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Time Warner Phone and Internet Package Opinions
vanity | pfflier

Posted on 07/28/2014 2:19:34 PM PDT by pfflier

My cable bill jumped a bunch this month. When I asked why, several promotions had expired etc etc etc.

Anyway, the service rep at Time Warner gave me a better price on a package deal that includes cable TV, internet and phone service.

A question I have is about continuity of their phone service if the cable/power goes out. It does happen sporatically here.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: timewarner
Does anyone have an opinion they would like to share on this? I appreciate your input and comments.
1 posted on 07/28/2014 2:19:34 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

If you are worried about having a phone, when no electricity is available, a POTS (plain old telephone service) fits the bill.

The phone actually receives power to operate via the local telephone company.

It will always be on.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 2:22:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

“If you are worried about having a phone, when no electricity is available, a POTS (plain old telephone service) fits the bill.”


I’d never give up my landline and old fashioned 500 set.

I know it will always work.

Old fashioned? Who cares !!!!!!!!!!!

.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 2:24:51 PM PDT by Mears
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To: pfflier

I have Time Warner phone service, but rarely use it. I also have Verizon cell phone service so that when the power does go out here, I can still use the cell phone if necessary.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 2:27:16 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: pfflier

Time Warner’s phone does go down during power failures. I switched to ATT Uverse, their phone is battery backed up.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: pfflier

Only twice since mid-2007 for us when we started using the phone service. You have the ability to configure a call forwarding option for occasions when the internet is down either at your location or for a larger area. On both occasions the internet was down, I realized that was the case because both home and office line were ringing to my cellphone.

We use the phone options for both our home and business.

My conplaints are that their contractor missed our move date when we moved 4 years ago and that there are limited call blocking options.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 2:28:18 PM PDT by Roses0508
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To: pfflier

I have a APC SMT-750 a 750mA*h UPS (uninterruptible power supply) attached to the Cable Modem/VIOP and my wireless router and NAS. It is enough power to keep it operating 24/7 for a week if necessary.

It prevents the phones and internet from going away in the event of a power loss, but you must have a hard wired phone somewhere in the house in order to make it work. It doesn’t do you any good to have cordless phone with no way to keep it charged, and charging batteries from a battery powered device is not a good plan.

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7 posted on 07/28/2014 2:30:03 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: pfflier

I’m considering dumping land-line phone for cellular. They also stay up when the power drops, at least in my area. It might be another option if you already have a cell phone with good cell signal at home -and- if TW will run/turn-on a cable just for internet.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 2:30:51 PM PDT by jaydee770
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To: pfflier

My Time Warner bill is nuts. Tried to dump the phone service. They said it would save me $1.00 per month. They also give you fits about putting in your own cable modem. Always saying the ANY brand, ever the one they install, is incompatible. I am looking for TWC alternatives in southeast Texas.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 2:32:10 PM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: pfflier

We have Time Warner cable, tv and phone. When the cable goes down there is nothing until the cable comes back up. We just went through this a couple of weeks ago, however that being said we have rarely lost cable where we live. We always have our cell phones to use.Good Luck and God Bless.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 2:32:12 PM PDT by TRAPPER2 ( God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!! In God We Trust.)
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To: pfflier
We have had AT&T for three months, moving from Comcast where we were for four years. We got a special deal which has 18MB Internet/Basic Television/HBO for $39 a month for 12 months. With Uverse modem and tax it comes to $49.

It's been far more consistent for Internet than Comcast.

We were paying $73/month with Comcast and only had basic cable with the same speed (and I already owned the cable modem).

I guess the extra money went to subsidize MSNBC.

Hope to never go back to Comcast.

11 posted on 07/28/2014 2:32:22 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: pfflier

My bad. I misread your provider.

Please consider leaving Comcast, if possible.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: pfflier

Time Warner service goes out when power goes out. Their internet service is weak even in the best of times, it doesn’t compare to AT&T’s.


13 posted on 07/28/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT by mak5
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To: pfflier

My cell works when the power goes out. For 20 hours standby, anyway. I don’t think it is worth 25 to 50 a month to have a land line that I never use. I recently got rid of cable tv and just have enhanced internet and netflix. I watch what I want, when I want. There are loads of tv options on Netflix streaming, and you can get the new movies when they come out on dvd.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 2:37:51 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: pfflier

It’s probably like my Comcast triple play. If the power goes out there is a battery in the router that keeps service on for a few hours.

If the internet/cable goes out you are down.

We haven’t had a bad experience with ours. Costs jumped a few months ago for the same reasons yours did. ~$130 a month for HD and reg TV, 16 - 40 mbps internet, and 2 line phone with message and other stuff.

