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Straight Talk introduces cheap home phone service
Clark Howard Show ^ | 9-21-12 | Clark Howard

Posted on 10/19/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat

Still stuck paying $35 or more for a home phone that you can't or don't want to give up? I have a new option that could lower your cost for the same service to $15 a month!

Verizon and Straight Talk are teaming up to introduce Home Phone Connect, which promises unlimited local and long distance calling, voicemail, caller ID, three-way calling and more, all with no contract!

This home phone service does not require an Internet connection. You basically purchase a $99 wireless base station that you put wherever you happen to get a good signal in your home.

Once you purchase it, you can even port your number over from the monopoly local phone company.

Meanwhile, most people who stick with the monopoly local phone company are paying $35 or more for their service and that's not including any special features.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: oohma; phones; survivingsocialism; telephones
$15 a month for home phone service....not bad. More expensive than a magic jack, but I had problems with mine and got rid of it.
1 posted on 10/19/2012 5:17:29 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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2 posted on 10/19/2012 5:19:02 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: RKBA Democrat

After having no phone service availble twice on wireless during emergencies I am going back to having a plain old everyday wired home phone.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 5:19:52 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I have MagicJack. It works, when it isn’t disconnecting itelf from the computer.

I have thought about checking NetTalk, which plugs into the router, so one does not need for the computer to be on.

I have Tracfone pay-as-you-go. I make few calls, so it costs be about $7 per month.

The Verizon-Straight Talk service sounds interesting.


4 posted on 10/19/2012 5:27:11 PM PDT by TomGuy (Dukakis is to tank as Obama is to binder & Big Bird)
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Anyone use a OOMA phone?


5 posted on 10/19/2012 5:32:33 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: TomGuy

Keep those copper wires to your house energized. The phone companies are trying to get rid of them.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 5:32:42 PM PDT by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: RKBA Democrat

...and still half your bill will be taxes.


7 posted on 10/19/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Kolath

My Ooma phone costs less than $12.00 per year tax. No issues unless cable is out. I paid for system initially but I have covered that expense. .... I had Vonage which is real good. Actually better than advertised....


8 posted on 10/19/2012 5:40:51 PM PDT by southland (Romney/Ryan will pull through!")
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To: southland; Kolath

***My Ooma phone costs less than $12.00 per year tax.***

PARASITES! I’m paying for your OBAMA PHONE! Oh, wait...


9 posted on 10/19/2012 5:52:53 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: RKBA Democrat
Not a bad deal, really.


10 posted on 10/19/2012 6:03:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: southland

Obi100 at Amazon is only $40 up front and unlimited everything when combined with Google voice. No monthly fee for anything.


11 posted on 10/19/2012 6:09:38 PM PDT by mongrel
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To: southland

Obi100 at Amazon is only $40 up front and unlimited everything when combined with Google voice. No monthly fee for anything.


12 posted on 10/19/2012 6:09:41 PM PDT by mongrel
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To: mongrel

I use the Obi 110 with Google Voice. It will be free at least the rest of the year. I use Callcentric for the 911 service.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 6:30:58 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: southland

I’ve been thinking about Oohma(correct spelling?)- Consumer Reports gave them the best ratings by far. Is it true you can’t use a fax machine with that? The voice is supposed to be the clearest.


14 posted on 10/19/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire.)
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To: TomGuy

get the magicjack plus - no pc on all the time.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 8:18:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kolath
  Anyone use a OOMA phone?

  Yes - mine works very well for $3.47/ month. I also have an Obi100 at my office and so far the service (Google Voice) is free.
16 posted on 10/19/2012 8:22:24 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
OBI (see on Amazon or New Egg) is really cool.. and after you buy it... well it is FREE. I bought mine on New EGG for $37. I use it with Google Voice and call quality is exceptional.... and well... FREE. .

Have used it for 3 months with no problems.. except those I created. Try it you will never go back to any phone provider
17 posted on 10/19/2012 8:28:01 PM PDT by JSteff (((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)))))
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To: Mark

I would go with Ooma again if had to. Great company. Not familiar with recent offers. I paid about $220 for equipment about 2 years ago and get under $12.00 added to my CC each year which I expect. call me at 1 205 533 6196 and see for your self.. I am in Alabama..


18 posted on 10/19/2012 8:31:51 PM PDT by southland (Romney/Ryan will pull through!")
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bookmark


19 posted on 10/19/2012 8:35:40 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: mongrel

Ooma is great. I paid $220 about 2 years ago and am charged a fee of under $12.00 each year. I talk with a friend in Hawaii frequently. Clear as it can be. call me in Alabama 1 205 533 6196 to or give me your number and I will call.. Vonage is ok. I was paying $12.50 per month and decided to stop that payment.. before I ported my number. Vonage voicemail transcribes messages to text and attaches it to email. Ooma charges $9.93/ month for this service.


20 posted on 10/19/2012 8:39:11 PM PDT by southland (Romney/Ryan will pull through!")
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To: southland

i’ve had ooma for well over a year. the sound is very clear. i think i paid $200 for equipment at that time but made it up after 6 mos. they currently have a refer a friend program to get the equipment for $140.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 8:59:56 PM PDT by patriot5186
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To: TomGuy

The new magic jacks plug right in to the router and works great. I have one.


22 posted on 10/19/2012 9:15:09 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Chickensoup

“After having no phone service availble twice on wireless during emergencies I am going back to having a plain old everyday wired home phone.”

Having dependable communications is exactly why we have our landline, too. We’re rather remote and experience power outages often and for long periods of time. We depend on the landline to keep in contact with everyone, including the Electric Utility.


23 posted on 10/20/2012 3:45:22 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: RKBA Democrat

But if you do not have Verizon Phone service their Internet (15 mbps) will go up from 22.00 to about 36.00. So does this provide Internet as well? Thanks


24 posted on 10/20/2012 8:10:14 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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