"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by GusHerb, July 24, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
Quote from: GG on October 12, 2011, 10:33:59 AMAs a generalization I'd suggest that folks here not mess with "bundles" of any kind unless they're prepared to undergo various forms of lawful torture to keep their old phones working and maintain reliable service. Very often these "new" types of service don't operate with rotary phones. Very often they use VOIP transmission which means no modems either (don't laugh, there are still viable uses for modems: I use dialup to connect to PBXs for remote programming). VOIP, depending on how it's implemented, can also result in a decrease in transmission quality, sometimes as bad as a cellphone (G.729 compression). Usually these services depend on ATAs that in turn depend on grid power and have a backup battery that might be good for a couple of hours of standby: not a good thing in natural disasters that knock out the grid power. Keep the POTS line if you have one. Only way to be certain that things continue to work as they always have. And it's reassuring to know the phone will keep working during power failures.
Quote from: Doug Rose on October 16, 2011, 08:06:34 AMI haven't had a Plain Old telephone line for three years now. I don't miss it a bit, well maybe the radio station that supplied music on talk from Verizon that was "my CPE inside cabling," even though I proved it to them with a butt set at the DMark, but I regress. I went to Comcast digital and it has been wonderful. More of my old phones ring when connected than when I had Verizon. I purchased a Panasonic 616 for testing old phones and I never looked back. POTS line was almost $40 with no LD back when I terminated service. To keep it around would have cost me $500 a year. With number portability, we got to keep the number we had had forever. A Pansonic 616 for the cost of 1 month of a POTS line was the best investment I ever made. For serious collectors it is a must. Just my humble opinion....Doug