When we moved into our home in 2012, we got bundled internet and telephone service, but we didn't realize that meant the telephone came through cable modem, instead of being routed through the hardwired phone lines in the house. No biggie - get wireless phones with a "master" base. Now that those phones have all died, we're re-evaluating our phone service. Details inside. [more inside]
i am finding it very hard to get good statistics on the percentage of calls made by cell/mobile compared to percentage made on landlines. Anyone have a source? I can get plenty on percentage of homes with or without landlines but no stats on by percentage of calls (number or duration). Stats from all countries welcome. I thought these stat would be easy to find but i am stumped, apart from Vietnam where i found it is s 97% mobile.
AT&T recently upgraded its wiring in our area and made U-verse broadband available. We had it installed (at 6 Mbps) the day after Christmas, and so far it is working well. Can we do VOIP phone through the AT&T router without getting the service from AT&T? [more inside]
It seems like I am the last person on earth to give up my expensive residential landline. I did sign up with Vonage but quickly cancelled when I realized I was being lied to and getting conflicting answers about fees/billing (then I read the horrible reviews about their customer service). I do not like talking on my cell phone and always grab for the landline when at home if I need to make an outgoing call. I want good quality (no delays, echoes, etc.), competitive price, good customer service and reliability (yes, I want it all!). [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
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?
In disasters or other emergencies, would a rotary telephone have an advantage over any other kind of landline? [more inside]
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.
Help me understand my landline phone problems and possibly buy a new one. [more inside]
Please share your experience purchasing local landline service from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier. [more inside]
Where might I go to gain the use of a landline for an hour or so during normal business hours? [more inside]
What is the best residential VoIP/landline provider out there? [more inside]
What's the cheapest possible land line phone service plan for a very light user available in New Haven, Connecticut? [more inside]
Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
Why isn't my phone ringing? [more inside]
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?
AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
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]
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.
Please recommend a good landline phone system for our home + home office. [more inside]
Using cell phone with T-Mobile and wondering - do names and the number show up on a landline Caller ID?
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?
Why does my landline go nuts when I pick up the phone? [more inside]
What is the simplest and cheapest way to hold onto a telephone number? [more inside]
How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
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]
Consolidating landline, Skype, and headset(s) in to one neat system? [more inside]
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]
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]
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"?
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]
Help with some logistics questions for Skype as a home use landline/cell replacement. [more inside]
Why do we need a landline? [more inside]
What is the current state of VOIP? [more inside]
Canadian phone/cable/internetfilter: what combo of services are cheapest? [more inside]
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]
Anyone have experience with the T-Mobile @ Home VOIP service? [more inside]
What's the best Skype package for managing contact with our international friends and family group? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How do I find out which phone companies provide local service in my new home? [more inside]
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!
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