posted on Jul, 31 2012 @ 02:55 PM
Land lines are important to have during emergencies. During power outages your cell usually goes out and of course cordless phones go out, but not
corded land lines. They are and will be your best friend during an emergency.
During 9/11, I wasn't able to get through using my cell phone to another cell phone, but with my land line to the same cell it went through. Even
tried calling another landline from my cell and it wouldn't go through, that is until I used my own land line.
Yeah, seriously, don't get rid of your land line because "it isn't cool to have one," or whatever. There's gonna be an emergency at some point
where you will wish you never got rid of it.
I had this conversation with 2 of my friends and they got rid of their land lines. During a power outage their cordless phones didnt work and they
couldn't get through using their cell. This was the time they needed that land line because they needed to call for an ambulance. Unfortunately
their grandpa died because they couldn't call out during a power outage.
My other friend, got rid of her land corded phone, then had a feeling she better get it back. A few weeks later their house was struck by lightning
--the cell phones didnt work and either did the cordless, but they had the land line back a few weeks earlier and were able to call the fire
As for harassing calls, get your number on the Do Not Call list. be patient as it takes a few weeks. Also, get Caller ID. Yes, the ID doesn't work
on many of the solicitors, but it will work on some.
Once you get the Caller ID, just don't answer the phone if the number is blocked or you don't recognize it. Calls being made by a computer will
remove your number if they don't receive an answer over a period of about a month.
The ones who call and don't say anything...they could be doing a couple things. They could be from a company that is compiling "Active Phone Number
Lists." If they call and someone answers, this then becomes an active number. It goes on a list of other active numbers which will be sold to
advertisers. Active lists get premium dollar from advertisers because they're "real" phone numbers that lead to "real" people.
Also, if they call and don't say anything: It could be a computer compiling a Voice File for your number.
If you need more answers, let me know. But the smartest thing would be to get Caller ID and do not answer if you dont recognize who it is. If it's
someone important, they'll leave a message on your message machine. If you don't have one, buy one at Walmart --$15.00 and it'll save you ALOT of
By the way, if you don't know who it is, DO NOT give out ANY personal information even if they seem harmless, because they're not. Just don't