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Trying to reduce my landline cost Can I get Magic Jack Plus or Ooma?

tracysbeans 2,408 1,223 September 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Ok, I'm trying to see if I can reduce my landline cost.

Here's my situation.
I don't use a cell phone that much so I just have a net10 which costs me $15 a month and is enough minutes for me.

However, I would now like to do something about my landline IF I can.

The most important thing is I have to be able to port my landline over. I have had my phone # for over 25 years and I need to keep it for various reasons. If I can't do this I guess I don't need to go any further.


BUT if I can port my current landline number I'm wondering if I should go with a Magic Jack Plus or a Ooma?

Here is what I got
DSL 2wire router
2 cordless phones

Is there anything else you need from me? Just let me know.

I did do a search on Magic Jacks but I only came up with a thread from 2010. I read it but with the Magic Jack Plus now I'm thinking things would be different now then from 2 years ago.

I try to stay away from reading reviews (esp for my ipad & ipod) because I have found some of those are fake and also coming from people who are complaining about the product. I want to hear from the people who like the product.

I hope you guys will help me. I guess I'm stuck with DSL for my internet (I don't want cable) BUT I would like to get rid of them for my phone line.

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Oh I forgot something that might be important. About a year ago I was just going to get rid of my landline and go with an AT&T cell phone. I went to AT&T and bought a cell phone and they said they needed a few days to port over my landline. About a day later they called and said they couldn't do it because it was to old. And I'm thinking I'm going with AT&T and my landline is AT&T. That's why I picked THAT carrier. So am I just out of luck and stuck with having to keep a landline with AT&T to keep my same number??
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get obi100 plus google voice by a landslide
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get obi100 plus google voice by a landslide

I have never heard of them. Can they port my phone #??
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they couldn't do it because it was to old.
"it's too old" isn't a valid excuse, they are obligated to port your number upon request, I would ask them again, or maybe just go to a different carrier - all they need is the phone number + the account number (which is on your bill)
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"it's too old" isn't a valid excuse, they are obligated to port your number upon request, I would ask them again, or maybe just go to a different carrier - all they need is the phone number + the account number (which is on your bill)
Well at this point I don't want to go with AT&T so I'm glad it didn't work out there.

So they are obligated by who?? I hope by a law?
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So they are obligated by who?? I hope by a law?
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/portabi...-providers

Once you request service from the new company, however, your old company may not refuse to port your number, even if you owe money for an outstanding balance or termination fee.
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I have never heard of them. Can they port my phone #??
Magic Jack Plus is junk, just look at the reviews. The poster recommending it in this thread is a spammer.
obi110 is a device that allows you to use many providers that use the SIP protocol standard with a regular telephone. One such provider is google voice, which is free. Google voice does not currently port landlines, only cell numbers. A workaround is to port you home number to a prepaid cell then to google voice. One other issue with google voice is that it requires an addtional service provider if you want 911 capablilty (gv911.com only costs 12 a year). There are other providers that are very resonable in their rates. For what its worth i use the obi110 with GV and its awesome.
See this post for more info.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3844142-NEW-OBi110-VoIP-Telephone-Adapter-with-Google-Voice-SIP-Phone-Line-Gateway-45-F-S?v=1

Another alternative and probably cheaper is to port your number directly to you net10 cell,
http://www.google.com/search?q=ne...ss&ie=&oe=
click on the first link, the direct link to net10 wasnt working here.
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As vivahate stated, the FCC requires a carrier to allow you to port your number. However, I believe that they are only required to do so while you have an account with them. So, if you were to cancel your AT&T landline service before your number is ported, AT&T would have no obligation to port your number to a new carrier.

I used to use MagicJack (before PLUS was available), and it really wasn't very good. I switched to a Nettalk Duo and it has been working great for about 3 years now. At first, it was a little bit buggy (about once a month I would have to unplug it from my router for about 10 seconds and then plug it back in to re-establish a connection), but in the last year or year and a half, I have had absolutely no trouble whatsoever.
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Quote from vivahate View Post :
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/portabi...-providers

Once you request service from the new company, however, your old company may not refuse to port your number, even if you owe money for an outstanding balance or termination fee.
Oh wow thanks for this GREAT info! It even goes on to say they have one day to port over the phone number.

