Originally Posted by Wharn
I use a cell line exclusively because it offers everything a landline does at about the same price, and I'm too cheap to have both. Though the cell phone is convenient and all, I actually prefer landlines since the reception in my area (ie inside London's built-up area, thanks for the great service Bell!) is a little spotty, and people tend to cut out as the phone searches for a signal.
It isn't the reception, it's the technology. Transmitting data several kilometers with a transmitter that has to be weak enough to safely be held a quarter inch away from your brain is always going to be less efficient than a direct link via insulated, high quality wire. For the same reason, my internet is 25% faster when I plug it directly into the computer instead of using WiFi, even though the WiFi receive is a much shorter distance. (About 2 feet if I'm sitting beside it, versus the approximately 4 foot length of cable.)
It's amazing how people on cell phones, even very expensive ones like iPhones, sound like they're trying to communicate with you through a 1953 television broadcast. And people spend hours talking on these things! I don't know how they can stand it. I don't like talking on the phone anyway, that's why I don't have one. Contrary to my previous position on the issue, I might just get a cell phone so I can chat with people on msn without having to turn on my computer.