Is it possible to take my existing phone # (which I've had a long time) and have a VOIP provider hold it and just forward my calls to a cellular #? My intention is saving money but keeping my home #, since the cellular is umlimited monthly and free incoming.
I can get the phone company to give me dial tone & call forwarding for about $15-20 US per month. I was hoping to get much cheaper by paying a VOIP provider to "park" my home phone # and do Call Forwarding only to my Cell. Any thoughts?
One can port "existing home" phone to CallVantage, which then lets you control forwarding to your "cellular" phone. However, you would then have to pay the CallVantage bill as well as your cellular bill. Note that CallVantage has unlimited long distance and unlimited local calls.
Why not just port your home number to your cellphone and get rid of the extra step? I have Packet8 ($19.95/mo., excellent). I have it transfer to my cell if I don't answer after 6 rings. I really like the service and enjoy all the extra services SBC was charging me for free, call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, caller ID blocking, 3 way, etc. I disconnected the outside SBC connection and plugged the DTA into a socket and now use every jack in the house with my existing phones, free anytime, anywhere for $19.95. I found that I was using my Cingular cell so little, that I cancelled it and got a pay as you go Tracfone. That was in Feb, I'm still working on my free minutes, good thru Nov, by playing the specials and referrals. Cheers, Wizzzer
provides "follow me" service. You can set a PSTN number for it to call along with a time to wait before invoking "follow me".
Good VoIP operators don't have local numbers here where our old home phone is. I've been looking for a solution for a long time. I'm just using regular call forwarding right now (to exercise the system, not to save any money, although it does give me CallerID). I forward to a toll-free VoIP account.
Eventually I might use remote call forwarding (RCF) to keep my number but eliminate much of the monthly cost. RCF (here) is a bit cheaper than a regular line and it also eliminates a bunch of the taxes/fees.