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Old 08-18-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Excellent suggestions, All!

I'm still researching. I'll come back and update when I've got something new in place.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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I've been extremely pleased with Ooma VOIP service, but it requires you to have high-speed internet and there is an upfront free for their Telos device. We installed it (easy) last November and so far, we have saved enough money over our old Verizon bill that the device has paid for itself and we are over $200 to the good. We pay roughly $5 monthly to Ooma, which consists entirely of governmental taxes and fees.

We don't have TV service, and watch movies and things like PBS shows on the internet.

I don't know how Century Link is, but all we had to do to get our Comcast internet bill reduced was say we were going to cancel the service completely. Then a "retention specialist" (interesting title...) cut the cost of the bill and so far, they have honored the price reduction for quite a while.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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OP, you say most of the bill is for your landline phone. Try MagicJack. I've had it since it first came out. They will let you keep your phone number, and you can easily pay for 5 years for only 99.00 bucks. It covers all of the states, except perhaps Hawaii, and I know not Alaska-my Sister in law lives there, and I have to use my Metro PCS cellular to call her. She can call me on the MagicJack line.
You can even pick up the MagicJack at Walmart.

MagicJack:
VoIP Plans | Unlimited International Calling Plans | magicJack

Walmart MagicJack:

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...cjack&cat_id=0

My wife and I are very frugal. We love using this service.

Good luck no matter what you choose.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:48 AM
 
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Try to find a cheap internet provider for about $20 or $30 a month. Sometimes the cable companies offer it for internet only and then a year later if they threaten to raise the rate tell them you want to cancel and they will keep your rate.

Get a MagicJack it connects to a landline phone and costs like $35 and includes the first year free usually and has unlimited calling. Then every year after that is about the same price. I've had mine for about 7 years now.
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