Ok, that statement of location is about the only thing that is on topic here. I do remember being in a couple of bathrooms back in the 70's, where a wall phone hung next to the john.
From reading GardenSprite's concern about cell phone privacy security, just curious how many out there have done away with their home lines and just use cell phones, exclusively?
My kids did this years ago, and we did so about 3 years back. We do have DSL and do all of our banking and bill paying on line. But our two cell phones are our link to the world. Well, that and email.
Because of wireless being so common, there doesn't seem to be a need for those phone jacks in every room either, even if you do have a home phone line. Do they even wire those extra jacks in new homes now?
We had a phone outside the bathroom in the house where I grew up, and my father still does, which I think is good in the event he needs to call for help. He might take his cell phone into the bathroom, but it's a lot easier and quicker for him to just pick up a land line phone and dial 911 rather than wait for the cell phone to turn on (we don't keep ours on unless we're traveling or doing something that might require instant communication).
Even then, the buttons aren't as easy to use for an older person with a partial right hand as are the buttons on a land line phone.
I'm still working on getting him to install a land line phone in his shed though.
I know a lot of people do banking and bill paying online and feel comfortable doing it. Having gone through the ordeal of dealing with ID fraud on even a limited basis, it isn't something I ever want to face again. It's a very invasive and threatening feeling, like coming home and discovering your house has been burglarized. And as a result of these incidents, I still place fraud alerts on our credit files every 90 days.
I think a lot of folks believe, or want to believe, that these kinds of things won't happen to them.
Of course, I'm still one of those who wants multiple phone jacks, especially in the bedroom. I've had many a middle of the night emergency call and it's a lot easier to be awakened from a deep sleep and just pick up a phone as opposed to even punching one button to answer a cell phone call.
And on a different level, leaving the cell phone on all night for safety purposes may only require nominal battery use, leading to recharging more often, leading to the use of more electricity, but it requires eventual use of electricity.
For seniors these are not just financial but also carbon footprint issues. I'd prefer to use electricity for something more than backup phone service. (I figure the money I save not charging a cell phone can better be used listening to the Sat. at the Met. opera series.)
There are a lot of generational issues here, I'm sure. I also think that dedicated cell phone users accept the fraud and security risks as part of the convenience of cell phone use, whereas we older folks don't want to accept that risk anymore than it already exists otherwise.
I know a few others on SS and/or pension who also have made similar decisions.
We do keep our two cell phones on 24/7, and in the bedroom (on a charger) at night. Minimal energy use, but I do understand wanting the land line in many situations. DM needed one for Life Alert, when she had it.
We are required to have a land line number for the DSL. That is also the only number published in the local directory, used to have an answering machine on it, but all we ever got was polit. advertising and orgs wanting money. We can get incoming calls free but outgoing at the ridiculous price of 10 cents a minute, unless it is 911.
Needless to say we have nothing plugged into our home wall jacks.
I still have a landline, digital phone through my CATV company. I have it mainly because I work from home and do conference calls all the time. Cellphone quality isn't the same as a landline. I can tell on a conference call when someone has a magic-jack or other VOIP phone service, when their laptop starts polling for email they get garbled. It can be fixed by configuring the router to make voice higher priority traffic than data but most people don't do it.
With respect to jacks, we don't have one in the bathroom, all bedrooms do. With the new cordless phones no need to put jacks in every room. Some cordless phones work off of one base with multiple phones. Each phone has a charging base but there is only one base station. If you're going to keep a traditional landline you should have one plain old telephone set that is line powered to use in case of a power failure. Cordless need AC power for the base station to work. A decent cordless should reach your fathers shed.
A nice feature on a cordless phone is a headphone jack. I can pop a headphone into a cordless phone and wander all over my house while on a call. Remember back in the day with a phone in the kitchen with a 4 foot cord to the handset? Oh and it was a rotary phone as well.
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Great point (Sparky) on the multiple phone cordless models, for GardenSprite's father. The individual handsets only need a base for occasional charging. We used to have one with 4 handsets and one base station with our land line. I used to carry one with a belt clip when I was around the house and in the yard.
(And had an emergency modular plug in phone, if the power went out)
My cell number doubles as my business line, plus it used to be the Life Line contact for DM and F-inlaw. It was very important to have it with me all the time. Still do, with a belt or pocket clip. We have no internet on our cellphones, so they are just "dumb phones", I guess.
Remember when those portable "car phones" first came in use back in the 80's?
That is the plan we have as well. May or may not be Verizon as they all sound the same.
I do basic communication wiring as well. And believe you me running say cat5e for phone and internet access has dropped off the planet. Makes many a drywall hanger happy, one less box to cut out in each room.
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