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How best to get rid of office landline?

I work from home and have an established business phone number that I need to keep. I'd like to port the number somewhere that sends the call to voicemail and return the call with my cell phone. I don't need to call from the office number, just receive voicemails. Do you have any recommendations for services you like that are cheap? I found "parkmyphone.com" which says what I need would be $5/mo plus $20 transfer fee to port the number, but don't know if it is reliable. I don't know anything about Skype or voip solutions. GoogleVoice doesn't allow landlines to be ported into it. If it matters, I have an Android Galaxy S4 with T-mobile for my cell service. Thanks!
posted by DB Cooper on May 17, 2014 - 6 answers

A phone for the home

I moved to a house that gets terrible cell phone service. I'd like to have a land line phone, especially to have in case of emergencies and power outages. I'm reading about "land lines" that use wireless cell technology, things like Vonage that use the internet, and I am confused. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Apr 29, 2014 - 17 answers

How to block outgoing calls

My Grandmother has dementia. She calls her old phone number 20+ times a day to ask for a ride home. Unfortunately, this number is now used by a business, the owner of which is not too pleased with the multiple phone calls a day. [more inside]
posted by backwords on Mar 6, 2014 - 30 answers

What VOIP services play well with CenturyLink DSL?

I'd like to move from using a land line to a VOIP service over my CenturyLink DSL. I'm afraid the service will suck. How can I evaluate this before committing to porting my phone number? [more inside]
posted by diode on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Landline alternative to AT&T in San Francisco?

I have a land line in San Francisco. I'd like to switch to something other than AT&T - I really, really don't like giving AT&T my money. [more inside]
posted by kristi on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Are directory listing and caller ID identity linked?

With AT&T landlines, is your directory listing (i.e. what's in the phone book) necessarily the same as what people see on caller ID?
posted by tomwheeler on Jan 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Hello? Any landlines out there?

Post-Sandy, we are thinking it would be good to have an old-fashioned landline for future outages. We currently have FIOS phone, cable and internet. When we lost power, after the second day we had no home phone I guess because the battery backup died. So is there such a thing as old-fashioned landline service anymore? And who can I call to get this service from? In central NJ?
posted by mmf on Nov 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Rotary Love.

In disasters or other emergencies, would a rotary telephone have an advantage over any other kind of landline? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Nov 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Phone Call

This is the land-line phone I want. But I'd rather not pay $205. Does anyone know of an similar phone at a lower price? I want only four things from my phone: Phone calls, auto-dial, voice mail, and don't be ugly -- nothing more. But, the land-line phones that are typically available in the stores have too many features and, to my eye, are ugly. Someone must know of a basic, well-designed phone.
posted by partner on Sep 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Please leave your answer after the beep.

Help me understand my landline phone problems and possibly buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Escaping Ma Bell’s Vile Offspring

Please share your experience purchasing local landline service from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I find a landline on short notice?

Where might I go to gain the use of a landline for an hour or so during normal business hours? [more inside]
posted by indubitable on Jan 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Residential VoIP providers?

What is the best residential VoIP/landline provider out there? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Cheapest possible landline plan in New Haven, CT

What's the cheapest possible land line phone service plan for a very light user available in New Haven, Connecticut? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Nov 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Why doesn't my landline ring?

Why isn't my phone ringing? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Jul 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Masking my landline's outgoing number, with another phone number.

I just moved to a new part of the state, and had a landline telephone installed through my local telco. I asked if they could port my old number (123)-xxx-xxxx to my new landline, and they said my old number was not in the same "Rate Center". I confirmed that they were telling the truth based on this AskMeFi post. I have the option to enable call forwarding from my old number to my new landline, which takes care of incoming calls. Now I am turning to you, the hivemind, to find out how to dial out from my new landline, and have my old number, (123)-xxx-xxxx, show up on other peoples' caller ID. I've done some searching and found a bunch of convoluted VoIP setups that would achieve this solution for me, but I'm not that technical, and I don't want to have to dial a million numbers just to make a single phone call from my land-line. Does the hive mind have any simple solutions?
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Help Me Dump AT&T

AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 21, 2011 - 11 answers

VOIP to Replace Security System Hardlines

My alarm system uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Headphone conversion

I need to know how to adapt a media headset(koss sb49) to use with a cordless landline phone.I have adapted 2-3.5 male ends down to 1-3.5 male end and the single 3.5 to a male 2.5.When i plug it in to the handset I have plenty of volumn but also a good bit of feedback.Do I need different plug or an amp or what?I am hard of hearing and need the full over the ear headphones to block out as much background noise as I can.
posted by bswartzel on Jan 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Home phone recommendations?

Please recommend a good landline phone system for our home + home office. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Dec 24, 2010 - 2 answers

T-Mobile Caller ID on Landline Phones?

