My Home Phone Company!!!

@slickcut (8141)
United States
July 5, 2008 1:54pm CST
Hey Guys, I am having some thought about changing my home phone company..I would like some input from you...PLEASE! At the moment i have AT&T,and i also use them for my long distance..The problem is they are just so darn High...It seems they charge all kinds of charges and it is terrible to pay such a high phone bill each month.I have tried nearly all of their plans,and they are all high...I would use my cell phone and have the home phone taken out,but it seems cell phones do not work in my area,i have one but i have to leave home to use it...I have been hearing so much about "Vontage" have you heard of them? are they any good...? I have heard some bad things about them but if you have had any experience with them i would greatly appreciate your advice..They run off your high speed internet,and they say it is just 24.99 per month verses my At&t bill of 70.00 per month...Thanks so much.
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13 responses
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have AT&T too and they are high. I was recently talking about calling them and seeing what options I can drop to lower my bill. We have a different internet/cable provider. I have thought about switching my phone service to the internet/cable company too. I have heard that if your cable or internet goes out for any reason then you also loose your phone. Hopefully you will get some good answers here, we all need to save money when we can. With the high fuel prices everything is going up and up. My mom bought some corn on the cob today, it was $5 a dozen, thats an unheard of price, I hope its some good corn. Its always nice seeing you.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
6 Jul 08
$5/dozen, that is really high. The highest we have seen here is 3 for $1 which isn't too bad. I have seen it as low as 4/$1 though.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Oh i know Polly, prices now are horrible..I would like to get a cheaper phone service for my home phone..You also have to watch AT&T,they added charges to my phone from some unknown company ..The company got my phone number off the internet..Nothing is safe anymore....
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Wow Polly that sounds good...That way i could get out of this contract i am in with cingular..It cost me 90.00 a month for these 2 cell phones,and they do not even work at my house,so i can only use them when i am out,which is good for an emerceny..If i had that prepay T-mobil i could really save and still have my cell in case i am on the road and need help.Thanks so much..I have got lots of great information here..You tell me about this great plan....and then this other lady told me about magicJack for my home phone....AWESOME
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have heard of vonage, but if you internet goes out, so does your phone. I would stick with AT&T or - if they provide it - phone through your cable company. We use our cable company - Charter - and for $20/month we have unlimited long distance, VM, caller id, call waiting, and a bunch of other features. For the phone, internet and digital cable we pay $108/month including taxes.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
ow thats not bad for digital cable and phone.We have directv,and they do not offer phone service...
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
6 Jul 08
You don't have the tv/phone/cellular/internet deal they have? My mom has AT&T. She has her phone and internet through them, Cingular for her cell phone service and direct tv for her TV provider.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Hi slickcut, I have not heard about that and want to drop by to learn from any members here, We have also AT&T this time and it's really expensive, I even ask my husband to just cancel our home phone to save since we do have CP and it works great! But, still our CellPhone plan with AT&T is quite expensive!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I know they are very expensive,and if you do not check your bill they will add charges that you never heard of...Unfortunally this AT&T rules here in the Texas area..I would just love to quit them all together but no other phone company exist that i can find....Even my cp won't work at my house........
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
We have Shaw here, and that includes internet connection, digital phone, and digital TV. I was wondering whether you have a similar in your area. I know about Comcast, and Verizon who both offer phone service as well as internet connections. You might try them. And I do think AT & T offers all three services. That might help. I have heard of Vonage, but have not tried them.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I know that comcast is here however they do not have it in the area where we live..Verizon is also not within our service area..I have never heard of Shaw,but i will try to find some land phone company if i can find one,thats my problem ,we live on the out skirts of town and that is my problem...We do have highspeed internet through "Wildblue" but i might check with them to see if they have a land phone service..As far as our tv we have satilite through direct-Tv ,but they do not offer a land line service either....Thank you for your response ,i supposs i will continue to search.......
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
It not looking pretty on my side of the fence. My phone bill covers my calling which does include anywhere in Canada and my internet and I pay 110.00 each month. We just had a 4% raise hike. Everything goes up except the wages.
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• United States
6 Jul 08
I use the MagicJack. It's great!!! One phone bill a year. I love it! check it out- http://www.magicjack.com
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• United States
6 Jul 08
oh i forgot to add- local and long distance are included at no extra charge... and there's voicemail and caller ID as well.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I got on the net and looked up magicjack it sounds great.If i had that i could drop this high dollar monthly phone bill from at&t....This is a great idea,and now they are offering it free for a month just to try it,and that sounds great..I really appreciate your information about "magicjack" I need to save as much as i can these days...I am going to order it,thanks to you,and i know that it will be great for me...Also Polly gave me a great idea about this high dollar cell phone bill i have..Wow mylot is a great place to find information,and such great friends.
