I have both a cell phone (with Verizon) and a landline, through Comcast, my ISP. I have been paying too much for Comcast, and considering my phone service goes through their cable lines anyway, I wanted to explore the cheaper option of either magic jack or Skype (or any other alternative, for that matter).
My understanding of this type of phone service is there is an initial charge to set up/equipment and an annual charge for service. What I do not know is:
1. Can I keep my current phone number with any of these options?
2. I currently use a cordless set up. I have the base station, which includes one handset, and I have one additional separate handset. I also have one separate answering machine connected to the base station. Can I use my current phones and/or answering machine with either of these services?
3. I've heard with magic jack, the only indication that I have a phone message is that I need to check something online. There is no visual or auditory cue that a message is waiting. Is this true with all these type of services?
4. Is my understanding of how these operate, accurate: the phone service comes in through the Internet cable, just like my current Comcast phone service does?
I looked into Skype several years ago and the reviews were less than encouraging, from a reliability standpoint. I would like to find out your expert opinion on how reliable this type of service is now.
And finally, not wanting to stir up a major debate, does there seem to be any clear cut provider with a superior service/price record?
Thank you very much for your opinion.