Landline without the Landline Cost

Real Estate Agent with Harvest Realty

Here's the dilemma.  That old landline number - people all over have had it for years.  Some calls still come through because that is the number that people have.  And for those times when you leave the cell phone in the car - or the battery gets too low, there is a phone number works in the home.  Some people want a functioning phone line in the home at all times if there are children present.

Many people simply ditch the landline.  Anybody calling that number will get an error message until your old phone number is reassigned to somebody else.  But there are a few strategies where you can retain a home phone number without that large monthly expense.

1) Republic Wireless uses either the Sprint network or your wifi system to make calls.  If you use wifi only the cost is only $5 per month You need to have a Republic phone.  They sell them starting at $129.  If you also use it as a cell phone away from your wifi, the monthly cost is $10 per month plus $15/gig for cellular data.

2) Project Fi is another plan that uses wifi calling, but it does not include an option for wifi only at a lower cost.  The basic monthly charge for Project Fi is $20 per month, plus $10/gig of data.  Project Fi is owned by Google, with cell service by Sprint or TMobile.  You have to use a phone that  is compatible with Project Fi, such as the Nexus 5X or 6. Project Fi has international capabilities, including reasonably priced international data.

3) Cricket Wireless might be an option to consider if you have several lines on a plan. Adding a 4th line costs $10 more per month than a 3 line plan.  If you already have 4 phones on Cricket, the 5th line is currently no additional monthly charge.  (4 lines OR 5 lines cost a total of $100 per month) Cricket uses ATT cellular towers.  Phones need to be GSM phones, the type used with ATT or TMobile.

If you have cordless handsets with bluetooth capability, you can have extensions that ring at different parts of your home.  Initial costs of the cordless phones and the cell phone might add up to several months of landline bill.  But then your monthly costs are extremely affordable.  Plus when you travel, you can take your new "landline" phone with you.  In the case of Republic and Project Fi, those phones can be used so long as you have a wifi connection.

So if you have considered ditching the landline, but hesitated, there might be a third option to have a phone that rings in the home without the large expense of a traditional landline.









Comments (7)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dan. I am a landline lover. I will always have one and the cost is just part of the process. TY

Apr 09, 2016 02:11 AM
Dan Rosenberger
Harvest Realty - Westfield, IN

Hi Shiela, Thank you. I like a landline also.  I can keep the same telephone number and put it on Republic for a pretty nice monthly savings.

Apr 09, 2016 02:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I too like my landline, as I do turn off my cell at night.  Many times I am talking to a client, and can make another call, and get a quick answer.   It is part of doing business.

Apr 09, 2016 03:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dan- we dropped our landline about 5 years ago and haven't missed it.  Everyone was calling us on our cell phones and the only reason we kept one earlier was in case of a hurricane. 

Apr 09, 2016 10:56 AM
Dan Rosenberger
Harvest Realty - Westfield, IN

Hi Joan- Turning off your cell at night is easier when you have another number where people can reach you in the event of an emergency.  How do you remember to turn the cell phone back on every morning?

Hi Kathy - Once it has been off for a while, your friends and family will have made the adjustment.  I would think that a cell phone would also work in an emergency if you can keep the battery charged.

Apr 10, 2016 06:39 AM
Donnie McKinney
Purchase Realty Group - Paducah, KY
Donnie McKinney CCIM, Purchase Realty Group

All we get on our "land" line is spam calls. We've intended to get rid of it for some time, but Comcast made us such a great deal, including the VOIP phone, that we can't afford to. I don't understand why anyone would want a land line in today's world. Now, it's just annoying, and my wife turned off the ringer lol

Apr 14, 2016 01:28 AM
Dan Rosenberger
Harvest Realty - Westfield, IN

Hi Donnie, most people can get by just find without a landline.  When there are children in a home, a landline makes more sense.  But yes, when most of the people you know are calling the cell phone, landline calls tend to be more spam calls.

Apr 15, 2016 12:51 AM