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Saving Money With Phone Line Replacements Part 1: XLink
Muny Dews Blog ^ | 2-27-11 | Muny Dews

Posted on 02/27/2011 8:52:16 AM PST by Brookhaven

At one time, having a dedicated land-line phone in your house was a requirement. Like heat or air conditioning, every house had it. With the advent of cell phones I have found it impossible to justify the cost of keeping a land-line phone—I just don't use it that much anymore. When you include taxes, the minimum cost of having a land-line phone in the house (in my state) is $45 a month ($540 ayear). I only used the land-line phone for 5-10 calls a month, which worked out to be over $5 per call.

I thought about getting a land-line phone through my cable company. At $30 a month it was a savings over the phone company, but it still worked out to be at least $3 a call. So I dumped my land-line and went just with my cell phone. This has met all my needs, but it has added a few inconveniences:

(1) I despise carrying my cell phone with me when I'm at home (at home I want to kick back and relax).

(2) I don't want to race across the house to answer my cell phone.

(3) I often don't hear the cell phone across the house and miss calls.

(4) My spouse complains about inconveniences 1, 2, & 3.

So I've started looking for for someway to solve these problems. I've come up with several. I'm going to discuss the first one now: the XLink phone box.

In a nutshell, this box lets you use all the old style land-line phones in your house to talk over your cell phone.

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The cost of the unit is $99 on the XLink web site, but runs $80 on Amazon. It pays for itself in two months. After that it saves you $540 a year.

(Excerpt) Read more at munydews.blogspot.com ...


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1 posted on 02/27/2011 8:52:20 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: Brookhaven

Interesting. Curious to know what other FReepers think.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 8:57:23 AM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Brookhaven

Bookmark for later reading.
Sounds good.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 8:59:33 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Brookhaven
We haven't had a land line or cable for 5 years. We watch little TV and read more. We use our cell phones for everything. [This post is from my cell]

We economized and decided to dump the land line as it became a nuisance anyway.
We got robocalls on the land line, and everyone we know calls or texts us on our cell.

4 posted on 02/27/2011 9:05:57 AM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: Brookhaven

I think the idea of getting rid of a rarely used landline is good enough to save money. The disadvantages listed here do not seem to be all true. Mainly, if one is already “Carrying a cell phone everywhere while at home,” I don’t see how it would be possible to have to “race to get it when it rings” and/or miss a call.

Also, all of those disadvantages are possible with land line phone calls. The way I see it, I have no use at all for a land line, and see no downside to not having one.


5 posted on 02/27/2011 9:08:14 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Brookhaven

I’ve been using an XLink box for 8 or 9 months. It works well for me. There is sometimes a slight delay when answering, so you may need to wait 1-2 seconds before saying “Hello”.

Also, when keying in numbers, you need to press them for just a little longer for them to register (e.g., when entering an account number or something of that nature).


6 posted on 02/27/2011 9:12:02 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Brookhaven

In my small town, the landline prices kept rising. I was paying $25 a month plus a minimum $5 for anything long distance. Everything outside of town was long distance. I don’t make many calls, so it was hard to justify the $300/year+ bills.

I checked into prepaid cellular and finally found one that I like — Tracfone. I have accumulated hours, so I mostly only need the ‘service’ as the hours don’t expire.

When renewal time came, I discovered that I could sign up for a year of service for under $60 as an enhancement by purchasing the $20 3-month service + 60 minutes card on their website. That was about $77 for 15 months of service plus 60 additional minutes of airtime.

Way cheaper than the landline by about 2/3 and its portable.

I also bought a MagicJack which is okay for regular calls. It seems to have a problem when calling cellular phone numbers, however.

I disconnected the landline about 3 years ago.

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MagicJack hooks into a USB port, so the computer has to be on. There was another service that hooks into the router. That service website, however, listed a dozen routers that it had problems with — and my router is one of them. They advertise for $70, first year, $30 additional years, IIRC.

