I can remember the very first time I went to the telephone company to get a telephone for the home that I had just bought. I looked at all of the different models and colors they had on the display, considered caller id, chose from different ring tones (for each member of the family) and contemplated having an answering machine. Once I decided on what I wanted, they gave me a total and arranged to come out to connect the line.
Now we are faced with the same decisions when we go into a cell phone outlet. On display, there are several models of cell phones to choose from, numerous plans to examine, insurance options to cover stolen or broken phones and options like how many lines you’d like to open on the account.
Now you are wondering if you need a home phone anymore, right?
If someone wanted to talk to you, would they call your home phone first and when they didn’t get an answer, would they call you on your cell? In my case, my family stopped calling my home phone after I gave them my cell phone number. The calls that I received at home were from salespeople trying to get me to buy their products.
Would you need it if you had little ones at home? Most of our children today have their own cell phone numbers, so they probably would not use the home phone.
Would you keep it for the babysitter, in case of an emergency? Most of the babysitters today have their own cell phones and wouldn’t use your home phone.
If your cell phone plan covers a limited amount of minutes during the day, unlimited minutes in the evening (of course after a certain time) and long distance calls at no charge, why keep the home phone that cost about the same as the cell phone monthly rate?
Are home phones becoming extinct?
In the 1920s, a company called Burma Shave — producers of brushless shaving cream — started putting signs up that delighted and educated drivers. These