It has been more than 2 years since we had a land-line phone in our home. We switched after a phone call to BellSouth to ask about a hidden charge and the customer service girl told us “Sir, there’s nothing you can do about it. We’re the phone company”.
I hung up the phone and showed her by cancelling our service and going cellphone only. My wife has one and I have two. Our internet comes through Comcast so there’s really no need to have a land-line phone.
According to the Pew Research Center, 7-9% of Americans rely solely on cellphones while many others are considering giving up their traditional telephone service. It is a growing trend, in 2000 only .4% were “cellphone only households.
But there is a problem going cell-only. It’s nearly impossible to find someone’s phone number.
I don’t know how many people have tried unsuccessfuly to find my phone number, but I know there are people I can’t get in touch with because I either don’t know their cellphone number or have forgotten their number.
When I first moved to Nashville I rented a room from a couple of guys in Brentwood. I’ve lost Adam’s cellphone number and, to my knowledge, have no way of getting it. I’ve stopped by his work a few times but he’s either been off-shift or off for that day. I’ve stopped by our old house and he hasn’t been home. I don’t think he even lives there anymore.
So Adam, if you stumble across this blog, give me a call or e-mail. And does anyone know how to find a cellphone number for someone? Is there a 411 for cellphones? The ones I’ve found come at a high price. Anyone run into this before?