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Cheap home phone --basic talk at Walmart -anyone using this? Do you like another internet telephony?
Sept 9 2013

Posted on 09/09/2013 12:52:54 PM PDT by dennisw

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/BasicTalk-Home-Phone-Device/23739626

I am going to dumping my old copper land line. I have looked at magic jack. This new one from Walmart looks good or better

Buy the device for $10. It connects to your router.
$10 per month for phone service in the USA


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1 posted on 09/09/2013 12:52:54 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

How much for the Internet service in your area?


2 posted on 09/09/2013 12:54:20 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: dennisw

i use magic jack plus

it’s only 29$ for one year, cheaper for a five year plan.

BUT, you need fast internet to make it worth it.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 12:55:59 PM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: dennisw

I’ve got majic jack. The initial purchase is $50 plus $20 for six months service. After that you can pay for 5 years and that comes to the $19.95 a year they talk about. It’s not that much more to pay year by year.

I wish I could get internet only and no cable.


4 posted on 09/09/2013 12:57:36 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: dennisw
The link shows that they also sell the Ooma Telo. I have an Ooma, and it's better than the phone company service I used to use. (Cheaper, more features, higher sound quality.)
5 posted on 09/09/2013 12:59:04 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: dennisw

Only problem is that if you don’t have a land line, you can’t make a call if the power goes out. But if you save big bucks, that may be worth putting up with.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 12:59:04 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: dennisw
We kept our land line the way Ma Bell had installed it until we had a power outage. Our land line didn't work like it used to because it was powered by a battery in a box in our neighborhood that only had a shelf life of three days.

So we got Ooma, which is like Magic Jack. If the power does go out again we'll go to the library or Starbucks to power up our cell phones. No use paying through the nose for a land line when we can just hook it up to our Internet.

7 posted on 09/09/2013 1:00:59 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: Cicero

We can’t make a call when the power goes out with Verizon phone service. It’s all through the digital cable.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 1:01:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Cicero

We use our cell phones for backup, in the event of a power outage. The Ooma is our land line. With the Ooma, we get free long distance, and can talk as long as we want. We just have the cheapest basic plans on our cells.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 1:01:25 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: dennisw

I have Magic Jack. Like it fine except I cannot call my sister on it. I always get a message saying I need to call Magic Jack to pay for a conference call! The only thing I can figure out is she lives in a little town with probably the last surviving private phone company in the US! So I always have to call her on my cell. That’s my only complaint about Magic Jack.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 1:02:45 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: VerySadAmerican
I wish I could get internet only and no cable.

Time Warner Cable will let you drop your television service, while just keeping your internet service. We're making the transition to internet streaming television this week. Gonna save about $60 a month.

11 posted on 09/09/2013 1:03:39 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dennisw

Have Magic Jack for a few years, for $19 a year? It’s mainly used to intercept BS calls from phone scammers and solicitors. It’s dormant most of the time, but it records the messages and sends them to your email so you can screen them. I use it to put on the purchase orders over the internet. I rarely get calls on it, which is a good thing.


12 posted on 09/09/2013 1:04:44 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: dennisw

I’ve used both Ooma and Magicjack. Ooma is head and shoulders above Magicjack.

The features are awesome, price is great, and call quality is excellent.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 1:06:06 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Windflier

I dropped cable a few weeks ago. I had AT&T and still use them for Internet. It takes getting used to, but I can’t afford to pay all that money for nothing! With all those channels, there were only two new shows I watched. Everything else was reruns and I can watch them (and Longmire and Major Crimes) online for free!


14 posted on 09/09/2013 1:07:08 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: dennisw
I've been using Vonage for 7 or 8 years now, and love it.

It's cheap... it has great options for forwarding, simul-ring, and so on... and those things can all be done via the web. You don't need a computer to use the service.

Last year I took the box and a cheapo phone with me to Costa Rica for a month, and had my two lines in my hotel room as if I was back home.

15 posted on 09/09/2013 1:07:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: dennisw
My dad used Magic Jack and was happy with it for a few years, until they hiked the price up into the stratosphere. A 10x increase, maybe more?

Not sure why, he just dumped them for the local carrier and didn't bother to do any checking. Now, he's a little leery of "Wal Mart Specials".

16 posted on 09/09/2013 1:08:07 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Cicero

Your cell phone is your backup in a power outage. Plus if using a laptop, a desktop battery backup unit will keep the modem, telephony device and laptop powered for a long time. At least an 1-3 hours I would guess.
Laptop battery would also be supplying juice


17 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:01 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: MomofMarine
I can’t afford to pay all that money for nothing! With all those channels, there were only two new shows I watched.

That was also part of our reasoning for dumping cable. We were only watching about 5% of the available programming, but paying for 100% of it. Didn't make sense from a consumer standpoint.

