Cordless/cell phones for home use are a solution in search of a problem.
I'll never give up my copper local loop. I don't wander around when I
talk. Real WE corded phones are getting hard to find, but I have enough
to last as long as I will. And they will always work, even if the power
is out for a week, the cell towers blow down, and the roof caves in.
As long as the wires are not down.
In some areas the phones go down often, and sometimes for days on end,
due to ice storms. Then a cell phone is definitely handy.
I don't like having all my communications tied to one supplier, or one
I have my phone on copper from Bell Canada, and my internet on cable
from Rogers, along with my cell phone from Rogers. They want my home
phone business (on the cable), but I've told them numerous times-
"NEVER". Bell wants my internet business and they get the same answer.
Around here, anyway, the cable internet from Rogers is VERY
dependable, while ADSL from Bell is spotty. Bell's phone service is
virtually solid - while Rogers Home Phone has the VOIP type echo on
And Rogers is the only major carrier in our area with GSM cell
coverage. - so Bell won't get that business from me either.
I have a MajicJack that I picked up figuring on using it for American
long distance calls - but then Rogers gave me a long distance plan I
couldn't turn down on my land-line. 5 cents a minute anywhere in North
America to a maximum of 5 bucks a month - and no minimum.
I've likely used the MJ about 10 times. It worked OK, but not
superfantastic. Thought I'd send it with my daughter if she went
overseas again so we could call her at an american phone number
anywhere she had high speed internet, and she could call anywhere in
Canada or the USA toll free from Kigali or Livingstone or where-ever.
She's still home.
There is a device that allows that now. Not from MajicJack but it
works with the magic jack or a land-line and works with the
cell-phone. A friend had tried one out - not sure if he kept it, or
liked it long-term, but he was pretty excited when he got it on trial.
They make a device that works with your cell phone to connect it to
your house phone wiring. Its like a docking station for your cell
phone and you just plug it into an existing jack and you can answer
your cell from regular telephones in your house.
OK guys, I was an early adopter of Magicjack which I obtained for one
reason, "privacy". I give the Magicjack number to anyone I feel who
may divulge my phone number to second parties. The Magicjack quit
working but it doesn't matter, the voice mail comes to my Email as
a WAV file and for $20.00 a year it can't be beat. If the message
is from someone I need to talk to, I can call them back. The Email
shows the time, date and number from which the call came. I give the
MJ number to hospitals, insurance companies and especially government
agencies that demand a phone number. I spent some time in the hospital
last year and I knew darn well that the quota hire morons would screw
up the billing some how or another. My MJ number was given to one of
the worst and nastiest collection agencies in the country which has an
automated system that was calling me several times every day. It's
very entertaining to listen to the dire threats from their agents. I
am never bothered by a ringing phone at all hours of the day and night
and the 15 bills that arrive from the collection agency every day make
for some pretty good insulation or kindling. I would recommend the MJ
for the reason I have it to anyone who wants to avoid telemarketers
who get your phone number from companies that demand a phone number for
things like warranty registration, surveys and such. For VOIP, I've
been using ViaTalk and it works quite well for me on a 10mb cable
Internet service. The VOIP adapter does not require a computer for it
Same here. I got a MagicJack as my back up to my main VoIP service at
Onesuite -> http://www.onesuite.com
For $20 a year, you don't expect MJ to give you flawless service. Heck
even those $20/month VoIP service like from Vonage has tons of
problems too. The main point here is option. If you run into problems
with your main phone service then you have something to use for making
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