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Cut the Cord: Low-Cost and Free Landline Phone Alternatives

Where to buy

At a Glance

The NetTalk Duo delivers as an inexpensive phone line that can sound as good as a landline--when directly plugged into your router.

Lowest price: $38.00 via Newegg.com

Pros

  • Works at home and on the road
  • Excellent call quality, even during heavy downloading

Cons

  • You can't port your existing number to it
  • PC use requires a driver download and a USB cable
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At a Glance

The MagicJack lives up to its name, offering solid, reliable phone service for peanuts.

Pros

  • One of the lowest-cost home phone services on the planet
  • Highly portable; use it nearly anywhere you go

Cons

  • Computer has to be left running 24/7
  • Customer service and technical support not available by phone
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Where to buy

At a Glance

The Ooma Telo is the single best landline replacement you can buy.

Price when rated: $150.00
Lowest price: $130.00 via Amazon.com

Pros

  • Free local and long-distance calling for life
  • Excellent sound quality

Cons

  • Advanced calling features cost extra
  • Free calling doesn't include Canada
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At a Glance

Google Voice won't replace your home phone, but it will make managing multiple phone numbers much easier.

Pros

  • Unifies multiple phones under a single phone number
  • A number of nifty features

Cons

  • Outgoing calls require a PC and a microphone
  • Transcribed voicemails aren't always accurate
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