Post # 1
You know when you think you’ve invented something, and you’re really proud of yourself, and then you realized it already exists? Yeah so I reinvented Skype last night, apparently.
Fiance and I were thinking of what we’re going to do in terms of a phone line. We know we’ll eventually need a “home phone” other than our cell phones, but it seems like a silly investment. Last night I thought it would be clever if we signed up for a Skype number instead, bought a Skype portable phone for the house, and then had the apps on our phones. This way we should be able to receive calls when we’re at home or away, and we’d have a joint number we could share for a lot cheaper than an actual landline. Plus it moves where we move.
Here’s my issue: this seems too easy. I must be missing something. Has anyone tried this and can poke holes in my idea? Do you know if when a call is received it will ring on multiple devices at once (ie. it could ring on both our cell phones and our home phone, provided everyone is logged in)? There’s not a ton of resources on this that I can find – so either it’s obvious and I’m an idiot, or I’m a genius and nobody has thought of this. I’m going former. 😉
Thanks tech-savvy bees!
Post # 3
@sanjessica: no idea but I’m curious.
Post # 4
@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
@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
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
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
It really is that easy! Darling Husband 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 Darling Husband 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 # 8
@julies1949: We don’t need it right away.. but I was thinking down the road when we have kids. Also I kind of like the idea of a shared number. Not sure what it is about it.. maybe it’s the whole my mom will only ever call my cell, his mom will only call him.. that kind of thing. Maybe it’s just symbolic in my mind.. not sure! Either way, unlimited Canada/US mobile and landline is only 2.99 a month so I figured I could afford the $36 a year.
@Mrs. Coyote: Good to know someone is doing it successfully! I was thinking I might test it at home. Log in on my tablet and computer, then have my friend Skype me to see what happens.
ETA: Found a bit fat giant hole in my plan. There are no Canadian online numbers right now. Apparently it’s a law that a phone provider in Canada has to allow for calls to emergency numbers (ie. 911). Since Skype can’t do that, there’s no Canadian numbers.
Post # 9
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
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
- 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
@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 # 14
You can’t call 911 with Skype, so we have a landline.