The options probably haven't changed much in the few months since the last time somebody asked:
looking to replace the home phone with a cell phone as cell phone plans are becoming cheaper than home phone plans now at least from all that I've found (cheapest home phone is $30/month here) I'm looking to get a basic feature phone with Bluetooth running on Verizon or ATT towers with unlimited calling with no text (or smallest amount of text) and data (or smallest amount of data)
or a smartphone running off Verizon or ATT (or any of the big 4's towers only if wifi calling is included) with unlimited calling no texts (or smallest amount of texts) and no data (or smallest amount of data)...... plans must be as cheap as possible (preferably well under $30/month)..... what are your recommendations that must meet all the specifications?
LycaMobile-v1 PayG 2013-2016
Puppy Wireless-Test 2014
Red Pocket-eBay 2016-TBD (Main)
FreedomPop-GSM 700MB/Mo Free 2016-TBD
Ericsson AF738 Jul01-Dec03
Qualcomm QCP 2760 Dec03-Feb08
LG VX-8600 Feb08-Apr10
Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 Apr10-Nov11
HTC Droid Inc ADR6300 (CM7.2) Nov11-Jun13
HTC Droid Inc 2 ADR6350 (CM7.2) Jun13-May15
LG G2 VS980 (Rooted/De-Bloated) May15-TBD
If you have WiFi at home then you can get any smart phone and sign in to Hangouts and use that as your home phone for free.
But if someone is really wedded to a "land line," the Obi200 is on sale right now at NewEgg for $35. This is from an email I received last night:
OBi200 Sale at Newegg – 2/17 to 2/19
From February 17 to 19, Newegg.com will feature the OBi200 on sale at $34.99 with free shipping.
Extra savings w/ promo code EMCRCBE38, ends 2/19
I've used an Obi100 for years; it's great. I pick up any phone in the house and -- magic! -- free outbound GV call. Between the Obi and my prior PBX tinkering using GV, I haven't paid for home phone service in years. For inbound I have a Callcentric Free NY DID and I point GV at that number. I do pay Callcentric for E911 -- who wouldn't?
We actually don't pay for e911 on our Obi200. The 5 people in our household range from 50 to 19 years old, and we all carry cell phones, so we felt that it was unnecessary in our particular situation.
I haven't yet bit-the-bullet on cell-only 911. I live in Chicago, and when at home even a 50-foot miss in location accuracy (highly likely even with cell signal triangulation augmenting GPS) can mean the difference between my house or about 5 others nearby. If I call from my landline, the PSAP is transmitted my exact address...
Yes as to the tweaking! (But then, telecommunications is my hobby (and former career). Currently running a local PBX in the house, with one on warm standy and 2 in the cloud. So that I can make/receive a half-dozen calls a day. Did someone say "overkill?")
^^What is the benefit of having callcentric?
I bought 2 OBi200 boxes from Newegg when they're on sale for $29 each and use my Google Voice numbers as my home phones. I can also send/receive calls, SMS and MMS with these numbers on my cell phones using the Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer and Google Voice apps.
^^You're using the callcentric freeinbound call function as a forwarding number for gv?
What about outbound calls? Ringback dialer?
Using the ILBC codec it sounds really good. I'd use it for inbound too except I find that it sometimes results in server issues that require logging in to my account to fix, so that was out. Using it for outgoing only solves that.
Unfortunately I don't think there's currently a way for new users to connect their Google Voice account to PBXes (correct me if I'm wrong.)
I have used a ringback system to make outgoing calls with Callcentric. It's not bad. I shelled out for the G729a codec (in-app purchase) because it's very easy on the bandwidth.