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Old 03-26-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Looks like I most likely will be going back to work in the next couple months. Kind of excited, but mostly worried. I have a husband that has MS that will be home. His disease has spiraled downwards VERY fast with no sign of slowing so I don't like the thought of him home alone, but financially there's no other option.

To help me relax some I'd like to have a phone line in the house for him. When I lost my job we cut back to a single cell phone and shared it and it's worked fine. But now he needs something that he can use if there's an emergency. I do plan on having a caregiver sit with him but know there will be times he will still be alone as I'm shopping or if I work late, etc.

After looking on line it seems like VOIP is about the least expensive. I found NetTalk Duo that has some really good reviews. $50 includes the piece you plug in the computer / router as well as your first year's service, after which it's $30 per year. So first question is does anyone have first hand experience with this service?

Next is trying to find a phone. I'd initially wanted a base corded unit that I can put on his bedside table. Something with big buttons, that has the photo buttons for pre-programmed numbers, etc. A feature to easily turn off the ringer would be great as he naps daily. Also a flashing light when it does ring for the times he forgets to turn the ringer back on.

But it looks like with the NetTalk that the phone has to plug directly into the computer which is on the other side of the room. Most days if he's in bed it's because he's not physically able to move. Which means he wouldn't be able to get to the phone. So a cordless is what we have to have so he can keep it by him. But I'm having a heck of a time finding a cordless phone with those features.

Anyone know of a reliable big button cordless that would be good for someone with some hearing loss, some vision impairment that's VERY simple to use as he has some cognitive issues going on as well?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Have you looked into Vonage?

It's more expensive then NetTalk Duo or Magic Jack @ $25/mo (NetTalk Duo = Magic Jack).
But you don't have to connect it to your pc, and you can use any kind of phone with it.
Vonage Home Phone Service | Residential & Business VoIP Calling Plans
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Location: Ohio
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Free Home Phone Service | Ooma

$150 for the device to plug your phone into. Costs about $4 a month for the service, depending on taxes and fees imposed by your state.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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I have used OOMA for 2 years. It works great. The online voice-mail site is a little bland. But it works well.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Have you looked into Vonage?

It's more expensive then NetTalk Duo or Magic Jack @ $25/mo (NetTalk Duo = Magic Jack).
But you don't have to connect it to your pc, and you can use any kind of phone with it.
Vonage Home Phone Service | Residential & Business VoIP Calling Plans
Magic Jack doesn't have to be connected to your PC anymore either. They came out with an updated device not too long ago where you could connect it to your router.

Ooma is one to check out as well. It's a one time purchase and then you get the service free for lifetime (or the lifetime that Ooma is in business... whichever happens first, lol!)
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Ironically, I received an email just this morning from a friend who is also disabled and on a strict budget, to tell me about his new phone set up. He's not a very techy guy, but I've heard very positive things about the MajicJack 2 from other sources as well. Good luck, and God Bless.

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Just an F.Y.I. if you still use Att, or any other house phone traditional service. You probably have heard a million advertisements for "Magic Jack 2". Walmart makes their own version of it called "Net Talk Duo 2". You can only buy it on line. The big difference is the price. Magic Jack 2 sells for about $75. The Walmart version sells for $49.98! What is great about this new VOiP is that you can hook it up through your router, if you have one. It does not interfere with computer(s) in any way. I have a 4 way printer wireless through my router. I plugged the Duo into my router, and ran a phone wire from my printer to the nearest phone jack. Now all the phone jacks in the house connect directly to the Duo 2. They charge $29.75 for the service per year, if you register the Duo 2. The good thing about registering it, you can have the same phone number you have used at home for years, moved over free to the Duo 2. It works great!


NetTalk Duo Phone - Walmart.com
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I use Google Voice (free) and a $40 Obi100 device (from Amazon) after learning about it on this thread.
Google Voice is free through the end of 2013. Not sure what will happen after that, may be a small fee for use.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Whatever you get, make sure your service has 911 service, or buy 911 service from a third party.
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