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Keeping landline phone number

Lark 3,221 593 June 25, 2016 at 02:30 PM
I want to ditch my AT&T landline, paying $30 a month for something we hardly use because we all have cellphones; how can I cancel and keep my home landline number? Is the best option using Google Voice? I'd appreciate what steps to take.

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The best option in my opinion is to just pay the 99 bucks for OOMA port the number for 40 and then it is just taxes about 4-10 bucks depending on where you live. Other things like GV could go away but OOMA has been pretty solid and you can forward all call to your cell phone too.
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The best option in my opinion is to just pay the 99 bucks for OOMA port the number for 40 and then it is just taxes about 4-10 bucks depending on where you live. Other things like GV could go away but OOMA has been pretty solid and you can forward all call to your cell phone too.
Thanks for responding... That looks like what I should do. Is that what you're using? Is there an annual fee for that?
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Thanks for responding... That looks like what I should do. Is that what you're using? Is there an annual fee for that?
i vote for googlevoice.been using it since 2009 no issue here.everything is free except if you want 911 or emergency calling.GV will call forward,text or email if there is miss call or voicemail.
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i vote for googlevoice.been using it since 2009 no issue here.everything is free except if you want 911 or emergency calling.GV will call forward,text or email if there is miss call or voicemail.
Basically my situation is wanting to pay the most bare minimum as possible... I don't really care for making home calls because we all have cellphones now. I just would like to keep my home number from past registration forms and history. I'm still also on DSL and need to upgrade that too because 3 MBps is painfully slow...
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wait a minute.do they let you disconnect phone line and keep DSL?if that's the case then go for GV.there is no monthly cost at all but you have to pay is one time number port fees to google.i think its 20 bucks or so.
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Thanks for responding... That looks like what I should do. Is that what you're using? Is there an annual fee for that?

No for the basic OOMA service you just pay for the box and you are done the plus side is that at some point you may want to have a home phone, houses with small kids or elderly relatives. An amplified phone or phone with large buttons is much easier than a cell phone for the young and old alike.
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wait a minute.do they let you disconnect phone line and keep DSL?if that's the case then go for GV.there is no monthly cost at all but you have to pay is one time number port fees to google.i think its 20 bucks or so.
That's the thing I'm not exactly sure about... I think that might be a problem because my DSL uses AT&T... I read about dry looping but not sure if they do that. Actually, I wanted to go fiber optics, so wouldn't that solve the issue?
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if you get fiber optics then its sure will work.i think now a days they wont allow dryloop without having landline.
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No for the basic OOMA service you just pay for the box and you are done the plus side is that at some point you may want to have a home phone, houses with small kids or elderly relatives. An amplified phone or phone with large buttons is much easier than a cell phone for the young and old alike.
OK so Google voice route would be like $40 for the device and $20 to port the number... And ooma would be $100 for the device and $40 for porting and $5-6 a month for taxes... GV would be way cheaper but lack 911 calling and what else?
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if you get fiber optics then its sure will work.i think now a days they wont allow dryloop without having landline.
Is 12mbps for $40/month OK? This provider seems to provide free installation... But the modem costs $100. How is it that time Warner offers or advertising 300mbps for $35? Is it because they actually put a cap? And installation for them doesn't seem to be free... So before I choose a voip device and port my number, my first step should be to change to fiber optics first?
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.12mbs is more than enough.before you d/c your service from current provider,make sure to port away your existing phone number to google voice.to keep same landline number with gv you have to have active account with current provider.tell time warner you want to use your own modem and save ridiculous 100bucks charge. you can buy TWC modem from ebay for 30-40bucks.
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You can also switch to Vonage, which costs $10 a month, or $12.50 a month with taxes and fees. For that price, you get unlimited nationwide calling from your home phone, voicemail, caller ID and all that stuff.

All they do is mail you a little box. You plug it into your WiFi router with Ethernet. Then you plug your home phone into the little box, and that's it. Works exactly, 100% like your home phone. They will port your number for free as well.
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.12mbs is more than enough.before you d/c your service from current provider,make sure to port away your existing phone number to google voice.to keep same landline number with gv you have to have active account with current provider.tell time warner you want to use your own modem and save ridiculous 100bucks charge. you can buy TWC modem from ebay for 30-40bucks.
I'm not sure if I want to go time Warner. I'm using a company called dslextreme... They have fiber optics available now. I'm really confused which Internet provider would be best too. I don't want any data caps or slow downs. I will definitely port number first
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You can also switch to Vonage, which costs $10 a month, or $12.50 a month with taxes and fees. For that price, you get unlimited nationwide calling from your home phone, voicemail, caller ID and all that stuff.

All they do is mail you a little box. You plug it into your WiFi router with Ethernet. Then you plug your home phone into the little box, and that's it. Works exactly, 100% like your home phone. They will port your number for free as well.
I heard about Vonage too. How much is their box? But that $10 a month can add up too so Google voice seems to be the cheapest route... I don't really need long calling minutes for home phone. It would be nice to get some international calling, but not necessary. Vonage, Google voice, ooma seems to be the 3 options I was leaning towards to...
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