What's the VOIP landline choice these days?

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=shoddy reception in my prewar concrete building has lead to some important missed calls and one family line sounds like a good idea too, so what are my choices? Vonage seems ridiculous at $25 a month, ooma still worthwhile in 2019?
 

Ken g6

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Google Voice? You seem to have an existing cell phone so that might work for you.
 

snoopy7548

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I've been using Obi with Google Voice for around seven years with no issues.
 

olds

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I still have a landline. It will still work when VoIP doesn't.
 
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Weird question, can google voice forward to itself? Since I want my wife to be able to talk to her mom on it while I'm working, is there a way to get work calls forwarded there (i use g-voice) while keeping the lines completely separate?
 

Captante

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Doesn't your cell-provider support wifi-calling? If so that's the easiest solution although as mentioned GV is also fairly easy to setup and should work.

And I've never tried forwarding one GV line to another but I know you can't use one for initial setup has to be a "real" phone line. *(landline, cell, most VOIP)
 
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Doesn't your cell-provider support wifi-calling? If so that's the easiest solution although as mentioned GV is also fairly easy to setup and should work.

And I've never tried forwarding one GV line to another but I know you can't use one for initial setup has to be a "real" phone line. *(landline, cell, most VOIP)
I snatched a good deal for multi-months of an at*t MVNO and one of the compromises is crippled wifi calling. and google voice is fine for outgoing call but i've missed calls due to what i believe is my galaxy deprioritizing network access to g-voice to save battery life. it's happened too often and i always leave battery mode to "optimized" auto. thanks for the gv feedback, something to think about.
 

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I snatched a good deal for multi-months of an at*t MVNO and one of the compromises is crippled wifi calling. and google voice is fine for outgoing call but i've missed calls due to what i believe is my galaxy deprioritizing network access to g-voice to save battery life. it's happened too often and i always leave battery mode to "optimized" auto. thanks for the gv feedback, something to think about.

No problem ... Yeah bad as Sprint is overall one of the few reasons I stick with them is all that stuff just works.
 

Muadib

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I'm still with Ooma. I've been with them for the last 6-7 years, with no issues. I have their box, my router, and my main phone plugged into a ups. Just in case.
 

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I'm still with Ooma. I've been with them for the last 6-7 years, with no issues. I have their box, my router, and my main phone plugged into a ups. Just in case.
Same here. Have been using them since 2012, it just works. I mostly use it to make sure that if I'm called in the middle of the night I actually hear it since four handsets ringing all over the house gets attention.

The only issue I've had is when I moved a year ago I discovered that my Telo had gone horrifically sticky. Apparently they do that with age so I just tossed it and bought a new one. Six years from a <$100 consumer electronics device is plenty of return, I don't mind buying a new one.

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Same here. Have been using them since 2012, it just works. I mostly use it to make sure that if I'm called in the middle of the night I actually hear it since four handsets ringing all over the house gets attention.

The only issue I've had is when I moved a year ago I discovered that my Telo had gone horrifically sticky. Apparently they do that with age so I just tossed it and bought a new one. Six years from a <$100 consumer electronics device is plenty of return, I don't mind buying a new one.

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I know I'm being cheap (ok, i AM cheap), but how much in taxes and fees are you paying? I read they're anywhere from $3 to 8, and based on how over taxed nyc is i'm betting it's on the high end here, which would give magicjacks all inclusive $39 a year the edge. Unless the experience is that much better (the magicjack that does not require a pc gets good reviews for the most part)
 
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I know I'm being cheap (ok, i AM cheap), but how much in taxes and fees are you paying? I read they're anywhere from $3 to 8, and based on how over taxed nyc is i'm betting it's on the high end here, which would give magicjacks all inclusive $39 a year the edge. Unless the experience is that much better (the magicjack that does not require a pc gets good reviews for the most part)
 
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I'm honored to get a reply from the legendary rossman, very useful - thanks! $6.16 a month vs. $39 a year on magicjack plus lower initial hardware costs (and a mobile app, convenient so i can answer my landline without setting up forwarding, etc.).

Last question, anyone have any magicjack horror stories before I give it a try (i'll return it and get the ooma if it sucks)
 

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