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Subject: Re: OK to ditch land line? Date: 2/2/2003 7:22 PM
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I ditched the land line a little over a year ago. Overall, no regrets. Has saved me about $20/month, plus the convenience of having nation-wide long-distance calling - nice when I travel.

Some things to look out for:
- my satellite TV box is no longer hooked up to the land line, so no pay-per-view, which is not a problem since I have never paid for any event yet.

- last month there were a lot of daytime phone calls because of a death in the family. If your plan limits the number of daytime phone calls to a certain number of minutes (mine is 250 minutes), is that enough time to cover nearly all your daytime usage, and then some for emergencies?

- if you have unlimited nights and weekends (or 3,000 minutes or similar plan), do the people you call mind getting phone calls at those later hours in the evening? I usually call my mother after 10:30 pm, so it's not a problem. But my best friend from high school goes to bed very early, and I have to call him with my daytime minutes.

- does the plan you want have adequate coverage for where you are going? Many times while driving I have hit dead spots where the phone wouldn't work. Coverage can be spotty and inadequate outside of many cities and large towns.

I really haven't missed my land line at all. I would recommend getting an extra battery and a battery charger that lets you put in both the phone and the spare battery. I have also found that a hands-free headset is easier for long conversations in the car or at home.

Hope this helps,

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