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Just a quick look at the Xlink website — Xlink seems to be a connection device, rather than an alternative phone device. One has to have cell phone(s) and/or landlines to attach to it.


7 posted on 02/27/2011 9:13:22 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Brookhaven

Forward your cell phone to your local line.


8 posted on 02/27/2011 9:15:19 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: FourtySeven

Your local line, offered by a local phone company offers two advantages:

1. The landline will not fail in the event of power failure.

2. In the event of 911 type emergency your call will be routed to the closest PSAP and answered by local service who will know where you are.

A cell phone doesn’t and currently cannot offer these advantages.


9 posted on 02/27/2011 9:19:17 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Interesting point #2. That may be needed if one is unable to describe one’s exact location.

I don’t know about #1 though. I’m pretty sure a cell phone will work in a power failure. Or am I not getting something?


10 posted on 02/27/2011 9:26:47 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven; Vendome

Cell phones do have the E911 service.

Of course, if you carry your phone and you run off a cliff 20 miles from your home, they won’t be able to locate you via your address.

But, then, you can’t carry your landline with you when you go out, because the cord isn’t long enough.

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Some, I don’t know the extent, cellphones have GPS tracking built in.


11 posted on 02/27/2011 9:32:51 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Brookhaven

If bill collectors have a land line to call, they won’t be inclined to seek out your cell number, thus making them easier to ignore. Sign of the times...


12 posted on 02/27/2011 9:34:20 AM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Vendome
Your local line, offered by a local phone company offers two advantages: 1. The landline will not fail in the event of power failure. 2. In the event of 911 type emergency your call will be routed to the closest PSAP and answered by local service who will know where you are.

I have an IP home phone service, which offers E-911 service, for about $20 per month. I solved problem #1 by putting in a UPS with a large external lead-acid gel-cell battery, which runs the cable modem, router, and phone-to-ethernet box. We continue to get calls even when the power fails, and still have internet to boot.

13 posted on 02/27/2011 9:35:26 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: TomGuy
We've had our Tracphone (very seldom used) for three years now....with the double minute promos, etc. - by spending 99 bucks once a year - we've now got 47 hours of talk time which in our case will never, ever get used.

Bottom line - ya can't beat a one-time $100 annual expenditure.

14 posted on 02/27/2011 9:38:34 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Brookhaven
Isn't #3 in direct conflict to 1 and 2?

I finally got a cell phone and discontinued my land line because the land line was too costly.

I simply treat my cell phone like a land line and leave it on the kitchen countertop and answer it when I feel like it. If I don't, the call simply goes to voice mail........

The only problem I have is what to do about that naked phone jack where the phone used to hang on the wall.........

15 posted on 02/27/2011 9:42:49 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Vendome

We’ve been considering dumping our landline as everyone in the house has a cell. However, we also have a home security system (ADT) that is tied in to the landline. I keep meaning to check and see if they can use the internet or a cell system in place of the landline... Anyone using a home security system without a landline?


16 posted on 02/27/2011 9:49:34 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Vendome

Forward your cell phone to your local line.


Doesn’t that mean you are still paying for your local line?

Kind of defeats the point of saving money by getting rid of the local line.


17 posted on 02/27/2011 9:51:29 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: FourtySeven

The disadvantages listed here do not seem to be all true. Mainly, if one is already “Carrying a cell phone everywhere while at home,” I don’t see how it would be possible to have to “race to get it when it rings” and/or miss a call.


It is an either\or problem. Either you carry the cell all the time at home, or you have to race to get calls.

He doesn’t want to carry the cell phone at home, and he doesn’t want to race to get calls.


18 posted on 02/27/2011 9:53:32 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I have time waner cable with fiber optics. I pay $100 per month for TV, Internet and Phone. Unlimited phone use within 48 states. Internet is so fast video streaming is not even detected.


