The is reporting that over 500,000 Canadians cut their landline service last year from the 5 major telecommunications providers: Bell, Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Telus Corp. and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

The number, they say, is equivalent to more than the entire population of the province of Manitoba, and it pushes the percentage of Canadian households relying solely on mobile phones to well over 25 per cent.

For those who are still bucking the trend and are hoping to keep their home phone around at least for the moment, there is good news.

According to the Financial Post, many of the telecom companies deal with customers on an individual basis. By that it’s meant: now's the time to strike a deal.

According to reports, customers who experimented with the idea of cancelling their landline service said that Telus convinced them to keep it by offering the service at just $10 per month- a great savings compared to the regular monthly fee of $35.

Home phones are now often included in bundled services, with landlines running about $10 cheaper when purchased with other services.

According to the CRTC, the residential telephone market, while shrinking, still pulled in $5.2 billion in 2014, totaling 12 per cent of the $42.1-billion telecommunications retail market.