Ditching landline for mobiles? Grateful for advice.

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I think the time has come to abandon our landline and just use our cellphones, but I'm a little apprehensive and would love some advice. At present we're with Bell, which costs $66 for calls within QC, and Distributel, which costs $13 for 400 min of international calls, including the RoC.

I feel that using our mobiles for Canadian calls and an app for free international calls (e.g. Whatsapp, FB messenger, Skype) would save us $80 a month but am I missing anything? Are there situations where one needs a landlne and make it worth the expense?

I'd really appreciate advice, especially from anyone who's taken this technologically advanced step and survived! (Or regretted it.)
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David, Mobile Master

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My advice: If you are not already doing the things you describe, then you are not ready to make the leap. When you find your landline telephone use nearing zero, is the time to switch.  Why not make the move as you describe, while keeping your landline and see.

Alternately, consider looking at Koodo's Wireless Home Phone, currently available for $10 / month, and port your Bell number to that service.

A landline is needed for fax, and many security alarm systems, so if you have those needs, check out your full options.
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To add, Your Bell fees are about twice mine. My Telus landline cost is just under $42 before taxes, including 300 minutes US & Canada LD ($6) and before any bundling discounts.

A review of you landline services may also lead to a reduction in costs.
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We ditched our landline for the wireless home phone which offers the best of all worlds... We wouldn't change back to a landline for the world!
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For me, personally, the difference between a Fiber Op bundle with internet, tv, home phone and just internet and tv is only a difference of about $15. It comes with unlimited calling in all of North America and when the power goes out the phone can still be used without relying on battery power. (We have had our power knocked out for over a week before so a battery won't last long enough).
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@OP: you are certainly onto a good search for savings.

I've never had a landline in my home. IMHO, residential landlines will soon become a thing of the past.

We have cellphones and VOIP. Our VOIP service is with FreePhoneLine and Fongo. We only have internet and for TV, we use bunny ears and stream via smart TV. That means no multi-product discounts/incentives.

If you want to port your Bell line to wireless (cellular) or voip, make sure that Bell puts your home internet on a dryloop when you do the port request, otherwise your internet will stop working until they fix it.

Agreed with David, wireless won't do any good for fax. Looks like you only use your landline for phone calls, so that probably won't matter.

For voip, you have many options. There are providers like MagicJack and Nettalk who provide very cheap monthly plans for unlimited Canada/US calling. Spend a bit more to go with Vonage or PhonePower and get more customer support. If you don't need the support, you could get your own adapter and port your number to FreePhoneLine ($25 one time fee to port number) then grab the $80 unlock sip credentials option, then input the credentials into your adapter. Then you'd have free calling to major Canadian cities for life without any monthly bill!! We have VOIP for home phone more as a novelty item or for the convenience, especially given that we get no monthly bill for it. If you have zero need for landline, then port it to wireless.

As for Koodo's home phone adapter, it may seem cheaper than Vonage, but certainly more expensive than MagicJack, and way more expensive than FreePhoneLine. Plus Koodo's home phone does not do name display in caller ID. Koodo home phone is a great alternative to a landline if you can't get fast/high speed internet in your home.

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Absolutely agreed. No need of Landline
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Absolutely agreed. No need of Landline
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With many VoIP services, fax, home security and most other gadgets that plug into your phone line can be made to work, which is not the case with wireless. You will also be able to use your home phone plan and cell phone handsets to make calls over wifi wherever you have a wifi connection. VoIP systems can also be configured to forward your calls to your cell as well so there's never an excuse for missing a call unless you want to.

One of the important features you mentioned are the RoC calls. CallCentric.com charges 0.132 cent US per minute for these (400 minutes cost around $7.50 Cdn).

You will have to compare other providers before deciding.
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Thank you all for such useful and thoughtful replies. It's a good idea to try it out before cancelling the landline. In the meantime I'll look into the Koodo and VOIP alternatives. We live in the boondocks of Quebec and have adequate but not super-duper coverage, but don't use faxes or have home security, so I'll take all that into consideration.
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The first VoIP I'd suggest is Fongo. If you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can use the free app. You get a free Canadian number and unlimited Canada-wide calling.
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After a month of changing from Bell to a Koodo home phone, I want to thank everyone for their advice and encouragement. The change was painless (thanks also to the infinitely patient Emanual at the Champlain Mall kiosk) , the phone works as well as before and we're saving around $50 a month. Brilliant!
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Happy to learn it is working out for you. Thanks for sharing your experience.