Would You Say Goodbye To Your Land Line?

Would You Say Goodbye To Your Land Line?

Joel Pirela
Jan 28, 2011

These nifty land line replacements use your Internet connection to make and receive phone calls. You can forget about your monthly phone bill as these tiny devices, only need a fraction of what you are paying now. But would you make the leap of relying on a voice over internet option...or have you already?

Magic Jack
For only $40 you will get the small device, plus a year of unlimited long distance and local calling. After that, just $20 per year will keep you going. The service even covers voice mail, call waiting, caller ID and free 411. The service can even deliver your voice mails to your email inbox. You can plug the device to any computer as the account stays with the device

NetTalk Duo
This device works the same as the Magic Jack, with the exception that you can plug it to your computer or even directly to your router. The cost is $70 for the hardware and the first year of service. After that, it will set you back $30 per year. Offering some unique features, like 3 way calling, Google Voice style call forwarding. You will get clear, loud calls and drop free service.

We haven't tested either device personally yet (but have been tempted), but we'd love to hear from our readers what their experiences with Magic Jack, NetTalk Duo or any internet-voice service has been like. Some of our team has cut the land line completely, others keep an old fashioned landline for emergency situations and call quality purposes. Of course, cell phones are now becoming the real dominant mode of communication, so it's arguable the devices above are just for communication/tech holdouts.

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