South Beach Diet for Phones
January 16, 2007 4:42 PM   Subscribe

Too many phone service providers. Help me reduce down to what I really need.

For the past 10 years I have had to access my home office through dial-up. This meant I had 2 phone lines (one for outgoing calls, one for internet/fax), plus an ISP, plus a seperate discount service for long distance and my 800 number, plus a family cell phone plan.

Cable finally came to our road in rural Vermont and I now access the internet through a cable modem. Unfortunately Comcast doesn't offer their internet phone service where I live. I've thought about Vonage but they can't handle 800 numbers.

There is a local service that offers discount local service and long distance but no 800 and no guarantee of number transfer. I would like to figure out what service I really need before the next Verizon billing cycle starts in a couple of weeks.

Ideally what I would like is internet phone on my existing number with 800 service. I might keep 1 phone line with Verizon as a back up, until I see how everything sorts out. I must be paying at least $100 a month for service I don't need. Any suggestions?
posted by Xurando to Technology (2 answers total)
Actually Vonage does offer 800 #s
posted by fourstar at 5:14 PM on January 16, 2007

Response by poster: Vonage won't let me keep the 800 number I've had for 10 years.
posted by Xurando at 5:37 PM on January 16, 2007

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