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Old 05-21-2016, 01:19 PM
 
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We are thinking of ditching our Verizon landline and just going with our cellphones. We are a little hesitant, as there have been times when the landline worked and the cellphones didn't (Hurricane Sandy comes to mind.)

Right now, the landline costs us just over $44/month. $17.95 flat rate plan for local calling and then they scam us with a VLD shortfall fee of $9.99/month. (Yes, a fee for not making any long-distance calls.) By the time all the other fees, Federal taxes, etc. are tacked on, it's around $44, like I said.

Before we ditch the landline, I thought I'd ask if anyone has a cheap residential phone plan, who the company is, and what you pay for it. Thanks for any info!
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I haven't had a landline in at least ten years and I haven't ever had a situation where I needed it.
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:55 PM
 
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Not sure if you're married to copper land line but if Voip works for you look into ooma or Google voice with Obi.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I haven't had a landline in at least ten years and I haven't ever had a situation where I needed it.
Agreed. We live in a hurricane prone area, but landlines have become so ridiculously expensive it's cheaper to take that tiny risk, ditch them, and just keep the cell phone. My wife had a landline she never used for way too long because the home alarm system required it. Or they used to, anyway. Two years ago I suggested she get rid of it. She was paying $35/month to get political calls and various other types of phone spam and never made a single outgoing call the whole time I had known her. She told me the alarm company required she keep a landline and I told her I doubted it. When she called the alarm company to check, they told her they dropped that requirement a long time ago, so she dropped the landline.

It's odd that the phone companies don't cut the price of landline phones. They are going the way of the dinosaurs, and if they don't make them cost effective, soon no one will have them. Maybe that's the point, though; the phone companies don't want to have to pay to maintain them when few people use them anymore.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:44 PM
 
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I have had Ooma for 3 years and am satisfied with it. The premier service is $10/mo plus $4+ in taxes. If you prefer the basic service, then you pay just the taxes each month. To me the premier service is worth it for the call-blocking ability. My cellphone usage is only about $8/month, so it is cheaper for me to have Ooma rather than an unlimited cellphone plan.
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Old 05-21-2016, 03:20 PM
 
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Been on Google Voice with the OBi device for at least 5 years. Completely free (no taxes, nothing) after buying the $45 OBi device, includes all sorts of things like call blocking, call forwarding, voicemail, etc. If you want E911 it's around $15/year for that service.

International is also super cheap, Canada and Mexico are free.

The Ooma is a great turn key option for around $5/month that includes E911 but the device is fairly expensive.
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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Been on Google Voice with the OBi device for at least 5 years. Completely free (no taxes, nothing) after buying the $45 OBi device, includes all sorts of things like call blocking, call forwarding, voicemail, etc. If you want E911 it's around $15/year for that service.

International is also super cheap, Canada and Mexico are free.
I've been using a Google Voice number and and Obi100 box for about 4 years now. We hooked it to a nice home phone handset that we got at a yard sale for $5. Dropped the $30/mo landline. It works great! And completely free. The phone number lives on the internet so if we move or travel it easily goes with us. If a caller leaves a voicemail it gets transcribed to a text message and sent to my cell phone. I use that as my answering machine when I'm out of the house. We do our long phone calls on the Google Voice and then have cheap Tracfone cell phones for brief calls when we are out.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:50 PM
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I will look into Google voice and ooma. We have copper (Verizon never got around to installing Fios in our part of NJ, believe it or not), but could do VOIP via our high-speed internet connection. Husband is leaning toward just ditching the land line completely, although there is a benefit to having a phone number you can give out (doing online shopping, etc.) and being able to selectively return calls. And having a decoy for all the IRS scams, political robocalls, etc.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:42 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.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:43 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I use Vonage, cheaper than the telco based services and very happy with it.
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