Do You Need A Dedicated Phone Line for Your House?

by Justin Weinger on September 4, 2006

With the exponential growth in the use of cell phones, run of the mill house lines have become more obsolete and less used.

For those of you who have a cell phone and a house line, what percentage of your phone calls do you make or receive via your home line?  If it’s less than 50%, you should look at whether or not it’s worth it to have the home phone line.

After doing a little bit of research, I figure the average local and long distance plan for a major carrier is about $38.25 per month – before applicable taxes and charges.

To come up with an average house line phone bill, I took the average rates of three major carriers, taken directly from their websites.  For $34.95 per month Verizon will provide unlimited local, regional and long distance calling across the United State and Puerto Rico, and AT&T offers a long distance only (no local calling included) for $29.95 per month.

It’s not exactly comparing apples to apples, but it’s a decent rough approximation.

Anyway, based on my math, an annual phone bill that includes unlimited local and long distance calls will cost about $450 per year.

If you took even half of that amount and applied it towards more minutes on your cell plan (which would still probably be more minutes than you need), you would still be saving $225 per year.

On the other side of the story, if you have a monthly cell phone plan yet don’t use it that much, look into switching to a prepaid or pay-as-you-go mobile plan, or just dropping your cell service all together.

With the average cell phone bill being about $50 per month (sorry, the figure is from 2005 – I couldn’t find anything more recent), the potential savings could be around $600 per year.

Either way, most people/homes don’t need a cell phone AND a house line, and can very easily get by with just one or the other.


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