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Anyone using VOIP for main home phone?

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by drose, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. drose

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    My wife is terrible for leaving her cell phone in random places around the house making her un-reachable. I had purchased a device last year which would use the Bluetooth on her phone to make our home phones ring but she kept turning off her Bluetooth, so that was a fail.
    Now that we're weeks away from having a baby, I want to make sure the person at home is always reachable, so I started looking at Bell / Rogers and then VOIP. Seems like Bell Rogers want upwards of $30-$35 /mo ( We have no tv package to bundle it, just internet ) for basic phone service ( including long distance, call display and voicemail ).
    I started looking at VOIP options and there are companies like Yak and VOIPmuch that offer everything you could want in a home phone for around $10.00 /mo. I just don't know anyone who uses VOIP. Anyone have experience with this or know anyone who has this set up?
     
  2. Scott

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    We have a magic jack. works fine.
     
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    I used Vonage for a while...worked great
     
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    Dont have a landline. 100% cell phone user.
     
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    Go worker does, it blows dealing with his issues on conference calls daily...but his internet in Florida sucks ass so hard to judge based on that.
     
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    Bought a magic jack, but never set it up. It's been on the TODO list for over a year.
     
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    Some co-workers use magic jack and they like it
     
  10. drose

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    A old co-worker of mine had a magic jack in 2011-2012 and it wasn't worth shit. I've read a few reviews over the past 24 hours of the magic jack and I see many more bad reviews than good ones. With an average monthly cost of like $3.00 per month it's awfully tempting.
     
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    The only issue with it I've found, is my mother finds she can't hear me sometimes. So she doesnt call. So really its kinda a feature :lol:
     
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    is there a way to keep your current phone number with magic jack?
     
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    Yes. There is a small additional cost but it can be done.
     
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    They send you all the instructions. The main reason I haven't installed it yet is that you lose 911 service (I believe) which I've never actually had to use, and we have on both cell phones in the house but would hate to have the kids have to dial it and it not work.
     
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    when we got it, we wernt able to keep the current one. was a US only feature. That may have changed now?? We did get to choose a number we wanted though from a list.

    You still get 911. it goes through their call centre though or something like that. We have a house alarm with a panic button that the boy knows how to use in case of emergency.
     
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    I ended up signing up with VOIPmuch, so we'll see how it works out. In regards to 911, there have been developments on that front over the past year or more. Most of these VOIP companies now have ' E911 ' and when a call goes through to 911, it automatically sends your name and address.
     

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