Landline? Not me

I spotted an article over on Ars Technica a couple of weeks ago that i’ve only just gotten around to blogging about

Landlines? One quarter of Europeans go without

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?

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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3 thoughts on “Landline? Not me

  • Except, Virgin Media stipulate that you must have a telephone line from them in order to get broadband.
    Call charges must still be a great revenue. More likely telephone rental prices are a great revenue. Why do we need to have a line from cable if all I want is TV or Broadband?


  • Sorry Andy,
    My mistake. Its been so long since I was with Telewest, now Virgin. Telewest definitely had that stipulation.
    I think it was also the bi-monthly junk mail I get through the post that gave me that idea. To get the very cheap deals, the latest being broadband and telly for £9 or something, you had to take a phone line!

    Ooops, can’t always be right 😉


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