Broadband forum: Can I cancel my basic phone service?

by: exmusicbuyer January 30, 2006 12:46 PM PST

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Can I cancel my basic phone service?

by exmusicbuyer - 1/30/06 12:46 PM

Here's the background info:

I have the basic Verizon telephone package and now have Verizon DSL. I had problems getting it working, so a Verizon tech came out and diagnosed the problem as being the filters. He ran a dedicated phone wire that the modem now goes to. I believe the wiring goes directly to the phone box and is not part of the "regular" phone wiring. Everything works fine. The setup does not use filters, so I assume this is because it's not going through the regular telephone line and that the line the tech ran was a copper line.

I have no speed or access issues.

I have a cell phone and the contract is month-to-month now.

Here's the issue: After looking at my bills and usage, I'm certain it would save me money to take the next logical step and drop my land line service in favor of a decent cellular package. I wouldn't remove the line, but I would cancel the service.

However, Verizon says I must keep the basic telephone service in order to keep getting DSL. This doesn't make sense to me since the DSL line goes on its own to the phone box and I never signed up for any DSL/basic phone service package.

Is this correct? Do I have to keep my basic service and phone line while I've got a dedicated copper line?

Maybe later I will explore VOIP, but right now I'd like to keep it simple: keep my DSL and use the cell phone as my house phone.

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