I've never hooked up a landline in my house. (been there for 18months
or so). The cost to have a land line every month was the same as
getting a family plan on cell phones, but the cell's get free long
distance and we can talk to anyone else with the same cell phone
company (including each other) without dipping into our bucket of
My inexpensive phone (as cells go) has a 1000mah battery that lasts for
about 4 hours of talk time without being plugged in... Not to mention
it works anywhere and everywhere, comes with call waiting and all of us
have our own personal answering machine called voicemail.
Cordless phones and land lines in general are becoming obsolete for the
residential customer. My opinion.
To some degrees. Except where I live (south Florida) I have to keep a land
line in case of power outage from summer hurricanes. Most times power is
out the phone (not cordless but the traditional kind) still works without
However, the overall reliability of the land-based, public switched network
still exceeds that of wireless. So far...
Remember, the cell phone network relies on LANDLINES between cells.
I wouldn't bank on it, given the horrendously INACCURATE, exaggerated and
downright FALSE "news" reporting that came out of the disaster.
I suspect the cell network first began to fall apart when the hurricane killed
electric service to cell sites. The standby generators eventually ran out of
fuel, and that's all she wrote - for the cell sites with towers still STANDING.
Then, when everything went underwater, including telco Central Offices *AND*
cell tower huts (at the base of EVERY cell tower), it broke down completely.
Wireless connectivity may be more CONVENIENT than wired, but it is certainly
not more reliable overall.
If Katrina taught ONE thing, it should be: You're on your own.
Also, it taught us that, should the unthinkable happen again, there will be NO
cell phone, NO landline, NO government assistance and, most importantly, the
next time local officials tell you to evacuate, you'd better get your sorry
@$$ out-of-town ASAP.
Quite frankly, I was pleasantly surprised that MANY more weren't killed in
It's true. <sigh>
My company (ILEC) is deploying DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) high-speed
internet as quickly as possible, but it's not quickly enough for those still
beyond the reach of DSL.
You'll notice the big cable (CATV) companies have absolutely NO interest in
connecting to most would-be customers that live in sparsely populated areas.
I consider it fortunate that "we" are "required" to provide at least dialtone
to those poor, rural "slobs" - on their million-dollar acreages, rental
farmhouses or little cabins on the river.
Many of them are mad at us because we are STILL the "only" choice for landline
connectivity, nevermind DSL. Without knowing the politics of WHY that monster
cable TV company that serves the nearby, big city, doesn't (and won't) compete
with us out in the sticks, they blame the ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange
Carrier) that still provides them service - and their neighbor 1/2-mile down
the road - for not doing more, sooner, to deliver broadband.
Do the math: Twenty customers along a one-BLOCK stretch of cable; or
Two customers along a one-MILE stretch of cable.
Without the SUBSIDY of the high-density subscribers in the city, many rural
customers would be paying $300/month for what it cost to build and maintain
the infrastructure JUST to serve them - and they'd never get it paid off.
Yes, they will.
Whatever you can do wirelessly can be done on a wireline FASTER and more
I have several customers with "standalone" DSL. They think they have no
"landline" because they use only their cell phone for voice. Ah, but they DO
have a "landline" - a copper pair delivering DSL to their phone jack(s). I
installed one today - DSL on copper pair w/NO dialtone. I temporarily add
dialtone to the pair while working it up to the new premise because it's a lot
easier to listen for DT (and ID the line number) than to have to rely solely
on my DSL tester and train-up at each step of the way. Once done, I return to
the DSLAM and tear-down the dialtone portion of the loop.
I bought one of these Motorola sets earlier this year:
It is quite basic (although it includes an answering machine) and the
battery life is quite good. (My wife leaves it off of the charger a lot and
I have never gotten a "low battery" message.) Also, the 5.8 GHz signal
doesn't interfere with WiFi and microwaves, which was a problem with my
My previous phone was a Siemens Gigaset. This was the BEST phone I ever
owned. It survived a full submersion in the bathtub (at the hands of a 1
year old), being left outside in a rainstorm & numerous drops. It finally
died when it fell out of my toolbelt while I was standing on a 12 ft ladder.
If I could have found another one of these, I would have bought it in a
heartbeat. Unfortunately, I think Siemens stopped selling cordless phones in
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Certainly not like the old kick-em-down-the-stairs-and-use-em phones we grew
up with. Even my collection of old 2500 & 2554 (Touchtone desk and wall
phones by Western Electric) are gone, their keypad or some other vital
function having finally died.
Sad but, virtually true.
In the last, few years, I have bought probably 5 or 6 AT&T& Trimline<tm> 210
corded telephones. Sure, they're a "throw away" but what isn't these days?
Besides, they don't get much use hanging on the bathroom wall and other, low
phone-use areas. They're good phones.
I got a nice "hit" Googling "Trimeline" "210" - with the quotes.
Chuckle. There is a <big> crate in my basement that resembles that remark. I
had to take my 1974 pre-modular 2500 out of service after I moved, because
it made the dialup connection go half-speed. The 2554s did the same thing.
Now using 3 old trimline TTs, and a 500 rotary in the bedroom. I used to be
able to buy real WE's at garage sales, but haven't seen any in a couple of
years. I can't bear to shitcan my collection- one of these days I may clean
them up and mix and match parts (mostly interchangable) to get a few working
ones. Some of them are weird enough to have collector interest. Most of the
rotaries work fine, but I'm too old and lazy to put rotaries at positions I
actually call out from. (The bedroom phone gets used to answer calls maybe 3
or 4 times a year.)
Pay attention, Terry- us old farts were rambling about REAL phones. Corded,
weigh several pounds, say Ma Bell on the bottom? Like your parents probably
had? I have no idea what a cordless phone can do to the dialtone- never had
one, never plan to.
No. His old-fashioned CORDED phones slowed his dialup speed.
I proved this phenomenon in my home, prior to converting to broadband.
To ensure ideal conditions for dialup service, the telephone line/pair should
be "dedicated" to the modem: It should run directly from the demarc to the
modem input. From there it can be distributed.
For a while, I depended on the "Phone" output jack (relay) on the back of the
modem to isolate the stuff beyond when off-hooking and surfing but even THAT
was insufficient to achieve maximum connection speed. I created a DPST,
surface-mounted toggle switch that physically/electrically opened the pair
beyond the modem. This resulted in a DRAMATIC improvement in connection speed.
Remember: In telephony, if installing a switch, it must open/close BOTH sides
of the pair to maintain circuit "balance". Failing to do this will silence
the equipment beyond the switch but will create an audible hum on the line.
The hum increases with the "lopsidedness" of the pair.
Simply removing ALL other equipment from a dialup connection may make a
noticeable improvement in connection speed. Your mileage may vary. Always
wear a helmet. Professional modemer on a closed circuit. This space for rent.
It's not your phone that's the problem - it's the batteries. If you get a
new phone with the same power system, your problem will remain the same.
(Hint: With NiCad batteries, DO NOT put the phone back in the charging
cradle until the batteries go dead)
Replace your existing batteries with Lithiums.
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