questionshas anyone tried using straight talk's home phone…

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Look into Magic Jack. Now they have Magic Jack Plus, which can plug into an outlet and doesn't need to have your computer running all the time. Sign up for five years for $100. Twenty bucks a year!

I can't always rave about the connection, but it is the fault of my Internet signal. I know others who have had it for years with no trouble. You can even take it with you when you travel, and calls will come to you. It emails you with your voicemail messages too.

Doesn't answer your question about Straight Talk, though. Never heard of them. Skype is an option as well, but not as cheap as Magic Jack.

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I had Magic Jack service but it has expired so I am looking for cheaper alternatives so I have been looking into the GVJack App. the app uses an expired Magic Jack usb dongle (Which are cheap on ebay) paired with a Google voice account. I am just waiting to see if Google Voice will be free in 2013. From CNET
http://download.cnet.com/GVJackApp-for-magicJack/3000-2349_4-75703619.html

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can you use a fax with magic jack? I need a fax not connected to my computer.

Here is info on Straight Talk

http://www.clarkhoward.com/news/clark-howard/technology/straight-talk-introduces-cheap-home-phone-service/nSHPr/

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@minkeygirl7: Thanks for the link. I was kind of bummed about the no fax thing but otherwise it does seem like a good deal. It also comes with a bunch of features that I've never been willing to pay for but might be handy -- like caller id.

I was going to originally try using skype but I only get 2G a month on my internet, I'd rather use a handset than a microphone, and my mother never has her skype on.

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I've been using Straight Talk's home phone service for about 3 weeks now and it does work well. Alot of course depends on your connection to a Verizion cell tower.

I've used Google Voice and Magic Jack and been pretty disappointed with the quality of the connection (that of course may have more to do with my internet speed). The Straight Talk home service is basically a cell phone without any data or texting ability that allows you to answer calls on a landline phone. So the quality is pretty good, not quite as good as a landline but certainly better then an internet call. I even hooked up an old rotary dial phone (you can't dial out on it, only answer calls on it) and it worked great and the quality was better then on my newer pushbutton phone.

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Straight talk has good service but it does not have call forward its call forward compatible ( useless) but DOESN'T HAVE CALL FORWARD... other then that the price is gr8!!