Skip to comments.Cheap home phone --basic talk at Walmart -anyone using this? Do you like another internet telephony?
Posted on 09/09/2013 12:52:54 PM PDT by dennisw
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.
$10 per month for phone service in the USA
How much for the Internet service in your area?
i use magic jack plus
it’s only 29$ for one year, cheaper for a five year plan.
BUT, you need fast internet to make it worth it.
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.
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.
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.
We can’t make a call when the power goes out with Verizon phone service. It’s all through the digital cable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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".
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
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?
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!
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.
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.
Are you using straight talk with an android phone? Or a cell phone?
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).
Not a problem since most people have cell phones.
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.)
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.
I use MagicJack Plus. I am extremely happy with it and it’s way cheaper than the $10 a month plan you found.
Cell phone. $45 mo. for unlimited cell AND internet has been saving me a ton of money.
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).
That’s is exactly what I did. Cancelled all cable but the internet.
That sounds like a good plan — though I have had no experience with GoogleVoice. Any GoogleVoice experts out there?
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...
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...
A Roku and Netflix are your friends here if you don’t already have a PC you can devote to internet media duty.
I too, love my Vonage. For an extra $10.00 p/mo I have a dedicated fax line with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
In DFW there’s AT&T in addition to Time Warner.
This is better, although $5 more a month, since it doesn’t require Internet:
Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
If you have wireless Internet, MagicJack and the one you’re talking about won’t work.
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.
Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
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
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.
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.
My experience is similar.