Is the landline dead?

Former_MSE_Debs Former MSE Posts: 890 Forumite
Poll started 28 Aug 2012

BT’s just announced another line rental hike (info and help in Cheap Home Phones). Once families queued for their turn on the home phone – now, even many under-10s have their own mobile. Is the landline dead?

What percentage of (non- work) calls made and received are on your home phone compared to mobile/web calls?

Did you vote? Why did you pick that option? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below. To see the results from last time, click this


  • art_for_arts_sake
    art_for_arts_sake Forumite Posts: 413 Forumite
    Is the landline dead? Not when it's a condition of having one to access broadband from many ISPs. Yes, there are other options, but a landline is still the most common for accessing the internet.
  • onoski
    onoski Forumite Posts: 25 Forumite
    I'd love to cut my home phone line off! I only use it for the broadband.
  • spadoosh
    spadoosh Forumite Posts: 8,732
    Ninth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    The home phone is dead, landline not quite yet. Dont have a phone plugged in at home, all phone calls are made through mobiles. Landline is purely used for broadband.
  • RussWWFC
    RussWWFC Forumite Posts: 573
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    The only use for home phones that I can see is 0800 numbers, waste of space otherwise apart from the landline hosting your broadband, that's all it is now, a chance to squeeze extra cash out of internet users
    Wycombe Till I Die
  • N.I.M
    N.I.M Forumite Posts: 2,248 Forumite
    My family live in the Republic of Ireland and a lot of providers give free weekend calls to the ROI so I use it a lot at weekends to catch up and make sure everyone is still alive etc. That and 0800 numbers, but the line is mainly in for the Broadband.
    This was 6 months out of date so I've changed it.
  • fallenxiii
    fallenxiii Forumite Posts: 6 Forumite
    I use my landline mostly for my broadband connection OR for 08xxx numbers that cost a fortune on mobile.

    Where possible I use the SayNoTo0870 site to find a geographical number instead.
    Money Saving Digital Marketer
  • HeadAboveWater
    HeadAboveWater Forumite Posts: 3,941
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker Debt-free and Proud!
    Haven't had a landline since I first moved out of my parents house about 10 years ago. Have only ever used my mobile.
    For internet I used 3 mobile broadband for a few years and have now switched to their MiFi.

    I've got both on good deals (I think so anyway!), so I'm paying £21 total a month :D
    Wealth is what you're left with when all your money runs out
  • System
    System Community Admin Posts: 178,028
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    I had to have a landline as part of my Virgin Media package. Only my mother and aunt call me on it though.
  • VEB_3
    VEB_3 Forumite Posts: 1 Newbie
    I have to use a landline, there is no mobile coverage for any network where I live in Oxfordshire.
    I have a sure signal box (mobile signal via internet line) but our broadband is too slow and inconsistent for that to be a realistic alternative.
  • slickric1234
    slickric1234 Forumite Posts: 358 Forumite
    martin can you get a campaign going for a cheaper landline if its purely for broadband

    bt have us over a barrel
    i dont want a landline, but as virgin dont have true fibreoptic cable broadband in my road its sadly the only option for good internet
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