Okay stupid question maybe... but y'all are keepers of the bills too.... so give me your thoughts.
I live in a VERY rural area... I have to rely on satellite for both television and internet (which as you can imagine go out when the weather gets bad - which happens often enough). My cell phone service at my house SUCKS so, so, so bad (I'm talking horrible. I'm lucky to get one bar and have constant dropped calls, missed calls, delayed texts, get voice mails without ever having had the phone ring to begin with, everyone tells me constantly that I'm breaking up BAD when they talk to me, etc. SOOOO I've thought that maybe I should have a house phone installed.
You'd think that would be a no-brainer -- EXCEPT THAT --
ALL (and I mean 99% or more) of my calls would ALL be long distance. I only have ONE choice for a home phone - AT&T (ye ole Ma Bell)... They want $300 deposit, PLUS I have to pay for the extra package to be able to call local towns nearby me, PLUS their only "unlimited long distance" offered in my area is $99 a month!! So I'm looking at $50 for the basic package, another $15 for the expanded service, $99 for long distance - and none of that includes taxes, etc. PLUS I won't be getting rid of my cell phone for obvious reason.
So, I'll have my normal cell bill $75, then a home phone bill of $165+ - well over $200 a month just to have phone service. Plus I have the phone service in my truck (it's only$10 a month for unlimited calls - but who wants to sit in their truck for ALL of their calls - and I have no way of tapping into that service to use it outside of the truck - that I know of) - it's an OnStar service.
I found out that I can use Vonage with my HughesNet Internet - BUT I don't have a home phone # to use .... so I'm still screwed there. Plus I wouldn't have that phone service during bad weather either - and it has the same "breaking up" problem that I already have with my cell service. (there's a reason why satellite phones aren't the 'norm')
I kinda need the house phone because the cell service at my house sucks SOOOOO bad --- but dang!? And then the money
I can't decide what to do. Would you bite the bullet and damn near triple your bill for phone service(s).... or just keep putting up with the suck-y cell service?
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