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Old 02-02-2014, 05:30 PM   #1
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Answer Your Cell Phone Like A Home Phone

Yesterday I canceled my Home phone service, no more land line. I was worried there would be a price to pay in the future....it would be a pain.....keeping track of my cell phone..... so I could answer it all over the house. Like most people, having a phone handset in different rooms of the house on the same line is really convenient.

Well my son in law spotted this "Solution" and I ordered it in a flash.....Looks like it solves my "keeping Track of My Cellphone when at home".

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073W729K/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

What do you think about using this Cell/Home Phone on a boat?

One handset in the Master Cabin, One in the Pilothouse, One in the Saloon...maybe even in the Engine Room.....>>>

I have no connection to Panasonic or Amazon.

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Have a similar unit at home with 6 headsets that Bluetooth links to two cell phones. Works fine.

My boat isn't big enough to lose my cell phone on...
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:51 PM   #3
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How big are you on answering the phone immediately?

Ring tones tell me if it's work or my kids...for those I'll get up and get my phone wherever I left it on the boat. (liveaboard) ..if it's not one of those rings...I'll get it when I get back to my phone.

The older I get the less enthused I am about talking on the phone anyway...

I haven't had a house phone in 5 years...but then again I'm very conscious of my phone as I'm on 24/7 call for 8 months straight during the year.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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We dumped the home phone close to 10 years ago, don't miss it or the telemarketers one bit. Not willing to get up and answer my cell unless it's an expected call. I rule it; it doesn't rule; I don't come running when it calls.

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Old 02-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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There's a convergence going on between Cell Phones and Wireless Networks at the moment, which in just a few years will lead to handsets that can seamlessly connect to either type of network on the fly.

That system there requires a cell phone to stay present in the home so that the base station can connect to it via bluetooth.

Of course, if you're cool with that, that phone set would be a nice way to go.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #6
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Norm: With the size of that GH, getting out of ear-shot must be a real issue. Still, my tiny craft would do well with one in the pilothouse, one in the stateroom and one in the galley. I'm already planning for another set at home....thanks for the link.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:56 PM   #7
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I hate talking on cell phones due to call quality. Probably my hearing mostly.
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I have not had a land line for 15yrs. I keep my cel. in my pocket and don't need any other contrivances to keep track of it.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:44 PM   #9
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I hate talking on cell phones due to call quality. Probably my hearing mostly.
I had that issue Tim and it was my hearing. After trying a variety of blu tooth devices I "discovered" the ear buds that came with my new iPhone eliminated it. Phones in my shirt pocket so keeping track of it is easy.

Land line free for ten years with no regrets aside from work having my number.
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We haven't had a landline phone for 10 years. Once I realized the only calls I got on my landline were telemarketers it was an easy decision to drop it.

I love life without the landline.
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I had that issue Tim and it was my hearing. After trying a variety of blu tooth devices I "discovered" the ear buds that came with my new iPhone eliminated it. Phones in my shirt pocket so keeping track of it is easy.

Land line free for ten years with no regrets aside from work having my number.
And a good idea that was for another reason Craig. I hate the way one's ear heats up when on the cellphone for long, (called mobile phones here in Oz), but there is also building disquiet over the potential for it causing brain tumours, so minimising use of them held close to the ear is definitely wise, in my opinion. I keep calls on them really short. Otherwise hands free for sure.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:31 AM   #12
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We have a $19.95 Verison that is for home use.

It operates 4 or 5 Panasonic units and one real hard wire phone.

The hard wire phone is superior at audio .

Phone quality stinks as the caller may be a cell, we are a cell, then the wireless all reduce the quality.

But it firs our snowbird lifestyle as it works North or Sounth as well as on board , boat or coach.

Not bad for $20!
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Not bad for $20![/QUOTE]

But no data or text.

Try Page Plus Cellular. Uses Verizon's network, 500 mb data, 1200 talk minutes, 3000 text's all for 30 bucks and no contract. I love it.
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We have a $19.95 Verison that is for home use.

It operates 4 or 5 Panasonic units and one real hard wire phone.

The hard wire phone is superior at audio .

Phone quality stinks as the caller may be a cell, we are a cell, then the wireless all reduce the quality.

But it firs our snowbird lifestyle as it works North or Sounth as well as on board , boat or coach.

Not bad for $20!
I have been looking into the Verizon Home Phone Connect. The cost of land lines continues to rise ($75/mo) and this device replaces your land line. You keep your home number and calls come in through the wireless device. The big plus I see is I can just take it on the boat with us when we cruise, so your home phone is always with you. Down side is I dont like talking on cell phones.
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Yesterday I canceled my Home phone service, no more land line.
You will be happy (or not) to know that this post was an inspiration to me, and that I did the same! Actually, I only use my cell phone 99.9% of the time, but had thought that I had to have the home phone service in order to also get internet service (DSL line). But the posting emboldened me to check on that, and turns out that I can cancel the home phone without affecting the internet service, thus saving $28 a month. Not a fortune, to be sure, but that is about a tank of gas in the car. :-)
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So, I have thought many times about dumping the land line but have not got around to it. Just today I had a perfect example of how that could be a problem. I needed to call the Social Security Admin. They advised a 55 minute wait time!! Apart from the fact that this a disgusting level of non service, how do you do this with a cell phone unless it is continuously charging and you have unlimited minutes?? And, it is not as though it is only the government that keeps you on indefinite hold these days. Seems like normal service really sucks whenever you call any company or institution unless you want to place an order, then sometimes you get straight through.
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I have unlimited call and text so the rare times when sitting on hold is a non-issue for me. Many places give a call back option, though it does not surprise me SSA does not.

I'm on hold right now writing this reply through the app.
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I switched to Magic Jack VOIP and just love it. Free unlimited calls to anywhere in North America. Took 30 seconds to install. Call forwards to my cell phone when we are out. $29 a year instead of $44 a month plus long distance. No brainer.

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So, I have thought many times about dumping the land line but have not got around to it. Just today I had a perfect example of how that could be a problem. I needed to call the Social Security Admin. They advised a 55 minute wait time!! Apart from the fact that this a disgusting level of non service, how do you do this with a cell phone unless it is continuously charging and you have unlimited minutes?? And, it is not as though it is only the government that keeps you on indefinite hold these days. Seems like normal service really sucks whenever you call any company or institution unless you want to place an order, then sometimes you get straight through.
Haha, wait until you try to cancel your phone service. I called the phone company to dump our DSL. First person answered in seconds, but when I told them I was calling to cancel they said I had to be transfered to another department. I then spent 45 mins on hold! Clearly they don't want to make canceling easy. BTW, we moved internet over to our cable provider for faster speeds, which means we can now dump the land line for VOIP. We are trying out the Ooma system right now. At first I hated the idea of giving up the quality and safety of a landline back up, but since we have cell phones and now voip we already have two options. Kind of hard to justify another $50 a month just to keep a third one (and of course the phone rate went up when we canceled the dsl).
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Keep in mind when dumping your land line for cell or VOIP service that you are no longer pinging an address back to 911 dispatch services. In other words you must be able to tell them where you are located for a response.

That little nugget was passed to me a couple years ago by a good friend who is the manager for 911 dispatch in our county. A problem they are working with providers to find a solution for.
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