Fixed Wireless, Need Cheap Landline Plan

What's the cheapest way to keep a landline active? Mobile reception is spotty indoors where my parents are so I really only need to keep it around for emergency reasons.

Anything lower than $30/mo?

Edit: oops landline service, not landline number.

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  • Fixed wireless

    They get fixed wireless internet, but can still get a landline? Is the fixed wireless for cost reasons or serviceability reasons?

    What's the cheapest way to keep a landline number active?

    You can transfer the number to a VOIP provider. It'll be by far the cheapest way to keep a number, if you just want to keep the number.

    If you can get wired internet, then an internet bundle is the 2nd cheapest way.

    Last option is Telstra Home Phone budget ~26/month, but I suspect that'll go away soon enough.

    • There's no other option for internet. It's 4G or fixed wireless.

      And I realise I made a mistake in the original post: I want to keep the copper line not just the number, so no VOIP.

      I'll check out that Telstra plan, though. Can't find it on their site so I'll try and hassle them over the phone.

      • I'll check out that Telstra plan, though. Can't find it on their site so I'll try and hassle them over the phone.

        Just google it for the details. You should try live chat, store and phone to see if they can sell you the plan, even if it's no longer on the main website. Different sales channels have different results.

        I really only need to keep it around for emergency reasons

        The vast majority of emergency services (lift phones, fire alarms, security monitor) now runs using 4g. They have all sorts of solutions with battery backup and antenna extensions. Medium term, you probably want to get comfortable with them. The copper line with stop working at some point.

        • Parents are well outside of city limits so while I know the copper might go away at some point, there's no replacement for it where they are.

          I'll look into alternatives, though. Between you and the poster below, you make a good case for spending that ~$360/year on something else.

  • +3 votes

    Could also look for mobile signal boosters I'd say. If you are spending $30 * 12 for one year, that amount might be enough just pay for the booster (just a guess)

    • Okay, this is actually a legit idea to solve the indoor issue. It'll still need a battery backup for any fixed equipment that relies on it indoors. Thanks.

  • I transferred my landline number through to iinet VOIP when I got NBN/VOIP package.

  • If they have working 4G/Wifi, why not just use VoLTE/WiFi calling?