I’m continuing to stick with my landline. Not only because I use it frequently, but because it’s cheaper to have it than not! Is yours saving you money, too?
My landline was pre-installed when I moved into my flat in 2011 and I continue to have it to this day. For me, it’s a useful backup for my mobile, but it still has its everyday uses.
Although I generally chat with my family via Facetime, my parents live in Ireland and prefer to use their landline, so it’s reassuring for me to have one, knowing that I can always reach them if I need to.
A cost-cutting quirk
After I moved in it didn’t take me long to sign up to a TV and internet bundle – first with Sky then, later on, with Virgin Media.
When I enquired as to keeping the landline on I was pleased to discover that it wouldn’t cost extra, as it was provided as part of the bundled package.
Seven years on and I’m even happier to keep it, because it’s £3 cheaper per month than not having it at all! I’ve checked this week and that’s still the case, even though I pay £19 per month line rental.
Are you bundled up?
When I brought this up in the office this week there were others who are doing exactly the same thing.
As some of you know, George (eventually) moved into a flat recently and was also in the market for a TV/internet bundle.
He told me that having originally purchased a TV/internet bundle from Virgin Media, he was actually called by the company in advance of the installation – it told him that if he took the bundled landline option as well, it’d save him as much as £26 per month for 12 months. So, why not!?
While it will go up after that period, it’ll still be cheaper by £1 per month, which adds up.
Given the apparent advantages, I’m happy to keep my landline on. I’ve also seen that in some instances it still helps when establishing your details/history at an address to have a registered number.
Do you still prefer to make your calls via a landline? Could you perhaps be paying more than you need to?