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    I don't know if it can be done and I've not been able to turn up anything in searching.

    I am going to cut my land line and use my cell exclusively. I'm in the process of porting my land line to my cell.

    I would dearly love to have more than one cell attached to this one line. In other words, if a call comes in, all the cells would ring and the one I answer would "win". Minutes would be deducted as usual. I'm somewhat hazy on the technology, so perhaps it can't happen because of communication with the tower, etc.

    Right now I'm using Tracfone, which may be a further complication as it is a cheapo alternative - at least for me and the way I use my phone.

    Any ideas for me?

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    AFAIK, you can only use one number per SIM. make sure you have good voice mail and maybe a second phone and PAYG SIM as backup.

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    thank, I was afraid of that! What is PAYG sim?

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    BTW, I don't want multiple numbers per sim. IOW, I want a couple of clones of my current phone around the house.

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    You would then need the same number on the SIM card. I guess that your phone operator will only deliver one and if you claim you have lost it, they will disable it and give you a new one. So I believe that it is not possible.
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    Bottom line--can't have 2 cells of any brand on the same #.
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    PAYG = pay as you go, no contract.

    cheers, Paul

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    Tracfone was in a class action suit a few times for bilking their customers. I moved from Tracfone to Virgin, also PAYG, and more reliable. I pay all of $21 for 3 months. But I'm not using it as my main phone, in fact only 10-20 minutes per month.

    A PAYG would NOT be a good substitute for a landline, too expensive.
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    This thread may be among those that vary wildly by jurisdiction. You have a choice of either sticking strictly to the rules of the game in your jurisdiction, or of changing jurisdictions to meet the cellphone of your dreams. What could be more romantic, or more adventurous? Or more anti-climatic when you are forced to admit to the one true love of your life and/or conquest of the ages that you changed jurisdictions (say, did you know that you can download ibarraReal.ttf, free of charge, which just happens to be the font specifically designed for Don Quixote?) for was to sort out your, ah, little problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMaryQC View Post
    I would dearly love to have more than one cell attached to this one line. In other words, if a call comes in, all the cells would ring and the one I answer would "win". Minutes would be deducted as usual. I'm somewhat hazy on the technology, so perhaps it can't happen because of communication with the tower, etc.
    There are services that ring multiple phones simultaneously (Vonage has one named SimulRing). This might requires a third number, i.e., your phones would all have new numbers and your "real" number would be handled by the service. Caller ID will be messy.

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    There are also some business office equipment manufacturers that are offering equipment that will ring cellphones or wireless phones so employees can take their "office phones" with them wherever they go. Pricey right now, but I expect to see home systems take that approach shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    This thread may be among those that vary wildly by jurisdiction. You have a choice of either sticking strictly to the rules of the game in your jurisdiction, or of changing jurisdictions to meet the cellphone of your dreams. What could be more romantic, or more adventurous? Or more anti-climatic when you are forced to admit to the one true love of your life and/or conquest of the ages that you changed jurisdictions (say, did you know that you can download ibarraReal.ttf, free of charge, which just happens to be the font specifically designed for Don Quixote?) for was to sort out your, ah, little problem?
    Are you living in the real world or have you been smoking that stuff again? <img>A cell phone should be for making phone calls, period. It's not a work of art, the love of my life, or a status symbol. It's too small to do anything more than make calls, and some of them have buttons that are even too small for that. When I was a kid, TV's were 13" and black-and-white. The larger size is now easier on the eyes, clearer and of better quality. Who in their right mind would want to watch TV or movies or the internet on a tiny screen again? <img>

    It's a phone, a convenience when I'm not home. My little blue Kyocera cost $10, I pay $7 a month for the Virgin Mobil, and I'm crazy over it. Usually I have some of my 100 tri-monthly minutes left over. It has nice big buttons that I can see and simple directions. So I don't feel like I'm learning another computer system all over agin, since Windows is buggy enough.

    It's just a telephone. <img>
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    Too bad the smilies aren't working in my post above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RochelleP View Post

    Are you living in the real world or have you been smoking that stuff again?

    It's just a telephone.
    Since you quoted my post I should be the one to answer.The real world is bad enough, thank you, but if you know where I can find some really good stuff, that might improve my disposition.

    My point was about jurisdictions (and I was having a bit of fun with the OP given that this was, I think, in Scuttlebutt).In this part of the world there have been wireless phones, not to be confused with cell phones, which are so old I'm not sure you can even get them anymore. You sprinkle a few around your house and it's all one system, with the phones literally wireless externally, and it's just like having an extension phone but without having to plug it into a jack. Because they are wireless you can wander around as you talk and you can locate them where you want them, such as the back yard if that is where you are and yes, for conspiracy theorists, if the neighbours have your wavelength they can listen in too. These are practically museum pieces by now and as far as I know you can have multiple cell phones for a single (cell) number here.

    My present setup, all with the same provider, has a plain old-fashioned phone (for the present at least), plus a mobile gadget that plugs into my laptop computers for internet access (not to be confused with Wi-Fi,), plus fairly high-speed internet fixed location (using the phone line) complete with wireless networking (there go the neighbours again).. I'm still waiting to see how it works out (regarding the cost) or whether I have been sold The Brooklyn Bridge, but it all works as it is supposed to. The regular phone is the same number it has always been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterg View Post
    Since you quoted my post I should be the one to answer.The real world is bad enough, thank you, but if you know where I can find some really good stuff, that might improve my disposition.

    My point was about jurisdictions (and I was having a bit of fun with the OP given that this was, I think, in Scuttlebutt).In this part of the world there have been wireless phones, not to be confused with cell phones,
    They've moved it to General Productivity.

    I was only partly joking, but thinking you were asking the OP to move to get the phone of her dreams. Anything is possible today. And no, I wouldn't have the foggiest idea where to get pot. I didn't even use it 45 years ago.

    Chinese to most of us. Those are not the ones where you plug the jack into an electrical outlet?

    In this part of the world, children go to school not carrying books, but a cell phone in their hands, (Used to be a hairbrush 20 years ago.) They buy them in strange colors and shapes with everything but the kitchen sink attached, and spend the day playing with the buttons. But then again, their parents do the same, and talk about their divorce right in the supermkt checkout lane. But I suppose even in Ontario you've heard about it.

    It's really a scary prospect for our society, as they never really look anyone in the face any more, and will unable to read body language or tone of voice as they get older. Or spell. Or construct written sentences. But it won't matter, because everyone will be the same.
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