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.)
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.
@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.
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.