Cutting the HD would save $10 but mrs p6 enjoys that. I like watching live harness racing from our local track, pncn state public TV that features local and state government as well as tours of state businesses, points of interest like Gettysburg, and live coverage of events like the state farm show in January. Going to over the air TV doesn’t carry any of that and even ifit can be found on the net it isn’t the same. Plus we live nect to a big hill that blocks most of the OTA TV.

The phone has been great though. We both use cheap pay as you go cell phones as well.


15 posted on 07/28/2014 2:38:27 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Stop the Stupid!)
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To: UB355

AT&T’s land line phones used to be battery backed up. In some areas not anymore. Had an ice storm last winter and the power was out for 3 days. Only cell phone worked. When the power came back on, AT&T DSL worked but the land line was still dead for days. Land lines in a large area was out. Seems like the reverse should have happened. These are phone lines that stayed on during and after Hurricane Hugo.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 2:40:52 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: pfflier

Cancel your cable and phone, keep the internet, and buy a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV and join the streaming revolution.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 3:00:40 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Can you get live sports?
I need FS1, NBCS, and ESPN for Nascar, Indycar, and Formula 1.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 3:02:38 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: pfflier

I’ve had the TW cable, Internet, phone service for years. I love it. A standby, charged cell phone will cover you in case of power outages. The last time I called, they gave me a free DVR which I am really enjoying.


19 posted on 07/28/2014 3:09:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: pfflier

Digital service on the phone and when the power goes out...it is dead too.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 3:10:53 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: pfflier

Stay away from “bundle” deals - that’s their way to lock you in. It is a pain in the a** to unbundle them, if you don’t like one of the services.


21 posted on 07/28/2014 3:33:02 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: pfflier
Thanks to all of you for your input. I now have a much better understanding of what I need to ask and look for in a deal like this.

FWIW My brother lives in Moore OK and during both tornadoes over the past few years he said cell phone service failed. It was eerie because in some of the houses that were absolutely flattened, he could hear land line phones still ringing.

22 posted on 07/28/2014 3:54:03 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

When the cable goes out, the phone will not work, UPS or not. A UPS is also not much good if power is out for days.

During a hurricane, the cable is the first to go out & the last to come back on. I suspect the cable co. is securing its equipment until the storm passes.

As for the old phone line, yeah , it stays on through the storm, UNLESS a tree or limb falls on the lines.

My cellphone seem to be the most reliable comm. device during a storm.

It depends on where you live. In a high rise with underground cabling a storm may not affect your service, but if you live in the country, a bad storm will likely knock down lines & interrupt your service.


23 posted on 07/28/2014 4:10:05 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: pfflier

get a magicjack internet phone 40-50 year, unlimited US calls, perhaps Canada too.

Unbundle! Everyday Low Price Internet is now a 3.0-3.5mb/sec
good for magicjack and youtube videos.


24 posted on 07/28/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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Ah, I have been thinking of Magic Jack if I can figure it out. I refuse to buy bundles when I don’t use the phone much and have a digital converter box for free TV. I just moved and do not want to go back to Verizon Landline phone service. When I had it, I used Netzero for my internet DSL ....not too expensive, but you need to have a landline. Without that, you have to revert to a cable internet connection (TWC in my area) or Freestanding (or Dry Loop) DSL. Earthlink offers freestanding DSL.

My concern w/Time Warner Cable is that I heard complaints of prices going way up, even if you just use them for internet connection. I need to watch my pennies.

I also noticed that you can get Straight Talk home phone service which looks like it’s wireless service....I need to investigate if a wireless home phone service would work with the wireless version of Netzero. I’m not tech saavy enough to understand some of this stuff.

My cell phone is AT&T Gophone, which is pay as you go. It served me just fine while I was condo-hunting and had no perm. place to live.


25 posted on 07/29/2014 9:29:44 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: pfflier

We are looking to relace our verizon land line with OOMA.

Anyone wuse this service?

Is it possible to have 2-3 handsets with the service?


26 posted on 07/29/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

I have a friend in Indiana who uses Ooma, but I was under the impression that Ooma was just for TV....it wasn’t a phone line kind of thing. Something else for me to research!

She says Ooma works fine but again, I don’t know details on if/how it replaces a landline. They use Frontier for internet and vonage VOIP thru their PC for their telephone. You need some kind of high speed internet in order to use VOIP, I believe.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:32 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: midnightcat

Oops, I stand corrected. She does not use Ooma, they have Roku thing for TV. They use Vonage for the phone which does require a high speed internet connection.


28 posted on 07/29/2014 12:17:14 PM PDT by midnightcat
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To: nascarnation

No live sports - but you can stream them on your computer.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 4:06:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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