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Old 08-27-2020, 12:42 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by Sunset View Post
I have Obihai with Google voice.
I paid around $40 for the little gadget that plugs into my internet.

I pay nothing else, no monthly fee, and I get free long distance phone calls in USA and to Mexico and Canada.

I've had it for a few years and it works fine.

It was a bit complex to set up, I had to repeatedly read the instructions

We've been using Obi+GV since I retired in 2013. Never a problem and never a bill. Robocalls are extremely rare. Lots of great features like voicemail transcription sent as text. True... set-up is a DIY affair, but well-documented and only took me about 5-10 minutes, IIRC. International calling is dirt cheap. DW calls her relatives in England for $0.01 per minute... which is basically free.
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Old 08-27-2020, 02:30 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by lem1955 View Post
What does VOIP provide that regular cell service does not? I can take calls on my iMac if my phone is elsewhere.
For me it provides a phone on every level of my home. My Mac and iPad can also take calls, but there is no guarantee they are on the level I am on. If I fall and badly hurt myself I don't want to have to crawl up or down stairs to phone for help. It's worth less than $6 a month to me.
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Old 08-27-2020, 03:00 PM   #83
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We use Smart Talk home phone. It costs us $15/month for unlimited to the US. It basically is a base that uses the cell phone towers and you just plug your phone into the base. No internet required. We had vonage but our internet was not strong enough for it to be consistent. It echoed all the time on us. Smart Talk was the clear winner for us.
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