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Re: Getting rid of land line?

One data point, almost surely irrelevant as it is from 
a recalcitrant semi-fanatic. 

I have two landlines.  One has an answering machine 
but no instrument; this is the number on my business 
card.  The other has no answering machine but does 
have an instrument; this is the one that goes in the 
phone book.  In this way, persons calling for a 
business reason are assured of a call-back but, for 
example, the Police Patrolman's Benevolent Association 
fundraisers and the various corporations who believe 
that they have a relation with me will not reach me 
unless I am home and feel like answering the phone. 
Both numbers are in an exchange in which I do not live 
and are on "permanent forward."  The one instrument is 
a wall phone in the kitchen, perhaps proving that I am 
living in 1942.  I don't have a cell anymore although 
I was a very, very early adopter; I gave the cell up 
when "they" required the geo-location stuff as I flatly 
refuse to be trackable.  Both landlines are set to not 
send CallerID; I turn CID on when necessary but it is, 
by default, off as I do not care to provide it for 
random harvesting.  I never call 800 numbers if there 
is a toll alternative and for the same reason (you 
cannot turn off CID for a call the counterparty is 
paying for).  I rely on


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