As smartphone plans become cheaper and add more data and as families begin to adopt either family plans or shared plans, I’m finding less and less people using a home phone. My first foray into a cellular only world began back in 2000, I was in college and didn’t want to pay for a phone for my house—seeing how I was barely there—and a cellphone, which I found to be more useful, as it was always with me. As I got older, my phone, plans, coverage and minutes all got cheaper and better, so I never went back to a home phone. Even now, married with a child, I still don’t see any benefit of a home phone. My parents, both of whom have had home phone since they were children, may make the plunge and ditch their house phone in favor of a cellular phone-only lifestyle. That’s saying something.
Cell phones and now smartphones have evolved so quickly into more than just phones. Today a smartphone can act as a game console, an address book, recipe holder, a calendar, a wallet, a clock/watch, a music and video player, and much, much more. It’s a device many of us can’t leave home without. So why when we go home, would it be any different. Why would anyone get home and then say, nah, call me on the house phone, other than the two most popular reasons, saving minutes—which really isn’t an issue anymore with free mobile-to-mobile minutes— and bad reception, which can happen in some homes? As coverage increases, the reception issue will soon fade away, but as for minutes, that’s already a non-issue for many people.
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