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Need cheap landline phone service

I have embarq phone service and dropped all the extras a few months ago they said it would only be $17 a month. It always ran $22 with fees. Now it is up to $28 for taxes and subscriber fees. Any advice on other landlines or magic jack? The cell phone doesn't get good reception unless we go outside and I don't want the kids to eat up my minutes. Thanks!!!
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I have Magic Jack. Works fine plus it's dirt cheap. I mostly use my cell phone tho bcs I'm in and out so much.
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I have had Magic Jack and I DO NOT reccommend it at all! We had so many problems with the service and the customer service bites!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:33 AM

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We use Ooma. As long as you have DSL or equivalent internet service, you just pay for the device. There are no monthly fees. Ever.

I bought ours @ Costco a few years ago. I think it was around $100. But that was the last phone bill we received.

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We have Magic Jack. In fact, we have two.
I have no issues with the product.
But, I usually have my M.Jacks forwarded to the cell phones.
If you have a good internet connection, and you're computer is on...the Magic Jack is ( IMO ) a very reasonable service.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:52 AM

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Do you pay tax and how much is it...we are thinking about Ooma...TY..
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I second Ooma, our tax is 3.49 per month - basic service includes call waiting, id, voicemail and long distance.
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We don't have tax on our Ooma.
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If you pay a monthly fee (basic service) that's what it is, they may pay it for you if you have premier, I don't know and it also depends on what zip code you live in (see second link).
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https://go.ooma.com/tax_calculator
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Check your phone bill with Embarq and I bet one of the charges is for long distance service even if you didn't use any long distance. I got charged $ 8.95 one month (years ago) by BellSouth (now AT&T) for long distance and I didn't use any - their explanation was that it was a flat charge and if I used any it would be deducted from the $ 8.95 on the month used. Well I called a company called First Communication and had them made my total long distance carrier. Then I called BellSouth back and changed the carrier from them to First Communications and no more $ 8.95 charges. First Communications is going to go broke if they are waiting on my long distance calls since I have 2 cell phones and have not made along distance call on my home phone in at least 10 years and I have never gotten a bill for a penny from them.
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wow I would love a $28/month landline phone bill... ours is $80/month

I have called them two or three times to try to get a lower monthly rate... we have a "package" and they tell me by breaking up the package and buying "a la carte" I would be paying about the same amount or even a little more each month. It makes sense when they explain it to me, but then I always wonder if they're scamming me big time.

The way they structure their pricing we supposedly get a discount for having the package w/caller id and voice mail and unlimited long distance, and by breaking it up, even without these extras, it would still be just as high ?!?

We live in the country and are cell phone service is spotty, so I've been hesitant to cut off the landline and switch to cell phones only... but I am at the point where I am almost ready to take our chances, I can't stand the fact that we pay $80/month for the stupid phone to hang on a wall.
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wow I would love a $28/month landline phone bill... ours is $80/month

I have called them two or three times to try to get a lower monthly rate... we have a "package" and they tell me by breaking up the package and buying "a la carte" I would be paying about the same amount or even a little more each month. It makes sense when they explain it to me, but then I always wonder if they're scamming me big time.

The way they structure their pricing we supposedly get a discount for having the package w/caller id and voice mail and unlimited long distance, and by breaking it up, even without these extras, it would still be just as high ?!?

We live in the country and are cell phone service is spotty, so I've been hesitant to cut off the landline and switch to cell phones only... but I am at the point where I am almost ready to take our chances, I can't stand the fact that we pay $80/month for the stupid phone to hang on a wall.
Get rid of all the extras on your phone line and the bill will be a lot lower. If you have a cell phone change your long distance provider to a company that only charges you for services used (unlike your phone company which charges a minimum fee even if you don't use long distance) and get rid of the call waiting, caller id and voice mail. The only thing I have on my home phone besides phone service is my dsl line and that is because our cable internet sucks and costs way more and is slower. If you have high speed internet not through your phone company get a magic jack and get rid of the phone line completely. Little known fact if you have your phone line disconnected you can still call 911 on that land line phone and it will go through even without service the same works on a cell phone that does not have a service attached.
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I love my MJ and have used it for years with no problems; I can even use it to send fax.

I've received lots of emails of their upgrades that no longer require being connected to a PC, I haven't upgraded since I've paid service till 2016.

I don't think MJ is for all, it works best in bigger cities and its suburbs.
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I love MJ also, have had for 3 years. Just renewed for 32.29 for a year. I use the original unit as I did not want to upgrade to the MJ plus. I live in a very rural area and it works fine. I would not be able to find anything cheaper.
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