Why can't I go into McDonalds and get a free burger because I don't think it's worth the $10 they want for it?

 

Do you think running a voice network doesn't cost anything? It does..

 

 

I think his question is more like "What is the argument to convince me this is worth $15/month in my situation?" than the price charged for the service.

 

Ditch it. I did a couple of years back. No reason to have a fixed line number.





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  Reply # 1836992 4-Aug-2017 09:30
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We ditched our landline a while back and have not noticed any difference. It does give me pause for one reason though - having a phone in the house for emergencies that will always work. Someone, one of the kids maybe, needs to dial 111 and there's no mobile nearby. Seems unlikely though.

 

 


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  Reply # 1837001 4-Aug-2017 09:50
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Why does it matter to them what type of phone the other party is using? Surely all they have to do is dial the number and speak just like they would if they were calling a fixed line?

 

 

k1w1k1d was referring to the fact that on some plans it costs money to dial a mobile.

 

 

I didn't realise this. Maybe I should check whether my parents are being tolled differently for mobile versus fixed line calls, because that sounds to me like a bit of a scam for the telcos to take advantage of the elderly.


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DarkShadow:

 

alasta:

 

Why does it matter to them what type of phone the other party is using? Surely all they have to do is dial the number and speak just like they would if they were calling a fixed line?

 

 

k1w1k1d was referring to the fact that on some plans it costs money to dial a mobile.

 

 

I didn't realise this. Maybe I should check whether my parents are being tolled differently for mobile versus fixed line calls, because that sounds to me like a bit of a scam for the telcos to take advantage of the elderly.

 

 

It is standard on many plans for landline calls to be "free" (ie: included in the monthly fee), while mobile calls are charged per minute.


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DarkShadow:

 

alasta:

 

Why does it matter to them what type of phone the other party is using? Surely all they have to do is dial the number and speak just like they would if they were calling a fixed line?

 

 

k1w1k1d was referring to the fact that on some plans it costs money to dial a mobile.

 

 

I didn't realise this. Maybe I should check whether my parents are being tolled differently for mobile versus fixed line calls, because that sounds to me like a bit of a scam for the telcos to take advantage of the elderly.

 

 

I understand most standard landline packages do not include "free" mobile calls; even then, the typical add-on telcos push is for "unlimited" national calling. I'm sure there are packages that can add on mobile minutes, but I'd be interested to know how many take this up (as compared to national calling). These add-ons have decreasing relevance to most of the population, and those who are likely to be affected by it (the elderly) are also the least likely to know how best to set up their phone package.


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Still have a landline phone, even though my 2 Degrees prepay carry over has >1200 standard minutes on it now.

 

On the landline, 1 phone is powered, and 1 is powered off the exchange still.

 

Reason for having the exchange powered phone was it a earthquake etc happened, and the power is out and mobile network is overloaded, then, when at home at least I'd still have a phone. Maybe not so relevant anymore, I don't know.

 

And bundled through Vodafone Phone, Internet, Sky combo, it's only $10 a month


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  Reply # 1837069 4-Aug-2017 11:24
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The only reason I can see for having a land-line is some technology that depends on it and is expensive or impossible to replace or upgrade.  But at $600/year generally it would be more economic to upgrade.

 

The benefit of getting rid of a land-line is no spam calls from HRV, Fairfax Media, the 'windows help centre' or umpteen charities.





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