I've toyed with the idea of getting rid of our landline and just using our cellphones, or VoIP (Voice Over IP). Currently my wife and I are trying to pay as little as possible by remaining on our parents' cell phone family plan. The only bad thing to this is that we both have different carriers, so it negatively affects both of our bills to talk to each other, but it's been working out OK for the last year and a half. Since neither of our cell phones have local area codes, we decided to get a landline so that people can get a hold of us without dialing long distance and without negatively impacting our families' cell phone bills. We then realized that you just can't have local service because the person down the street from you has a different area code, and local service isn't good enough, so we had to tack on long distance, a whopping $40/mo. increase. It is definitely a rip off.
What are the options I've considered?
- Get rid of the landline and just use cell phones, Skype, and Grand Central. Grand Central will allow you to create a phone number with whatever area code you like. You can then make that phone number ring to your cellphone, your wife's cell phone, your landline, or all of them together, it's pretty cool (which is true for most things owned by google). The con to this is that if you call 911, they can automatically know where you are if you call from a landline, but not with a cellphone. Cell phone batteries can die if you have long power outages, or can easily be misplaced, calls dropped frequently. The pro is that you can affor to buy that fiber optic package AT&T is offering with digital TV, all for the same price as your previous phone and internet package!
- Just strip down our phone to the most basic service around, and still use Grand Central with your cell phones. Depending on how low you can get your phone service cost, this may be a good option.
- Voip is only $25/mo for unlimited long distance. Lower quality, lower dependability.
Any other options you all have seen?