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Topic # 236030 14-May-2018 15:35
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Hi,

 

Sorry, not sure if this is the right forum.

 

I have been looking at ditching my landline for a while and now that 2degrees is gonna charge me $15 per month (on top of fibre) for it, I think it's time. The only thing we use it for is for some relative to call us from overseas. They get free calls to NZ landline.

 

What would be the cheapest way to get a a phone number people could call me on? (would even consider Skype if there's an option)

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 2015849 14-May-2018 15:40
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Out of interest is this a new revelation or you discovered thats what happens now when changing off an old grandfathered plan that included it? (Only reason were still on a capped lower speed 100/30 plan)


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  Reply # 2015851 14-May-2018 15:41
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Twillo is US$3/month, plus US$0.01/min.

 

If you don't want the hassle, 2talk is $6.9/month.




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  Reply # 2015854 14-May-2018 15:42
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Oblivian:

 

Out of interest is this a new revelation or you discovered thats what happens now when changing off an old grandfathered plan that included it? (Only reason were still on a capped lower speed 100/30 plan)

 

 

Currently on ADSL with another provider, moving to Fibre, hence why it changes




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  Reply # 2015855 14-May-2018 15:44
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DarkShadow:

 

Twillo is US$3/month, plus US$0.01/min.

 

If you don't want the hassle, 2talk is $6.9/month.

 

 

 

 

2talk, tell me more. Can I use my existing handsets? Can you use an existing number?


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  Reply # 2015858 14-May-2018 15:50
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Ditch the land line I say.

 

And if cheap calls for the relatives is the key, look at VOIP solutions that give them a local number in their country to call you on.

 

I have a Norwegian company with its own phone number and I use a Norwegian VOIP provider. Works a treat from NZ.





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  Reply # 2015903 14-May-2018 16:11
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^^ That said, I have been able to get a function of the Fritz to work from home in the past (infact it rings the phone with a normal ring unlike silly 2D and it's oddball ring).

 

You can put a soft phone on a android device, and with an external IP get it to work like an internal extension. No external number at home but it would ring in the house.

 

 

 

Of course that needs tech savvy peoples.


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  Reply # 2015908 14-May-2018 16:18
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gcorgnet:

 

DarkShadow:

 

Twillo is US$3/month, plus US$0.01/min.

 

If you don't want the hassle, 2talk is $6.9/month.

 

 

 

 

2talk, tell me more. Can I use my existing handsets? Can you use an existing number?

 

 

Yes and yes. Since you're on 2degrees I guess you have a FritzBox yes? You just need to configure some settings and plug your handset into the FritzBox.


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  Reply # 2015923 14-May-2018 16:30
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I have always preferred softphones for VOIP.  You get them for your PC/Mac and for your smartphone.

 

Bria is a nice softphone for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows. On a computer you can probably use their X-Lite free softphone.





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  Reply # 2015925 14-May-2018 16:31
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Just get the person calling you to pay the $15 if they insist on only calling landlines?





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  Reply # 2015936 14-May-2018 16:47
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If you go with 2Talk, they have softphone apps for both iPhone and Android. No experience with the iPhone one, but just used the Android one several times 10 days ago over hotel Wi-Fi while in the UK to call a local number back in NZ. Worked a treat.


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  Reply # 2016101 15-May-2018 02:56
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2degrees can provide a landline number that is linked to your mobile. Costs $20 per month and includes unlimited incoming calls to that number.

https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/help-and-support/mobile/products-and-services/landline-on-your-mobile/





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