About six years ago a colleague told me he was canceling his home telephone line and going to solely rely on his cell phone. I almost fainted and thought it was virtually unamerican for a person not to have a home telephone. What about the safety risks, I argued. He responded that he felt they were low because his cell phone was always by his bed and, in an earthquake or other natural disaster that we Californians must think about, land lines were as likely to go down as cell phones.
I currently have a home phone, cell phone, and work phone. I also have two email accounts. On any given day I can receive messages on each of these modern devices and I often get too tired at night to check my home phone messages.
On several occasions I have gone days without checking my home phone, and just assumed important calls would also try my cell phone. Recently I had trouble with my home phone and it has been over ten days since I have been able to get calls at home. In this time, I realize I can consolidate all of my calls to my cell and cancel my land line.
I do not feel it is a big risk and I believe the cost savings will add up over time, never mind the time saved in receiving all of my calls on one single phone. This cost saving and time saving measure might not be for everyone, but it is one I am going to try out for the remainder of the year. Home phone lines might become a thing of the past.