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100% SERVICE

Luddite
Oracle
Oracle

Updated Jan / 20 In French Below

If you are in a situation where you feel that never losing calling service is critical to you, peruse the following.

 

Until recently I believed  local landline (not cable) service was the optimum. However,  my neighbor just had a 2 day delay before Bell repaired their service that died suddenly. So, now I think the following is the most frugal way to "guarantee" continuity of service.

 

a) get cell phone service from your preferred provider (Publc Mobile for me for now: robotwink 🙂 PLUS internet service with a different company (I like DSL because the cables are properly buried)

b) in case your phone dies get a cheap "emergency" phone with the SAME operating system as your main phone; keep it charged and keep your contact list synced to a cloud service (Google, Apple, Microsoft for example)

c) get a VOIP account (I like  fongo.com  because it's free and Canadian) port your primary number to them (cost $ 25)

d) forward your primary (fongo) number to the cell phone number.

 

OR just use the fongo number as backup without porting (Textnow is also an option for only backup as they do not support port-in, but do have free texting)

 

If your cell phone service is disrupted turn off fongo call forwarding. All your calls / messages will be on the voip account and you will have service whenever you can connect to wifi. 

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Si vous êtes dans une situation où vous estimez que le fait de ne jamais perdre le service d'appel est essentiel pour vous, lisez attentivement ce qui suit.
 
Jusqu'à récemment, je croyais que le service fixe local (pas le câble) était le meilleur. Cependant, mon voisin a juste eu un délai de deux jours avant que Bell répare son service qui est mort soudainement. Donc, maintenant je pense que ce qui suit est la façon la plus frugale de "garantir" la continuité du service.
 
a) obtenir le service de téléphonie cellulaire de votre fournisseur préféré (Publc Mobile pour moi maintenant Robot clin d'oeil) PLUS service Internet avec une autre société (j'aime DSL parce que les câbles sont correctement enterrés)
b) dans le cas où votre téléphone meurt, obtenez un téléphone «d'urgence» bon marché avec le même système d'exploitation que votre téléphone principal; maintenez-le chargé et gardez votre liste de contacts synchronisée avec un service cloud (Google, Apple, Microsoft par exemple)
c) obtenir un compte VOIP (j'aime fongo.com parce que c'est gratuit et canadien) vous pouvez leur transférer votre numéro principal (coût 25 $)
d) transmettez votre numéro principal (fongo) au numéro de téléphone cellulaire.

e) OR simply use the fongo number as backup without porting (Textnow is also an option for backup only since they do not support port-in, but have free SMS)
 
If your cell phone service is disrupted, deactivate transfer of fungo calls. All your calls / messages will be on the VoIP account and you will have a service each time you can connect to the wifi.

 


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will13am
Oracle
Oracle

I am 100% wireless, nothing more complicated than that.  Ever since the cord cutting took off, the writing was on the wall that if the plain old telephone system ever suffered an outage, it would not be prioritized on top of the list.  In fact, internet related failure would receive greater attention.  Living in the big city, I am protected by multiple redundancies.  It is extremely unlikely that a single tower failure or fiber optic failure would lead to a total outage.

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will13am
Oracle
Oracle

I am 100% wireless, nothing more complicated than that.  Ever since the cord cutting took off, the writing was on the wall that if the plain old telephone system ever suffered an outage, it would not be prioritized on top of the list.  In fact, internet related failure would receive greater attention.  Living in the big city, I am protected by multiple redundancies.  It is extremely unlikely that a single tower failure or fiber optic failure would lead to a total outage.

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Wafik
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Great post @Luddite, this should be pinned.

torontokris
Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Good info but just a meanial point of argument

 

1) Not all DSL phone lines are buried - mine run outside on telephone poles and racoons have been known to chew them up regularly.

 

2) Accessing wifi/voicemail maybe hard if the power is out... yes its only once every decade or so but when power was out in Toronto  during the ice storm, and during the Ohio blackout... having a Bell landline helped my family stay in touch (and a hot water heater that wasnt based on electricity was also priceless). Is it worth $40+/month landline for or once in a decade? probably not. As I say just a minor nit-pick.

 

Now onto cutting cable... Netflix internet etc etc

jasmina0m
Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Will need to keep this saved in case... always useful.

alyssagooch25
Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

hello i need a mod to  let me access the sin access unlock pin and puk for after.

CS_Agent
Customer Support Agent
Customer Support Agent

@alyssagooch25, please send us a private message with your account information. Thank you! 

srlawren
Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

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@alyssagooch25, please send us a private message with your account information. Thank you! 


@CS_Agent "...which you can do via this link."  Come on guys, it isn't hard--you NEED to include the link because usually when people reach out here publicly, it's because they don't know HOW to contact you privately.  Please....I don't know how many times I have to bring this up.  I'm getting very frustrated.


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CS_Agent
Customer Support Agent
Customer Support Agent

@srlawren, Thank you for the reminder, we're working on it 🙂

koimr1
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

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@alyssagooch25, please send us a private message with your account information. Thank you! 


@CS_Agent "...which you can do via this link."  Come on guys, it isn't hard--you NEED to include the link because usually when people reach out here publicly, it's because they don't know HOW to contact you privately.  Please....I don't know how many times I have to bring this up.  I'm getting very frustrated.


I agree, @srlawren: there's also a "Get Help" button up top that when you click on it does nothing helpful - I am surprised it doesn't at least show the link for sending a private message to the mods (I know it's there at the bottom but it's not visible until you click on "Still can't find the answer...").

 

Even better would be a nice garish (so you can't miss it) link up top on every page that says something like "For account-related problems or questions that aren't answered in the forums click here to send a private message to a moderator" (which would then prompt for the necessary private information). Yes I say "garish" because it would be ugly but people are here looking for help not judging web design.

 

I can understand why people get frustrated - so many posts where the answer is "send a private message...", at least make it easy to do so.

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