In my last post, I glibly announced that I had made the decision to terminate my land telephone line. I congratulated myself on taking steps to not only manage household expenses, but also to break a pattern of “hanging onto something” beyond the point where it makes sense.
Once the post went live, I was compelled to take action. I called the carrier and announced that I wanted to terminate the telephone service. There was a long pause before the customer service representative remarked “you’ve had the same phone number for 33 years.” I said I realized that it had been a long time, but that I no longer required the service.
Well, let me cut to the chase: I still have the land line. It turns out that it’s tied into my security system for one thing; not an insurmountable obstacle, but one I hadn’t anticipated. While we were talking, the rep also noted that faster internet service was available than my current plan provided. The new service bundles allowed not only faster connections, but the monthly rates were cheaper, even if I kept the land line, as long as I changed the service plan to not include long distance.
I thought about it. I asked a lot of questions. Looked at several plans, and in the end, keeping the land line made more sense than doing away with it. For one thing, it provides some peace of mind. I have been in other parts of the country during a disaster, and experienced cell phone service being compromised or entirely unavailable. I have had my battery go completely dead because there was no electrical power with which to charge it. And once I learned that I wasn’t really going to save anything (except maybe some face, since I just announced I was dumping the land line!), it simply made sense to hang onto the old phone, for now anyway.