I spotted an article over on Ars Technica a couple of weeks ago that i’ve only just gotten around to blogging about
I’ve one of them
I cancelled my landline about six months ago as i couldn’t really see the point in keeping it. I get my broadband via cable instead of ADSL and my mobile contract gives me more minutes than i know what to do with
My wife rarely makes calls anyway so i was paying for line rental on a service that for most of the day i couldn’t use as everyone in the household is away at work!
I hear similar stories when speaking to other people but they talk about needing the line for their broadband access
In addition there is also the option of various VOIP services that could take the place of a fixed landline if i really really needed one
Where do people see this trend going?
I wonder how many of the other three quarters of Europe are only keeping their landline active because of ADSL
Cable service providers are possibiliy missing a trick as they don’t seem to push this angle. When doing their marketing campaigns they usually compare their month broadband prices on a like for like basis. If i were in charge of their marketing i’d also be makiing a big deal of the fact that you could potentially lose the fixed landline saving more per month
But what do i know?