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Topic # 220290 3-Aug-2017 16:39
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OK, we have 2 phone numbers for historical reasons and have had these ported to VOIP.

 

All works fine.

 

HOWEVER, this has me thinking, VOIP is just data, so why am I paying twice for the data.

 

My partner and I both have cellphones so we could (should ?) kill off the "landline"

 

We both also use the likes of Skype, FaceTime, Messenger , all voice/video communications and all for free as they are just a part of out unlimited data.

 

So WHY does a phone number cost $15/month ?

 

Most months we make 0-2 landline calls and receive 3-4 (wanted) calls.

 

Anyone else just ditching the landline number and going all cellphone/Skype (etc) ?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1836716 3-Aug-2017 16:47
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Sounds like for you it is not worth it at all.

 

I personally haven't have a landline since ADSL started to offer naked connections. That was....8 years ago I think? I just use my galaxy for everything.


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  Reply # 1836719 3-Aug-2017 16:49
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Even if you decide to keep them, if you're paying $15 for each number you should change VOIP providers...


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1836723 3-Aug-2017 16:55
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Ditched mine and not looking back


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  Reply # 1836724 3-Aug-2017 16:56
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sir1963:

 

 

 

So WHY does a phone number cost $15/month ?

 

 

 

 

Why can't I go into McDonalds and get a free burger because I don't think it's worth the $10 they want for it?

 

Do you think running a voice network doesn't cost anything? It does..

 

 


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  Reply # 1836759 3-Aug-2017 18:06
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Ditched mine and my wife’s about 3 years ago and haven’t looked back... hers on $30/300mins/1Gb 2Degrees and mine is on the basic $19 with 2degrees. I have about 1000 mins rolled over as I don’t call much at all, but occasionally ‘share’ her data as that’s basically what I use my phone for...

With fibre at home and work, just see what your call time averages per month and buy to match (for WAY less than that extra $30 you currently pay...

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  Reply # 1836761 3-Aug-2017 18:12
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Yep, ditched the landline years ago. Keeps the spam calls away too.

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  Reply # 1836786 3-Aug-2017 19:20
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What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat?


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  Reply # 1836824 3-Aug-2017 20:11
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k1w1k1d:

What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat?



I call them back if I think that's likely to be an issue.

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  Reply # 1836839 3-Aug-2017 20:35
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We still have ours (Well an italk number anyway), would have got rid of it but its still the cheapest option available for those overseas calls.


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  Reply # 1836887 3-Aug-2017 22:33
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k1w1k1d:

 

What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat?

 

 

Why does it matter to them what type of phone the other party is using? Surely all they have to do is dial the number and speak just like they would if they were calling a fixed line?


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  Reply # 1836889 3-Aug-2017 22:38
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alasta:

 

k1w1k1d:

 

What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat?

 

 

Why does it matter to them what type of phone the other party is using? Surely all they have to do is dial the number and speak just like they would if they were calling a fixed line?

 

 

k1w1k1d was referring to the fact that on some plans it costs money to dial a mobile.


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  Reply # 1836893 3-Aug-2017 23:02
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k1w1k1d: What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat? 

 

This is exactly the only reason we still have a landline. IMO, it's also the best reason to have it disconnected.


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  Reply # 1836896 3-Aug-2017 23:17
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andrew027:

k1w1k1d: What about elderly relatives that don't want to call mobile phone numbers for a long chat? 


This is exactly the only reason we still have a landline. IMO, it's also the best reason to have it disconnected.


QFT... on the other hand, my father in law has a ‘landline’ that actually uses the mobile network to connect and call (aka ‘boatphone’ via VFone... only people who ever ring him on it are his elderly sisters... landlines are definitely ‘growing old’ with the population who still use them...

IcI

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  Reply # 1836911 4-Aug-2017 00:57
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Wiggum: We still have ours (Well an italk number anyway), would have got rid of it but its still the cheapest option available for those overseas calls. 

 

Fully agree here. Even when using these talk cards or the providers services directly, phoning a land line internationally has always been cheaper than cell phone. That way, we give our family & friends a cheaper option to call us if they are not using data services (FB Messenger / Facetime / Skype / WhatsApp).

 

 


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  Reply # 1836913 4-Aug-2017 01:38
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I have one - but it is a 2degrees landline on mobile connection. $20 per month for unlimited incoming calls. I use it just so I can advertise a landline as well as a mobile number for my business.






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