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Jan 31 2013
5 years ago
11:40 AM MST

A Few Ways to Save on Phone Service…

Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:40 AM MST
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Looking for a way to save on phone services?! Here are a just a few ideas that Hip2Save readers have sent in recently. If you have any of your own tips and suggestions, please share them with us in the comments below!


Ooma, a phone service that you operate through your internet and existing home phone (instead of a headset or computer), gives you free calls within the U.S. and low rates on international calls. You must first buy the Ooma Telo Device (pictured above), which is currently priced at $149.99 at Then hook it up and you will pay only tax each month from then on! In fact, check out this email that I received from Hip2Save reader Nicole about Ooma…

Last June, I quite my part-time job as an L&D nurse because of your site and my new found passion to pay less for things. We no longer needed my nursing income because I was now generating nearly the same by saving on everyday items.  In this adventure of a new life I came across a phone service called Ooma (we’ve been using it for nearly a year now with not one issue).  At first I was a little skeptical of the buy in at $169, but after the initial investment (which for us was about 3 months of phone service), the unit was paid for and now we pay $4.17 a month to have a perfect land-line in our house!

Magic Jack

MagicJack is a phone service that you can use through your computer for as little as $39.95 per year. Currently, MagicJack is offering up a limited number of FREE 1-Month MagicJack Plus trials. Also, you may be able to get a discount if you sign up for a longer period of time all at once (Be sure to ask as my mom was able to get 5 years of service for just $100 total!).


With netTALK DUO, the original “no computer needed” VoIP telephone device, you can make FREE calls to the U.S. and Canada (and ultra low-cost international calls!) from anywhere in the world, with no contracts and no monthly bills. One year of service is included with the DUO purchase; each additional year is only $29.95 plus tax.

The netTALK DUO is a sleek and versatile VoIP telephone device that connects directly to your router or computer, creating a fax-friendly phone line with all of the same features as your phone company. You can enjoy clear call quality and free calling features such as call waiting, conference calling, Enhanced 911, 411 directory assistance, visual voicemail, and a videophone application. Choose a phone number or keep your own. Flat-rate, low cost international call plans are available and the netTALK DUO is supported by live U.S-based, technical support, seven days a week.

Go here to get started…all you need is high-speed internet and a traditional telephone!

Straight Talk

Straight Talk offers unlimited data, talk, and text on your cell phone for just $45 per month – and, there are no contracts to sign! You can either purchase a phone from Straight Talk, or use any T-Mobile compatible or unlocked GSM phone (including smart phones) that you already own. Plus, you can keep your own number. Straight Talk works with SMS, IM, social networks, email, and the web. There are also additional plans available. Go here to learn more.

Do Not Call List

Be sure to register with the Do Not Call List to prevent yourself from being charged minutes for incoming calls from solicitors! You can get on the list by calling (888) 382-1222 or just head over here. Keep in mind that once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.

If you know of any additional ways to save, please share in the comments!

(Thanks, Michelle, Gina, and Nicole!)

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