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    Help! My Home phone bill just went from $10 a month to $65 a month!!!

    Guys, I need guidance asap. I live in a co-op and they just renegotiated our TV-internet-cable service with RCN. I've lived here for 6 years and my bills always had a line for phone and internet (no cable) for $10 each. So total bill was about $40 a month.
    Since the renegotiation, the coop is paying bulk rate for internet, meaning I pay 0 for internet. But the phone went from $10 to $65. I've been on the phone with RCN trying and asking how to get my phone bill down.
    The options are kill the Landline - which I don't want to do and only use the cell phone. I don't want to rely on my cell phone as my main phone. Or find another phone provider. So I went to comparison shop. In Chicago we only have ATT & Comcast, and they are the same rates (bundled TV+internet) as RCN.

    So I'm on the internet looking at the Magic Jack, ObiHai, and OOMA, and vonage. They seem much cheaper. But it also seems that I have to keep my computer on 24 hours/7days for those devices to work with my phone.

    Okay, so I need to know from someone who has the Magic Jack, et al, if it's a good alternative to getting my phone bill down. What other devices & services should I look at.
    Thanks all.

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    It's called VOIP telephone service and not all require your computer to be on or used at all. I used to use a Canadian company called Teksavvy for my VOIP... they rent or sell you a small interface to connect to your modem/router and you plug your phone into that. There are probably some companies in Chicago you can call for info.

    eg:

    https://www.thedigest.com/voip-providers-chicago
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal_gal View Post
    Guys, I need guidance asap. I live in a co-op and they just renegotiated our TV-internet-cable service with RCN. I've lived here for 6 years and my bills always had a line for phone and internet (no cable) for $10 each. So total bill was about $40 a month.
    Since the renegotiation, the coop is paying bulk rate for internet, meaning I pay 0 for internet. But the phone went from $10 to $65. I've been on the phone with RCN trying and asking how to get my phone bill down.
    The options are kill the Landline - which I don't want to do and only use the cell phone. I don't want to rely on my cell phone as my main phone. Or find another phone provider. So I went to comparison shop. In Chicago we only have ATT & Comcast, and they are the same rates (bundled TV+internet) as RCN.

    So I'm on the internet looking at the Magic Jack, ObiHai, and OOMA, and vonage. They seem much cheaper. But it also seems that I have to keep my computer on 24 hours/7days for those devices to work with my phone.

    Okay, so I need to know from someone who has the Magic Jack, et al, if it's a good alternative to getting my phone bill down. What other devices & services should I look at.
    Thanks all.
    Thank you, I'll try it the price is right.

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