About four years ago, I had a landline phone from Centurylink (no cell phone). Didn’t need/want a cell, and wasn’t worried about.
As far as I could tell, the company went nuts. The cost of just my landline was jacked up so high ($45+/mo), it made no sense to keep it any more. I also had DSL service via their wireline, so that would also go away (because no landline)–which was covered by the ISP. As there was no fiber optic line in the buildings (mgmt decision–IMO, not smart), that meant I had to use Xfinity/Comcast for Internet access. Because I was Internet access only, I avoided their high-cost packages combining multiple services.
I switched to Consumer Cellular, $20-$25. Now I have two cell phones and no landline. I got a cell phone separately because the landline was reasonable when I got it. Now I have two cell phones–$45/month total for both. Cheaper than Centurylink (LOL) for a single landline.
The area already has fiber optic wiring in every street (done years ago). The company will install building-wide fiber to every apt in the complex–at NO CHARGE. Mgmt still says “NO !!”. They say “no” by denying the fiber optics ISP permission to install it. So there are no alternatives except to move if anyone wants/requires something different.
Now for the real funny part: The front-door buzzer system is from the 1960s. It is hard-wired to the internal phone wiring in the building, so there is no “call” being made when using it. If there is no landline active (meaning it is powered by an active Centurylink number), it does not work with a landline phone (not a powered line, so it can’t ring)–even with a landline phone plugged into the jack. Best part: Most people here use cell phones, so few landlines. Mgmt does NOT have a clue, and never will.
They recently replaced the front door access hardware because it kept failing. But they did NOT change anything else. It still uses the existing hardwired lines and can NOT connect to cell phones–so it can’t open the front door for most people because they are using cell phones.
Key point for everyone to remember:
Once an area has been wired (i.e. fiber in the street) for fiber optics, another fiber company will NOT really want to install their own fiber in the same area (too few customers to justify the high cost). As the company that installed the fiber has a citywide contract (20 yrs, maybe 13-15 yrs left to run?), they closed much of the city to other fiber installation. I do not expect to see Xfinity/Comcast install fiber to any building unless that area is already served by their fiber, which is likely outside Minneapolis (i.e. in a neighbor city).