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Post by 75X11 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:58 pm

I am having severe problems with Vonages' site and can no longer access it. I am considering changing to Ooma. Anyone have any horror stories or have it and is satisfied with it. Vonage owns straight talk so that is out too. My employer requires a fixed home phone.
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Post by Guest on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:53 pm

I use Verizon home phone connect. It is on my cell phone plan and shares the minutes. You get a modem looking device and can plug your home phones into it. It operates on 4G service.

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:15 pm

I tried Verizon's site but they seem to be obsessed with bundling. I guess I don't have enough business for them.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:39 pm

We have Centurylink with our tv, internet and phone all bundled. They charge a different price every month. Every month my long-suffering frau rings them up and gripes. Charges like "distance equalizing fee" or "equipment initializing fee" or some such bilgewater. Never big money, just four or five extra bucks. The frau hates that, and always gets a credit the next month. I don't know why companies do that. It sucks. We are supposed to pay $99.00 a month, no ups, no extras. They eventually honor their deal. Eventually, after the frau gripes. Good luck.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:41 pm

I used to get a good deal from Verizon's bundle, but, now, every month they raise the cost. I'm getting ready to cancel. Don't get a computer, or, internet phone. Lots of problems, and, ATT is a bunch of crooks.

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:13 pm

You're right about AT&T!
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:11 pm

I've heard that as well.

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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:49 am

75X11 wrote:I tried Verizon's site but they seem to be obsessed with bundling.  I guess I don't have enough business for them.

The bundling does not occur with Verizon wireless. I don't know if it will qualify as a land line by your employer. The devise connects to existing home wiring and uses youe existing phones. No one will know it's a wireless service.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:16 pm

I see verizon actually owns straight talk home phone. I'm looking into that right now.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:39 pm

I've got P.O.T.S. with real copper wires and a rotary wall phone in the kitchen. Does that count?

lol!
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:12 pm

Around the real copper wires are a target of thieves and the L/L service goes down with regularity. Also AT&T is the only show in town. It counts, but it is not the best option around here.
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Post by 35Z5 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:43 pm

Dr. Radio wrote:I've got P.O.T.S. with real copper wires and a rotary wall phone in the kitchen. Does that count?

lol!

Same here plus the wife has a rotary Princess & a std desk phone in her room...

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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:10 pm

Most of the phones in my house are old rotary phones, which I love.
What I Don't like is Verizon has been raising my rates every month for the last six months on my package.
I'm very upset with them.....

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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:35 pm

Dr. Radio wrote:I've got P.O.T.S. with real copper wires and a rotary wall phone in the kitchen. Does that count?

lol!

P.O.T.S. stands for Plain Old Telephone Service. I'm sure most of you know that, but do you know what P.A.N.S. stands for?

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:48 pm

Perpetually Annoying Nuisance Solicitors (on your phone?) Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:27 pm

It's ; Peculiar And New Services

It was an "inside" Bell System acronym used when Touch Tone service began.

Both terms; POTS & PANS started at Bell.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:21 pm

I remember in 1968 when I was in grade school when reps from Indiana Bell came to school with two touch tone phones and the necessary equipment to operate them, to show us how to use them.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:02 am

MEZLAW, I'm looking at the Verizon "home phone connect" as well. We have cell phones with them as well. We have Century Link for the land line and I think your idea would work well to dump their expensive land line. I just need to see if those idiots can provide just DSL as I believe that would be very expensive to run through a cell phone. Your thoughts?
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Post by 35Z5 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:52 am

75X11 wrote:I remember in 1968 when I was in grade school when reps from Indiana Bell came to school with two touch tone phones and the necessary equipment to operate them, to show us how to use them.  

Now days you have to show 'em how to use a rotary... Kid next door was over and asked to call home to see if she could stay awhile longer, at 12 she didn't have a clue how to use it...
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:25 am

Well, it looks like it will be Ooma. I just got a modem on Ebay. Oo.
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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:47 am

jerryhawthorne wrote:MEZLAW, I'm looking at the Verizon "home phone connect" as well.  We have cell phones with them as well.  We have Century Link for the land line and I think your idea would work well to dump their expensive land line.  I just need to see if those idiots can provide just DSL as I believe that would be very expensive to run through a cell phone.  Your thoughts?
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That is the key, getting DSL.  I have a Verizon land line with DSL and I'm betting CenturyLink will do the same, I just don't know what they will charge.  The best bet for internet around here is Comcast. The only thing I cannot do with the Home Phone Connect is send and receive a fax.

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Post by Dr. Radio on Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:57 pm

MEZLAW wrote:It's ; Peculiar And New Services

It was an "inside" Bell System acronym used when Touch Tone service began.

Both terms; POTS & PANS started at Bell.  


A number a years ago one of the original prototypes for the Bell System's touchtone phones (it was a modified 302 with a strange arrangement of "typewriter" looking keys that struck reeds inside for the "tones") wound up on eBay--I think it sold for something like $11,000 !!!

On the net, it seems some use the term "PANS" for "pretty amazing new services" to describe DSL, VoIP etc. when they first came out.
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:16 pm

Well I called Ooma on the 25th to set up my account and port my number. thet said it should take 14 days. I contacted them by chat window and they said nothing had been done on the port as such things can be only done online. I asked the chatter how they managed to open my account and bill my cc by phone. anyway NOW they are starting the process of porting my number and it can be as long as the end of the month before it is done. A bad start.
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Post by Guest on Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:39 pm

Nothing ever goes smoothly with any of them. They all want to be in the phone business but never take the time to learn anything about it. Once you get past the trauma of the change everything should be OK. I go through a few of these each week for my customer and I have to correct them on the same things each week. Believe me, it gets old.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:48 pm

Bet that's fun being in the middle like that. At least you get to provide something they can see and touch. A good phone system is something that is only appreciated fully if it doesn't function and no one wants that kind of appreciation! Very Happy
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