Someone posted a chart here recently which showed how much subscribers pay for each of about 150 different channels. Most are less than .10¢ a month, but still.....why am I paying anything at all for MSNBC, or Spanish language channels?

I've had the Roku box hooked up to one of our TVs for a couple of days now. It streams programming through our internet modem. Right now I'm only subscribed to Netflix, but I might add Hulu or Amazon Prime to get more programming.

It takes a little getting used to. It's more like watching videos on YouTube than watching broadcast TV, but I sure do like the fact that there are no commercials. Did you know that's how cable TV started out in the 70s?

18 posted on 09/09/2013 1:19:02 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dennisw

As long as you’re at WalMart, why not just get StraightTalk? You buy the cellphone you prefer, and service is just $45 a month for unlimited everything. Uses major cellphone networks, depending on your location; you refill time online or on the phone. I notice absolutely no difference from AT&T, and it’s wayyyyyyy cheaper!


19 posted on 09/09/2013 1:19:17 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

thanks! I am also looking at ooma

If you break your ooma device or it stops working then what will you do? Does ooma replace a device that fails, just poops out?

So you pay $149 up front forooma then you pay nothing except each month taxes you pay on a copper land line too. For me this would be about $3.50 a month.

I see ooma units on ebay lower than $149.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 1:20:27 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Windflier

Love the Roku! Get Amazon Prime immediately! It’s only $79 a year and you will not BELIEVE the number of free TV series and movies available for your Roku. Unreal.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 1:20:59 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

Are you using straight talk with an android phone? Or a cell phone?


22 posted on 09/09/2013 1:25:38 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Check out OBI100 voip box ($39.99, easy setup) and voip.ms service ($0.0105/min to 48 states, precharge & pay as you go, $10 one time to port, $1.50/mo for e911).


23 posted on 09/09/2013 1:30:29 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: Cicero

Not a problem since most people have cell phones.


24 posted on 09/09/2013 1:36:10 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: dennisw

I’ve had the Ooma for a couple years now, with no problems. IIRC, there’s a one-year warranty.

We have the premium service, for an extra $100/year. That gives us unlimited long-distance (N.America), and more extra features than I know what to do with. One handy feature: you can check your voice mail from your e-mail. This allows you to sort through the messages and play them back (or not) in any order you chose.

Ooma uses some special software, which makes it superior to cheaper competitors. For instance, it prioritizes the phone data, so you get perfect call quality, even if you’re streaming a HD movie at the same time.

I paid over $200 for my Ooma, and figure it paid for itself in about 4 months. (Mainly because of the savings on long distance calls.)


25 posted on 09/09/2013 1:36:36 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: dennisw
I got the Ooma Telo this summer, and I hardly notice any difference from the land line I used to have. Except of course for the bill. After you buy the device, nationwide calls are completely free -- except for the taxes (a few bucks.)

Regarding power outages, Ooma lets you designate a number that calls get forwarded to if power or even Internet service is disrupted. It's automatic -- I said to forward my calls to my cell.

So it's like I have a landline without having to pay for one. Excellent sound quality too.

Highly recommended.

26 posted on 09/09/2013 1:40:08 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: dennisw

I use MagicJack Plus. I am extremely happy with it and it’s way cheaper than the $10 a month plan you found.


27 posted on 09/09/2013 1:42:17 PM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: dennisw

Cell phone. $45 mo. for unlimited cell AND internet has been saving me a ton of money.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 1:42:37 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Just a thought — GoogleVoice to ‘answer’ and forward the home phone to a cell (TMobile unlimited plan).

That way the phone number we have had since dinosaurs roamed the earth still ‘rings’ my wife and there is no geographical limitation (free to travel).


29 posted on 09/09/2013 1:43:02 PM PDT by Wills_Dad
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To: Windflier

That’s is exactly what I did. Cancelled all cable but the internet.


30 posted on 09/09/2013 1:46:28 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Wills_Dad

That sounds like a good plan — though I have had no experience with GoogleVoice. Any GoogleVoice experts out there?


31 posted on 09/09/2013 1:46:48 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: dennisw

my wife and I tried the Walmart phone, I think it’s called Straight Talk.. Each phone is with a different carrier, so it depends on the phone you pick.

I really did not care for it, and we both took ours back after 20 days or so... the reception was spotty, the customer service was horrible, and the phones were older technology. The Data (internet ) connectivity was spotty and bad for both of us ( mine was Sprint, her’s was a bit better with AT&T )

... so why get a smart phone, if it’s hard to get on the internet?

after that, we just both bought iPhones, with AT&T.. while we pay an extra $100 a month, more than the Straight Talk deal, for our Data, Text and cell phone calls, we are very happy with them... In the end, you get what you pay for...


