A BETTER LANDLINE

landlineWe had an AT&T phone for decades, but then technology advanced and they didn’t. So now we have still have a land line, but it’s not theirs. (For that matter, even they want to get rid of their land lines.)

It looks like an ordinary desk phone but connects over the Internet to a service called Vonage. This has been around for a dozen years or more and we first got onto it when we saw a computer company exec using one.

They recently added “selective call block” to block unwanted calls. They can be blocked from your home and smartphones. Another new feature is “SimulRing.” When a call comes in, it rings on all your phones, no matter which one is called. We also have call waiting and caller ID. The basic service is about $13 a month before taxes and surcharges; those just about double the bill.

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