Does wired/landline telephony still play a significant part of your household? Thanks to David.
Yes. Living in a rural spot we can only get broadband via BT. So we have BT landline, broadband and this year they gave us a BT Vision box for free, and reduced our overall cost. Despite living in very rural Dartmoor, we get amazing broadband speed all day every day, except when the weather is atrocious which is the odd days over winter. On these days the tv signal goes too. Normally cause by the temperature dropping below minus 10 and thick fog.
The good part of having BT is when out and about I can log in to thousands of hotspots all free using the BT Fon and BT Openzone.
Well the NBN (opitcal) won't be in my area for a while so I still get ADSL2+ (though slow at around 3.5Mb) over copper wires.. That said I have 'naked' dsl so I just have internet acces with VOIP running over that, no actual traditional telephone.
Yes — it's my DSL carrier line, since I wasn't able to buy naked DSL.
I haven't had a landline for years. I even tether my netbook to my phone these days, saving my yet another bill to pay,
Yes, for simple reasons of cost and quality. Landline phones have cell phones beat all over the place for voice quality and reliability. It's also cheaper for us to call our friends and family in Europe with landline. High speed internet via landline is a no-brainer in terms of speed/cost/reliability. 30 megs down, 4 megs up, no data caps. Wireless has a long way to go to beat landlines in cost and reliability!
Yes, we still have a land line. Two reasons. First we often have my mother-in-law watching our pets while we're at work. She doesn't have a mobile phone. Second, neither of us carries our mobile phone around the house and out in the yard. I suppose we could just assume people would leave messages, but they don't. Then you get the old "well I tried to call you."