Who you gonna call?
December 30, 2008 8:58 AM Subscribe
Time to kill the landline and consolidate communications...but can I keep that phone number? What's your best suggestion for keeping the landline number active?
posted by nmabry to technology (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, when I say landline, it is a VOIP line through Packet8, which is costing me about $28/mo. This phone number is what has been given out to all my billing accounts, and what we've had for several years. I do have a GrandCentral number that we'd transition to over the next several months, but I'd need the legacy number active in the interim.
We've finally had enough family move to Verizon to merit dropping the landline. One option I've thought of is adding another line on Verizon ($10+tax) and porting the number there. This, however, leaves me pulled in for another 2 year contract. The savings over my current situation would be significant enough that it merits considering. It also leaves a phone at home regularly. There are other pros to this option, as well.
We're also considering Skype as a cost-effective home phone solution, but I don't believe I can port my number there.
Is there a cheaper alternative to keeping the landline number (short-term to an indefinite time period)? I'm comfortable with a permanent forward or a voicemail box or another creative solution.