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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:23 PM
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Can you help me change my verizon phone?
I want out of verizon but must keep my ranch business number and am 20 miles out in the country and about 90 miles from a large town. Is there any way to keep the land line and get away from verizon? Many have just gone to cell phones and gotten rid of their land lines. The local cell phone company works even in the remote areas of the ranch but I feel better keeping the land line for emergencies. The last time we had a big storm, there was no cell phone service. Plus I have guests and hunters who stay at the ranch and their cells phone often don't work.
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:29 PM
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1. Are you using Verizon for land line, cell, or both?
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:29 PM
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We keep one landline phone for emergency purposes. Is your Ranch number your mobile number?
Do you have landline AND a mobile through Verizon?
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:15 PM
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6. Landlne only. The local small town has the only cell phone
which really works in the outback areas of the ranch. That is what we have used for the last 10 years.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:17 PM
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7. Landline is the number at the ranch and that is the same
number we have had since we have had a phone. So about 75 years.
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:29 PM
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2. Is there a CLEC in you area?
It's known as a competetive local exchange carrier. Problem is there aren't too many in rural areas.

I thought Verizon got rid of their rural lines. I used to work for Verizon but now work for the spin off abomination known as Frontier.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:19 PM
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8. I don't think so but do not know what that is. Will goggle it for
the area.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:35 PM
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11. I tried googling CLEC and my zip and got nothing.
I think if I want to keep the land line that I am stuck.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:30 PM
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3. Best way to get out of any telecom contract:
Call them a dozen times a day and complain about something. Anything.

Pretty quickly they will label you a 'nuisance' account and dump you.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:47 PM
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4. There probably is no contract on the landline.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:20 PM
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9. No contract. Just the only company suppling that area, as far
as I know.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:45 PM
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13. Thanks for the info but not my problem. It is a no choice
problem. I want to keep the land line but as far as I can ascertain it is verizon or nothing if I want to keep the land line.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:28 PM
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5. need more details
is business number the land line or the cell phone?

you should be able to keep the land line no matter who the carrier is, not sure what you are asking

if you are under contract with verizon for the cell phone you may be charged and early termination fee, if you are just paying month to month you can quit anytime...

I have the oposite problem - my land line goes out when it rains

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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:25 PM
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10. 76825 The line used to go out all the time when it rained.
They tried to blame us. As I explained to them, it wasn't raining in the house so I am pretty sure it's not our fault. Since it hasn't rained in a billion years in this part of Texas, that is not a problem. Land line is verizon
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:43 PM
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12. ah, so you want to keep the land line and number but change carriers?
that may not be available

our lines are as old as yours - your problems are probably the old lines, not so much the company (we have qwest, now called something else since the merged) and customer service SUCKS, until the local guy I know actually gets out here, then he knows what to do. But I am not allowed to call him, I have to talk to India first and even most Americans would have no clue about the special circumstances out on a ranch, much less somebody half way around the world.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:51 PM
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14. Correct. Loads of different cell phone choices. None for the
land line. Why is that? The foreman has already gotten rid of his land line and gone strictly to a cell phone. Maybe I am being paranoid but I think we need a line that is always available especially during bad weather.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:58 PM
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15. you are probably stuck with verizon
land lines are becoming obsolete, so there is less competition for that business, and there never was much incentive for them to serve far flung rural accounts anyway. Just stringing new wire runs over 3 dollars a foot. They don't want to do that for $20/month.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 03:41 PM
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16. I thought that was the answer but felt that here was where I
could find an alternative, if there was one.
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