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Old 05-22-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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I didn't know the Obi has call-blocking. Can you use wildcards to excude multiple area codes? How about blocking based on CID name? Thanks.
Google Voice handles all of that. I have no idea if you can block outright area codes.

One nice thing about GV is no telemarketer calls either, since the number isn't really registered.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:29 AM
 
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Google Voice handles all of that. I have no idea if you can block outright area codes.

One nice thing about GV is no telemarketer calls either, since the number isn't really registered.
Oh, I see, GV is doing the call-blocking, which I think is for specific numbers only, no wildcards. At least that's what I see on my GV number.

Ooma has integration with GV also, although I don't use it. And if you have the premier service you gt extra protection from telemarketers with NoMoRobo, along with wildcard blocking (but not on CID name yet).
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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Oh, I see, GV is doing the call-blocking, which I think is for specific numbers only, no wildcards. At least that's what I see on my GV number.

Ooma has integration with GV also, although I don't use it. And if you have the premier service you gt extra protection from telemarketers with NoMoRobo, along with wildcard blocking (but not on CID name yet).
Oh heck, I enjoy making telemarketers and IRS scammers waste their time talking to my answering machine. I love it when it takes a moment for them to figure out they are talking to dead air and they say, "Hello? Hello? <click>)
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:35 PM
 
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Oh heck, I enjoy making telemarketers and IRS scammers waste their time talking to my answering machine. I love it when it takes a moment for them to figure out they are talking to dead air and they say, "Hello? Hello? <click>)
Well, if you enjoy their entertainment value, then carry on

Last election cycle (before I got Ooma and NoMoRobo) the autodialers were going at it nonstop with my unlisted number. I'm hoping this cycle will be different <fingers, toes, and eyes crossed> !
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:29 AM
 
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Well, if you enjoy their entertainment value, then carry on

Last election cycle (before I got Ooma and NoMoRobo) the autodialers were going at it nonstop with my unlisted number. I'm hoping this cycle will be different <fingers, toes, and eyes crossed> !
LOL it might be worth the 4 bucks a month ooma wants just to keep my entertainment going.
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I use Callcentric. It routes calls over the internet, so it requires an internet connection. It's a little confusing if you're not tech oriented. I use a Gigaset C610A phone and Callcentric provides the instructions on how to set it up here.

I pay $1.95/month for an incoming phone number and $1.50/month for 911 service. I then pay about 2 cents per minute for each call within the US (and 2 cents per minute for calls to Taiwan). Most months my usage is less than $5 total.
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:20 AM
 
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I use Vonage, cheaper than the telco based services and very happy with it.
I too use Vonage as my home tel. service as it also gives unlimited international calling which I can use to call relatives (& friends) outside the USA.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere Out West
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I am one of the original Ooma users and don't even pay the monthly fee It is fantastic. The unit was $120 and has paid for itself many times over.

Now it is only $4 a month or so, still better than a landline.
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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I have an old non contract smartphone. D/L the" hangout" app.
Link to the house wifi, and Viola! I can dial out....for free!

Just no phone# shows...

research .
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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I think mine is the cheapest. I use Google Voice, and I text from my computer. Also it converts voice mail to text and sends to my e-mail. It is the phone number I give out.

I have a flip phone that cost $15 which has Ring Plus (a Sprint MVNO). I forward my google number to this number as well, so I can answer here. They give me 250 minutes/ 500 texts per month for a one time charge of $5 (no monthly charge). Today they would give you 3400 minutes/3400 texts per month for a one time charge of $27.

I also have an LG android phone that cost $20 set to work with Verizon. I use it around the house as a WiFi phone with google voice at no charge. It also works like that anywhere that has free Wifi (nearly every grocery store). I have Page Plus Cellular which I pay $10 every 4 months. This gives me ability to make some cell calls at 10 cents per minute. It gives me minimal backup capability to the R+ phone or if I am not near WiFi. You don't have enough minutes to converse, but you can tell someone you are outside, or that you are running late.

SO my monthly outlay is about $3.
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