I was just really suprised when AT&T wireless said they couldn't port my number after they first said they could and I bought a phone from them. I mean it was AT&T wireless and I was moving from an AT&T landline. Lickily I was able to return the phone. I guess it worked out for me in the end though because I just don't really have the need for a cell phone. I guess I don't have the need to talk on the go. I make my calls before I leave my place or after I get back. (Now my daughter is the opposite and has her cell phone glued to her ear almost 24/7 Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) )

I just hope my AT&T landline company doesn't charge me to leave them.
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Magic Jack Plus is junk, just look at the reviews. The poster recommending it in this thread is a spammer.
obi110 is a device that allows you to use many providers that use the SIP protocol standard with a regular telephone. One such provider is google voice, which is free. Google voice does not currently port landlines, only cell numbers. A workaround is to port you home number to a prepaid cell then to google voice. One other issue with google voice is that it requires an addtional service provider if you want 911 capablilty (gv911.com only costs 12 a year). There are other providers that are very resonable in their rates. For what its worth i use the obi110 with GV and its awesome.
See this post for more info.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3844142-NEW-OBi110-VoIP-Telephone-Adapter-with-Google-Voice-SIP-Phone-Line-Gateway-45-F-S?v=1

Another alternative and probably cheaper is to port your number directly to you net10 cell,
http://www.google.com/search?q=ne...ss&ie=&oe=
click on the first link, the direct link to net10 wasnt working here.

Oh that's odd because one of my friends has Magic Jack and has for 3 years and likes it. I just called her yesterday to ask her about it.

Porting my number to my Net10 cell phone won't work. I use my land line to much to use my Net10. It's the on the go where I don't have a need for a phone. But with ONLY 150 minutes a month I could use that up REALLY quick with the calls I make from a landline. So for the landline I need something with unlimited local minutes and hopefully some long distance available. (I guess I could live without the long distance if I really had to and tell people to call me or something)
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As vivahate stated, the FCC requires a carrier to allow you to port your number. However, I believe that they are only required to do so while you have an account with them. So, if you were to cancel your AT&T landline service before your number is ported, AT&T would have no obligation to port your number to a new carrier.

I used to use MagicJack (before PLUS was available), and it really wasn't very good. I switched to a Nettalk Duo and it has been working great for about 3 years now. At first, it was a little bit buggy (about once a month I would have to unplug it from my router for about 10 seconds and then plug it back in to re-establish a connection), but in the last year or year and a half, I have had absolutely no trouble whatsoever.
I wouldn't cancel with AT&T until I got my number ported.

I actually made this thread because I heard Magic Jack plus was better and the only thread I could find with a search was one for just the regular Magic Jack and from 2010. So it's actually Magic Jack Plus I'm inquiring about.

How much do you pay for Nettalk?

The reason I was going to go with Magic Jack Plus is that I can get the device FREE at CVS with some extra care bucks I have. So it wouldn't cost me anything for the Magic Jack. Just for the service and if they charge a fee to port my phone #.

I'm hoping to get something that doesn't have a montlhy fee to it. Like the friend who has Magic Jack I think she said she paid like $20 a year. She said she can't remember exactly how much it is because once a year they just charge her card for it and it's been awhile since they charged her and she would have to let me know on Monday when she gets back in town and can look at her credit card statements. She said she hasn't had any issues with her Magic Jack service.

The ONLY thing I don't like from what I hear is that they have zero customer service. I like having customer service BUT if I can get help from others instead then I should be ok. My friend said if I need any help setting up a Magic Jack to just let her know. BUT I will need Magic Jack to port over my phone number. So I would at least need that help from them.

PS I make NO international calls or plan to.
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you might want to look at the vonage 9.99 deal

http://slickdeals.net/f/3666470-Vonage-plan-9-99-month-unlimited-US-and-Canada-existing-customers-YMMV?v=1
This looks like it's for existing customers. And I'm trying to pay even less than that and pay just once a year.
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Someone metioned 911 service. I have the net10 cell phone so if I didn't have 911 on a landline I would be ok with that.
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