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Old 01-10-2015, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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Good for you OP, that's quite a savings! We use google voice too (with our modem internet) and then use a super cheap very limited hours/texts plan for our cell when out and about. We've never gone over our minutes and like you have saved a bunch from what we used to pay.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:11 AM
 
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That is the cost for Verizon basic service in my area.
No long distance, no caller ID, etc.


Back to the OP... how do you make calls traveling on interstates, etc?
I don't. Since I have wifi at home it's basically just a glorified landline that doesn't cost me anything. My wife does have a "lifelink" cell phone that she could use anywhere for emergencies (it's free).
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I have a landline for local calling and to receive calls. I have no long distance plan, I just use the GMail phone app on my computer when I need to make a toll call. No voice mail or caller ID or anything. If I'm home, I answer it, if I'm not, it just rings and rings.

I was amazed last night watching TV -- There was an ad for a family plan cellphone for "as low as" $140 a month, followed by an ad for a new family car for $169 a month. Nowadays, a phone costs more than a new car.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I was amazed last night watching TV -- There was an ad for a family plan cellphone for "as low as" $140 a month, followed by an ad for a new family car for $169 a month. Nowadays, a phone costs more than a new car.
Not quite.
That family plan can often have 4 to 10 phones on it (not one phone s you mention). So $140 split, say, eight ways can be quite reasonable and WAY less than a car.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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Wow, in sw Pa. the rates are reasonable for that land line. Not so in other part of the state (NEPA).
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: All Over
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I think we had a similar post a while back, your not eliminating your phone bill, your passing on your phonebill to myself nad other taxpayers going with a government phone.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: California
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Great for you OP! I can't get away from having data yet or being able to call & text from any location, but I did just switch from Verizon to Page Plus and it cut our monthly bill in half for the same service we were getting before.

Cheers!
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Not quite.
That family plan can often have 4 to 10 phones on it (not one phone s you mention). So $140 split, say, eight ways can be quite reasonable and WAY less than a car.
I stipulated in my post that it was a "family plan" phone and a "family" car. Both are split according to the number of family members who are using the thing. I pay for one land line, and that represents the phone cost for all members of my family, which can be a dollar a person if my family is large enough. The phone plan has four hand-held devices, and the car has four seats, and most households buy one package of each.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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So...long story short, my cell phone service provider pissed me off now I plan to completely cancel our service with them. I have been comparing my options with other companies (both cellular and landline) and nothing really seems to be a very good deal...

So...I had a brainstorm idea! Why not just set up our nice smartphones to use wifi calling, for free! So I looked into it and it is very possible; I ended up using google voice and google hangouts dialer (I'm sure there are other ways to do it too). Anyway, now my wife and I each have a new phone number provided by google (free of charge), and we can make unlimited calls and texts nationwide as long as we are somewhere that has wifi (we have wifi at home so this is immediately better than a landline phone due to having no long distance charges and being absolutely free). A lot of the other places we go have wifi as well (gym, library, etc) so we will be able to use it there too. I also plan to get my wife a "lifeline" or "lifelink" phones (whatever its called (it's that government sponsered free cell phone) for emergencies.

So...I just completely eliminated my phone bill. I went from $110 per month to $0.00! Has anybody else done this? Any feedback?
Good for you but since I spent a lot of time alone I wouldn't want to be dependent on wifi only for telephone service especially in an emergency situation where there might not be wifi available. Also I need to be in touch with my elderly father who lives overseas so I need reliable phone service for international calling as well.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I use Google Voice with an Obi100 box at home for free calling over my internet. I've had it for two years now and I've been happy with it. Then we have Tracfone cell phones for less than $10/mo each, we occasionally make calls with them while we are out of the house. The Tracfone smartphones could use Google Voice on wifi also if we needed it.
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