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    Question Cable telephone?

    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.

    [edit] Moved it from General Hardware/Software, figured it wasn't computer related enough [/edit]
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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 )

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    I guess it is not Voice Over IP then to hear crosstalk.

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    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.
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    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.

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    It's gonna be VoIP here, so the crossover problem shouldn't be a problem.

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    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.
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    It's on it's own "channel", like digital cable TV isn't effected by internet problems.

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    Yeah, digital cable has its own host of problems.

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

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    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?

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    Cable outages? Never happens! 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.

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