I have a land line at home and, because I’m usually home, I do not turn on my cell phone when I’m home. People still call my cell because they think it’s my primary line.

Is your cell your primary line?

When I go out, I take my cell but often forget to turn it on — unless I’m expecting a call from the PD or Mrs. Cohn Zohn.

Do you forget to turn on your cell?

I admit to not liking my cell. Sometimes I don’t want to talk to people or to feel obligated to answer or even look who’s calling.



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  1. htwaits

    Yes, yes, and yes.

    May 14th, 2014 12:06 pm

  2. Dave T

    What’s a landline? I say that tounge in cheek as I am over the age of 40, but I have not had a landline for years. I have no need for one as all things I would need it for can be accomplished by my mobile number and internet access. It just became an added expense to have a landline.

    May 14th, 2014 12:46 pm

  3. Dennis

    Most of my calls are work related, so the cell phone is really the primary phone at home. I rarely talk with friends on the phone. It seems everyone we know, my wife’s friends included, prefer email or text.

    I only turn off my cell phone when I think it needs to reboot. It is on 24/7.

    May 14th, 2014 1:44 pm

  4. Dan

    Why are the Giant’s and A’s playing games at the same time today? A little thought and cooperation would have allowed fans the opportunity to see two games in one day with teams from both leagues. I know I’m dreaming, but BART could have provided free transit to fans going between the first game to the second – just show your ticket entering and exiting the system.

    May 14th, 2014 1:54 pm

  5. Mark M

    Dumped the land line eons ago. Can’t figure out why anyone has one outside of a brick and mortar business. It’s much handier to just keep one phone.

    May 14th, 2014 2:58 pm

  6. Phil


    Cancel your land line and get with the new program. I did and the only calls I missed were nuisance calls.

    May 14th, 2014 3:29 pm

  7. CohnZohn

    Dave T, Up here in the Oakland hills cell phones are iffy. Plus I like a land line. I’m old.

    May 14th, 2014 4:26 pm

  8. CohnZohn

    Dennis, I still don’t know how to text. Grant offers to teach me but I resist. I know, I’m a jerk.

    May 14th, 2014 4:27 pm

  9. Dennis


    No, not a jerk. I resisted at first and for a long time. But now I am starting to like it. It is how I communicate with my gardener. I walk around take a picture and send it to him via text with instructions on what i want done. It is very convenient.

    You will get to texting when you are ready. If not, no big thing. But for someone who lives by the written word I would think you would be all over it.

    May 14th, 2014 4:40 pm

  10. Albert Park

    Here’s one vote for your procedure, Lowell. I only use my cell phone when really necessary. The land line reception is much better. I feel sorry for those young guys who don’t know this.

    May 14th, 2014 5:40 pm

  11. Dr. Feelgood

    I am retired and now have more time at home.
    My iPhone is wonderful, but as telephone- not so wonderful.
    Portable apps have changed my world for the better, but for telephony, the land-line is far superior. Not even close.
    Having a portable phone is a great thing for all of its features, along with instant phone access when out and about. But to recommend it as a replacement for a landline is ignoring some key issues.
    Above all else, landline has fabulous aural quality (iphone is two cans with a string compared to landline). Landline “battery” is always 100%, never needs recharging, has, no dropped calls and no dead zones and no need for signal “bars” or “dots” because signal is not an issue.
    Wife and I pay about $145/ month for two iPhones that I mostly use for amusement. I’m fine with that.
    We pay about $18/month for the landline, and an additional $6 to $8/month to a 3rd party long-distance company (2.7 cents a minute).
    That is a great deal for a near-perfect essential service.

    May 14th, 2014 6:20 pm

  12. kg

    I AM OLD SCHOOL…I have a landline in my home, I have a cell phone that I use for emergencies, not really for yaking on. My spouse, & Daughter make their cell’s their primary phones, but I also have your problem Lowell, where I live at Cell Phone Towers are sparse.

    May 14th, 2014 7:03 pm

  13. Brett

    I am exactly like you Lowell. However I just got my first I phone for work. However I do not get reception at my home or work office. Always forget to turn it on……and have a realy weird feeling about being reachable 24-7. I tried to send a text message, and my fat fingers kept hitting the wrong keys. Eventualy in time I am sure I will get it, but for now, it’s just a pain in the ass.

    What did we do back in the 70′s and 80′s before these things??? We walked a long way to a pay phone when our car broke down in the country. By the way I just turned 50.

    May 15th, 2014 8:48 am

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