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penbay

join:2009-09-18
Warren, ME
reply to CybermatriX

Re: POTS 911 vs Vonage 911

in almost all locations you can keep an old pots connection for 911 dialing only even without purchasing any dial tone for it - the 911 call will still go through.


blohner

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said by penbay:

in almost all locations you can keep an old pots connection for 911 dialing only even without purchasing any dial tone for it - the 911 call will still go through.
Not true at least in NY State Verizon territory. Once you cancel your line it goes dead - no dialotone, no 911 - even so they might leave line voltage up to keep the wires in good shape they won't allow any dialing (I have 5 such dead lines in my basement from the times before I switched everything to VoIP)
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said by penbay:

in almost all locations you can keep an old pots connection for 911 dialing only even without purchasing any dial tone for it - the 911 call will still go through.
Where exactly have you seen this done?
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penbay

join:2009-09-18
Warren, ME
both upstate NY (syracuse) and MA (boston).. in both cases the cancelled line did have (unpurchased) dialtone - but only 911 calls connected (used once in each case). It wasn't attached to a bill of any sort. I have an old verizon line here in Maine that also isn't attached to a bill and it too had a dialtone last I checked it - I've never tried to dial any number on it.

I guess it isn't universal - but it was true in those cases and I believed I had read it was common. Obviously not worth relying on if other people have different experiences.

PX Eliezer70
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said by penbay:

in both cases the cancelled line did have (unpurchased) dialtone - but only 911 calls connected (used once in each case).
Some states require this---some don't---but the fact is that it cannot be RELIED upon. This has been discussed at length in the past in the main Voip forum.

For a current Voip 911 discussion, see:

»[General] VOIP and 911

garys_2k
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reply to penbay
Not true anywhere in Michigan. Dead is dead.

But for the OP, we have VoIP 911 with several wireless phones as backup (one dedicated to the house as the failover phone). Probably all together not as reliable as POTS 911 here, but still enough for me.


ToxicDrew
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reply to sonofjay
Here in Western Mass (Verizon) my dead POTS has 911 available to it. My kid was playing with a old phone and placed a call to 911 I found out when the police came knocking. I was dumbfounded.
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