How to have a Free Home Phone

Frugal FridaysWelcome to the Frugal Friday edition of MTOM.  As you all know, I’ve made saving money, one of my life-long goals…it’s an addictive hobby to say the least.  Today I’ll show you how you can have a free home phone.  Yes I did say “free”….after you’ve followed my explicit directions below, you won’t have to pay a dime to have a free home phone.

I know what some of you are saying…”Having a home phone is so antiquated” or “everyone uses their cell phone instead of a home phone these days”.   I agree for the most part with this line of thought, however, there are still plenty of people who insist on having a home phone or would get a home phone if they knew they could have it for free.  My parents, for example, have always insisted on having a home phone…they’ve had the same phone number for almost 20 years and they are still paying AT&T (complete choice package) to have it.  They are one in a countless pool of baby boomers who still insist on having a home phone. 

The reason that I have this free home phone is that I’m thinking about going down to a $10/mo. cell phone plan through Airvoice Wireless, which I’ll explain in a future post.

So basically, to get this free home phone, you must have high speed internet (wireless) through your phone or cable company because your free home phone will be through the internet (VOIP). 

The instructions below are simple and easy:

1) Sign-up for Highspeed DSL/Broadband through your local phone company like ATT or through your cable company (use must have a router for wireless service)

2) Get your free home phone number through Google Voice.  You will have to have a gmail account. There are other VOIP services that you can sign up for such as Call Centric, but I’m not sure if the service is free.  I used Google Voice.

3) You will need to purchase a telephone VOIP adapter.  I used OBIHAI (OBI100).  It wasn’t expensive….about $35 if purchased through Walmart.com.   You can plug any type of phone into this adapter.  I purchased a VTECH wireless cordless phone system through Wal-mart as well.  One quick note worth mentioning.  Google Voice does not allow you to make 911 calls, however, you can pay $12/yr. through Anveo, who has partnered up with OBI.Click on this link to find out more.  Or you could just use your cell phone to make emergency calls. 

You So there you have it.  If you follow the simple instructions from above, you’ll be talking on your free home phone in no time.