Got my parents switched over to MagicJack about a year ago and have no issues (still have the "old" unit hooked up to a thinclient computer). They'll port the number over for $20 (one-time fee). If you do not rely on your housephone for much,(in this case, the number is just for dr. appointment confirmations, other services since the number is so old, an occasional outgoing call to a relative, etc.) it is a great deal.
Only thing I noticed is an increase in spam calls even though the number is on a DNC list, but this seems to be a big complaint of everyone as of late.
I have Ooma too. And pay about $4 a month in govt and federal taxes. That's it. The voice clarity is effin' amazing and I've never had a problem.
I'd recommend chatting with a CSR on the Ooma website. They are authorized to offer you some nice discounts. I got my Ooma shipped for $130. They were also offering me the "premier" services at a hefty discount but I didn't want them.
I didn't get mine ported but if you want to then Porting a number would cost you $40.
Never regretted the purchase. I'd highly recommend it. Oh and that box with it's blue lights looks uber cool.
Rep unto others as you would have them Rep unto you.
Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world,
but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set,
Uprooting the evil in the fields that we know,
So that those who live after may have clean earth to till.
- J.R.R Tolkien.
i agree with jkee that google voice (or any VOIP) should not be your only source of communications. most people have at least 1 cell phone in the same house too.
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I have a Magic Jack because I got tired of using my cell phone to call 800 numbers and sit on hold all afternoon. I've never had any issues with it. I've taken it overseas and made calls over WiFi with no issues other than an occasional drop in call quality because the WiFi signal dropped. For $20/year I can't complain.
it's far from perfect, but it does the job for me.
I guess a question is why bother with the landline?
I have shit reception at home (cell). Also it's more convenient than carrying your cell all the time or if you get a call upstairs you have to run downstairs to grab your phone. Also I have a few devices (Dish Network) that like to have landline connections, in addition to a PC that I occasionally send faxes on.
Obi and don't look back. Got mine a couple years ago. Worked absolutely flawless through multiple ISP's, etc. I set the box up the night I got it and never touched it again. One of the best purchases I have made.
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