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Old 02-09-2019, 04:38 PM
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I know one thing that copper POTS lines are still good at is when they help 911 locate emergency calls. BTW, when I worked at a call center for a telecommunications company, I sold POTS service to a young man of the Old Amish tradition so they can have it for emergencies.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:40 AM
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How does 911 work on a cable companies digital phone network,does anyone know??

I havent ever dialed 911 to test it and Im curious how they do it... It cant psosibly go itno the polices 911 switch like a reg copper network does... It must go into a call center and you tell them what # to connect you to?? (Police,fire,ems)

I dunno....
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:38 PM
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I have a plain landline, and it works fine ... but I essentially
don't use it, on the other hand, its cheap.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:08 PM
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...on the other hand, its cheap.
I wish mine was cheap! My monthly bill for my land line is right at 70 dollars! The ONLY option I have on my line is call forwarding. Nothing else. No caller ID, no call waiting, not even touch-tone! And still it's 70 bucks!

I think part of the reason is the distance I can call. To the South, I can call to the other side of Beaumont... which is about 45 miles from here. They call it "extended local calling" and I am not able to opt out of it. Funny thing is that I cannot call more than 10 miles to the North. Woodville is only 17 miles up the road and that's long distance.

For businesses and purchases requiring a phone number (which I think is so stupid), they get my home number. That's only if I deem it to be at least half-ass reasonable for them to need it. I only give out my cel number to people I know personally.

I think it's completely asinine that I cannot go into certain establishments to get a freakin' haircut without first giving them a phone number. I've walked out of a few places because of it. When I ask why is a phone number needed to lower my ears, and they tell me it's for their system, I end up getting mad and try to explain how ridiculous it is to need a phone number. Then I get pissed and leave.

One place tried to get my number and I told the girl she could make one up... I wasn't telling her mine. She told me the system would know if it was a bogus number... so she ended up putting in her own. Crazy!
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:41 AM
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Not a landline but an Xlink BT to have a proper "home phone" (2 WE 510 rotary dial phones)

I've never had a landline as an adult.
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Charlie; how come no touch tone? Are you talking about D.T.M.F. or something else?
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Old Today, 10:49 AM
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Correct... no DTMF. For my area, it's actually optional. It doesn't save much... less than a dollar I think. Since I only have two old rotary phones for the house line, it wasn't necessary to be charged for something I didn't have a use for.

Years ago, I had every option you could get on the phone line. As each year passed, and the bill went higher, I would have them remove the options that I felt I really didn't need... all in an effort to keep my basic bill from exceeding 50 bucks.

Ten years ago, my last "modern" phone crapped out (it was only 5 years old) and being disgusted with cheaply made junk from overseas, I decided not to buy a new one and just let my old rotary phones do the job. It's damn near impossible to destroy the old Western Electric phones. They're in the same classification as an old Zenith AM radio or the Ford 300-I6... freakin bulletproof!

So now, all I have left on my bill is call forwarding and "remote" call forwarding. I use that when I go back to sea. All my house calls get forwarded to my cel phone while I'm on the ship.

Now, it's at the point to where it cost more to have a copper land line than it does a cel phone... which seems absolutely crazy.
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I don't know if this technically qualifies as a land line, but I have a cordless telephone connected to Spectrum (Time Warner Cable) phone service; the telephone service comes through the same cable as my cable TV and Internet. I have several features on my line, including touchtone, caller ID, call waiting, unlimited long distance, etc., which are part of my basic service package.

BTW, My understanding always was that TT was more or less standard nowadays on all US telephone lines. I can't imagine why any US telephone company would still be using rotary (pulse) dialing in this day and age.

As far as long distance goes, most phone companies these days have unlimited long distance as part of their basic service package. The telephone service in your area must be provided by a company which still considers long-distance calling, caller ID, et al. as extra cost options, although again I can't imagine why. I would think these days, even phone companies in smaller towns would provide most services, including caller ID and unlimited long distance calling, just as phone service providers such as AT&T, et al. have been providing for years now. You must be in a very remote area of Texas, miles away from the state's major cities.
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