19 posted on 02/27/2011 9:54:16 AM PST by spookie (SPOOKIE)
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To: ThunderSleeps
I have 3 cell phones with TMobile and 1 with Verizon ( to make sure that we have coverage everywhere we go.) but we have NO CELL service at our house.

All the phones forward to a land line.

When we get in the car we have to stop at the top of the hill and forward all the incoming call fron land line to one of the cell phones.

I get No on-line either thur a hard wire so I have Hughes Net.

No TV signal so I have DIRECTV.

In all I spend $340 a month For Phone,Internet and TV (FOX NEWS).

20 posted on 02/27/2011 9:58:56 AM PST by troy McClure
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To: Brookhaven

I am now getting telemarketing calls on my cell phone.

The digital service from the cable company is not always reliable.

Cell reception in our rural area is spotty at best.

We are rather elderly and must have a reliable phone. So here we are being ripped off by Embarq/Century Link.

GGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRR


21 posted on 02/27/2011 9:59:06 AM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Brookhaven

Well, I have been in telecom since we broke up the phone company in 1984.

If you want to save money, fine. Get the “Crap in a Box” solution.

You will still need to turn on your computer and if the boot up process is particularly lengthy, then you will be at risk in the event of a 911 emergency.

There advantages and disadvantages for each position and neither one is the superior alternative, as humans prioritize what is important to them.

Yes you can save money buying from your cable provider but.... if one does not need voice mail, call forwarding, etc. then you can actually cut your costs down to a basic service plan of around $7 per month. From there you can add the services you require for only $3.50 per month.


22 posted on 02/27/2011 10:01:31 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

smart decision.


23 posted on 02/27/2011 10:02:17 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: TomGuy

Yes, cell phones do carry E911. But, if you are in San Jose, CA and make a 911 call it will automatically be routed to the California Highway Patrol Call Center in Fairfield, CA, some 60 miles away.

Your E911 call, using a cell phone, will not determine your location. I can give you more info as to why later but when you make that call using a cell phone you run a greater risk of sitting a que for a longer time than a landline customer and they have no way to figure out where you are.

If you don’t know where you are specifically, you are going to remain on the phone answering a bunch of questions.


24 posted on 02/27/2011 10:07:50 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
ADT uses your land line to monitor alarms. The equipment dial pulses that info to their alarm center.

Scenario : Disconnected landline..ADT attempts to call you on your landline number...no answer...they roll FD & PD.

Have ADT or another company such as Brinks, you must have a landline.

25 posted on 02/27/2011 10:09:01 AM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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To: FourtySeven

The answer to point #1 is:

In the event of power failure your cell phone tower is subject to power failure. In fact, the best the cell tower can do to maintain power is somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes via battery backup.

Multiply that scenario times the number of cell towers in a given area and the problem is exponentially large.

Compare that to the local telecom who can keep their CO’s powered for as long as 96 hours off the electrical grid.


26 posted on 02/27/2011 10:11:49 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Brookhaven

Part of the issue with the writer is his unavailability due to his roaming the house.

If he in the living room but his cell phone is in the office or bedroom he might miss a very important opportunity.


27 posted on 02/27/2011 10:14:11 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

The cost for using home security without a home line is more expensive than using a landline.

Doesn’t make that decision inferior or is it superior.

It a priroity of the individual.

What’s a important to them.


28 posted on 02/27/2011 10:16:57 AM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Brookhaven

Bookmark.


29 posted on 02/27/2011 10:33:47 AM PST by wfu_deacons
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To: Brookhaven

For those of you who may need to keep a land line for various reasons, give your provider a call and tell them you’re going to switch to a cheaper alternative if they can’t reduce your bill, and you thought you’d give them one shot at keeping your business. You can even tell them how much you’re willing to pay. Tell them you can no longer afford to pay whatever annual cost you are currently paying.

If the first line person can’t help, ask to be bumped up one level to a customer retention specialist or a supervisor. Be pleasant. Be chatty.

