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After 40 years of being a faithful customer of Ma Bell, my wife and I will cut the land line cord and rely on our cell phones. It's going to seem odd not having a listing in the White Pages. I can remember when owning a land line meant you were credit worthy, but you were also the phone booth of the neighborhood, because neighbors always wanted to use your phone. It evolved through the years from party lines rotary dial phones to the touch tone. It served its purpose because it was easy to say “I’m in the book" but if you had a common name; you received a lot of unwanted calls for a person that didn't pay their bills. I bet they didn’t believe me when I denied being the person they were inquiring about. When caller ID came about, we were able to screen our calls. That's what brought about the change. Our phone line is hooked up to our DVR, so every call appears on the TV set, simultaneously as it is ringing. A couple of times this week we sit there and let the phone ring, as a couple of solicitors tried to reach us. I finally said “why are we doing this and why do we need a land line?" It will take a little work to change our primary numbers with relatives, friends, doctors, and others. The only problem we might have is that my wife always forgets to charge her phone. It wouldn't be much of a problem, but she gets most of the calls and guess who the alternative is? I don't get many calls, and I like it that way.

We will be one of the 26.6%, who will only have a wireless phone in the home. According to today's USA today "in 2007. And the percentage of wireless-only homes increased in every state, ranging from 35.2% in Arkansas to 12.8% in Rhode Island and New Jersey. In Texas, wireless phones are the primary means of receiving calls in 52.8% of homes. Mississippi has 49.8%, Arizona has 48.1% and Nebraska 47.3%."

The article warned those that were switching to check with our local emergency preparedness departments to see if its "Reverse 911" communication systems can incorporate cell phones. The service allows officials to contact residents in case of an emergency. I will have to check and see but I remember but three years ago I called in an accident and then a few minutes later.911 called me back on my cell phone. Then again, t I've only received a couple of those phone calls on my land line.

I saw a phone at Sam's Wholesale that hooked up like a land line phone and allows you to connect two cell phones (via Blue Tooth) to it. I just can't go cold Turkey. Old people aren't that fond of change.

Are there any problems that I haven't thought of?