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Old 08-01-2018, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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We're moving, want to keep our ATT phone #, but don't want a landline. Does ATT offer any kind of Voice Mail only service? If not, what options might there be that I'm not aware of?

We do not want a physical phone. We're ok with using our cells to check VM daily. We don't even answer our landline, as it's 99% spam. But we've had it for 30+ years, and are reluctant to give it up.

We don't want to pay $50/month for a line, but don't mind a nominal amount to keep the phone #, and only have a virtual presence.

Thanks for your ideas and feedback!
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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Let it go... if you don't answer it and it's 99% spam... why bother?
i ditched my landline at least 10 years ago and haven't looked back once.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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Can you not port it over to Google Voice? Or do they not accept landline numbers? At the very least, you can try porting it out to a PAYG T-mobile number, and that would be around $3/month, with some limited monthly minutes available to you, in case someone important actually calls your 'home' number. My old AT&T landline number is now safely sitting in a Google Voice account, but I just can't remember if I had to port via a T-mobile cell account, or if I could port directly. I was going to do that with my childhood phone number when my parents finally moved, but unfortunately, my dad was much more organized than I was, and he cancelled the account before I could port the number out. If it works for you, don't forget - port the number out FIRST, before cancelling your account. Good luck!
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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Can you not port it over to Google Voice? Or do they not accept landline numbers? At the very least, you can try porting it out to a PAYG T-mobile number, and that would be around $3/month, with some limited monthly minutes available to you, in case someone important actually calls your 'home' number. My old AT&T landline number is now safely sitting in a Google Voice account, but I just can't remember if I had to port via a T-mobile cell account, or if I could port directly. I was going to do that with my childhood phone number when my parents finally moved, but unfortunately, my dad was much more organized than I was, and he cancelled the account before I could port the number out. If it works for you, don't forget - port the number out FIRST, before cancelling your account. Good luck!
Thanks, this sounds like it would work. I'll start checking into GV.

jennifw--not quite ready to give it up, although perhaps not too long.
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:03 AM
 
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I did this. I used Ooma. Wife wanted to keep phone number that has been in family 70 years.

Of course, the only phone calls we got on that number were telemarketers. I now have it go straight to voice mail, not even to my wife's cell. But it's memorabilia...
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