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Sat Dec 5, 2015, 08:13 PM

What do you have for phone service?

Not "who" like Bell, Verizon, Telus, Rogers, Fido etc . .

but what -

Landline, cell, computer (eg.Skype) or other?

There IS no landline to my place in the boonies, so it's cellphone and computer (Skype) for me.

I rarely use my cellphone - 50 cents a minute and weak signal - Skype is 3 bucks a month unlimited, and good signal - plus I can do video chats (cell-phone is just a flip phone with no internet access setup).

Input/advice on different choices welcome



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Just landline
1 (11%)
Just cellphone
2 (22%)
Just computer
0 (0%)
landline, cellphone and computer
4 (44%)
landline and cellphone
2 (22%)
landline and computer
0 (0%)
cellphone and computer
0 (0%)
no phone service at all
0 (0%)
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Reply What do you have for phone service? (Original post)
akaConcernedCanuk Dec 2015 OP
MrSlayer666 Dec 2015 #1
Gamle-ged Dec 2015 #2
ol geezer Dec 2015 #3
Scary Red Dec 2015 #4
joefriday6 Dec 2015 #5
Jack Burton Dec 2015 #6
akaConcernedCanuk Dec 2015 #7
Jack Burton Dec 2015 #8
ryan3977 Oct 2018 #9
Cold Warrior Oct 2018 #10
_eek Oct 2018 #11
akaConcernedCanuk Oct 2018 #17
Carlos W Bush Oct 2018 #12
SatansSon666 Oct 2018 #13
akaConcernedCanuk Oct 2018 #15
SatansSon666 Oct 2018 #16
Currentsitguy Oct 2018 #14
sobek Nov 2018 #18
akaConcernedCanuk Nov 2018 #19
sobek Nov 2018 #20
sobek Nov 2018 #21
New Deal Democrat Nov 2018 #22

Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sat Dec 5, 2015, 08:27 PM

1. I have all three but I only use the cellphone.

I very rarely Skype and I have a landline as part of my TV/internet package but I don't have it hooked up.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sat Dec 5, 2015, 08:46 PM

2. All three, but I don't use the computer line. My cell is very basic, I've had it for over 5 years...

... and it's on the AT&T Go-Phone plan, I pay $107 upfront and get 1000 minutes used up @ .10 /minute, the $7 is the annual tax/fees. With my typical usage I had about $30 left over from last year's payment and they roll it over.

My landline is Verizon, using their FIOS optical cable, runs $14+ per month and .10 /minute, all calls, so my typical monthly bill runs less than $20...

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 12:29 AM

3. Cell phone and VoIP

I stopped using Skype over 5 years ago because I didn't need it anymore.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 01:33 AM

4. The cable company gives me better and cheaper phone service...

than the phone company, so that's my landlline.

For years I've had a Skype number, and it's cheap enough to keep forever. I bought a box for it that works like Magic Jack, so it's indistinguishable form a landline.

And, of course, I have a PITA Android almost smart phone that works better as an app devourer than a phone.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sun Dec 6, 2015, 11:01 AM

5. Landline with two lines. 3 cellphone lines. One computer line.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 01:44 PM

6. I use VoIP thru Comcast.

Half the price of traditional landline. More features. Perfect call clarity.

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Response to Jack Burton (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 02:56 PM

7. Comcast - is that internet - cell or landline?

It just occured to me,

is satellite service available for civilian phones?

If so, I'll edit my OP to include it as a choice.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 9, 2015, 03:24 PM

8. via internet

My tv, internet, and telephone all are carried on the same physical cable connection. I've been quite happy with the overall service and quality. You might check with your local Internet Service Providers to see if they offer voice services. It is becoming more common now. http://www.xfinity.com/home-phone-service

I've had some friends tell me they were pleased with these services:
MagicJack: http://www.magicjack.com/index.html
Vonage: https://phone.vonage.com/

If you can get reasonably high speed internet connection you can probably use the Internet for your telephone.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:54 AM

9. Cell phone and AnTtone

Cell phone and AnTtone

I stopped using Skype over 5 years ago because I didn't need it anymore.voip phone system

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Response to ryan3977 (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 11:23 AM

10. Welcome to DI

Your first post was alerted on as “Commercial Spam.”

