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This Guy Tells You How To Get Your Home Phone For Free

Shelby Chau / December 7, 2016

Are you tired for paying for a home phone landline when you have a cell phone around you all the time? Granted, there are some positives to having a landline phone. Firstly, 911 calls are immediately recognized as coming from your home address – this is because numbers are always fixed to a permanent address. When you make 911 calls from your cell phone, location accuracy is not as reliable, or you’ll waste time having to provide the right location. On a related note, some VoIP phone services don’t allow calls to 911 or emergency numbers at all. Secondly, landline phones have a leg-up when it comes to reliability. If you ever tried to make a phone call in a basement with poor reception, you’ll know exactly what I mean.


Sometimes though, the only reason people keep their landlines is to keep their ‘bundle’ discount for having their phone/cable/Internet services together with the same company. Cancelling one service (ie. your home phone) may increase the cost of the other two, thus making a change undesirable. However, how many times have you picked up your home phone only to realize it’s a telemarketer or spammer? Probably a lot.



Source: youtube (DeV)


So, YouTuber DeV made a video to show how he changed his landline to work with Google Voice, and how he got his cable company to triple his Internet speed while cutting his bill in half in the process.


The backbone of the switch relies on the Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Google Voice. With Google Voice, the service is free when they give you a number of their own, or you can pay $20 to port in your own number (ie. your home phone number). By pairing this service with the OBi200, you’ll be able to convert Google Voice calls into landline based calls. Since Google Voice is free, you’ve just turned your home phone service into a free service.



Source: youtube (DeV)


Now that you have a free alternative for your home phone, DeV says that you can use this as leverage with your phone/cable company. Of course, your mileage may vary, but he does give you some tips so you can try to get the best deal you can. One important thing to note is that you should not let your phone company cancel your home phone line for you. If this happens, there’s no way to port your number over to Google Voice.


The last 5 minutes of the video goes into detail about how to set up your free service with Google Voice and the OBi200 box. If you want to make 911 calls using this setup, you’ll have to use a service like Anveo, but it is an extra charge.



Source: youtube (DeV)


If you feel like you’re on the edge of cancelling your home phone, watch the video first and you might just keep your home phone line for free!


Featured image via youtube (DeV)