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MSE News: The death of the landline?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
"Most under-60s now rarely use their home line or don't have one, according to a poll of over 20,000 MSE users ..."
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The death of the landline?

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  • spenderdavespenderdave Forumite
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    "MoneySavingExpert.com research found that 51% of all age groups don't have a home phone or rarely use one."

    51% is an awful long way from 'most'... Obviously younger people use their mobile more, but looking at the survey results even in the under 30's 47% still use their landline.

    Yes I am well in the over 61 category. My mobile sits most of the time switched off. A landline is still very much an essential item.

    What a useless article.
  • We have a landline, but we use it about 3 times a month. Line rental from virgin media is £13.90 so, you have to pay £13.90 and then what ever calls you have made. You can get a mobile phone, and pay monthly, about £10 a month and get free calls and free texts.

    The phone companies want to lower the prices, as i dont know how they think they will survive, as mobile phones are very cheap in price, and you can get free sim cards online with free texts and calls on. Who is going to pay £13.90 a month for nothing, when for the same amount of money, you can get a mobile with whatever free bit and bobs on it.
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  • giraffe69giraffe69 Forumite
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    Who is going to pay £13.90 a month for nothing, when for the same amount of money, you can get a mobile with whatever free bit and bobs on it.

    The problem many people have is that they need a landline for broadband.
  • I have a landline but only for the Broadband connection. I don't even answer it when it rings. It is normally Sky trying to get me to upgrade something or other. Anyone I want to speak to has my mobile number.
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  • AzariAzari Forumite
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    Any campaign to stop people having to pay for a landline just so they can have broadband is doomed to failure and shows a woeful ignorance of the realities of the situation.

    The line rental charge is literally that: it's the cost to rent the line. It has nothing whatsoever to do with what calls may be made on the line.

    There is no way that anyone is going to provide a line from the exchange and the equipment to which it is connected for no money.

    The best you could hope for is that your BB provider would take responsibility for paying for the line (as in LLU) but they would have to pass the cost on to you.
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  • NarcNarc Forumite
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    Even worse is that (certainly BT) landlines now come with a contract which is a huge pain for anyone who shares accommodation or moves address with any frequency for work etc.
  • westvwestv Forumite
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    Narc wrote: »
    Even worse is that (certainly BT) landlines now come with a contract which is a huge pain for anyone who shares accommodation or moves address with any frequency for work etc.

    Why is it a pain??
  • Absolutely support this 1000%, hate having to pay for a phone line just to get DSL.

    Nakid DSL has been available in the USA for years. BT is just milking customers over here.

    I've had a landline for 5 years and never made even 1 call on it. Totally useless to me.
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  • MSE_Helen wrote: »
    "Most under-60s now rarely use their home line or don't have one, according to a poll of over 20,000 MSE users ..."
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    Well I guess I am not one of the MOST!!! I have little or no use for a mobile other than to carry as an emergency, I do not feel the need to have it glued to my ear (or fingers to text) 24/7.

    Where is the poll then so I can add my vote.
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  • AzariAzari Forumite
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    zag2me wrote: »
    Absolutely support this 1000%, hate having to pay for a phone line just to get DSL.
    Well, the amount you have to pay won't change but they may introduce some pointless rule that means you'll get thing like:

    Landline Rental: £12
    BB connection: £10
    Naked BB: £22

    But it will keep the idiots happy. :rotfl:
    Nakid DSL has been available in the USA for years.
    And how much do they pay for that? Compared with someone who pays for a LL and has BB added.
    I've had a landline for 5 years and never made even 1 call on it. Totally useless to me.

    Well, if it's totally useless to you you are a fool for not cancelling it.

    However, I suspect that you've actually made quite a lot of use of it. ;)
    There are two types of people in the world: Those that can extrapolate information.
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