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AT&T Wants to Drop Landlines From its Service, Move to All IP Home Networks

AT&T Wants to Drop Landlines, Not Your Calls

Even though there's been a ton of back and forth between AT&T and Verizon on who has the better cellular network, AT&T isn't letting that stop it from making its next big move: attempting to drop landlines from its service. AT&T filed paperwork with the FCC recently to begin moving all of its service to an IP-based network (or VoIP — like using Skype, only through a home phone), essentially hacking your old telephone jack from the wall.

Personally, I don't see the need for a landline anymore (the only reason I signed up for one was because it got me a cheaper rate on my Internet), and given the fact that only 20 percent of Americans still use landlines (like my grandpa and a family friend who still uses dial-up) I'd say it won't be too tough of a transition. Even grandpa has a cell phone and knows how to use it! Plus, it's pretty costly for AT&T to come out and install the landline in your home alongside Internet and digital TV — would a consolidation of services equal a savings for customers?

What do you think — would you be for an all IP-based and cellular phone network, or would it be too hard for you to give up your trusty landline?

RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 7 years
It's be foolish to give up my landline, not just because cell reception is shitty in my home, but also because a landline provides a sure thing for me. Security call it. The sound is perfectly clear. I've no issues with landlines.
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 7 years
The only reason why you should havea landline is at times during storms that is your own ways of communication. Sometimes cell phones do not work so having a landline for an emergency would be ideal. But realistically, a landline for me costs more than having a cell phone.
dootsie dootsie 7 years
I'm not sure of the specifics, but the poster above seems to have something straight that this article isn't explaining. I believe it's a conversion of service rather than straight-up removing land lines. Most AT&T land-line service isn't actually installed by AT&T. They mainly handle long distance while smaller, local companies provide local. So yeah, the notion that AT&T could just hack land-line service is total bosh. They're not doing squat and getting paid lots of money for it.
millarci millarci 7 years
I still think it's important to have a land line and if I could afford both, I would have a land line too. My parents are in a very rural neighborhood where the reception is awful. If they didn't have a land line, I don't think I'd ever get a hold of them.
loriborealis loriborealis 7 years
No way I believe that only 20% of the population uses a landline. Just by these comments alone, I'd guess landline use is much higher than that. I know it's only a few comments, but most of the commenters I've seen here are women in their 20s and 30s, and if many of them still use landlines, then think of all the people 50 and over who still use them. The boomer generation is huge and it's hard for me to imagine a large percentage of them not using landlines at all anymore. Okay - I Googled it and a quick look at the first few results shows that it's 20 percent that still use a landline ONLY. However, the same percentage - 20 - also use cell phones exclusively. That means that about 60% of the population uses both, which is what I suspected. So, to force landlines into obsolescence is counterproductive. Let it happen naturally, like the 8 track. A landline isn't quite at the level of an 8 track yet...
Shannikan Shannikan 7 years
P.s The ONLY reason its profit is because so many people spend an outrageous amount for unlimited. did u realize Att offers you unlimited home phone for $30, or unlimited Local for under $15? kinda makes u hate yourself for paying over a hundred doesn't it? People have grown so used to having everything NOW that they will pay any price.
Shannikan Shannikan 7 years
That would suck. I know att Recently bought out bell south for our landline and in Florida we tend to lose power a lot. think about Ll the places cell phones are non existent since coverage is NOT country wide. There are so many places that MOST cells dont cover. I have that problem and im on Florida's Space coast.
violina violina 7 years
You don't see the benefit of landlines -- but you don't speak for everyone, now do you? There are a lot of people who prefer landlines over cells. It's also not just a matter of preference -- they work when the power is down, they have less static, they get better rates on international calls (at least in my plan), etc.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I don't think it is a good idea to drop landlines; our electricity was out Xmas Day and the old phones worked just fine (just not the remote handsets) and my mom doesn't have Internet access and lousy cellphone reception; so she has to have a landline.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I think this just makes AT&T more useless than they already are. Ever since Version and AT&T went on a commercial war, I've noticed a massive drop in the quality of my AT&T service. Like, can't make calls half the time and more failed messages than ever quality drop. So now that they can't even have a stable cell service AND they are cutting landline service? Are they trying to enter the always-competitive paperweight business?
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
I kind of agree except for one point AT&T is missing; most home security systems require a land line to your house. Voip doesn't cut it because when the electricity goes out they can't reach you.
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