Work requires that I give them a phone number they can call to contact me. Strangely there is no requirement o actually answer it. The times we are most likely going to be called in I will already be heading in. For me that would most likely be a really bad earthquake. Any other time they call me it would be mostly to see if I want to come in early and long shift prevent that from happening anyway. Besides with the seniority I have by the time I get told to come in it is clearly an emergency not brought about by their piss poor planning. In short if I didn't have them calling for silly stuff I don't have to do I would ditch my landline. It will be the first to go when I retire even if I keep it. Now having said that I am tired of paying $30.00 a month for a landline through my cable and internet provider. I have a few choices: 1. Use department cellphone. Downside is that they now have my cell number at their fingertips and I actually have to remember to keep it charged on my day off. Upside, it is free. 2. Pay as you go cell. Cheap, only add minutes I need. Downside is that from what I understand you have to keep adding minutes every 30-365 days depending on how many minutes you buy. 3. Ooma or other VOIP. Seems like I would have to sheel out $200 for the equipment. Upside is that it looks like no recurring costs. Which is good considering the only people who call me are old people, telemarketers, and work. Anything I am missing, got wrong, etc let me know.