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Land Phone Lines - Why do we still have them?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 15, 2008

There has been a lot in the media recently about people not having land lines and just using their cell phones for everything. I think this will never be my attitude and these are some of my reasons.

1. I call internationally quite a bit and get much better deals from land lines than I would for cell phones.

2. I think of my cell as urgent calls, not for long chats. I do not want someone calling me for a chat as I do my grocery shopping, or wait in line for the atm or to pay at Starbucks. I do not want to get a call from my child's teacher telling me something routine while I am eating lunch with friends or watching my child's baseball game.

3. If someone is returning a call with information I need to write down, a phone number, directions how to get somewhere, or a list of things I need to supply for a party, while I am out walking or somewhere else when I don't have a pen handy or even the information I need to give them back.

4. I like to know if I am calling someone on their cell so that I don't talk on mercilessly while they are being inconvenienced by my call, so I don't want them to do the same for me. A call to my home where I can find what I need quickly is so much better.

I love the convenience of my cell, I love to call home from the grocery store and ask if we have enough eggs, or milk. I love being able to call my kids to find out why they are not home from school yet. I love calling my destination to find out why I am lost and how to get there. I even love being able to call my husband and find each other while walking around Costco or such. But, to me my cell is not my everyday call machine, my home phone is.

Anyone agree with me?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Recently ordered carpeting at Home Depot and they asked for my home phone number and my cell phone. I also gave my husband's cell as I knew that I was probably going to be unavailable when the order came in. The clerk at Home Depot had incorrectly transcribed my home phone on one of the worksheets and when they tried to contact me, they got a number cancelled message. Instead of trying one or both of the cell phone numbers, they cancelled my order, waiting for me to contact them to find out why. I would have expected them to use the cell phone numbers in this case since they were the ones who asked for them.

Sometimes what seems like a good thing is too much trouble.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2008 at 9:31 am

The fact that we all have cell phones is lost on our schools. Even though we now give them home phone, 2 parents cell phones and also a couple of emails, they still insist on 3 emergency numbers of friends or relatives. In all my years at PAUSD, they have never needed one of my emergency numbers and I have been several other people's emergency and only got called once.

Getting emergency numbers is onerous in many ways and a couple of cell phone numbers should do the trick instead. If both parents are going to be out of town and the kids are staying elsewhere for a few days, it would be up to the parents to give the numbers to the school then, but otherwise, this is now moot.

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