I’m shopping various calling options to figure out what would be the best fit for our household right now, and I’m curious — what do you and other people in your home use for phone service? Landline? Cells? VoIP? And if you don’t mind, what do you pay?
Right now, we have two cell phones through AT&T. We have a family plan and a 22% discount from Shane’s employer. In recent months, I had to bump up our plan minutes by a lot because we were poised to go over, and had run out of roll over minutes. I suspect our minutes usage will go way down now that the house stuff is over.
Our last bill was $106. YUCK. Pre-house jabbering, it was more like $65-70, which is still a lot more than I’d prefer.
We don’t have a text plan and don’t text much. We don’t have data plans either. Both of us have “dumb” phones. Our contract expires in April or May. I’d be willing to break our contract and pay the fee if the savings for switching to some other option would be substantial.
We don’t have a landline right now but I’d consider one if I can get a good deal. I’m hesitating because I don’t want a bunch of telemarketer spam, despite the best intentions of the Do Not Call list. When I use my phone, I’m typically at home. My minutes used away from home aren’t many.
It’s possible that when our plan expires, we could switch to some prepaid cell phones (if you have one, which company do you use and what does it cost?) and get a landline.
I know some people use Skype for phone calls, using the existing internet connection. Does this work for incoming calls as well? I know I can’t rely on it for 911 service, though.
Also, our internet and TV is through Comcast. I tried to dump TV from the bill, but if I did, our bill would actually increase since we wouldn’t qualify for whatever promo rate for the internet. Grr.
Our bill right now is around $40.
All told, our telecom monthly expenses are $150, with potential of being around $110 if I can reduce our cell plan without risk of going over. I still think there’s plenty more room to go lower.
Edited to add: I am investigating getting an Ooma box. Could pay for itself in just a few months. I’m on the case!