We moved into our current house not quite two years ago. While we love nearly everything about it, including our relatively isolated location. The big downside to all of this is that we get spotty cell phone service. This isn’t a huge deal, as we also have landline phone service, but it can be a pain when we need to make cell phone call.
In the past, we’ve always used our cell phones to make long distances calls for free, but it’s annoying to only be able to talk in certain parts of the house and to deal with periodic dropped calls. While we could always revert to using our landline, perhaps with a cheap calling card from Sam’s Club, I’m looking for a more elegant solution.
So, dear readers, this is where you come in…
We’re looking for a cheap long distance calling alternative. While we’re not necessarily opposed to cancelling our landline, any solution that we come up with has to jive with the following requirements:
1. Our only reasonable option for high speed internet is DSL. So… Unless we can get “unbundled” DSL for a decent price, cancelling the landline is out.
2. We have young kids in the house, and we’re not particularly fond of the idea of being “off the grid” when it comes to 911 service. So… Any solution has to transmit location information to the 911 call center.
3. We have an alarm system, and would prefer that it retain the ability to alert the authorities in the face of whatever solution we settle on. So… Any solution has to be alarm system compatible
Neither my wife nor I are crazy about the idea of being tethered to a computer with a headset, so ideally this solution will involve either a phone or a phone-like device.
Given the above, what are your recommendations?