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    Default A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Hello,

    I have a question pertaining to everyday vocabulary, more specifically, to the term used by native speakers of English to refer to the 'conventional', cable network-connected telephone, as opposite to the 'mobile' or 'cellphone'.

    Most people here in Poland use the adjective 'stationary' (probably as opposite to 'mobile'), but I don't think that's the case among native English speakers.

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Landline phone could be one of the possible answers, I guess.

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Oh, thanks, engee30, how nice I must admit I've never come across the term 'landline', and that's likely the word I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomasz Klimkiewicz View Post
    Oh, thanks, engee30, how nice I must admit I've never come across the term 'landline', and that's likely the word I was looking for.
    You're welcome.
    Actually, you can just say a landline because the term is also used without the noun phone.
    My landlord would keep telling me that I couldn't use the landline unless I paid for any outgoing calls in advance.

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Landline phone could be one of the possible answers, I guess.
    That (landline) is the correct technical term here in the US as well.

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Incidentally, Polish landlines may all have cable connections, a word that in Br English refers to coaxial cable (the sort that connects a TV to the aerial), but some British houses still have a telephone that uses a twisted-pair copper connection. Hundreds of these are twisted together to make a thing that is correctly called a cable, but a 'cable connection' is coaxial: http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...1QtBqKVM2m8-pg. (One of the things slowing down the implementation of fast networks in the UK is what is called 'the last mile'; network companies can build super-fast networks with cable and glass fibre and satellite links and good stuff like that, but the telephone signal has to be stepped down to the speed of a twisted pair to get from the road into the house.)

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Actually, you can just say a landline because the term is also used without the noun phone.
    Indeed. The word landline appears to be far more common without the following phone.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Jan-2011 at 12:29. Reason: Correction of mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Indeed. The word landline appears to be far more commonly without the following phone.
    May I humbly suggest:

    Indeed. The word landline appears to be far more commonly without the following phone.

    Indeed. The word landline appears to be appear far more commonly without the following phone.

    Or am I missing a point in you sentence?

    Greetings,

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Indeed. The word landline appears to be far more commonly without the following phone.

    Or am I missing a point in you sentence?
    Indeed you are not. I deleted the word 'used' and forgot to delete the 'ly', leaving an ugly mistake. Thanks for spotting it. I am now going to delete it to prevent further embarrassment.

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    Default Re: A term opposite to 'mobile' phone

    Lots of interesting remarks here... All are greatly appreciated

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