32 posted on 09/09/2013 1:47:29 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Cicero
Only problem is that if you don’t have a land line, you can’t make a call if the power goes out.
IIRC, you can make a call if your land-line phone is an oldie, i.e., not digital.
33 posted on 09/09/2013 1:47:49 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Chuzzlewit

as for landline subsitutes, my friend uses Vonage.. I have to tell you, that I really do not like speaking to him on that darn thing...

the main problem? His phone does not allow for overlapping conversation, so you almost have to do the old walkie-talkie thing and say “over” when you finish saying something. That is terrible in my opinion.

on land lines, you can have a real conversation, that has overlapping in it...


34 posted on 09/09/2013 1:52:01 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Windflier

A Roku and Netflix are your friends here if you don’t already have a PC you can devote to internet media duty.


35 posted on 09/09/2013 1:53:09 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: dennisw

I too, love my Vonage. For an extra $10.00 p/mo I have a dedicated fax line with them.


36 posted on 09/09/2013 1:54:09 PM PDT by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Windflier

Can’t get Time Warner in my neighborhood. Comcast has a monopoly in Texas. I can drop the cable from Comcast and keep the internet....FOR THE SAME PRICE! I’m not sure there is another internet service available in my area.


37 posted on 09/09/2013 1:55:00 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Cicero; dennisw
If you have a cable modem, power it off a dedicated UPS. When the power goes down plug your telephone base - but not the handset - into the modem UPS. The handset batteries should last for days and you’ll get your reverse 911 functionality.

If you're on DSL via a phone copper wire you can use an old hard wired handset. Other than that, the disposable cell phone is for emergencies. While the phone company is still distributing service, set all calls to forward to the cell phone. Of course, you should have a solar charging facility to keep the cell phone battery up and running.

38 posted on 09/09/2013 1:55:59 PM PDT by kitchen (Make plans and prepare. You'll never have trouble if you're ready for it. - TR)
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To: Orangedog
A Roku and Netflix are your friends here if you don’t already have a PC you can devote to internet media duty.

Are you in the boonies? When we used to live beyond the reach of the cable providers, we got our internet over satellite and only received broadcast TV via a rooftop antenna. This was years ago, before live streaming became popular.

39 posted on 09/09/2013 1:56:50 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Comcast has a monopoly in Texas.

No so. I live in the DFW metro area and use Time Warner. Lots of folks do. They're huge out here. Not sure if they service your area, though.

40 posted on 09/09/2013 1:58:33 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: packrat35
That’s is exactly what I did. Cancelled all cable but the internet.

I only recently got interested in making the switch after reading a thread about it on FR. My wife and I got to exploring that option and within a week, she'd switched us over.

I'm missing a few of my favorite shows, but I'll do without them, given the $60 a month we're saving. And, there aren't ANY commercials!

41 posted on 09/09/2013 2:01:39 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

No, not in the boonies, but I’m looking to move out just far enough to get broadband internet. I imagine eventually they are going to do something with those old analog tv frequencies to extend that reach even further.


42 posted on 09/09/2013 2:04:36 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: dennisw

I bought an OBi 100 It works with Google voice as well as others. It doesn’t need a computer to operate, but you can use your google voice account to block calls etc.

I wanted to use my land line number on it, and I had to jump through hoops to get that done, but it wasn’t all that bad. Basically, I had to transfer my land line number to a track phone, and then from the track phone to google voice.

It costs nothing per month. It doesn’t do 911 though. I


43 posted on 09/09/2013 2:14:56 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: VerySadAmerican

In DFW there’s AT&T in addition to Time Warner.


44 posted on 09/09/2013 2:21:38 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: dennisw

This is better, although $5 more a month, since it doesn’t require Internet:

Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Wireless-Home-Phone/22084643

If you have wireless Internet, MagicJack and the one you’re talking about won’t work.


45 posted on 09/09/2013 2:22:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: dennisw

I am considering doing the same. I have AT & T and I rarely use the phone to make calls especially long or international calls. Yet AT & T are charging me like 60 bucks a month and I’m sick of it. Like I said the reason I continue to use the landline is for an emergency incase my cell phone does not work or did not recharge the battery. Good enough getting screwed by cable now the phone ompanies are doing the same.


46 posted on 09/09/2013 2:30:28 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Wireless-Home-Phone/22084643

Very interesting device. It is a kind of a cell phone, runs off cell phone networks. But has a stationary base that you plug your home phones into. Portable too if want like a cell phone for when you visit grandma for a month


47 posted on 09/09/2013 2:57:19 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Indeed. We are out in the country, so our Internet is satellite and won’t run Magicjack or the one mentioned above. It was our only option, really. Free nationwide long-distance is included.


48 posted on 09/09/2013 2:59:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

True, although cell phones don’t work for us here in rural Vermont, or in our summer house in Maine, either. No cell phone towers within reach.


49 posted on 09/09/2013 3:02:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cementjungle

My experience is similar.


50 posted on 09/09/2013 3:17:21 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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