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Re: This is Bob Elek with Verizon.
said by Bob Elek :You mean by forcing customers with limited or no other options to pay for additional services they don't want or need!
... By discontinuing a stand-alone DSL offer after May 6, we can control our cost structure more effectively...
You sir are an a$$.
Re: This is Bob Elek with Verizon.
said by dustman81:C'mon, now you're just going to the other extreme.
POTS is a dead technology.
Name me a single voice service that can even come close to (never mind match) the reliably of POTS. If you care about reliably then POTS is the only way to go. Got a business that can't afford downtime? Get POTS. Have someone in your house with a medical condition and can't take the risk of losing access to E911? Get POTS.
During the floods here last September Time Warner's "digital phone" product failed all over town. POTS kept running like a champ, even in those towns that were without power for more than a week. There was one small town out this way where the flood waters even reached Frontier's CO; DSL service went down in that town but POTS kept working in spite of the two feet of water in the central office.
One of my consulting customers is an insurance agency that changed to TW's phone product against my recommendation. They had no phones in their office for more than a week after the waters had receded. Guess how many customers they lost when insureds couldn't reach them to file flood claims in a timely manner? Ultimately they wound up running their business off cell phones for more than a week; hardly an acceptable solution for a 35 employee enterprise.
Oh, and guess what? In that same office there was a old POTS line attached to a DSL account that we never got around to shutting off. It STILL worked. They were able to use it for faxing and it was the one bright spot in an otherwise miserable week.
We had the POTS lines reinstalled the minute Verizon was able to schedule a truck roll. Go without your phone service for more than a week and the "savings" that VOIP offers you starts to look quite meaningless.
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Re: This is Bob Elek with Verizon. Not everyone has a wifi-capable phone, or wants to use a voip client instead of their cell number.
Ooma may cost $3 but most services still cost more than that. And that price point won't support plant maintenance.
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| Verizon is a landline company. Cellco partnership is partially owned by them. Smartphones are the way of the present, and the future. By and large, people who actually use their phones have smartphones. Femtocells and Wifi callilng are for coverage at the moment, not capacity offload.|
Well, even if the masses haven't figured it out yet, Ooma has set the price for home phone service at $0 plus taxes and fees.
No one I know is going to have a landline after college. They will be 100% cell. Some of them won't have cable, although I suspect they'll be missing that pretty quick.
I think VOIP will ultimately be big for business use, where having a desk phone makes sense, but for home use, land line-replacement VOIP is just a little temporary thing, 100% wireless is the true future. VOIP services like Skype are here to stay, both for international, and for computer to computer.
| |said by BiggA:Ooma is a relatively small and relatively stagnant player.
I'm just saying that Ooma is the competition, and that's what the telcos have to deal with.
Tens of millions of people have gone with cable company phone services like Comcast Digital Voice, Optimum Voice, etc. A few million more have gone with Vonage. Many businesses use Skype especially for international calling.
Then there are many independent VoIP providers, especially in the business market....Paetec, Vocalocity, 8x8, Junction Networks, CallCentric, many others.
Yes, it's a tough market. And many young people go cellular only for their personal use.
But VoIP is a big factor, and VoIP continues to grow as POTS declines.