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Jon P. Inghram
5th March 2003, 16:54
Anyone here using cable telephone? Cox Cable here in Wichita is supposed to start offering it next month from what I hear, and it's WAY cheaper than SWB.

Moved it from General Hardware/Software, figured it wasn't computer related enough :)

Kruzin
5th March 2003, 16:57
I used it for a while, before I just decided to forget my land line alltogether and went wireless.
It worked fine, but I did notice a little crosstalk, and could occasionally hear voices and/or radio stations off in the distance.

Jon P. Inghram
5th March 2003, 16:59
Ok, I'll keep that in mind. We were going to just go wireless too, until we heard about them getting ready to start that up here in town.

Gurm
6th March 2003, 05:35
Yeah, the multiple-service-over-broadband services are pretty decent. VERY cheap, but as Kruzin said there IS crosstalk. Great if you're a voyeur, but irritating as hell if you like private calls. ;)

Plus as he said (and as I discovered a few years back) if you're in a big enough city that they offer those services, you're also in a big enough city that digital cellular sounds as good as a land line. And is WAY cheaper. ;)

- Gurm

Sethos
6th March 2003, 06:16
It is really convenient, well b/c you get everything over one line, ya know...a bit annoying on cross talk and all that stuff, but overall a pretty good deal considdering the price. wireless is cool and as one salesman put it to me "The wave of the future!" (I left very soon there after :) )

~Sethos

efty
6th March 2003, 07:44
I guess it is not Voice Over IP then to hear crosstalk.

Wombat
6th March 2003, 10:51
Hmm, I haven't had any experience with this tech. However, I'm <B>damn</B> sure that I'd rather have AT&T Wireless's tech support talking to me, rather than Comcast's.

Dr Mordrid
6th March 2003, 12:32
We have cable phones, but it's not VoIP.....just multiplexed over the cable line with the TV and internet service. There is a daughtercard in our outside box that splits off the phone for separate routing.

Dr. Mordrid

Jon P. Inghram
6th March 2003, 12:48
It's gonna be VoIP here, so the crossover problem shouldn't be a problem.

Wombat
6th March 2003, 12:58
Originally posted by Jon P. Inghram
It's gonna be VoIP here, so the crossover problem shouldn't be a problem. Does your cable provider already oversell their service? Dropped packets and lag would really suck on the phone.

Jon P. Inghram
6th March 2003, 13:58
It's on it's own "channel", like digital cable TV isn't effected by internet problems.

Wombat
6th March 2003, 15:28
Yeah, digital cable has its own host of problems.

You're still not making me feel any better about this....

RedRed
6th March 2003, 15:58
I have had digital cable here (NTL) for a couple of years..... No problems here - yet..... its a bit cheaper than coper phones & broadband & satelite- where you can get it - in Northern Ireland......

Get some of the SKY channels, cheap phone & broadband.....

RedRed

Gurm
6th March 2003, 19:59
Well, let's put it this way...

My land-line never has "outages".

Cable and Cable Modems have "outages".

Do you really want your phone to go down because some ****nut messed up the routing?

- Gurm

Jon P. Inghram
7th March 2003, 11:09
Cable outages? Never happens! :p That's a good point though. If we follow Oklahoma Cities price plan, it'll be about $18 dollars a month. We've got a cell phone that's not activated, we'll see if there's any services that can get close to that.

Gurm
7th March 2003, 11:22
Yep. Sadly, around here the cable goes out on a regular basis. So do cable modems (when available). My parents cable modem goes out EVERY DAY for at least a few minutes.

I need a more reliable phone line than that, thanks.

- Gurm