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Ditching your landline phone

submitted on March 26, 2010 by MrCheap in "Member's Lounge"
How many of you still use your landline phone? I want to ditch mine and I would long time ago if I could port the number to some free service like Google Voice. Too many of my friends/relatives have it and it is a pain in the a** to tell everyone to change it
        

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    reallyrob
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    Posted by reallyrob on March 26, 2010
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    I use Google voice...one number and I have it transferred to whatever phone I am using. I also do not have landlines...I use cell phones for home and business. At my house, I have an XLink box that syncs with my bluetooth phones...up to 3 and it makes them all ring on the old home phones that are plugged into the jacks here at the house.
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    Posted by HouTex on March 26, 2010
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    Most people we know have completely switched to cell only, but there are 2 reasons I can think of to keep a landline -
    Faxing: do you need faxing capability for your business, and what alternative have you found?
    Alarm system: automated link to a call center, which notifies police or fire department if you have an emergency. Can't think of an alternative for that, either.
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on March 26, 2010
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      We have not have a landline besides strictly business reasons for over 5 years. We switched to cell phones and now use VOIP apps and a MagicJack at home.

      Faxing can be done via some VOIP devices, you can with MagicJack. Also there are free or paid online faxing sites you can use.

      Alarm systems do not always require a landline. Actually now most "large" providers do not require it they have the option of "cellular monitoring. Just be ready to pay more for that...
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on March 26, 2010
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      Is that only outgoing faxes, or does that include incoming faxes as well?
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on March 27, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I've only sent faxes, but there are sites to get faxes online as well. But I'm not certain those features are free.

      My basic understanding is that you get a fax number to give out and when you get one its converted to .pdf and emailed to you.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on March 26, 2010
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    I use Boost Mobile with their unlimited $50 a month plan and love it. They just came out with the Blackberry Curve also and it's $60 a month for that and I'm thinking of getting one. I get good reception in central Illinois and I don't travel outside of state lines (so I don't know how service is elsewhere) but it's great for me. I don't feel the need to have a landline anymore.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on March 27, 2010
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    I still cling on to my home phone. It is VoIP kind though with pay as you go plan, so it doesn't come too much monthly
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    Posted by midget on March 27, 2010
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    I did the opposite. I ditched my cell phones and kept the landline. I found that I was paying more for my 2 cells per month than the landline with dsl service.

    I was paying about $85 a month for the 2 cells and now I only pay about $60 a month for the landline and that includes internet access, unlimited calling in the U.S and lots of services like call waiting, 3 way calling, caller ID, etc.
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    Posted by reallyrob on March 27, 2010
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    My alarm system is Frontpoint and they do not use landline phones. GSM is built into the unit, so you don't have to worry about the lines being cut and safeguards are built into teh system, so no one can destroy it...the signal is still sent.
    For faxing, I use Fax-a-way. It's $1 a month, but you can receive unlimited faxes...it only costs to send faxes, but I use freefax for sending (2 free), so I don't have to pay. I ususlly send less than 2 faxes a month. I am receiving more than I send.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on March 27, 2010
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      Great information, thanks reallyrob!

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