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Old 01-05-11, 01:59 PM   #1
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Another cutting the landline thread.

Every time I've thought about ditching the landline and consolidating my rather minimal phone usage I've gotten so confused I've ended up with analysis paralysis and a headache. My current cell phone plan is an ancient 300 minutes/month I've shared with my Mom since about 2002; she wants a phone for emergency use and we've only exceeded the 300 minutes about twice. No texting or other options on this line beyond caller id and voice mail. I've got an old Nokia "candybar" shaped phone that regularly gets reception in areas where friends smartphones don't. Mom's phone could stand to be upgraded too. The current contract with Verizon is up this fall.

My home phone needs are pretty basic, and I don't make many long distance/conference/411 calls. I want to get rid of this line.

I pay about $110/month for these services now, and I'm sure I can do better. Looking at my choices it seems like I can either:

1) upgrade with Verizon and get a better phone and plan

2) let the contract expire and switch to a contractless service like Cricket - anyone use them?

3) switch to Credo, get a newer phone from them and let them buyout my current contract. They use Sprint for service, and the service looks like it won't be as good as the service provided by Verizon. But I would prefer to support a company supports progressive causes like they do.

What are the rest of you doing for phone service, and what kind of advice does foo have to offer besides HTFU?
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Old 01-05-11, 03:00 PM   #2
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I would choose option 1, and I don't think you need to let your current contract expire to take advantage of upgrade options right now...?
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Old 01-05-11, 03:49 PM   #3
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The wife and I split 750min/month, unlimited weekend and LD-after-7pm, plus we have an unlimited text and data plan. She uses most of the talk time on business calls, and the majourity of our comms are on text or email, so the data plan works great. (WinPhone 7, so it's sorta useless w/o unlimited data.) Haven't had a landline for 6 years. We use Clear for our internet provider, so even our ISP is wireless.
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Old 01-05-11, 11:20 PM   #4
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tracfone is dirt cheap for the rare user.
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Old 01-05-11, 11:52 PM   #5
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mom and I share a contract at&t she wanted it because she needs to be able to reach me at any time. $110
And my dsl is half off because of it.

2 lines, Unlimited data, unlimited text, she has road side assistance, 500min, free night and weekend, talk to anyone else with at&t or free , rollover min. No landline for 5 years I think,

Honestly 2 Boost phones with unlimited everything would cost about the same. I just wouldn't have the benefit of auto pay once a month.
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Old 01-06-11, 12:11 AM   #6
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Coming from the land that is evil triopoly (Canada), trust me on this - take the no contract option.
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Old 01-06-11, 12:22 AM   #7
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We've been using the Ooma voip service for two years now. We have a cable modem, so now it handles our Internet and landline service.

The Ooma hub was around $230 at Costco when we got it. They've changed their hardware a little, but it's less now. We pay about $50 annually to cover the cost of international calls, and that's it. YMMV.
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Old 01-06-11, 01:30 AM   #8
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I use Tracfone, twenty bucks for the phone and twenty every couple of months for more minutes. My phone use though is probably way less then most people, four or five calls a month and a couple of text messages now and then.
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Old 01-06-11, 05:00 AM   #9
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We don't have a landline as such. I use Skype when I ring Australia and my mobile (cell phone) for anything else. Mobile costs on average $32 per month for mine and $40 for my wife's. Skype to landline in Australia about 40 cents a month. I suppose if you want to include the Hikari Fiber (optic fiber) to my house it's $49 per month (unlimited) So total communication is about $121.40 per month. (two mobiles and unlimited internet connection)
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Old 01-06-11, 10:14 AM   #10
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The house phone was converted close to a decade ago to VoIP. I have switched providers once and now pay $16/month for, essentially, unlimited calling, my wife uses PagePlus for cellular ( $10-$25/ 3 months ), and I splurged on an iPhone which, unfortunately, runs $52/month. I now have an iPad and will probably trade out the iPhone for a iPod Touch and prepaid dumb phone when the contract is up.
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Old 01-06-11, 10:59 AM   #11
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I also considered losing my land line. I, however, recently got a captioning phone as I'm HOH and so need to keep it. I also have a tracfone using it when Im riding or driving out of town.
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Old 01-06-11, 12:25 PM   #12
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I use Tracfone, twenty bucks for the phone and twenty every couple of months for more minutes. My phone use though is probably way less then most people, four or five calls a month and a couple of text messages now and then.
How reliable is the Tracfone service? My Mom lives out in the country and would need something that works out in the sticks.
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Old 01-06-11, 01:06 PM   #13
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I have a Virgin Mobile no contract android smartphone, which cost me $ 200, and have 300 cell minutes and unlimited text, IM, email and web for $ 25 per month. I keep the analog copper landline since I need fax capability for my clients, and many fax machines, AIO, etc. don't work over fiber.
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Old 01-06-11, 04:29 PM   #14
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We recently cut the evil Qwest land line. As soon as our Direct TV contract is up we aew going to switch to Comcast for our interenet as well as our TV.
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Old 01-06-11, 04:31 PM   #15
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I switched to google voice and sipgate and pay $0 in monthly fees and per call charges (for calls within the US). The downside is that I have to make and receive calls from a computer instead of a more traditional phone.
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Old 01-06-11, 05:04 PM   #16
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tracfone is dirt cheap for the rare user.
That's what I have. Of course, I don't need a freakin' tricorder and a microwave in my phone like many people seem to...
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Old 01-06-11, 09:07 PM   #17
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I have Tracfone. An old one, and the wife has a new one. Fully half of the texts that I send her never get there...

Now contemplating either the Virgin Mobile's 300 minutes of talk, but with unlimited texts, web, and the other goodies or maybe the Wal-Mart/T-Mobile partnership of Family Moblie- unlimited talk and text for 2 lines for $70/month.
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Old 01-07-11, 12:03 AM   #18
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How reliable is the Tracfone service? My Mom lives out in the country and would need something that works out in the sticks.
Appears to have some of the best coverage. My mother and father get the same signal on their TracFones as my company AT&T phone.

http://www.cellularmaps.com/tracfone_coverage.shtml

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I have Tracfone. An old one, and the wife has a new one. Fully half of the texts that I send her never get there...
My parents don't text so I can't comment on their texting service.
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Old 01-07-11, 12:16 AM   #19
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I splurged on an iPhone which, unfortunately, runs $52/month.
How in the name of God are you getting an iPhone plan for only $52/month?
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Old 01-07-11, 11:23 AM   #20
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I've had too many times of zero cell reception or just constant dropped calls at home to give up a landline. VoIP might be worth it though.
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