Using cell phone with T-Mobile and wondering - do names and the number show up on a landline Caller ID?
posted by Gerard Sorme on Dec 15, 2010 - 11 answers

How to replace my landline for 4 cell users?

Require a replacement for my landline and the 30 bucks a month that it costs me as I now have 4 cell phones in the house. Require a telephone device that (a) rings on more than one handset (b) has access to cheap long distance (c) good quality and dependable. I realize Google Voice does a lot of this, but I'm in Canada and we don't have Google Voice available here yet or any indication of how soon it could be arriving. Is all of this possible without a landline? What services can you recommend to get me closer to my goal?
posted by gfroese on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does my landline go nuts when I pick up the phone?

Why does my landline go nuts when I pick up the phone? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent on Aug 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Don't want to give up my telephone number

What is the simplest and cheapest way to hold onto a telephone number? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Aug 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Smith residence, Sally speaking!

How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Can I ditch my landline with this plan?

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. [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU on Mar 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to consolidate landline, Skype, cordless heaset, etc.

Consolidating landline, Skype, and headset(s) in to one neat system? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Dropping the landline

Thinking of dropping my landline, but I'm stuck in the dark ages. I have a cell phone which is great for local calls, but terrible for long distance. Skype, VOIP, calling cards, etc...I am clueless about these things. I live in Canada. Also: I have a central alarm system in my home. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Oct 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Is the excuse Verizon just gave me for why we keep losing dial tone plausible?

Three times this month: we lose dial tone. We call to complain. Their automated system runs an automated "line test," which fixes the problem. Is the excuse Verizon just gave me for why we this keeps happening plausible? [more inside]
posted by ook on Sep 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Plug a landline into a 3G cellphone?

retrofitting 3G networks back down to landlines: My cellphone has a 1.75mm jack for plugging in earbud/wires. Is there RADIO SHACK technology that can let me somehow plug a "landline" into a cellphone? Is there a secret cellphone code that can generate a "dial tone"?
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 25, 2009 - 24 answers

Undercharged for DSL and land line. Now what?

Telecom has undercharged me for DSL and land line service the past couple months. Is this going to bite me in the butt? If so, when and how severely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Passing off calls with Skype?

Help with some logistics questions for Skype as a home use landline/cell replacement. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Making the jump into the 21st century

Why do we need a landline? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Apr 18, 2009 - 43 answers

What's the downside to VOIP?

What is the current state of VOIP? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Everybody provides every service now.

Canadian phone/cable/internetfilter: what combo of services are cheapest? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Mar 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Who you gonna call?

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? [more inside]
posted by nmabry on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

T-Mobile @ Home VOIP Opinions Wanted

Anyone have experience with the T-Mobile @ Home VOIP service? [more inside]
posted by cscwallace on Sep 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Is Skype a viable landline alternative for us?

What's the best Skype package for managing contact with our international friends and family group? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Sep 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Need a headset for music AND landline phonecalls

Is there a wireless headset that will let me listen to beautiful music from my computer as well as make/receive phonecalls on my landline? [more inside]
posted by dtgriscom on Sep 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Can an existing home number be assigned to a cell phone?

Can an existing home number be assigned to a cell phone? I'm thinking of adding a (third) line to my cellphone plan, if I can give it my current landline number -- then ditch the landline. Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz on Jul 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Long distance cell phones between Hamilton and Peterborough

My girlfriend and I are going to different universities in the fall - hers in Peterborough, mine in Hamilton. What should we do about long distance phone calls? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Jun 18, 2008 - 14 answers

please, someone get Verizon out of my life

How do I find out which phone companies provide local service in my new home? [more inside]
posted by Capri on Jun 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Connect Landline to PC?

Is there a way I can connect a 4 line RCA 4 Line Executive Series phone to my PC to automatically log incoming and outgoing calls to measure phone productivity? Also if it came with an autodialer that would be great. The phone has a data port so I'm thinking I can connect to it some how. Thanks for the help!
posted by bsexton on May 7, 2008 - 1 answer

Docking the Casbah - cell phone at home?

Any good options to connect a cell phone into a residential phone? [more inside]
posted by msamye on May 2, 2008 - 12 answers

good landline phone

Old school question here, folks, but can anyone recommend a good landline (not cordless) phone for an office setting? I had an AT&T 955, but it's gone buggy (buzzy, actually) on me. I like the aesthetics of it otherwise, but if anyone has any ideas...
posted by jgballard on Jan 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Going completely Skype, wireless and mobile?

I live in a semi-rural area and am incredibly frustrated with my area's landline phone provider. The provider has a monopoly in the area and delays fixing constant faults for many weeks. I want to go completely Skype, wireless and mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

No more POTS. What else to do with wiring?

No more landline. What else can I use my home phone wiring for now? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jun 21, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I lose my landline phone in favor of my cell phone?

The pro's and con's of killing my land line phone service in favor or going purely cell phone.....Go! [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Jul 18, 2006 - 41 answers

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