Today’s post is in answer to a reader question. Linda has asked “How can find cheap landline service?” Great question Linda. I have a few thoughts so you can finally get rid of landline phone service for good!
First, before we set about finding cheap landline service, find out if you still need it! Disconnecting your landline altogether is becoming extremely popular these days. That’s for good reason. Most folks just don’t need one – especially at the higher and higher rates being charged for them. It isn’t uncommon for the monopoly home phone companies to charge $35-40 or even more for that landline phone. If you can cut that cord and become cell phone only you’ll save a lot of money every month (assuming you already use a cell phone). There are many unlimited talk cell phone plans that come in far under that landline price. Republic Wireless (on Sprint’s backbone) is one of them.
So if you don’t need landline service and a cell phone will work well for you in all situations then my work here is done. If that isn’t the case and you can’t get rid of your landline for other reasons, here are a few options to consider:
Ooma is the best option for getting rid of your landline service. Ooma will cost you right around $160. Sometimes you can find it on sale for even less. Check my favorite website for good deals that pop up on refurbished units. And that $160 is all you’ll ever spend besides the monthly taxes due on the service (and a $40 porting fee if you need it). That is incredibly cheap! By the way, you can check out how much your taxes will be here. I checked mine and they come out to a whopping $3.72 a month. By the way, this service does use your high speed internet connection.
Straight Talk home phone is another great option for cheap landline service. You’ll get unlimited nationwide calling for $15 a month. The device will cost you $80 or so and you’ll cut your monthly bill in half. You won’t need an internet or landline to use it either. It runs on Verizon’s nationwide cellular service which means that the service is pretty reliable. You can also keep the phone and phone numbers that you currently use!
The cheapest possible home phone service replacement is Net Talk Duo. I will say that I’ve never used it and that the reviews for it are all across the board – many not so happy with the service they’ve gotten. Magic Jack Plus is another cheapo option and with slightly better reviews.
Does anyone else out there still have a landline? Why haven’t you made the move towards getting rid of your landline yet?