Like many people, I am totally fine living without a landline. Between my cell phone and Google Voice, I'm covered. Mostly. But now I need a landline for nine hours. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy
on Jul 17, 2014 -
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.
posted by DB Cooper
on May 17, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please recommend a good landline phone system for our home + home office. [more inside]
posted by mosk
on Dec 24, 2010 -
Using cell phone with T-Mobile and wondering - do names and
the number show up on a landline
posted by Gerard Sorme
on Dec 15, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help with some logistics questions for Skype as a home use landline/cell replacement. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi
on Jul 11, 2009 -
Canadian phone/cable/internetfilter: what combo of services are cheapest? [more inside]
posted by Acari
on Mar 1, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
How do I find out which phone companies provide local service in my new home? [more inside]
posted by Capri
on Jun 2, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -