Gone are the days of the landline on the kitchen wall – do you still use the home phone? 29



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Growing up in the 50s, 60 and 70s was a fun time and some parts of our youth the grandkids will never understand! A big part of our memories is how we communicated and the most prominent way we communicated was using the landline on the kitchen wall. Almost everyone had the corded phone attached to the kitchen wall, which meant no one’s conversations were private! Every conversation we had on the phone took place in the kitchen, and every young man that wanted to contact a young girl had to speak to the parents first!

Since communication, like everything else, has evolved and the landline in the kitchen has become almost extinct, telecommunication companies in Australia are calling for a change of legislation to remove the current cap on local calls.

Local calls have been capped at 22 cents for a number of years now, meaning that most Australians can call any local Australian landline for next to nothing. However, telcos have called on the government saying that this cap should be removed – making landline calls more expensive.

A report last year by the industry regulator, ACMA, warned that “older Australians continue to rely on their fixed-line telephone services to a greater extent than other groups”.

A survey showed that more than half of over 65s still relied on their home phone for local calls, compared to 10% of the rest of the population and more than 9 million people in Australia still have landline telephone services.

Thankfully, the federal government has rejected the paper as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke on radio station 3AW earlier today saying, “There will be no change to that regulation at all,”

“The requirement to offer untimed local calls will continue.

“I have seen a draft of it, it is not something we will proceed with”, he said.

To see landlines disappear would be quite sad for many of us. Gone are the days when our conversations were shared with those around us, when everyone knew what business we were up to and every potential boyfriend had to speak with our parents first. Despite these distant memories, landlines are still used by many of us because this 22 cent cap makes them much cheaper than mobiles.

So if this were to go ahead in the future, that would mean a significant increase to most of our phone bills.

But let’s share our memories and talk about the days of the landline tonight…

Do you still use your landline phone? Is it still attached to your kitchen wall? What are your memories of growing up with the kitchen phone? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. I know the days are numbered and lots of older people will find it harder when the land lines go. We have a home phone it is wireless part of our package as I am not a big fan of my moble phone I use it when I need to.

  2. This move would make very little or no difference to me I have both land line and mobile but very rarely use either. My mobile cost $5 p/mth plus calls around $2, land line access plus around $5 in calls. I use email more often than not.

  3. I have landline (not on kitchen wall but on wall near back door) and also mobile My husband will not use mobile so home phone for him mobile for me 🙂

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    • i usi use landlines always have mobile only for energy in car or the like wont call a business on mobile have to wait to long and never give them my mobile number either i have 3 phones yes one is on wall in kitchen has been for 40 plus years other beside my bed and computer

  4. I don’t use a landline, mobile packages are so cheap these days why bother with a landline

  5. I have a home phone and mobile. I use the home phone for ringing people that are not mobile numbers (it’s free for me) and I use my mobile for emergencies and sending text messages. I very rarely ring anyone using my mobile phone. I would prefer to keep my home phone along with my mobile.

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    • Very much the way I feel. Mobiles are useless for phoning large businesses or government departments where you’ll be put on hold.

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      • I agree Michael, I have been on hold for Centrelink for 62 minutes just to ask a question. Telstra is the same ..long wait and so is Energy Australia..20 minutes for that one..

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        • about your comment Glen Rodda I have the same problem but my daughter in law told me to ring the interpret service (I speak another language) and did`t have to wait, in one minute I was talking to a real person and he solved my problem very quickly. Is really good if you speak another language!!

    • I am like you Margaret, calls on my landline to local and interstate numbers are free and untimed. My mobile is used for texting and for emergency calls or when I am on holidays within Australia to let my family know my whereabouts and that I am OK. The landline is also required for my back to base alarm system, so I am hoping that the Telco does not get rid of it any time soon.

  6. Yes we still have a land line for our Internet connection and we also use it for local calls as its more economical than mobile phone. We also receive a pensioner concession for the rental component.

  7. yes ,i still use mine.For $1 ,i can talk all day long distance.Local calls free. Mobile costs $1 per minute plus 50 free text messages.plus a sm .amount of computer time.

  8. Here’s to the Landline phone … yes!!. I always know where my phone is, the battery never dies and with a long cord it reaches everywhere I need it to. As a teenage girl I could hide behind the basement door, sit on the steps and talk in private for hours, we could tell when someone was listening in on my friends shared farm line, we didn’t get interrupted by call waiting. I hope I never have to give it up.

  9. I live in a country/regional area 35k’s north of Coffs Harbour and have to go out the back yard to answer my mobile, and its a bit cool for that this time of the year, so yes i still use a land line,

  10. I am one of the few who do still have a phone on the kitchen wall, as well as several hand held ones through the house. I do have a mobile but it’s for use when I am “mobile” out in the community.
    Things are getting dear enough without taking away our landlines, it will be another thing that those over 65 will not be able to afford.

  11. I still have and use a landline.Mobile calls are far to expensive.Mobiles are to unreliable and quite often i have trouble getting a signal at my house so i always give my landline number to people.I have a mobile and all calls to people on the same server are free so i walk half a block if i want to call anyone on the same server as myself.I use a voip phone for out going calls and can talk to anywhere in Aust for 20 cents for 2 hours.Strange to have all these phones considering i hardle ever use them.I can’t be bothered chatting on the phone.

  12. I rarely use my landline. I get $500 free calls per month on my mobile so why would I?

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