In this day and age, it isn't surprising to hear about people giving up their home phones. I just never thought we would. We'd had our same number for so many years now, I couldn't imagine giving that up. I just liked having a HOME phone. Multiple cordless phones. Although I had a cell phone (Gray, Landon, Callahan, Keaton too) what about when the little boys were home by themselves? Just one phone where you could reach anyone in the family, or leave a message (and I could screen calls with the answering machine). Rather than going through Quest or Comcast, we used Phone Power, (a VOIP) and I would definitely recommend them. We had pared down our service, as we really didn't use the phone that often (in this day of emails and texts). It was a pretty minimal charge, just under $10 a month.
But then ... we had our problem with Comcast last year and ended up replacing the modem. The phones just never worked right after that! We could still receive calls, but outgoing calls? Once in a while they would work, but most of the time, we couldn't break through the dial tone. I spent a long afternoon on the phone (cell phone) with Phone Power customer service but we just couldn't figure out the problem.
For a long while ... we just put up with it. We'd receive the few calls that came in, and remember we couldn't call out the times we'd try (and have to go grab one of the iphones).
Then something else changed. When a call would come in, it would ring and we'd answer it, to hear no response. We'd hang the phone up and it would RING, RING, RING, RING and not stop! The phone was possessed! It was so very annoying.
That was the straw the broke the camel's back. We canceled our phone service. I unplugged all the phones and put them in a box for DI and ... no more home phone. It's the end of an era.