• United States
6 Jul 08
It really is great. Plus you can bring it where ever you go since it just plugs into your computer. Glad I could share this amazing find! :)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I'm looking at the same thing. My problem is I only have 2 options due to being in an apartment complex. THey only allowed the two to cable the place. Oh well. But Ihave heard of VOnage too.. you plug your phone into you PC. Your phone is "on" and usable as long as you PC is on. Turn you PC off and you have no phone access. $24.99 a month is nice, but I can get that through my local carrier Verizon. I don't leave my PC on 24/7. I always turn it off a night. Granted I do have a cell phone that I could have acess to at night, but still, if htere is an emergecny and you call 911, they can track your call if you pass out or something like that, they can cross ref your phone number with your house address and still come help you. If your call is through your PC, they can't find you. I to, have the problem that my cell doesn't work in my apt. I have to step out on the patio to get reception or connection - I am first flor of a three story apartment complex. Guess the satalights can't find me way down there! So no landline and only cell, is not realy an option for me. So to cut things down, my bundle service is phone, cable and internet. $113 a month for all three - $35 each - dollar a day each. Not to bad, but I am seriously thinking of cancelling my cable. IF I could just get local channels I'd be happy enough. I'd miss Food Network and HGTV and History Channel and things like that, but ain't life tough. And if I absoltuely need it back, I can do that. Keep us updated on what you do so we all can learn!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
In this discussion i was told about aNOTHER ONE called "magicjack" it is cheaper than Vonage,it is only 19.99 a year...You hook this devise to your computer and you can call all over...So i think i will try that.I know that i do not keep my laptop on all the time but i can leave my dest top computer active at night....
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Jul 08
We considered that but we have cordless phones for a reason, so that we can wander around and do things while we talk. Vonage does not need the PC running, once your modem is up and running and your Vonage box is going you can power down the PC. Once my network is up, I often turn the computer off.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
6 Jul 08
We got rid of our landline and just use our cell phones. We did look into Vontage but in the end decided that we really didn't need anything besides the three cell phones that are already in the house. We live in the country and the only cell phone that works out here is Alltel so that is what we have.Good luck on figuring something out!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
That is what i would like to do is really get rid of my land phone.We also live in the country...My cell phones do not work out here.I will look into the one like yours Alltel,and maybe that one will work.I have been blaming it on all the trees we have....Is your phone on a plan or do you buy your minutes,thats what i am thinking about doing,just buying minutes as i go..These cell phones we have is on a plan and they are really expensive..Thanks for the info....
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
6 Jul 08
We started out with a pay as you go but decided that with 3 phones and 2 more to be added that it would be cheaper to go on a plan.
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• United States
10 Jul 08
Ellen, I get confused at all the things on the market too. I did look into Vonage online and didn't like what I saw after I read the information. You should check it out by doing a search but the website might just be Vonage.com I got rid of my land line several years ago and switched to Alltel. It has been pretty good for me. My bill is about $90.00 a month for 2 phones, unlimited texting, unlimited pictures, free minutes starting at 7:00, the ability to talk to all Alltel customers for free, and 10 free "friends". (I have the cable company as one of my "friends" since I call them during the day and they always keep me on hold! LOL! - Not to mention the fact that I don't have very many friends) You have gotten some good answers here. I recommend you sift through all of them and spend some time researching the ones that seem to be viable for you. I am wishing you a more reasonable phone bill!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Well i wanted to get a cheaper home phone because my home phone is so high..I have a big problem,you see my husbands mind is not right and i have to watch him like a child...I had planned on getting "magicjack" it is a thing you hook to your phone line and it gives you home phone service..It cost 39.00 for the little hook up and only $19.00 a year and you get free phone service through your phone using your high speed, internet,its sorta like Vonage,but supposs to be better .. well my husband heard me talking about it,so what does he do?....He goes into his room gets on the computer and orders 3 of these things,and i got one through the mail...but he ordered 2 more by some odd name and address and they sent it too before i could stop the order....I doubt that i get it since it is in someone elses name..Hopefully a person will not keep it and send it back to the company...The thing is my husband has a debit card and he put in the number,so i have like a $139.00 charge on the debit card...My husband is sick and he is disabled and i have to watch him real good..He has trouble seeing and his mind is bad,early allztimers im afraid...I really have my hands full with him...Anyway i do hope it all works out..I have never faced this problem before and i have problems handling him......
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
6 Jul 08
I think the word you're looking for is Vonage and it does phone service through the internet. My brother uses it for long distance to his wife and child in the U.S. and I don't know if it works just like the other phone companies. Phone companies have had it really good for a long time and it's about time they give up their stranglehold on the people. Cheers!!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
In this discussion i was told about another one called "magicjack" i looked it up and it is much cheaper than vonage,it is only like 20.00 a year and it works just like vonage....Yes you are right about the spelling,Thanks..........
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
6 Jul 08
i'm using optus for my home phone and mobile phone provider here and their charges are quite reasonable i will say... my hubby had been with this provider for so long and he does not want to change as they are providing good services to us... i never heard of Vontage before... so i can't really tell you anything about it... all i can say is, if your provider charges you too much for your phone, you just have to find cheaper options... good luck and i hope other members here can help you to find a solution... take care and have a nice day...
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have never heard of Optus,but i will look it up on the net..I am not sure if it is offered in my area but i will find out..Thank you so much..
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
10 Jul 08
We have had vonage for about 1 1/2 years now and I can't say anything bad about the service other then my husband using all of the extras. I am at home and he has the calls forwarded to his cell phone. So, I sit and wait for a call that he gets.....Men! Seriously, it runs off the broadband and that has gone down for less then 6 hours in that time frame and we always have out cell phones so it is not a major concern. For the 25 a month they charge, they are definitely on my list of a best bang for your buck!
• United States
6 Jul 08
vonage is ok but like you already know you must have high speed internet before you can have it working. comcast is good. they offer the triple play where you can get phone, internet and cable all for $99. but if that is still too much then vonage is safe, i personally dont have it but my mom does and she has been with them fr about 6 months now and has never said anything bad about them.