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Is there a way to make cell phone rings on regular landline phones set with no service?

DKTVPN 3,519 1,815 August 15, 2015 at 08:10 PM
If I cut the landline phone service to use cell service only: is there a way to make my cell rings on the landline handsets? I just don't want to run up or down my stairs to pick up the calls.

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You already have a landline phone number, it may be worth it to keep that phone number. You can do that by porting to number to a voip provider or into google voice (with google voice you have to port to a cell carrier first). Once you've done this, you can use a viop device to place and receive calls on your landline. It's possible to set this up so calls to this number will ring your voip landline and cell phone at the same time.

Alternatively, you can get a new set of cordless phones that supports a bluetooth connection to your cell phone. The cell phone will have to be fairly close to the main cordless base station for this to work. If your cell phone and the base are too far apart call quality will suffer if it works at all.
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Switch to Magic Jack. I love it. Powers all of your old-fashioned phones just like your old landline. Easy peasy!
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PBX system - certainly possible with some sort of VOIP number (i.e. google voice), but that might not fit your definition of "no service" - it would have VOIP service at that point

no way of sending it from the phone locally to the landline that I know of, but not technologically impossible either (may require PBX system running on phone), or like jkee suggested a bluetooth phone
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Quote from jkee View Post :
You already have a landline phone number, it may be worth it to keep that phone number. You can do that by porting to number to a voip provider or into google voice (with google voice you have to port to a cell carrier first). Once you've done this, you can use a viop device to place and receive calls on your landline. It's possible to set this up so calls to this number will ring your voip landline and cell phone at the same time.

Alternatively, you can get a new set of cordless phones that supports a bluetooth connection to your cell phone. The cell phone will have to be fairly close to the main cordless base station for this to work. If your cell phone and the base are too far apart call quality will suffer if it works at all.
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PBX system - certainly possible with some sort of VOIP number (i.e. google voice), but that might not fit your definition of "no service" - it would have VOIP service at that point

no way of sending it from the phone locally to the landline that I know of, but not technologically impossible either (may require PBX system running on phone), or like jkee suggested a bluetooth phone
I thought link from cell to traditional handsets requires landline service.
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I thought link from cell to traditional handsets requires landline service.
Nope, the link-to-cell type bluetooth enabled cordless phones, can generally connect to 2 different cell phones and a landline. They will work without a landline. You push a different button to initiate a call using a cell phone vs the landline. If you go this route, buy one of these and try it for a week or two before you cancel your landline. Evaluate if it meets your needs or not while you're within the return policy.

Personally, I would seriously consider porting your existing landline number to google voice and getting an Obi.

As always if you're unsure how a particular device works, read the manual before purchasing.
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There are home phone systems that connect to your cell phone via bluetooth and ring/let you pick up the phone when your cell rings so you don't have to go tracking it down around the house.

I think that's exactly what you want. They're not expensive either. Costco had a panasonic 4-headset system on sale for something like 80 bux.
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I think that's exactly what you want. They're not expensive either. Costco had a panasonic 4-headset system on sale for something like 80 bux.
Lots of places have them, staples had one on sale the other day for $75 iirc. Big Lots sometimes has them too and are probably the cheapest option. The price is obviously proportional to the number of headsets.
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How do those work? Like a blue tooth connection between the cell phone and a control box, then the control box powers the landline phone system?

Seems like that would be relatively simple, actually. And cool.
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If I cut the landline phone service to use cell service only: is there a way to make my cell rings on the landline handsets? I just don't want to run up or down my stairs to pick up the calls.
Wouldn't a less-complicated solution be not leaving your cell phone up or downstairs?
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Why cut off your landline at all? I think my landline only costs $10 more on top of my internet bill. Unless you have cable, that is.
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