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Old 11-06-2011, 02:59 PM
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IS there any value to having/paying for long distance service on your home phone, like at&t service?
we have cell phones too, so I am thinking of dropping the at&t long distance service.
I guess I will not be able to fax long distance but dont do much of that now. Publix has that service I think

do you order things, giving credit card number over cell phone? is that safe?
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:11 PM
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We have unlimited Long Distance through our Brighthouse package. Phone, Internet, HD cable, $115/month...
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:12 PM
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Use a calling card.
Anywhere in USA or Canada 2.5 cents per minute or less, voice or fax.
Worldwide = some is less some is more.
OneSuite.com

Can use it on cell phone too.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:13 PM
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If you have kids or company, you are going to save some stress when one of them doesn't realise you don't have free long-distance. Most providers have this for only a few dollars more than 'basic' service.

When we have young visitors I tell them long-distance calls are okay. It reduces the seperation anxiety to know the calls aren't rationned.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:18 PM
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I see no need to have long distance on our home phone, I have free long distance on my Verizon cell phone. Anyone ever use MagicJack for their home phone? Not sure what is different about the MagicJack service over regular phone service accept it's a hell of lot less money. We pay about $65/month for our home phone and all we ever get is BS calls. MagicJack is like $25 for a whole year.

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I have a MJ that I plug in only when I want to use it. I dumped the landline 6 yrs ago.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:35 PM
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I have not had a land line for about 5 years. Cell phone solved that.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:04 PM
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In Maine I have LD available but it's sick money per minute. I need a land line for the alarm system and the thermostat that I can adjust from home. When I call home I use the cell and have the wife call me back. Cell service is OK here with the Digital Booster and is just plain awful at home.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BCMk31 View Post
I have not had a land line for about 5 years. Cell phone solved that.
x 2 If not receiving faxes...WHY have a landline?
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:22 PM
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You have a phone that doesn't leave your house??? Weird...
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
x 2 If not receiving faxes...WHY have a landline?
There are free services that will send an incoming fax to your email.
Then you also have an electronic copy of the fax too.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:43 AM
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Myself and my other half both have cell phones, we got rid of our landline years ago. Although if there were some emergency we can unplug our router (DSL) and plug in a phone and use that.
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I have a VOIP service called OOMA. The device was $180 at Costco and I pay $3.50 a month in tax. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have a land line at all.
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I have Ooma also. I have the older original Ooma no monthly (or any) cost version though.
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I have Ooma also. I have the older original Ooma no monthly (or any) cost version though.
Ditto. Have had it for a year and it's great. Pays for itself in a few months.
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We keep the landlines for 911. I know you can call 911 from the cell but when seconds count the quicker they can locate you the quicker you will get service.
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I'm curious.

If you don't have a land line how do you connect to the internet? Via TV cable or dish?

If you have an alarm system and it is triggered, does it dial out on its own cell phone?
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post

IS there any value to having/paying for long distance service on your home phone, like at&t service?

There is in the Peoples Republic of California. We have to pay for the convenience of not having a long distance plan. Seroiusly, we have to pay for not dialing long distance.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Kamper View Post
When we have young visitors I tell them long-distance calls are okay. It reduces the seperation anxiety to know the calls aren't rationned.
I haven't paid for long distance since 2001 - also the last time I owned a wired phone - frankly it probably would not even occur to me that picking up anyone's phone and dialing any number in the continental US would be a problem.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:19 PM
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i have trouble using a regular phone now when i'm actuually in an office.

no home phone for years, company cell phone for bothme and mrsand i order over the phone with credit card often.
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