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Phone Home Home Phone

When I first found out that we have to have a land line home phone available for our foster children to use, I was excited to go out and find a retro one like this. It’s $40, looks like it’s mid-century but it’s all new digital technology:

Then I remembered these really cool clear trimline phones from the early 90s that light up when they ring. My big brother used to have one but I searched my parents house and it’s no where to be found. I read here that Urban Outfitters was selling them last year for $28 but they’re not available anymore. Boo.

Then, we talked about it in class with an experience resource parent and realized that we should get one with a speaker phone. And while we’re at it, you can get a pretty fancy digital cordless phone for less than $20. So much for retro-cool.

Anyone have any suggestions for land line phone service? It costs $25 a month to add phone service to our AT&T Uverse internet service. Not a huge chunk of change but it still seems like a waste of money to me. Requirements are requirements, though.

Help me out here, readers. Do you still have a home phone? If you have a cell phone, why? How much do you pay a month for service?

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4 Responses to Phone Home Home Phone

  1. Tim says:

    Will Ooma work? http://www.ooma.com/ We’ve been really happy with it. It’s voip and you pay about $200 for the equipment then you pay just taxes each month (about $3.74 for me).
    We have a home alarm we use with the service.
    Getting rid of voice on U-Verse was why we got it. They quote it at $25/month, but it actually was costing us around $50 we realized after taxes.

    • mahlbrandt says:

      $50? Eck! I hope not. Thanks for the suggestion. I did look at Ooma’s website yesterday but was turned off by the $200+ for equipment. I’ll keep it in mind for sure, especially if AT&T screws us (as they are known to do).

  2. Jess says:

    Our land line is free for the first yr then 15$/month because we have it bundled with our Comcast cable & internet. But you don’t use a cable company right?

    • mahlbrandt says:

      We just switched from Comcast to AT&T Uverse in the fall. We have a cable & internet bundle but we’re planning to drop the cable again because we hardly watch it.

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