i currently have a dedicated phone line with telstra. with nbn i won't technically require a dedicated phone line, so unlike before, i now even more (i did consider going naked) question the purpose and point of maintaining a dedicated phone line that costs $324 anually - not counting calls. some people probably already gathered that i must not make many actual phone calls. correct. in fact, whilst i might make 2-5 a month, sometimes less, 99.9% are fluff i make because i can since i have a phone. i can basically live (yes, really) without having a landline now - except for mommy. yes, dearest mumsie can't be cut off. if i kill off my telstra landline (because i'm already rocking internet via nbn fttp ftw - and that's all i want, fucking internet) how will i call mumsie or she me? we yak a couple times per month, sometimes up to or past an hour. so here i am asking people who socialize and shit, because i absolutely don't. what are my options for what i want, which is actually just to be able to dial a local (perth) number and talk to mumsie. she is old and not into internet or mobiles. don't bother, those two options are off the table. she does have, and will until her death, a dedicated phone line. i use skype on a windows pc (for free to other skypers) but know you can buy credit for real money which then allows you to call real phones. at least i think it is so. could that be an alternative? oh sure, as it is, she calls me too, but her not being able to could work too, because instead of me calling her twice per month and she me, the same, i'd just call her all four times. i say four, but it's really about two per month. once she calls and once i call, specific instances notwithstanding. so apart from mobiles, what options do people have? remember that i pay $324/year for a real dedicated phone line and really only around another $10-20 on top for calls, so if any alternative is even half that, it won't be worth it. i mean if any alternative is around $150 or so, i might as well keep a real phone going which allows me to make any calls anytime i want and all that jazz. i don't think i'll turn it off, so i suppose if i really think about it, i am refreshing myself with what alternatives there are nowadays, so i know just in case, and so that i have an updated (since the 90's) plan. i mean i am not in such bad shape that i can't afford to keep a $350ish landline going, shame on me, but it's the mindfuck. for all intent and purposes, i keep a dedicated $324/year phone just for mum, so she can call me and i her. around 24ish calls per year counting incoming/outgoing. oh and one important question about any of these "software" phones. how do they handle (if at all) instances when you have to "press 1" to continue and such? which nowadays is basically any place you call including dominos. with a real phone, you just press the keypad, and that's that. i assume from a technical perspective that actually sends a tone down the line and la la la... but since software "phones" are fake and you don't use a physical keypad, can they emulate the same result? i don't know, i never ever used "software" phones, but if i was ever to switch, they would have to be able to handle that, lest i could never call a business or most places. like, imagine using a rotary phone nowadays. apart from homes, you'd be stuck at a menu with no way to navigate it.