RBOCs are hemorrhaging land lines and they are desperate to keep your business, and yet they never call you and tell you that they have a cheaper package than you already have.

You have nothing to lose with this approach and you may be surprised at how willing they are to dicker.

I did this with Qwest and knocked my bill from $78 to $54 per month, and have unlimited long distance, excellent quality, excellent repair service, two directory listings, three numbers with custom ring, practically every other custom service known to man, working fax, every call blocking feature known to man, E911, Caller ID, and service not dependent upon house power


30 posted on 02/27/2011 10:36:14 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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To: troy McClure
I feel, understand and share your pain! Hate it, but communications are very important to us and we feel we must have them. I would love to disconnect the land line as the 25% taxes infuriate me, but we get no cell service, our internet is microwave and tv is satellite. These are the joys of living away from the city.
31 posted on 02/27/2011 10:41:35 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Brookhaven

Yesterday I cancelled all the extras on my land line after 14 years. My monthly bill dropped from $67.60 to $24.00 a month. I need the extra funds more than caller ID and my new vehicle has blue tooth for ease of using the cell. That $43.00 monthly savings amounts to 2 full car payments a year and knocks a year off the car loan.
(Going bald has saved me $144 a year in haircuts... That’s gross)


32 posted on 02/27/2011 10:45:42 AM PST by The Brush
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To: ThunderSleeps

Alarm systems can use cell or there is radio transmitter receivers. Check:
http://www.security.honeywell.com/hsc/solutions/alarmnet/index.html


33 posted on 02/27/2011 10:50:25 AM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Vendome

Those are the reasons we have kept ours.In any emergecy situation the first thigns that fail are power and cell towers.If you want to be out there on your own forsake the landline but do relaize that this is what you are doing to yourself.


34 posted on 02/27/2011 11:05:28 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Vendome

. The landline will not fail in the event of power failure.

2. In the event of 911 type emergency your call will be routed to the closest PSAP and answered by local service who will know where you are.


These are the standard selling points by the phone company to get you to keep paying big money for a landline phone.

(1) The one time when I absolutely needed my land-line it was out.

This was a while back. A policeman came to our front door and said my Dad had been in a traffic accident. We were needed at the hospital to OK surgery. They had been trying to get through to us by phone, BUT THE LANDLINE PHONE WAS OUT.

(1b) Cell phones also work in case of a power outage. In fact (imho) a cell phone is superior to a landline phone in this regard. If I need to abandon the house (say because of fire) I can take the cell phone with me.

(2) 911 is being instituted for cell phones, so I think this is a non starter.

(2b) With the GPS functionality being added to cell phones (currently “there’s an app for that,” but it’ll be standard soon), it won’t be long till emergency services can pinpoint your location no matter where your are. In your home or on a lonely dirt road, they’ll just look up your location via gps.


35 posted on 02/27/2011 11:11:32 AM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: Hot Tabasco
The only problem I have is what to do about that naked phone jack

Yep, that is a problem.

Try this.


36 posted on 02/27/2011 11:30:36 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Carley; All

www.donotcall.gov

Home phone or cell phone. New regs say you never need to renew if you apply now.


37 posted on 02/27/2011 11:36:50 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Brookhaven

I have been without a land line for a long time now. To really save money carefully research your cell phone needs. I used to pay big monthly bucks for the contract phone with the “free phone” every two years that came with a 2 year contract extension. No more. I now use prepay Net 10 phones exclusively. If you buy off their web site the phones come with minutes equal to the cost so the phone is still “free” or disposable. No more being over a barrel when the kid breaks his screen. Net 10 is a subsidiary of the aforementioned Tracfone. Some people will be better off with Tracfone especially those that use very few minutes. The big name big price cell phone carriers can all kiss my grits along with the cable and sat providers. I am close to a major metro area so with an outside antenna I get some 30 odd TV stations so I would pay for cable why? There are savings to be had from ISP’s as well.


