said by JJJohnson:
In comparison to a POTS line, have you found that CDV is cost effective? I'm talking about non-promotional pricing following the startup deals that Comcast offers.
Have to factor in the additional cost of an eMTA at $7/month instead of just being able to buy a cable modem for $50-$85.
Just about any VOIP is better than my local POTS. My POTS, with a single line, caller ID, not even local calling to all the bay area (apparently the LATAs are the size of postage stamps) and just caller ID as my 21st century feature from AT&T was $35/mo. It sounded like crap thanks to the 80 year old copper lines and long run to the CO.
Switched to PhonePower last year. Prepaid for 2 years, total cost was $260 for 2 years. That buys me two lines, full SIP credentials so I can have my "home phone" anywhere I have internet, voice mail (with web access, email/SMS notification, iPhone client) and caller ID. Unlimited calling local and LD, etc... you know, 21st century features.
Yeah, that's cheaper and better. The voice quality is noticeably better. The service has gone down less often than my POTS service.
Every time I look at CDV, it seems like it would be better quality, more features, but about the same cost after promo (business class means I would need business voice, which runs about $30-40/mo even bundled...)--
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