from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An overland telegraph-line, as distinguished from a marine cable.
  • n. In fishing, a line passing from the end of a seine to the shore.


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  • Unlike a conventional land-line telephone, a mobile phone usually is used by only one person, and it stays with that person everywhere, throughout the day.

    The Really Smart Phone

  • In my tests, with a laptop modem, it proved dramatically faster than Verizon's 3G network, and recorded speeds on a par with some land-line Internet connections.

    In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed

  • The fight pits Carlos Slim , the world's richest man and principal owner of Mexico's biggest land-line and cellular-phone companies, against the country's top two media tycoons, Emilio Azcárraga , principal owner of No. 1 broadcaster Grupo Televisa SAB, and Ricardo Salinas , principal owner of TV Azteca SAB as well as the cellphone company Iusacell.

    Billionaire vs. Billionaire in Mexico Feud

  • Verizon has been losing land-line customers as consumers switch to wireless services from Verizon and rivals such as AT&T Inc. Verizon's highly profitable wireless business is a joint venture with U.K.-based Vodafone Group PLC.

    Verizon Strikers Return to Work

  • We speculated that mobile phone networks might outpace land-line penetration, and this has, in fact, come to pass.

    Global Voices in English » Harvard Forum: ICT4D and, and, and

  • You may also be able to get rid of land-line based long-distance altogether and use the ATT cell service (I think it only costs the minutes you use) or -- from your wireless LAN at home -- Skype's iPhone app, which while not technically perfect (and lately sporting a rather uncertain future) is very cheap.

    Paying for the iPhones (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • I'm in San Cristobal which is a small town with only dial-up avaliable if you can get a land-line, so I use TelCel Banda Ancha 3G for the internet.

    Life on the South Side of the Lake

  • Me and my buddy just got off of the land-line ... we're gearin 'up!

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  • Second, regardless of whether our phone is a mobile or land-line, the words will be the same and they will shatter just the same.

    Michele Willens: When One Phone Call Changes Your Life Forever

  • Unfortunately, with FIOS you lose one great advantage of a land-line, a signal even if the power is out for days.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Verizon FIOS


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