NWR: Skype as replacement for home phone?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@sanjessica:  no idea but I’m curious.


Post # 4
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sanjessica:  We got rid of our land line and just use our cell phones. When you think of it, there really is no need to pay for another service. People can call you on your cell.

Post # 5
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sanjessica:  We have never had a home phone. I guess you are supposed to have a landline fore emergencies, but we have had to call the police several times and it was not a problem. We do use free Google voice numbers for work/social purposes. 

Post # 6
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know a few people who have done this. There are also internet phone services that are easy and really cheap (you only have to buy the hardware, and there’s no monthly fee). Out townhome had a hardwired home network, so some of our neighbors have gone this route since it is so easy to have the phone networked throughout the house. We don’t need a home phone (haven’t had one in 14+ years) so we haven’t gone this route.

Post # 7
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

It really is that easy! DH and I just got rid of our landline and use Skype now. We need a landline due to DH’s line of work — cell phones just won’t cut for us. We JUST started using it, but DH did a lot of research and so far, we have no complaints! 

Not sure about it ringing on the cell phone/home phone at the same time, since that’s not what we’re using it for, but maybe someone else can chime in!

Post # 9
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I set up skype with a phone that looks just like a regular cordless phone for my parents. The only downsides to the skype phone option is that sometimes the clarity of the call sucks, sometimes internet goes down or the router is doing something dumb, or sometimes skype is down (pretty rare). Around the holidays, we’ve found that getting through on skype doesn’t always work well (maybe too many other people trying to use skype?? dunno). Other than that, the skype option is excellent as the only calls that my parents ever really got on their landline was telemarketers! Everyone else just gets a hold of them on skype or cell.

Post # 10
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a landline for emegencies, so that we can stil make calls even if cell service or power goes out. I do have terrible cell service in my neighborhood so I had to get a microcell. Just an added expense so I can make calls over the wifi.

Post # 11
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@sanjessica:  people still have a home phone? we got rid of that a long time ago and just use our cell phone. it’s the exact same thing. 

Post # 12
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sanjessica:  When I lived in Toronto, I had Vonage in the house. It’s not as cheap as Skype but still pretty damn inexpensive. The one thing I didn’t like about was that if the internet went down, there went my phone. Luckily, that only happened once. 

Post # 13
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Magic jack!!!

Post # 14
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can’t call 911 with Skype, so we have a landline. 

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