38 posted on 02/27/2011 11:51:31 AM PST by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: Cold Heart

I am constantly getting telemarketing calls on the home phone. Same ones too. I report them to no avail.


39 posted on 02/27/2011 12:04:30 PM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Cold Heart

Thank you so much. I had no idea I could register my cell phone.

Just did it!!!!!


40 posted on 02/27/2011 12:19:45 PM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Vendome

I would also add that if you have a monitored house alarm, a POTS line is still the way to go.


41 posted on 02/27/2011 12:27:08 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: MonicaG

If you get rid of your landline, you can have that number assigned to your cell phone.


42 posted on 02/27/2011 2:47:29 PM PST by OldMagazine (You can only do what you can do.)
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To: Brookhaven

MajicJack is $39.99 to buy and includes 1st year of service then $19.99 a YEAR.


43 posted on 02/27/2011 3:12:42 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: packrat35

I’ve used Vonage for six years now, and love it.

I keep a basic land line for the alarm system, fax and emergencies, and have that and the Vonage line plugged into a 2-line cordless phone base station. When I travel (in the US) I just forward the Vonage number directly to my cell phone.

I tried a Magic Jack while spending a month in Costa Rica a few months ago and while it worked fairly well, it was a bit of a pain to have to have my laptop on (and the software running) in order to use it... that’s a negative in my mind.


44 posted on 02/27/2011 3:25:40 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

My computer is ALWAYS on at my house and I was paying $40.00 a month for phone service from cable company. I paid $40 for the magic jack and got rid of the cable phone.
Saving for next year $440.

Regular phone service was impossible as my phone lines stayed messed up for last 2 YEARS I had what could laughingly be called service. Ditched the phone company so I could get phone service that worked 4 years ago. It works but the cable bill keeps growing (had internet/cable/phone package). I don’t have ANY premium channels and bill had moveed past $150. Dropping the phone dropped $40 a month.

Waiting for the next bill to see what else will get cut next.


45 posted on 02/27/2011 3:56:48 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: FourtySeven

Well the communications act of 1934 had a demand that the phone companies will deliver AC power to each phone in its territory.

This would enable communications not matter what, short of the local CO or Tandem switch losing power. But, the Disaster Planning mandate forced the telecoms to install failsafes via battery and generator.

So when I discuss change of service with my customers I always ask if they have an alarm system or a fax machine so they can send and receive calls in the event of a disaster or emergency.


46 posted on 02/27/2011 9:36:57 PM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: TomGuy

Now you are talking about mobile service and it’s not likely they can locate you real time.

Their systems are not set up that way. Funny how the government excises a tax of $1.50 a month to build a system that could but in the 17 years you have been paying that tax any system that has been built is kloogee or hogepoge but, more likely non existent.


47 posted on 02/27/2011 9:39:38 PM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Brookhaven

Nope.

You had an experience but the phone company isn’t selling you anything. Sure, they want to sell lines but I am their competitor and absolutely insist my customers have a single back up line from the local telco.

I get paid nothing on that line but part of our service is disaster planning, recognizing they will happen and building solutions around that eventuality.


48 posted on 02/27/2011 9:42:53 PM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Brookhaven

See this link for more information:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2680871/posts?page=34#34

Hospitals, Fire Stations, National Guard Armories and Police stations have built in redundancy mandate by your local PUC.

The electric grid is built so it can fail when required but if you happen to live in the same grid as one of those, the power will not go out. The local utility places huge Marine Batteries in the CO and at the electrical grid location where emergency services are located. They also have diesel powered generators that will automatically power up in the event the batteries fail and the mandate for most of those is they deliver power for 4-10 days.


49 posted on 02/27/2011 9:48:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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To: Brookhaven

What you want to do is ensure you have 911 service available at all times.

If you want to save money, you order a basic POTS with no features.

ATT, in California, delivers that service for $6.95 plus tax.


50 posted on 02/27/2011 9:50:36 PM PST by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously... You’ll never live through it.)
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