I just went through my caller ID, for the home phone, for the last 30 days. I had 15 calls: 1 from my sister, 13 from solicitors, and 2 wrong numbers—one at 5 a.m, mind you. A very gravelly voice announcing "I'm at Keith's." At 5 a.m., who has the presence of mind to mess with a wrong number? Had I been more with it, I would have said "you get the hell out of Keith's house and get your lilly-white ass home right this minute! I've called all the hospitals looking for you!"
$50, I paid, for these calls. As I did not use the phone to call out during this time, I essentially paid $3.33 for each incoming phone call, most of which occurred while I was out, and none of which I answered.
Why, then, have I hesitated to take this step to cancel my landline phone?
- Because I don't want solicitors to phone my cell phone.
- Because I like the idea of being listed in a phone book, and having someone be able to contact me, in an emergency. Or for, say, a date. It could happen.
- Because I love the sound of my old-timey red phone, when it rings.
- Because I'm old, and change is bad! It somehow makes me feel panicky to not have home phone number, and line.
- What if the power goes out for 3 days and my cell phone dies because I can't charge it?
- What if I misplace my cell phone, and can't call myself to find the damned thing?
Do you have any advice, or cases for or against, before I jump in?