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Old 08-04-2021, 12:45 AM
 
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Hello.

When I discovered how badly AT&T was reaming my 88 y.o mother for her landline service (who pays $50+ a month and doesn't even get long distance with it?!), I set her up with VOIP which involved a wired internet connection with Comcast. She was previously getting by with her living facility's free WiFi and it took some convincing that the overall cost would be less - $30/mth for internet and $16/mth for unlimited VOIP calling, which would also allow her a bare bones cell plan because she would no longer be using it for all her long distance as she had been (and the secure network would be a bonus!). I brought her my entire setup to assure there wouldn't be any equipment issues - my internet modem, my phone modem, right down to the very ethernet cables I was using and put her on the same Phone Power plan that had served me so well for so many years.


My only reluctance was putting her in Comcast's crosshairs, concerns that are now turning out to be valid - all kinds of billing and service issues are arising (anyone who's ever had Comcast already knows what I'm talking about), including robocalls requesting the return of equipment she's supposed to still have from a previous address - calls she was not getting prior to this. Bottom line - I screwed up big time, feeling horrible about it and now I have to fix it.

So aside from trying to get out from under Comcast's thumb without a huge cancellation fee, I need to figure out what to replace it with. Going entirely cell isn't an an option - she's too insecure about that. I was wondering if anyone has tried Ooma, Community Phone or other such providers that don't require a wired internet connection. And I'd especially be interested in any traditional landline services I might not be aware of. We'll go crawling back to AT&T if necessary, but $56 for local-only calling is an abuse of capitalism as far as I'm concerned. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Glenn

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Old 08-04-2021, 02:13 AM
 
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Look into Straight Talk which is actually cell service for the home, but you'll still need internet.

And turn off that bolding!
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Old 08-04-2021, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Landlines are VOIP for at least 20 years.
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Old 08-04-2021, 03:16 PM
 
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Landlines are VOIP for at least 20 years.
not all we had a copper pots line in PBC until 5 years ago when we moved
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Old 08-04-2021, 11:38 PM
 
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Landlines are VOIP for at least 20 years.
Where?
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Old 08-05-2021, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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^ I very briefy had to validate NEC VOIP multiplexers in 1999. I used OOMA 6-8 (?) years ago. There was another brand heavily advertised on late night TV even before that. We had digital Xfinity 2 wire and Comcast cable at various times and appropiate equipment for the last 20 years. We never never subscribed to broadband TV although I was once associated with companies that help develop digital cable (early 1980's) and digital TV (late 1980's). We used Skype in early 2000's (a VOIP implemetation to talk to DS cross country, because it was cheaper than early cell phone and 2 wire LongDistance calling). More recent, I often use Alexa (Echo Show and Echo Dot) devices to make home outgoing calls (' unknown' is shown on receiving end). I once used Ooma then Alexa, to pair with cell phone-too many junk calls and too much maintenance on my part.
Location is the old Pacific NW Bell territory, Midvalley Oregon now Eastside Seattle.

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Old 08-05-2021, 12:59 PM
 
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^ I very briefy had to validate NEC VOIP multiplexers in 1999. I used OOMA 6-8 (?) years ago. There was another brand heavily advertised on late night TV even before that. We had digital Xfinity 2 wire and Comcast cable at various times and appropiate equipment for the last 20 years. We never never subscribed to broadband TV although I was once associated with companies that help develop digital cable (early 1980's) and digital TV (late 1980's). We used Skype in early 2000's (a VOIP implemetation to talk to DS cross country, because it was cheaper than early cell phone and 2 wire LongDistance calling). More recent, I often use Alexa (Echo Show and Echo Dot) devices to make home outgoing calls (' unknown' is shown on receiving end). I once used Ooma then Alexa, to pair with cell phone-too many junk calls and too much maintenance on my part.
Location is the old Pacific NW Bell territory, Midvalley Oregon now Eastside Seattle.
So you're not saying that all landlines are VOIP, just some you're familiar with? That's quite different.
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Old 08-05-2021, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Let's me put it this way, A subscriber would be hard press to find a complete analog phone line. Analog phones and analog signal to headend or local box then digital.
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Old 08-05-2021, 05:16 PM
 
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xx
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Old 08-05-2021, 05:21 PM
 
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I just use Trac phone for $10 a month...
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