I've lived most of my adult life without a telephone. When i had employers who insisted that i be "reachable," i've always made them provide me a pager if they insisted. Later, i had employers who provided a cell phone, with the proviso that i pay for personal calls. So, i never gave out my cell number, or only gave it out to a select few. Later, i got a cell phone on a pay as you go basis, with no roaming charges, and no charge for incoming.
To me, it was always a blessed relief not to have had a phone, the more so as i saw how other people were tied and bound by their phones. I'm sure you'll have no problem with this.
dropping the landline was actually a spur of the moment thing, because I was a bit pissed off at ATT
In the past, maybe once a year I would say to Wally "I don't know why we bother having a phone (landline) we never use it" He'd say the "in case of emergency", and it wasn't worth pursuing.
So we ended up having the landline, internet and TV with ATT, one bill a month.
A couple of months ago I called ATT to request an unpublished phone number. The chick I was talking to told me that if I swiched over to ATT Uverse (whatever the hell that is) I'd get the same TV stations, same phone, same internet, for about $30 less a month.
I asked a couple questions to make sure it was the same, and understood there would be a small one time charge, so I said "sure"
So....I get 2 bills a couple of days apart from each other....One ATT bill for 50 christing dollars more than what we normally paid each month, and one from ATT Uverse (whatever the hell that is) for just about what our old ATT bill used to be!
I figured the orders for the change crossed wires, and I owed one or the other.
Noooooo......I call ATT and this chick tells me my ATT bill is correct, and she doesn't know why I have an ATT Uverse and didn't I realize that my internet, TV and phone aren't all working off the same dohicky now and I'd have to call ATT Uverse to ask them about the bill.
Me: It seems to that in front of Uverse is the word ATT, and you work for ATT.
She: But that's a different department.
Me: (cutting directly to the chase) No, I'm not gonna do this. You and I both know what's going to happen. You'll connect me to someone else, and you'll never have to deal with me again. But I'll have to talk to God knows how many more people who are going to tell me they don't know anything.
How about if YOU put me on hold, and talk to someone over at the Uverse area, figure out what wrong and how to fix it, then come back to me?
well, by George, I couldn't believe it. That's exactly what she did. I ended up talking to a guy who at least knew why I got 2 bills. I didn't really care quite honestly and told him "All I wanted to to get an unlisted phone number, now look at all this stuff. I never even use the phone, my husband watches TV and says he's not getting the same channels, and isn't too impressed. I've been totally misled"
He took and last ditch effort about how I had 200 channels now. I said "yeah, and most of them are people talking about Jesus or selling jewelry. I blocked all those"
All righty then. He had a perfect understanding of my feelings.
"we don't want to lose your business, I'm going to give you to someone who will fix all of this."
Actually, this last person did, very quickly. The bill that was $50 more than ususally was cut down to a TOTAL of $12.
The other one, was going to be $28. Then she said they would have to send out yet another technician to put the phone on the same system.
At that point I asked her if she could hold for a moment. I called Wally and said, "We don't need the landline, we don't use it"
Wally is a smart man, and can read the winds with remarkable accuracy.
He said "so cancel it"
Him "you too"
back to final woman, I told her to cancel the landline, which she took without a twitch. I said "since we're not paying for a phone any longer, I might be interest in pay channels (Wally being so understanding and all)"
Bottom line, I got the 300 channels now (most of which of course will be blocked because they are bullshit) BUT, I got Showtime, Stars, Cinemax, etc, for the movie watch in the house.
All this, no technician visit, taxes and everything included, for $30 less than our net bill was every month before all this started.
Save $30 month,
Get movie channels
Don't have to deal with a phone we never use anyway.
I'm a rat terrier.