Not really, just thinking about it. Dialing it, that is.

Call me paranoid, but ever since Jameson was born (actually, about 9 months before that), I have been harassing asking Brian what we want to do about a home telephone. We won’t use it often I’m sure, but I don’t feel comfortable without lots of phones in the house. Particularly since I am prone to leaving my cell phone downstairs, and it charges there at night.

This ended up being a two-step process. First, we purchased a home phone set with 3 phones that had bluetooth capabilities. We got this a month or so after Jameson’s birth. We didn’t have home telephone service, but we did use the phones to link up to our cell phones, so that I could pick up a phone anywhere in the house. We even were able to change the ringtones of the phones by whose cell phone is being called.

But that wasn’t good enough for me. I mean, God forbid there be an emergency, but there would still be two problems with the above scenario.

  1. The 911 dispatcher still may not know exactly where I am. Did you know that? In a panic, what if I forget my address?! It is not unheard of, and we’ve only been living in the new house for a year.
  2. I still have to go through a selection process, selecting my cell from the home phone, before I can dial out. That is critical time wasted.

So a week or so ago, we purchased home phone service. But not your typical phone service, we decided to go with Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service (purchased from Amazon, of course! they sell everything). Basically, we have paid for the device, and if you compare it to your typical month home phone service, it’ll pay for itself around 7 months. After that, it’ll be about $3 in taxes a month I believe. Cheap is sweet.

In selecting this alternative home phone service, we looked at Magic Jack (computer has to stay on) and Vonage (very similar to Ooma, but in this you are paying for the service, not the device). Ooma was the best fit for us, so far we’ve been very happy with it. I just hope we’ll never have to use it in an emergency.

P.S. Did you notice the new Amazon plug on the right? We’re pretty much Amazon freaks lovers at home and buy almost everything from them. Since I’m constantly sharing things I love from Amazon, I’ve thought to compile it all in one place. It’s a work in progress, but browse around our favorites in real life, shop or not, these are a few of our favorite things. 2GJFJ7R33YW9

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