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How to Save Money on Home Phone (November 2017 Update)


Mid age woman sitting at tableDitching cable TV can save cord cutters $1,000 a year! Yet cable companies are not willing to go down without a fight and will often try to raise your fees on other services like home phone.

The average landline currently costs $20 plus taxes every month. That is an extra $240 a year you are paying just for a phone line. You could ditch it and just use a cellphone, but what if you really want a home phone? (Want to save money on your cellphone service? Check out our guide to saving money on your cellphone service.)

We have good news! You can ditch the $20 a month bill and still keep your landline and phone number. There are several devices that will turn your Internet connection into a home phone for a fraction of the cost.

Here are a few of our favorite home phone options for cord cutters:

The Ooma Telo is a home phone service that will plug into your home Internet and allow you to keep your home phone number.

Ooma Telo offers many great services:

  • PureVoice HD technology for clarity and reliability
  • Integration with Amazon Echo and its voice-enabled smart assistant, Alexa
  • Caller-ID, call-waiting, call return, 911, and 911 text alerts
  • Online portal with call log, preferences, and contacts
  • One-touch voicemail audio playback
  • Remote voicemail retrieval and online playback
  • Fax mode
  • Live customer support
  • Choose any available area code
  • Ooma Mobile HD app for free outbound calling
  • Everyday low rates on international calling
  • Unlimited calling to over 60 countries with the Ooma World Plan
  • Free Ooma-to-Ooma calling worldwide

So not only is it free for domestic calling, the Ooma Telo offers many features that most phone companies do not. All of this backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee and extendable one-year warranty with 24/7 customer support.

You can find the Ooma on Amazon HERE.

magicJack Go

If you do not need all the features of the Ooma Telo, you may want to look into the magicJack Go. It will give you free calling to the United States for $59.95 a year. (About $5 a month.)

For that low monthly fee, you get caller ID, voicemail, call forwarding, call waiting, and 411.

All you need to do is connect your magicJack Go to your home Internet, and you are ready to go. You can also use the magicJack app to make calls from your phone using the magicJack phone number.

There you go… my top 2 options for ditching the high cost of home phone yet still having the convenience of a home phone.

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  • southhendo

    Another good one are the Obi devices. Typically half or less the cost of Ooma. The devices can be used with Google Voice, or if you need E-911, Anveo or Phone Power. I currently use Anveo for ‘home phone’ service….$40 per year, ‘unlimited’ incoming calls, 333 minutes per month outgoing. Cheaper number porting than Ooma as well, and I believe pretty much instant porting in from Google Voice and some others.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUV7C9A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BUV7C9A&linkCode=as2&tag=obihatechn-20

    • Barbara R

      I love Ooma. My number was ported for free because I signed up for Premier. I use the second line as a dedicated fax. I got a refurbished unit through Amazon for very little money. I don’t receive any more spam calls because of their technology. Absolutely love it. $100/year plus $5/ month in taxes and I have a flawless phone and dedicated fax. Voicemail also comes to my email, which is great.

  • TexMarque

    This VOIP service may be a home phone, but it is not a “landline” that will work when you lose power. I would rather pay for a wireless home phone such as AT&T”s or Walmart’s at $20 or $15 a month. The adapters have battery backup built in and you can actually take it with you in moving vehicle or to your 2nd home or a hotel room as long as you have ac power.

    • Vegas Steve

      I would very much agree with you, but the WAF on going totally cellular is a non starter for me. So Ooma was the cheapest solution and we still have cells as backup.

    • DesignatedJizTowel

      Voipo user here. If my landline, (Voipo) isn’t working because of internet or power failure, it automatically rolls over to my cell phone.

  • Teddy G

    Get an Obitalk device and the phone service is absolutely free for life (or until Google decides to keep Google voice free). I’ve ditched Ooma 3 years ago and I have used Obitalk 202 for the home. I have two google voice accounts setup on it. Once for voice, and another for fax. The Obitalk has very very powerful features that go far beyond what you can do with a traditional phone line. I pretty much stopped telemarketers and other unsolicited calls dead cold. I did that through a combination of using Obitalk’s scripting language and Google Voice call filtering. My calls could not have been filters as well with Ooma or Magic Jack. Obitalk + Google voice is like a powerful firewall between you and them.

  • John Crabtree

    I ditched my traditional home service a few years ago. I use Google Voice and a Grandstream HT 701 in conjunction with Simonics gateway (1 time $5.99 setup fee) for free VOIP. Quality is good and unlimited in/outbound calls. I got the HT701 for $1 at Walmart when they were on clearance (They were used for BasicTalk) and unlocked it. Other devices can be used as well and be had for pretty cheap.

  • Craig W

    I’ve had Ooma for 2 years now and the service works perfectly all for $4.33 a month.

  • Vegas Steve

    I have Ooma. It’s been pretty solid overall, call quality is as good as I had with a landline and it costs me under $5 a month. I don’t have any of the bells or whistles they offer. I added a call blocker to it which works great.

  • Karen

    Actually Magic Jack is only $39 a year and less than that if you purchase 3 years at a time.

  • TaiPeng

    Nobody has lan lines. Even if Comcast sold cell phones or cell phone plans I would not buy them. Verizon is better than Comcast.