If you have a landline phone then you will be paying for it. You will be paying line rental and you will pay for the calls that you make as well. Even if it comes as part of a package with your broadband and perhaps with television channels too, you will still have to pay for it. You may therefore wonder whether it is a good idea to keep it or whether you should get rid of it to save money.
Compare the Cost with Mobile
People that get rid of their landline tend to do so because they think that it will be cheaper to just use a mobile instead. A mobile phone can be better in some ways, because we can also send text messages and we may use it to access the Internet as well. Being portable, it is a useful way that we can receive and make phone calls when we are not at home, rather than relying on a telephone box or using a friend or family members phone. Once we start using a mobile, we tend not to want to go without one which means that we will then be paying for both a landline and a mobile.
It is good to compare the cost of calls between the landline and the mobile. This may not be that easy, as the mobile rates may include some free calls tied in with the particular package that you have arranged. However, it should be possible to come up with some idea based on what you typically use. If the calls on the land line are a lot cheaper than the mobile, then it could work out cheaper to keep the phone. This will very much depend on what you pay to your particular provider.
Consider People Calling You
It is also worth considering people that are calling you. If people have a landline then they tend to like calling others on their land lines because it costs them less money and may even be free within the package that they arranged. This means that they will perhaps be paying a higher rate if they call a mobile compared to another land line. If they call you up a lot, then this can work out to be really expensive for them. They may therefore reduce how much they call you or stop completely. You may not mind this, but it depends on who they are and whether they really want to speak to you. Alternatively, they may keep calling you anyway and paying out extra money that they cannot really afford which will not be good for them.
Think About Convenience
There is something really convenient about having a mobile phone. It means that people can call you up at anytime and speak to you, even if you are not at home. This can be great as it means that you are easy to get hold of, but it can also be annoying in some ways. It means that we are expected to be available all of the time and it might be difficult to find peace if it is possible for people to call you even when you are trying to have a relaxing walk or a holiday. However, having a phone with you all the time could be handy for using in emergencies or for general use when you want to make a call when you are outside of the home. This means that having a mobile phone is probably more convenient than a landline if you are considering choosing between the two.
So, keeping both phones will be more expensive, but you could find that if you do some comparison searches you can reduce the cost of both. This might be better option than trying to choose between them and could mean that you will be able to more easily afford them both. It will not be that difficult to switch between different suppliers as well and so you could very easily be able to save some money. If you land line is tied in with your broadband and television package then you may need to compare these as well. It is always worth checking to see whether it will be cheaper to have things combined in a package or pay for them separately. This can depend on what you are specifically looking for so check that out as well. It will take time to do all of these calculations, but it will be worth it.