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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What's the cheapest possible land line phone service plan for a very light user available in New Haven, Connecticut? [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]
Please recommend a good landline phone system for our home + home office. [more inside]
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]
How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
Consolidating landline, Skype, and headset(s) in to one neat system? [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]
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]
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]
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!
Any good options to connect a cell phone into a residential phone? [more inside]
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...
No more landline. What else can I use my home phone wiring for now? [more inside]
I need a decent portable, landline, telephone. I have two 900mhz phones. They're both terrible and full of static. We rarely go more than 100 feet or so from the base, don't need an answering machine or anything fancy. Needs to have caller ID. Do you love yours? Please tell me what it is.
I'm looking for a product that performs the same function as the "page" button on my cordless landline.
I'm looking for a product that performs the same function as the "page" button on my cordless landline. Press a button on the base, and the lost phone starts beeping until you find it. Ideally this is something small enough to attach to objects like keychains, remote controls, wallets, small digicams (RFID?). Anybody ever heard of anything like this?