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Old 01-21-2012, 02:11 PM   #1811
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I don't really use the phones for social reasons and it seems like I get more calls on my land line from sales people and survey companies than anything else. What have the rest of you done about your land lines?
I use my Android for all my calls now. I have "MagicJack" for my home phone, and it's set to forward all calls to my android.

The MagicJack is USB, through my PC, but my PC stays on 24/7/365 anyway.

I'm paid 5 years ahead on my MagicJack and the android costs me $40 per/month, unlimited data.

It's nice to not worry about huge phone bills any more.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #1812
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No, she isn't old enough to qualify for anything. Widowed very young, and not poor. Not rich, just like us, middle class. But I seriously am looking at my land line which I've kept for mostly emergency services and wondering if my trac-fone isn't the better way to go. Luckily, we have a good social network and I've emailed everyone to let them know she's out of service. But why can I not call AT&T and get ahold of someone? It is going to be Saturday soon, so it will be less likely that I can call a human. If all else fails, I may walk over and hand her my cell phone if her problem isn't fixed (today was blizzard day).
Someone you know must have an old cell phone they don't use any more. Get them to give it to your friend. She doesn't need a plan to have 911 from the cell phone.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:50 PM   #1813
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I use my Android for all my calls now. I have "MagicJack" for my home phone, and it's set to forward all calls to my android.

The MagicJack is USB, through my PC, but my PC stays on 24/7/365 anyway.

I'm paid 5 years ahead on my MagicJack and the android costs me $40 per/month, unlimited data.

It's nice to not worry about huge phone bills any more.
MagicJack is only a good option if you have unlimited bandwidth. My MagicJack added a LOT of usage to my Internet use--which was more expensive than my LD phone bill because of roaming to the US charges. So no, it is NOT free long distance--it depends on your Internet plan. Also, if you are not in an area with good coverage, the voice quality is iffy. I thought it was the next best thing since sliced bread until I got the first month's bill for my Internet usage after getting my MagicJack. My MagicJack is in a drawer somewhere...
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #1814
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Calling 9-1-1 from a cell can be risky depending on where you are relative to the nearest tower. Cell service routes the call to the police dept nearest the tower, not necessarily the police in the town where you live. Tracking you down by cell tower location can take a lot of time.

While cell phones now can be located by GPS, many police departments don't have the equipment to do that. They have to go through the phone company. If the phone companies react as quickly as they did for Claire, you're in trouble.

I dropped my old Verizon land line a couple of years ago and switched to a Comcast cable bundle for phone, internet and TV. Because of the deal I got, it was cheaper than keeping Verizon.

My younger daughter has been surviving quite well with only a smartphone.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #1815
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MagicJack is only a good option if you have unlimited bandwidth. My MagicJack added a LOT of usage to my Internet use--which was more expensive than my LD phone bill because of roaming to the US charges. So no, it is NOT free long distance--it depends on your Internet plan. Also, if you are not in an area with good coverage, the voice quality is iffy. I thought it was the next best thing since sliced bread until I got the first month's bill for my Internet usage after getting my MagicJack. My MagicJack is in a drawer somewhere...
What a drag for you! My Internet bandwidth is unlimited and has acceptable speed. My calls are auto-forwarded to my cell phone and are always crystal clear with no drops.

Sorry you've had such a bad experience with it.
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i was enjoying a dish of mar's vanilla w/snickers ice cream or thought i was until i was about halfway through. the chocolate, caramel and peanuts were all in there and tasting real good. but the vanilla ice cream itself, i noticed was totally blah. it wasn't tasting like vanilla--no true vanilla flavor. it tasted bland--like something i'd call sweet white plain, without the chocolate, nuts and caramel it was by itself pretty flavorless.
then i retrieved the ice cream container and read the ingredients label. and vanilla was not an ingredient anwhere among the forty or so listed. how can this be? how can you sell vanilla ice cream without putting the even the tiniest smidgen of vanilla flavoring in it? this is so disillusioning! i may have to shell out the extra bucks and buy ben and jerry's ice cream from nor on. i can't wait to check the ingredients on their product on my next trip to the market. they are my last hope--please don't let me down, ben and jerry....
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i was enjoying a dish of mar's vanilla w/snickers ice cream or thought i was until i was about halfway through. the chocolate, caramel and peanuts were all in there and tasting real good. but the vanilla ice cream itself, i noticed was totally blah. it wasn't tasting like vanilla--no true vanilla flavor. it tasted bland--like something i'd call sweet white plain, without the chocolate, nuts and caramel it was by itself pretty flavorless.
then i retrieved the ice cream container and read the ingredients label. and vanilla was not an ingredient anwhere among the forty or so listed. how can this be? how can you sell vanilla ice cream without putting the even the tiniest smidgen of vanilla flavoring in it? this is so disillusioning! i may have to shell out the extra bucks and buy ben and jerry's ice cream from nor on. i can't wait to check the ingredients on their product on my next trip to the market. they are my last hope--please don't let me down, ben and jerry....
We used to really like Natural Vanilla Ice Cream- Breyers® Original Ice Cream, but they don't sell the all natural one in Canada any more and it just isn't as good tasting with extra stuff in it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:51 PM   #1818
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We used to really like Natural Vanilla Ice Cream- Breyers® Original Ice Cream, but they don't sell the all natural one in Canada any more and it just isn't as good tasting with extra stuff in it.
breyers natural vanilla is exactly the kind of vanilla ice cream i would like, with its natural vanilla flavors". taxlady, do you know why it is no longer available where you are? i used to think that the french vanilla ice cream was richer and with more vanilla flavoring. i will probably read somewhere tomorrow that the difference was just buttery yellow-colored food dye....
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #1819
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I just got a call from the salesman of the heating and air company that I decided NOT to use. He copped an attitude. He thought that I should have followed up with him after he sent me an estimate over e-mail! That's his job if he wants my business.

I also told him that the other company did a proper load calculation (he never took out a measuring tape). I told him that the other company gave me a line by line list of charges, he gave me a 3 line estimate, with no details, so I had no idea if he missed some things or not, and worried that I would get hit with charges at the install, and I didn't feel like chasing him around asking questions. I finally told him that to be up to code, that the basement would need a cold air return added, there was no mention of that from him (the basement was finished after the house was built)

He didn't inform me that the manufacturer not only had a 10 year parts warranty, but was offering 10 years labor for only $100 more, he was offering me one from his company for $600.

He also not only read an e-mail while I was talking to him, he wrote one back. That couldn't have waited a few minutes?

I hope he got the message.

I paid slightly more going with the other company for the same equipment, but there were no surprises.
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breyers natural vanilla is exactly the kind of vanilla ice cream i would like, with its natural vanilla flavors". taxlady, do you know why it is no longer available where you are? i used to think that the french vanilla ice cream was richer and with more vanilla flavoring. i will probably read somewhere tomorrow that the difference was just buttery yellow-colored food dye....
I don't know why. I've gotten used to the fact that some companies bring out a great tasting, natural product and then when they have a big consumer base, they start making it cheaper and adding more weird stuff. The Breyer's package looks the same. They are just trying to fool us. I have learned to watch for weasel words and keep reading the danged list of ingredients.
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