Home Phone Service: Cancel or Keep It?

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Deactivating your home phone service and using a cell phone exclusively is an increasingly popular option. Consolidating your two phone bills into one is not only an attractive financial decision but also a way to simplify things. Here are a few factors to consider.

Signal Strength

When you’re at home, you’re not mobile. This means you’ll likely always have similar signal reception, unless you change your cell phone carrier or they significantly enhance their network to improve a dead zone.

If your cell phone signal is weak at home either because your carrier provides inadequate service or because the architectural structure of your home weakens your cell phone’s signal, deactivating your landline might seem like a poor decision.

The alternative is huddling up in a particular corner of your home that likes your cell phone and sitting still in order to avert having a dropped call. Of course, this is not ideal.

While signal reception has improved greatly, it’s still not as reliable as a traditional, copper-based telephone line.

Price

When you analyze how much you’re spending on your cell phone bill as compared to your landline bill, does it make financial sense for you to cut your landline and rely only on your cell phone?

Due to the trend of people dropping their landlines in favor of cell phones, companies that offer landline service have seen their revenues erode. As such, they’ve modified their pricing plans to remain competitive. If the call quality with your cell phone at home works for you, make sure the money factor ends up saving you money instead of losing it.

Landlines as Backup

If your cell phone dies at home because you’ve run your battery dry, a landline can serve as a useful backup option, especially in the case of an emergency. Even if your cell phone dies, of course, you can still begin the recharging process and immediately place a call.

If your cell phone breaks or has a hardware malfunction and dies, relying it on exclusively will leave you without a phone. Having a landline may serve as an important backup and also offer some peace of mind.

Copper Phone Service vs. VoIP

These days, the big question about home phone service is whether to use traditional copper-based technology or switch to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP service runs over the internet rather than a traditional, copper-based phone line. The service often ends up costing you less and comes with unlimited minutes. Companies like Vonage have made VoIP popular.

Still, why should you pay for VoIP at home and not rely exclusively on your cell phone?

If you find it cheaper and easier to have just one phone bill, those reasons alone may be enough to cut the phone cord at home.

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