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November 18, 2009

My Landline

-- by Dave Johnson

The Johnsons have two cell phones and a landline. Pretty much the only calls we get on the landline are telemarketing calls, but for some reason we keep it around.

It would be nice if the government kept a database of people who do not want to be called at home by telemarketers. Maybe they could call it a "Do Not Call List." People could get on this list, and the telemarketers would check the list before calling people, and not call the people who don't want to be called.

That would be so nice of something like that existed, because we get three or four telemarketing calls a day here.

Or, if it actually did exist (it does), it would be a fucking miracle if the government would fucking just enforce the law. It that too much to ask?

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 18, 2009 3:47 PM


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My wife's been pestering me (the resident tech guy) to figure out if we could drop our landline. I just hooked up a cable modem Monday, and it works just fine.

Of the last 39 messages from the past two weeks on the landline, only one was not from a telemarketer. And that was a wrong number.

The only things that've kept me from ditching phone service are DSL and 911. We don't need DSL any more. As for 911; a disaster happens in the city, and something dangerous is happening outside the house. Cell phone service is overburdened, but at least we have 911.

It finally dawned on me that in this situation, 911 operators will probably be overwhelmed as well.

So now that we've demonstrated that we can get decent internet service, we'll be ditching the landline for good, and actually saving money by buying a Comcast package. Not that I'm a great fan of Comcast (laws against monopolies are also unenforced), but this saves money and relieves us of the burden of sitting through endless voicemails that pick up in the middle of someone's pitch.

Posted by: Minnesota Countertenor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2009 7:37 PM

Hey, first timer here.
I just moved into a new apartment and, to get DSL, had to get a landline. (the apartment is temporary, and this was the only deal I could get without a yearlong contract..)
Within 10 hours of installation, I was receiving a telemarketer call every couple of hours. It's taken a couple of weeks for no-call list to kick in (i.e. there was a decrease in calls..)

Posted by: Robert Alexander [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2009 4:39 AM

Out here in rural land, I'll never give up my landline.

1) There is no cell phone service for 10 miles in either direction of my house,

2) When the electricity goes out (about 4 times a year) the phone still works! No cable modem, no computers, no routers, but I can still use my dialup account with my computer running on a battery backup if I must. (Which I did recently - I had to email an application by a deadline and right when I was getting ready to send the email the power went out. But I was able to use my computer's modem to dialup internet service and I made the deadline! Woo-Hoo for landline!)

If I lived in the city where I could get reliable cell service, or the power didn't go out as often, I'd think about it.

Also, it took a week for the Do Not Call registry to get around, but I get NO telemarketers here anymore!

Posted by: Comrade Rutherford [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2009 5:06 AM

Yet your faith in government continues unabated. Surely this is a parable to think about regarding the government's intentions towards our healthcare system. Don't you think?

Posted by: Jay Muntz [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 22, 2009 10:10 PM

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