Friday, August 5, 2011

A Tip From "The Frugal Guru" - Being Smart About Landline Phone Service

Although almost everyone you know has a cell phone, there are still a few of us out there with landline phone service.  We are the ones that still have to deal with the "monopoly phone companies" and all the options and services that they try to sign you up for.  Last time I set up a home phone, the "customer no-service" lady went through the list of plans that I could choose from...but strategically left out the plan that I was after.  This is because I was after the cheapest plan that they don't want you to know about.  I'm not even sure I know what it is technically called because it's nowhere to be seen on their website!  My bill shows it as "Individual Message Residence"...apparently it doesn't have a jazzy name like the expensive plans.  My total bill (see below) is around $18.00/month and gets me 30 outgoing calls, unlimited incoming calls, 9-1-1 service, and includes all the crazy taxes.  If you go over 30 calls in a month, you are charged $0.08/call.  If you think about it, how many calls do you really make in a month?  Remember not to count when people call you, because that is free.  Even if you do make more than 30 calls in a month, it would take a LOT of calls to bump you up to the cost of the Unlimited plan.

If you want a home phone line for your children to use or if you want the piece of mind of knowing you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency, inquire about this plan.

(Thanks for the sayings Clark Howard)


  1. If you do make frequent outgoing calls, you can go the Google Voice route. Since google voice works by calling both parties and connecting them, all the calls will show up as incoming.

  2. Yes, I use Google Voice for long distance calls and am happy with it. I also use it when I think I've surpassed the 30 calls a month with my local phone bill so I'm not charged the (gasp) 8 cents. :)