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How To Convert a Landline to VoIP

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Traditional Landlines are being phased out, and by the end of January 2027 it is planned that the existing copper network will no longer be used for voice calls. Indeed, after September 2023 it will no longer be possible to order a new telephone line which runs on the copper network.

Home phone services will continue to be available, and will run over your internet connection - this is known as a VoIP service.

What is VoIP?

A VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service allows you to make and receive calls over the internet instead of using traditional phone lines. It offers numerous benefits, including cost savings, advanced features, and flexibility.

Can I keep my landline number for VoIP?

Yes, in the majority of cases you will be able to move your number from your existing telephone provider to a VoIP provider. This process is known as number porting.

Number porting takes about 10 days to complete and there is usually a charge to move your number.

Can I use my landline phone for VoIP calls?

Yes, in most cases you will not need to buy a new phone if you're moving to a VoIP service.

If you have a VoIP enabled router you will be able to connect your existing phone in to the back, and after a few additional settings within your router you will be able to make calls.

The easiest option is to use an ATA, also known as a VoIP adapter.

What is a VoIP adapter?

Also known as an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter), this device connects your analog phone to the internet thereby allowing it to communicate using VoIP technology.

An ATA is simple to set up - connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the ATA and the other end to your home router. Then, plug your phone into the adapter using a standard telephone cord.

If you are using Freeola Voice, any ATA that we supply will auto-provision, which means that it will set itself up without you having to do a thing.

What are the benefits of VoIP?

Once your home phone is connected to VoIP, you can enjoy the benefits of cost-effective and feature-rich communication, including call forwarding, voicemail, a mobile app, and more. Additionally, UK calls and international calls are much cheaper and clearer than calls made over the old copper network.

How do I convert my landline to VoIP?

Converting your existing landline to VoIP is pretty easy. A residential VoIP provider such as ourselves can offer a range of VoIP services, in many cases cheaper than your current landline. Freeola Voice services come with low call charges and no contract.

Presuming you've chosen Freeola as your VoIP provider, we can provide either a VoIP adapter or VoIP enabled router as part of your order, usually pre-configured to get you set up easily.

Summary of the steps for connecting home phone to VoIP

Connecting your home phone to VoIP allows you to enjoy the benefits of internet-based calling while keeping your landline phone number and handset. To recap:

  • Choose a VoIP provider and select a plan that includes home phone connectivity.

  • Check if your current home phone is compatible with VoIP. If not, consider purchasing a VoIP adapter or a compatible phone.

  • Set up your VoIP service by following the instructions provided by your provider. This usually involves connecting your modem or router to your home phone system.

  • Test your VoIP connection to ensure you can make and receive calls without any issues.

Why choose Freeola Voice?

Our Home VoIP services offer great value, with no contract. With a small monthly fee and cheap International and UK call charges, your costs will always be low, and you'll get all of the advanced features and benefits of a modern VoIP service, including:

  • Prepaid discounted minutes with Voice Pro

  • Call Blocking

  • Call Waiting

  • Voicemail

  • No landline charges

  • Crystal clear calls

  • Handy Mobile app

You'll also have access to our knowledgeable UK support team if you have any problems.

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