@Logicfest -- I am not sure if that argument holds up like it once did. If you want to get rid of your home phone entirely and use a cell phone or smartphone instead, you could save money by dumping your land line and dial-up access and going for broadband instead.
And a lot of those services that were OK with dial-up once upon a time stink over that old phone line connection now. Scripting languages and all sorts of things need speed to render quickly. You will not get that speed with dial-up.