I've got a plan to ditch my landline using Google Voice and cell phones. But I'd like some Mefites to look it over and provide input.
I'm dying to get rid of my landline from AT&T. It's $40 a month, plus all the taxes and fees. The only reason my wife and I have it is to give a number to somebody who I don't want to have my cell phone number. I've come up with a plan to rid myself of it, but it relies on a few things I have little to no experience with, and I'd like somebody to check it out and provide some input.
I have a Google Voice number that I've never used, and currently have 3 invites available. My wife and I also have our own cellphones with more minutes than we'd ever need in a month. My plan is this: give my wife a GV invite, then we each point our GV numbers at our respective cellphones. That is the first half of my plan.
The second half is for our home phones. Our current phones are one of those wireless sets where only the base station plugs into the phone jack, and it transmits the signal to the other handsets, which only need a power socket. I was thinking of getting an Xlink BT
: just plug the base station into that, and voila! Any call coming into our cellphones can be picked up on any of the handsets. But I have no experience with this unit. How good is the audio quality? Any hiccups or delays in the audio?
I see three problems with this setup. I have DirecTV, which says they require a phoneline. But from what I've read it's only needed for ordering pay-per-view, which I've never used, and even if I wanted to, I could order it from the DirecTV website. Secondly, I have a home alarm system. Although I like the peace of mind it provides, it's not worth the ~$80 a month it costs (about $45 for the landline and another $35 to the alarm company).
The third problem is that I'm not exactly sure how this would affect my 911 service.
I'd be very appreciative if any Mefites can provide some feedback on my plan.