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Question DetailsAsked on 7/2/2012

Is it ok to cancel land line and just go with cellular? Thinking about emergency situations.

We have a land line but only keep it for possible emergency situation. Cost for even the basic plan went up as well as a fee for long distance service even though we do not use it. Would like to just cancel our land line but are not sure if going just with cellular would have issues if/when that emergency situation ever came up.

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Yes, it is OK to cancel the land line.

There are emergency considerations. Dialing 911 on a cell phone is usually not as effective. It can take longer to get through and the switchboard may not have key information, e.g., your address that they should get from a land line call.

There are alternates for the cell phone.
- call the local sheriff and ask for the direct line number for the 911 PSAP for your area. Program this into the cell phone(s), e.g., "ICE 911." You may also be able to set up a speed dial key, e.g., 9, to dial it and/or a voice command, e.g., "call 911".
- call the local fire department non-emergency number and ask for the direct dial number for fire dispatch. Program that in, e.g., "ICE Fire".
- call the local police department - same process as for fire.
- you might do the same for a local medical or ambulance emergency or on-call line if available.
- make sure everyone knows how to make an emergency call - whether simple 911, police, fire, etc.

"ICE" is generic phone book id for "In Case of Emergency." You should also have "ICE home," "ICE husband/wife," "ICE Neighbor," etc. The idea is that anyone picking up the cell phone can find key numbers quickly.

The direct dial numbers are more effective and quicker. There is one issue: the numbers can change at times. It would be a good idea to repeat the process once in a while in case the direct dial number has changed (e.g., consolidation of agencies). Even in that case there should be forwarding or an announcement on the old number for some time.

Answered 8 years ago by Downhome9

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