Do we really need a home phone anymore?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

I think it's pretty normal for most of us these days to have a cell phone and even multiple lines. I have five, and if you have kids or a business your probably do too! It gets pretty expensive so I would love to find a way to eliminate my land line.

In the past couple of years I have gotten to where I don't use my home phone at all. I keep it hooked up for DSL and Fax. I pay about 95.00 a month for that. It seems like a waste to keep it on for just these purposes. I know I could get cable for my internet service but is there anyway to fax besides a phone line?

If anyone knows any information about this that I don't  I would appreciate a post.

Thanks

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Rainmaker
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Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners
look into online fax servers you can always receive faxs on line convert to a tif or pdf to print and then scane and email back via win-fax or like programs
April 25, 2008 07:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield
This must be the topic of conversation tonight.  The wife & I just had this conversation and we are thinking that it is a waste of money.  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
April 25, 2008 07:04 PM
Rainmaker
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Patricia Beck
Colorado Springs Realty
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE
There are many internet programs that are around $30/month where you can send out and receive faxes using the internet....pretty sure it's called eFax.  Hope this helps!
April 25, 2008 07:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Sonja Babic
New Bern NC, PRIME Realty NC, LLC
Sonja Babic/PRIME Realty NC, LLC
Efax is the best! www.efax.com you can try it for free you can keep your old number and its web based and very easy to use. Good luck!
April 25, 2008 07:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Christine Bohn
Realtor, Gainesville FL
RE/MAX Professionals
Jennifer - I would get rid of my land line at home if I had a "GOOD" cell signal.  If I am in my home, I have no cell signal....yet if I stand out in my driveway I do have "2 bars".... so, I got no cell satisfaction in my own home  LOL!
April 25, 2008 07:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Steve Glose
TRC, CIPS, 407-616-7286, Orlando Real Estate, Orlando Medical City
Keller Williams Classic Group
I use maximail for my e-fax. We dropped our home line 2 years ago to save money.
April 25, 2008 08:11 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage
Jennifer, if you lived in Club West, you'd be unable to use the cell phone because of no signal.  I always get frustrated out there because I have almost no service.  Perhaps it has changed but don't ever call Shelly when she'd home.  She can't be reached.  Efax seems to be the way to go.
April 25, 2008 08:21 PM
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Rose Stanisewski
Realtor/Career Development
Century 21 A1 Nolan/Hometown Associates

Jennifer,

 

I live in Agawam, MA I have a voice mail that includes  fax. It's about $23.00 a month. You may have one in your area.

 

Rose Stanisewski

C 21 Hometown Associates

Feeding Hills, MA

April 25, 2008 08:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Jonathan Osman
Charlotte House Hunter Group
Keller Williams Realty

E-fax.com has got to be the best e-faxing solution on the market.  Simple and very easy to use.  A few years back, I switched our home at the time over to VoIP and cut down tremendously on that phone bill ($85 to $29).  At the time, the voice quality wasn't that good but with speeds where they are, you shouldn't have an issue. 

Godaddy.com also offers an efax service but you also may talk with your office about hosting an e-fax service. 

April 25, 2008 08:27 PM
Rainer
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Jennifer Davis
RE/MAX Advantage
Wow thanks to everyone! this is fabulous, I've never heard of E Fax! I will check it out ASAP. Luckily I get great reception from home on my cell so i think its bye bye home line!
April 25, 2008 09:34 PM
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Jennifer,

I know what you are talking about!  We rarely use our home phone, but still need it.  When I retire, it will retire too!!

April 28, 2008 12:52 PM
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Debi Ernst
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors
I'm with you.  I'd love to get rid of my land line, too.  Alas!  As far as I know, we still have to have it for the fax and DSL.
April 30, 2008 07:38 PM
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