Help me drop my land line

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  1. mavrick1903 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
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    I'd like to drop my land line. service is ok, not great at home. I've got a google voice account, and the GV app for my iP4. Is this enough to make WiFi VoIP calls? (when I try, it seems to default the call to the native cellular on the device. forgive me if this is already discussed, diddnt know what to search for.
  2. solideliquid macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2008
    I don't know much about the quality or functionality of Google Voice. However, I have recently purchased an unlimited plan from Skype. It's $3 a month, or $30 for the year (15% off if you buy a whole year). You get unlimited Skype to skype, skype to landline, and skype to mobile over 3G or Wifi. If you use 3G, it uses up your data allowance but Wifi doesn't do that.

    Over all, I'm very satisfied so far and I'm also considering dropping my landline at home.
  3. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006

    I believe that GV is not a VoIP app, if you want VoIP go for skype or just use your regular mobile number.
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005

    as the second posted said look into skype. OR, if you use ATT and have a plan with A list. Set your Google number to one of your A list contacts. That way you have unlimited calls with your google number.
  5. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Isn't that unlimited outbound only for Skype? Don't they charge separately for inbound calls?

    I had those dinky MagicJack devices, and while it served a basic purpose for $40 a year, I didn't want the software sitting on my desktop, especially knocking it out whenever my machine wasn't logged in or in the middle of a reboot. So, I picked up an Ooma for $160 and been pretty satisfied since, with unlimited inbound and outbound, and I was able to port my old telco number.
  6. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I haven't had a landline in about 3 years. My wife and I have cell phones...that's all we need.
  7. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    Yeah I can't remember the last time I used or even called someone else's landline.
  8. spinna001 macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
  9. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    What's a landline?

    Really, why do you even ask this question? There is no "help" involved. Just cancel the service.
  10. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    I debated whether there was really a need to keep my landline. The cost for zero use was ridiculous over the span of a year. The taxes and added fees alone made me pause. Dropped it and haven't regretted it for a second.
  11. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'm pretty satisfied with Vonage. Heck, I pay for a digital cable landline and it has static 80% of the time. Vonage, no issues.
  13. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Yes, I'm not sure what the issue is here...the OP seems to have an iPhone. Is there some desperate need for something in addition to it??
  14. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    I have Vonage too, and it's very cheap and problem-free.
  15. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
  16. drummingcraig macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2007
    "Armpit of the South"
    We REALLY want to drop ours as well, but unfortunately our alarm company has by the short hairs. If we drop the landline our two options for continuing a monitored connection to the alarm company is either via an internet or cell device and both come with steep installation costs AND additional monthly charges. Together that pretty much negates the cost of the landline. :rolleyes:
  17. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    Wow, that's a while back....I thought I would have close to the longest dump. I dropped my land-line 9 years ago.
  18. tunerX Suspended


    Nov 5, 2009
    I still have a land line. Why wouldn't I. Everything that I register for that uses a phone number gets that number. It is connected to an answering system and I send the voice mails to my email account.

    No need to have businesses, politicians, or sales people calling me on my mobile
  19. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    MagicJack here. Saving us ALOT over paying for "regular" phone service. Had it for almost 2 years now and couldn't be happier. Call quality is as good or better then phone company.
  20. tunerX Suspended


    Nov 5, 2009
    What happens when you have a fire or emergency and need to call 911? What if the emergency were so bad that you could only call 911 and are unable to tell them your address?

    Good luck getting service.
  21. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    Same as my wife and me. I have unlimited long distance & no roaming charges, so no matter where i am in the country I can call her and the kids without any insane costs. I was considering using a VOIP solution with my phone but it's pointless with my situation since my monthly fee basically covers everything, leaving me all my data plan for random mobile browsing when wifi isn't available.
  22. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    We gave up our landline phone a few years ago. All of us had cellphones, and the only calls I'd get on the landline were telemarketers. And while toying with the mindless peasants when they called was fun, it got old quick. Plus paying the extra $30 a month for it seemed pointless. So I canceled the landline and use the extra $30 a month for my beer fund.
    Everyone wins!

    Now the OP mentioned something about his quality of his cell service out where he lives. If your voice connection is decent, I'd drop the landline and then get unlimited minutes on your cell. But only if its feasible cost wise.
    Look at all your options.
  23. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Direct phone numbers of local police and fire loaded into the cell phone. And FWIW, being in Southern California during the 94 earthquake and painfully close to the epicenter, my cell phone worked while my landline didn't...
  24. tunerX Suspended


    Nov 5, 2009
    What if you cannot talk. The local station/FD cannot even determine what tower the call was made from. At least with mobile 911 your tower information is read and the CHP can transfer the call to the local station that services that tower. Still good luck finding the address or apartment number.

    I prefer my kids being able to pick up the landline dial 911 and have my info available to the 911 operator so the police, ambulance, and/or fire truck can come straight to me.
  25. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Well, we can go back and forth on this to no real purpose. And I agree with you that it isn't a perfect solution. All of your points were included in my calculus. I just decided the upside outweighed the downside.

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