T-mobile has a new @home service, in which you purchase a wireless broadband router for $50, pay them $10 per month in addition to your usual cell plan, and plug a regular telephone into the router. Presto! Home phone to replace your landline service, for only $10 per month (you still have to pay whoever for your broadband service, which isn’t included).
15% of people in the U.S. don’t even have a landline phone any more. They just use their cell phones.
Others use services like Skype to make calls.
What do you do? What do you think about all this?
I’m hesitant to give up having a landline phone — even for something like @home. Sure, it would be cheaper than our regular monthly phone bill, and we’d still have a central number for the family (my kids are too young to carry a cell).
But what happens when the power goes out? A cell phone will have power for a while at least. I suppose we could always keep charging them in the car — as long as we still have gas.
A broadband router will not work with the power out, though. Heck, our regular cordless phone won’t work when the power is out. That’s why we keep an old-fashioned Princess phone upstairs — it requires no electricity to operate. As long as the phone lines still work, the phone works, too. We can make 911 calls, check in with friends and family, or report the power outage that’s got everything else down.
I’m hesitant to put all my trust in cellular and broadband technology at this point.