Not giving up on landlines just yet
Some say landline telephone connections are on the way out, but in a region that has patchy cellphone coverage, the good old terrestrial landline is still a necessity for many. Weasked people on Neighbourly if they have gone fully cellular or they are keeping their landline. Sixty-nine per cent said they still have a landline.
JO GIBSON OF MASTERTON:
‘‘I work for an organisation with a number of retired folk at the helm - and the majority loathe mobile phones big-time... I have far more personal contact with them by retaining the landline.’’
HELEN MCKENZIE OF MARTINBOROUGH:
‘‘Have a landline, available during power cuts. Cells only last til transmitter power goes. Very frustrating not being able to contact people who are not close friends when they do not have a landline - also a lot more expensive to ring their cell phones if you do know their numbers. Texts are just not the same (if you have cell phone coverage!)’’
MARQUERITE WILLIAMS OF MASTERTON:
‘‘Landline gives a more stable internet connection when working from home than naked broadband, especially when you VPN in to networks. Mobile is a bit spotty where we are too.’’
NICHOLAS CURZON OF GREYTOWN:
‘‘Given the patchy and intermittent cell phone signal at home (Greytown, hardly rural) we would find it frustrating without our landline. We use our mobiles very rarely and make most of our calls through the landline.’’
CAROL GOULD OF FEATHERSTON:
‘‘We don’t have a landline and I recently convinced my mother she didn’t need pay to $46 per month for hers, when she already had a mobile phone. A big help to her pension budget.’’
MEL DENNISON OF EKETAHUNA:
‘‘Haven’t had a phone line in almost 3 years. It was an extra cost that wasn’t necessary, especially as we don’t use all the minutes on our cellphones as it is.’’
NORMA DOUGAN OF GLADSTONE:
‘‘We mostly use our landline as our mobile is marginal, for power cuts and when we are experiencing power surges.’’ For the last two years, at least, a kind person has left citrus fruit on public seats and in some banks, for the public to take.
As my lemon tree is too young to bear fruit just yet, I for one really appreciate this source of vitamin C in the winter!
Just recently I have been enjoying the delicious grapefruit that I picked up from a seat in the town.
It seems this is an anonymous person, but hopefully if he/she reads this, and you put it in print, I would like them to know that this kind gesture is very much appreciated.
Mary Lacy, Carterton WRITE TO US
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
While some have dropped their landlines for the cell, many Wairarapa people still keep a landline operating.