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Home Phone Line Poll

Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Aug 1, 2011.

Type of telephone service?

  1. Traditional landline

    0 vote(s)
  2. Limited landline

    57 vote(s)
  3. No landline

    13 vote(s)
  4. Cell Phone(s)

    23 vote(s)
  5. VoIP

    78 vote(s)
  6. Other

    53 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Cell only since Y2K, 11 years -- no probs.
  2. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    The wife was hesitant to ditch the land line so I added a line to our cell phone plan,for $9.95 a month, transfered our home number and blew the dust off a spare cell phone. Saves over $30.00 a month and the solicitors still have a number to call:)
  3. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    I dropped my land line in 2008.I hardly ever used it.I'm a proud Verizon Cell customer.And right now it suits me fine
  4. Yoda-DBSguy

    Yoda-DBSguy Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2006
    A Galaxy...
    Ooma works just fine with alarms. You do have to swap the incomming and outgoing lines at the alarm panel though. The incomming should be from the ooma's output (currently hooke'd up to your previous land line's dmark), and the outgoing to all the other lines in the house.

    You may also need to reconfigure your alarm sytems outgoing predefined call number to have a *99, prefix or at minimum tell it to do so in your oom'as online web portal as it has an option for fax machines. Basically the *99, prefix uses a different audio codec that is modem friendly rather then the typical more compressed default.
  5. Game Fan

    Game Fan Baseball Is Life

    Sep 8, 2007
    Land line and cell phones for me.
  6. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Traditional POTS landline and wireless service both through AT&T and combined on one bill. :)
  7. Skyboss

    Skyboss Icon

    Jan 22, 2004
    Traditional. Cell service in our hilly neighborhood is a crap shoot, VOIP is not reliable enough.

    We have no poles to knock down.
  8. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    Traditional and cell here.

    A couple of weeks ago workers accidentally dug into the AT&T line two miles from my home. No AT&T home phone or AT&T cell service. My work cell phone, from another provider, still had service.

    No real point here, I just thought that was interesting.
  9. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Vonage (VOIP). That's the phone number I give out when places require a 'home phone'. It's spam control. I virtually never answer that phone. I won't pick up unless I recognize the number - otherwise it goes to my answering machine.
  10. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    OOMA. What a wonderful device. I especially like the Blacklist feature. And it not only defaults to my cell phone if the Net goes down, it also can be set to include my cell phone as well as my cordless phones to receive calls.

  11. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    The one thing that doesn't seem to happen is loss of phone service. We lose power 8 to16 times a year due to falling trees, car v pole, etc.

    But I can always get through to the power company's outage line. ATT did have an areawide outage a few years ago when another utility cut through a line near the CO, but that was once in 23 years.
  12. BosFan

    BosFan Legend

    Sep 28, 2009
    Altoona, WI
    Sprint for cell (currently best deal around here for service) and Ooma VoIP for home. Only Ooma fee is taxes about 3.50 a mo., got the box off Woot.com for half price. :)
  13. Matt9876

    Matt9876 Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2007
    Cell phone and MagicJack for the past few years. :)

    Vonage VoIP service two years before going over to MJ.
  14. gulfwarvet

    gulfwarvet Tips & Resources Collaboration

    Mar 7, 2007
    I switched from AT&T landline to Verizon home phone connect.
  15. Kevin F

    Kevin F Hall Of Fame

    May 9, 2010
    I switched to verizon home phone connect a few weeks ago too. How's your service been if you don't mind me asking. So far, mine has been flawless. I feel that it was a great choice, and I'm saving money! :D

  16. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    When I retired from the USAF in 2001, I move to New Hampshire and decided my cell phone was enough, no need to have a landline. When we decided to move here, we figured we better get a landline, "just in case" and we've kept it, we also have DSL. We also still use cell phones. I know we could get away without having a landline too, but now we have a bundle of the landline, DSL, and DirecTV. :shrug:
  17. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Traditional land line and cell phones.

  18. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    Don't you pay something like $120/year for that feature package on Ooma + around $40/year in taxes in fees for their free service and double that if you need 2 dedicated lines.

    Notwithstanding amortizing the cost of the device itself it's really not truly a "free" service. Not saying it still isn't a great value but there are other Voip providers that taking everything into consideration aren't really that much more if you want the feature (Premier) package.

    It costs me less than $11/month total for 2 lines (2 separate numbers) and no hardware costs and more features than Ooma has. Been using it for 2+ years without issue.

    Not trying to crap on Ooma, just that despite what they say it's not truly "free" and if you need more than 1 line (both with features) it gets expensive compared to what else is out there.
  19. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    You don't have to pay for the "bells and whistles" package if you don't want to. I got my OOMA before the taxes kicked in, so I don't have to pay for them. I get two lines without cost too. So I could just use the box and pay nothing, but I do like the "bells and whistles" package.

    All it costs me is $120 a year. It works with all my phones and even works with my cell phone. Nothing is "free" anymore. I don't know what other features you could possibly have, it seems like I have a lot more than the landline services I had and I was paying a lot more for them.

  20. gulfwarvet

    gulfwarvet Tips & Resources Collaboration

    Mar 7, 2007

    Nope, don't mind at all :) . Its really not bad at all, calls seems to be clear and consistent. I haven't got my 1st bill yet tho, so i can't comment on that. So far were liking it a lot better VS AT&T.

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