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Old 09-25-2013, 02:54 PM   #41
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I was wondering about your price I saved over $50, by cancelation. I'm in one of those lucky areas, have the 'free toll' to call anywhere I need to. So that explains the difference.

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Old 09-25-2013, 03:07 PM   #42
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I have one of these hooked up to a Google Voice number: Amazon.com: OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and VoIP Telephone Adapter: Electronics

Acts just like a landline phone (my mother-in-law has no idea it's "over the internet") and costs $1.50/mo for unlimited domestic calling. The only reason it isn't free is because we wanted e-911 service because we have our child at home every day, and want the MIL to be able to call if needed.
I am a tech newbee. I have a wired modem will that work with the OBi110
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:08 PM   #43
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Paid about $35 per month for local service when I dumped it about 8 months ago. I now use Ooma and pay $3.71/month for unlimited local and long distance. I'd never go back to a land line.
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Where I live, there is no real choice of internet service, so we're stuck with the local phone company for DSL. Since DW is unwilling to give up the landline, we get a service bundle from them.

Monthly cost is $73.30 (including all taxes and fees) for:
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DSL at a nominal 10MB download (actually between 7.5 and 8).
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Can you go into more detail?
Sure, we're rural from K.C., technicaly it's long distance. So for the extra 'fee', K.C. is local. There may be other ways around this, but we got sold on this years ago, didn't force the issue just dropped land service.

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Here in NW Florida, we used to pay $95/month for phone and internet, the cost about equally divided between the two. We had a little talk with them about leaving, and that is down to $75 now. We have to pay with the credit card to get the reduction though.
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I have one of these hooked up to a Google Voice number: Amazon.com: OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and VoIP Telephone Adapter: Electronics

Acts just like a landline phone (my mother-in-law has no idea it's "over the internet") and costs $1.50/mo for unlimited domestic calling. The only reason it isn't free is because we wanted e-911 service because we have our child at home every day, and want the MIL to be able to call if needed.
I've been looking at this obihai...

I just relooked at my bill (for this thread) and realized I'm paying more than I thought.

I know I was ANGRY the last billing and started looking at solutions to dump the land line - I'd looked at blue tooth gateways, Ooma, and various voip solutions. But the obihai solution was intriguing to me. There are still occasions we need to fax (rare - but some bureaucracies won't give it up)- and it's t38 compliant - so we could still use our fax machine.

Back to the OP - our current landline bill (at&t) is $34.60 - broken down as follows:
$23 flat rate service.
$3 (because flat rate considers 1 mile away to be out of the area... we live on the north edge of a boundary, and friends/businesses are on the southern edge of the next boundary up.)
$6.83 for "surcharges and other fees" - including $1.99 for an underground conversion fee. This one really chaps me because almost the entire city has been converted - except the 3 blocks that I'm in the center of!!!!!
$1.77 "government fees and taxes"

Note - this is exclusive of long distance. We use our cell phones. If we do make long distance on this phone - it's pricey.
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The phone company gets you in a way. When a person drops the land line here the price of the DSL goes up. So the savings is not as great as you think it will be.
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The phone company gets you in a way. When a person drops the land line here the price of the DSL goes up. So the savings is not as great as you think it will be.
My finding as well, which is one reason why I still ahve a land line.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:53 AM   #51
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Paid about $35 per month for local service when I dumped it about 8 months ago. I now use Ooma and pay $3.71/month for unlimited local and long distance. I'd never go back to a land line.
also have OOMA- internet phone.

pros: cheap. see other posts
consumer reports recommended ooma. over other voips
can keep phone your phone number for extra one time fee.

con: when using wireless, in beginning lost connection
seems if you connect directly to modem or router, no issues
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$29. a year.I got Nettalk a few years ago and am very happy with it. Much clearer than the Windstream service in my area.
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Basic Talk, $10/mo. Well, $13 with the taxes and fees. Unlimited LD.
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