I want to use my internet service as a phone provider.

April 20, 2012 at 13:32:01
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How do I hook up a landline to my pc?

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#1
April 20, 2012 at 14:10:23
A few ways. One is a device like Ooma or net2phone or magicjack. I use Ooma and I love it. (I don't get any money to say that either) Two is a way like skype or google voice. There are also many other internet phone companies. You'd have to have been living under a rock not to have heard the tv and radio commercials for the last 10 years.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#2
April 20, 2012 at 14:31:40
HI Jefro,

I appreciate your input. However, I was wondering what hardware/software might I need.


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#3
April 20, 2012 at 14:51:33
A phone line is anaolgue, the internet service is digital.

What Country, what ISP, what type of Broadband ?

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
April 20, 2012 at 17:23:12
Hi Frugal, you really need to provide more details asto exactly to what you want to do. Including answering Jolicloud above.

You have asked two questions, one in the heading and the other in the message..

To connect your landline line to your pc (if being used for the internet):-
a) if broadband - the line is split between voice *AND* data.
voice is connected to your phone
data connects to a router, which is either connected to your pc directly or by wireless.
If the pc is close to the router, connect directly.

b) if not broadband, the line connects to a modem which then is connected to the pc.
The line can be used for voice *OR* data
I prefer an internal modem as this means less boxes and cables.
The modem dials a number to connect to the ISP.
Alternatively the phone can be used normally when the modem is not in use.
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Normally modems and routers come with their own installation cd. If from the ISP there will be a walk through on how to connect to them.

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Skype is good for using as an internet phone service. Depending on connection, os or pc, this might only provide voice, otherwise includes video. Depending who you are calling it can be *FREE*!
e.g. you are in TIbet, with a broadband internet connection and can talk and see your Mum and Family in Australia at no extra cost other than for the broadband.

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You must research what is available at your location and is best for you.

e.g. my broadband service includes all calls (on the voice connection) nationally and internationally to 36 countries 24/7, and to some mobiles in the price.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#5
April 20, 2012 at 18:35:26
Hi Jolicloud,

I am in the U.S., my provider is Century Link, and I am not sure what type of broadband; however, the speed is 7Mbps. Thank you so much for you attempting to assist me!


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#6
April 21, 2012 at 01:19:15
Hi Frugal,

I am in the UK and my ISP is TalkTalk.

Here each ISP offers a number of different packages, built around broadband and/or phone and/or tv, and the components of each. e.g. broadband speed, free call times, tv channels. etc.

It is most important the customer look deeply to see which package is best for them.

From time to time the ISP offers upgrades, which might mean paying more, or staying with them longer as there is much competition here. The customer decides. e.g. I pay a little extra for unlimited downloads.

My own installation has broadband at upto 8meg speed with a wireless router and a phone package including free national and international calls to 36 countries 24/7.

a) my pc is next to the router, so it is directly connected, which is better, particularly as the pc is old.
b) my wife connects her laptop by wireless and watches Italian tv using the laptop. This is internet tv, not to be confused with broadband tv.
c) our son connects his laptop by wireless and plays games and facebook whatever etc on the internet.
All at the same time and no speed problems and from any room in the house and maybe the garden when weather permits.

Moving to TalkTalk was a fantastic move as far as I am concerned, whereas others hate them.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#7
April 21, 2012 at 14:23:49
I said all you needed to know already buddy.

You can if you wish investigate devices to attach to the router and bypass your computer. The list is Ooma, net2phone and one of the magicjack products. There may be other products. Go to the web site and see how they work. Generally they use a common phone plugged into some device then the device connects to your router/switch.

If you want you can use Skype to make calls to both computers and landline phones. All you need is speakers and mic. If you want you can buy dedicated usb handsets or special headsets. Generally you pay for minutes with these at some rate.

Last is specialized companies that offer VOIP services. That is voice over ip.

Ever heard of a Vonage commercial? They only play it like a million times a day. See their site too.

As I said, I love Ooma and I don't even use the phone. Any of these choices could save you a lot of money each month. More savings are possible if you save on long distance and overseas calls. Might save if you make hundreds of calls a day.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#8
April 21, 2012 at 16:40:00
Perhaps, I should word the question in a different manner. First, I am perfectly aware of providers, via the internet, of phone services. Second, I want to use my cordless phone (land line) to speak and hear with-can this be done, and if so, how. Third, do I need to purchase any software in order for my pc to recognize the phone?? Is that better? Thank you.

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#9
April 21, 2012 at 19:28:00
A magicjack will do what you want. Plug it into a USB port and then just hook up any house phone into it. I use a Uniden cordless and it works GREAT!

I have used MagicJack for 4 years now and saved tons of money on local and long distance calls.
You can get a Magicjack at Walmart, Radio shack, Target, etc.
http://www.target.com/p/magicJack-U...
Is that what you are looking for? It has all the features of a regular phone service.
I would just get the Standard Magicjack, I think the MagicJack Plus is just a waste of money.

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#10
April 22, 2012 at 08:42:51
Magicjack also has a device that you don't need a computer on 24/7.

Did you look up any of the suggestions?

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#11
April 22, 2012 at 09:57:57
To use MagicJack plus you HAVE to have a Router to plug in to. That is not always possible when traveling and that's why I suggested the basic MagicJack. The plus charges more a year than the standard one.

I am on a 5 year plan (4 years into it already) which initially cost me $49.95 for unlimited long distance, now the price for 5 years has doubled for this year...the 5 years is always the best offer. If you live in the US there is no yearly charge for the number. If someone lives in Canada there is an extra yearly charge of $9.95

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#12
April 22, 2012 at 10:03:53
Hi XpUser4Real,

Well, to answer your question-sort of. I want to not have to use any equipment from a company such as MagicJack because I have heard many horror stories of either dropped calls or poor sound quality. I am attempting to use "generic" equipment that might possibly work better. Perhaps none exist; however, I am holding out on the possibility. Thank you for your post though. Have a great day!


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#13
April 22, 2012 at 10:15:00
Like I said, I have been using it for 4 years and also have another one for an online company I started a short while back.
Some people talk crap about MagicJack when they have never used it (they think it doesn't work because they are so inexpensive...that is SMALL man intelligence or lack of...in fact right now MagicJack is working on having the consumer using THEIR own landline number so that you no longer have to pay landline monthly charges. That will draw many more people to MJ because of their price. NO, I don't work for them, I just use their product and the reception whether I am in Central America calling home or at home calling my relatives and clients long distance, the quality is better than a cell phone and most times equal to landline quality.

If there are dropped calls and bad connections, they just have to be contacted online, and they will fix those problems for you. Most of the time it is just a small update has to be installed.

I don't think you will find a free generic solution for what you want.

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