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #10)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 11:32 AM

11. I voted hide.

'cuz I think that is exactly what it is..

Look at his profile page.

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Response to _eek (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 06:57 PM

17. I almost alerted on it myself - but that would be a "first" for me.

I serve on juries, and have no hesitation to hide if I think it violates the TOS, but I figure there's plenty of alerters around here to pick up my "slack" in that regard . . .

I agree - I mean, a "newbie" resurrecting a three year old thread, and a rather dull one at that?

More likely some bot did a search and picked up on "phone service" or sumthing like that.

I don't expect this newbie to be much of a participant elsewhere here . . .

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 12:28 PM

12. Just cellular. Disconnected my land line last year.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 12:28 PM

13. I have 4 burner phones.

2 galaxy s4 and 2 galaxy s5

I find them with broken screens, get them cheap and fix them.
No paper trail.. prepaid all the way.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #13)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 03:51 PM

15. Gee - who wouldathunkit . . . . ?





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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 03:57 PM

16. It's nice to be able to communicate with no connection back.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2018, 12:37 PM

14. Cell phones and a few landlines of business service via Comcast, our internet provider.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2018, 04:35 AM

18. I got a bunch of Obama phones

I purchased at a factory I worked in. They all have different numbers and severely limited data plans.

It's all free except for the 5$ phone.

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Response to sobek (Reply #18)

Thu Nov 1, 2018, 07:55 AM

19. That sounds like a bunch of hooey to me . . . .

/snip/

Is the government giving out free cell phones?

Yes. This part is true. They fund low end cell phones plans, and offset some of the cost of landline phones. The programs that authorize the phone distribution program are called Lifeline Assistance and Lifeline Link-Up. Lifeline Assistance helps pay monthly phone bills and Lifeline Link-Up helps pay the initial outlay for the phone and installation. The two programs are often lumped together and simply called Lifeline.

These Lifeline cell phones are delivered through relatively new, government-approved cell phone companies like Safelink Wireless, Assurance Wireless and Reachout Wireless, among others. These companies were spun of off larger prepaid cell phone companies to specialize in the Lifeline program.

Did Obama start the free phones program?

That looks like a big fat NO to us.

The cell phone distribution program did begin in 2008, the year Obama was elected president, but that is a coincidence. Let’s look more closely at the facts.

/snip/

The free cell phones only go to those who qualify for the program under the exact same eligibility requirements that have been in effect since 1996. An applicant is generally eligible if they are at or below 135-150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (depending upon the state in which they live), or if they already participate in one of many public assistance programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, energy assistance, public housing and others.

Nothing about the Lifeline eligibility has changed since President Clinton’s days. Nothing has changed since President Bush’s days.

/snip/

https://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/faq/obama-phone
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OH - here's another link that might interest you . . .

https://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/faq/report-lifeline-assistance-fraud-abuse-waste



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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 2, 2018, 07:59 AM

20. Thanks and it all looks correct.

But don't diss me for buying these 3g phones for 5$.

The very limited data plans come on automatically, I'm typing to you from one right now, I don't even know the phone number of this one.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 2, 2018, 08:07 AM

21. Also, I DO appreciate these phones.

The "Obama phone," is just a label that was given the phones.

My guess is the guys who sold me the phones moved up to Straight Talk 4g and never discontinued service.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2018, 05:28 PM

22. All three, with a caveat.

I have a legacy landline and a cell phone. I have no reliable cellular access at my home, but wifi calling pretty much solves that problem for me. This depends on wifi, which is in the computer category.

Why do I keep the landline? Because of reliability, which is much improved by this diversity.

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