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post Feb 22 2011, 10:22 AM
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Reposted from my post on RVTravelForum.com

I'm slowly transitioning to being a "full-timer." I was going to change my landline in my home (that I'm going to sell) into a "message" number, and this was going to cost $30 (plus idiotic fees and taxes) per month. I don't like giving my cell phone number to banks and credit card companies. So this was worth it to me. The service is Frontier. I believe AT&T also has this service; Quest does not.

My cell phone is Verizon, and I stopped by Verizon to see if I could get some savings on changing my cell phone/air card plan.

Cell phone is going to cost the same: OK, no surprise.

I upgraded my air card from 3G to 4G and it will cost me $10 less per month ($50 instead of $60 for 5 gig limit. I could have gone to 10 gig if I paid $70 a month....). OK, fine.

And here's the surprise! Verizon said I could keep my phone number and they had a handy dandy little gadget that I could use with a service THEY had for only $20 a month! It is, in effect, a "mobile landline." I get a little gadget that I plug into an electrical outlet. Then I plug my phone into the gadget! As long as I'm in an area with a Verizon signal, I have a landline! And I get FREE long distance!

OK, now you ask, why would I want to carry two phone numbers? Why not just get a cell phone plan with more minutes?

1. I don't like to give my cell phone number to banks and credit card companies.
2. I don't like to call toll-free numbers from a cell phone. That is a complete waste of minutes.
3. With this service, I don't use up my cell phone minutes and my cell phone is kept only for emergencies (and while I'm in transit and not hooked up).

Now, I am concerned whether this "mobile landline" will work in "extended" area. I'm guessing it will work only in straight Verizon areas. Who knows?

But I'm trying it out.


JJ from Pacific Northwest

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DXSMac   Mobile Landline   Feb 22 2011, 10:22 AM
John Blue   JJ, We only use Verizon cell service and carry tw...   Feb 22 2011, 01:14 PM
Lindsay Richards   We gave up our land line years ago. We each have a...   Feb 23 2011, 04:11 PM
DXSMac   My phone number (landline from my condo I'm tr...   Feb 24 2011, 10:39 AM
Lindsay Richards   I remember when we used two cans and a string.   Feb 24 2011, 10:59 AM
dalsgal   I am really curious about something. Why don't...   Feb 24 2011, 04:35 PM
DXSMac   If you give your cell to banks and CC companies, y...   Feb 25 2011, 12:36 PM
RLM   There is another way to skin this cat (sorry PETA)...   Feb 25 2011, 12:11 PM
pianotuna   Hi, How is the sound quality on the magic jack wh...   Feb 25 2011, 12:30 PM
pianotuna   Hi JJ, Magic Jack is $50 per year (or mine w...   Feb 25 2011, 12:40 PM
HappiestCamper   Hi JJ, Magic Jack is $50 per year (or mine ...   Feb 25 2011, 01:22 PM
dalsgal   I'll have to accept your word for the spam stu...   Feb 25 2011, 12:52 PM
RLM   [i]pianotuna - How is the sound quality on the mag...   Feb 25 2011, 02:56 PM
DXSMac   Oh... so Majic Jack requires a broadband connectio...   Feb 26 2011, 10:46 AM
Denali   We have had nothing but cell phones since we start...   Feb 26 2011, 06:47 PM
DXSMac   BTW, the national Do Not Call Registry has nothin...   Feb 28 2011, 11:19 PM
Denali   True. But if you "port" a number that ...   Mar 2 2011, 03:12 PM
Kirk   In 11 years on the road we have never had any prob...   Feb 27 2011, 08:30 PM
DXSMac   I'm still loving this mobile landline from Ver...   Apr 25 2011, 11:38 PM

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