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Old 11-30-2016, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I've been using Ooma for about 5 years now. Currently paying about $4.75 per month for UNLIMITED calls. Also comes with free caller ID.

I have a T-Mobile "emergency cell phone" that only costs $3 per month. You only get 30 calls or 30 texts per month. No Internet on this phone. That works fine for me.
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Old 12-01-2016, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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im thinking of getting google voice, which is a free service, and buying an adapter for my land line. The adapter is a one time fee of 50
Yes. I did this about 4 years ago at the suggestion of some folks here on CD. I've been very happy with it.
I did have to learn how to set it up and troubleshoot it at times. (Google search is your friend.) Google Voice can be glitchy sometimes but it often fixes itself if I wait a couple of days. ObiHai has a users forum you can join for help or comments.

With Google Voice all the records of your phone calls and voice mails are online in the Google Voice History tab. You can also text from a computer with your GV number.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:12 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I haven't had a landline in years but I have Century Link for internet. It costs about $60 a month just for the internet. I was with Comcast paying $39 a month and then they raised their service to almost $90 a month just for internet! No cable, no landline, just internet.


Do any of these recommendations for Google Voice or Ooma work for internet through a phone line?
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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Do any of these recommendations for Google Voice or Ooma work for internet through a phone line?
Yes, that is exactly how they work, using an internet connection.
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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What I'm asking is can I use Google Voice or Ooma in lieu of Century Link for the internet? I think $60 a month just for internet is pricey.
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:45 AM
 
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What I'm asking is can I use Google Voice or Ooma in lieu of Century Link for the internet? I think $60 a month just for internet is pricey.
No, Ooma uses the internet but does not provide an internet connection.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:47 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Okay thanks - that's exactly what I was wondering. :-)
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:04 PM
 
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Yeah, I can see that problem. I have heard though that text messages usually do go through when phone calls will not go through or all circuits busy.
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:28 AM
 
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I haven't had a landline in years but I have Century Link for internet. It costs about $60 a month just for the internet. I was with Comcast paying $39 a month and then they raised their service to almost $90 a month just for internet! No cable, no landline, just internet.


Do any of these recommendations for Google Voice or Ooma work for internet through a phone line?
Around here, Comcast has a monopoly. We don't even have Verizon Fios. Yeah, Comcast cable modem service has gone from about $48/month to $78/month in just a couple of years. And we don't even have cable TV. Fye on them.
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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I don't have a cell phone anymore. I just have a VOIP bundled with my 25 Mbit/s internet from Comcast. It's only $60 (plus tax) for the bundle in Houston. In my part of Houston, cell phones have nonexistent or weak signals ever since I moved here 13 years ago. In fact if you go another block down the street from my house, it is a complete dead zone.

In the neighborhood, Verizon is the best with a stable signal of a bar or two, T-Mobile with barely a signal, AT&T is hit-or-miss, and Sprint is a dead zone. Somehow I end up paying around $100 (including tax) per month for a single smartphone on any of the four major carriers. They have their gimmicks on their pricing and promotions but I still end up paying the same price anyway (contract or installment). I've given up on overpriced cell phones and poor service! $60 < $100 and it's split evenly between internet and phone ($30 each), so it's really $30 < $100.
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