There is about 145,000 monthly searches on Google, on average, for “what is a landline?”. That should tell you about all you need to know regarding our shift away from good ole’ landline phone services. Shockingly, despite that fun metric, 29% of U.S. households still have a landline phone! This boggles my mind. I didn’t think I had to write this post until I saw that #.
With today’s technology, there is no reason to keep paying for a landline phone. NONE. I don’t want to hear about the 1 in 10,000,000 odds that the power goes out and then your cell battery dies and then you can’t charge your phone and then you have a medical emergency and then your car doesn’t work, and you can’t call 911. And I thought I was paranoid… Get a car charger or even a solar charger, if you have that concern. And then learn how to stop worrying so much.
Replacing your Landline and Expensive Voice Cell Plans
The average U.S. household still spends $1,409 annually, or $117 monthly on telephone services. This is a red-flag opportunity for easy savings. This kind of easy savings does not come along often in the personal finance world.
$117 could easily be cut by 70%+, without losing much or any functionality with all of the options out there. And the first thing you should do is get rid of your landline.
The result was:
- I didn’t have a landline at the time, but I completely removed any need for one while gaining all that functionality back (the Ooma has proven to be more than a full 100% functional replacement).
- No high priced plans, overage charges, or limitations. Between my prepaid plan and the VOIP, I could effectively talk on the phone for as long as I wanted, without paying more than one low, monthly fee of a combined $30 (2 cell plans + Ooma).
- I was covered in the 1 in 10,000,000 scenario.
- I gained more functionality, versatility, better sounding calls (VOIP), and an additional line.
4 years ago, the Ooma cost $249. Today, it’s less than $100 on Amazon. And there are now prepaid plans that are cheaper than what I paid back then.
So, if you fall in to that 29% that is still paying for landline phone service, do yourself a favor and walk over and take a pair of hedge clippers to that telephone wall cord (not the phone itself, you’ll still need that to plug in to VOIP).
And PLEASE do not sign up for the pricey ISP VOIP (digital voice over internet) alternative that will charge you $30-$45 per month. ISP VOIP’s are at least equally as bad of an expense as traditional landlines. You can get an Ooma fully paid for in 3-4 months at those rates, with all of the same features. Just plug it in to your router, running off of any ISP high speed connection, and you’re good to go.
Cutting the Landline Discussion:
- Have you gotten rid of your landline? How long ago?
- If not, what is stopping you?
- What did you replace your landline with? And how much did you save, in the process?