Re: Bundling is cheaper. The TimeWarner modem that I had (and replaced) both came with batteries.
Hacienda Heights, CA
Re: Bundling is cheaper. same here - our battery backup for the VOIP/data modem is built into the modem itself, and lasts at least 4 hours.
TW's phone service is actually great. no complaints. but, this is the first i've heard of the $4 hike. i'm about done with random price hikes. plus, we're on a bundled deal that i think protects us from such hikes for another year or so. adelphia had the family that was bilking the company out of 100s of millions... what the hell is going on with TW? there hasn't been an appreciable increase in service in years - certainly nothing i'd call a competitive advantage over the other providers (we're just locked in because the other providers don't exist in our area).
the reason why we moved to TW phone was because ATT/Verizon were charging us about $60 minimum just to have the phone active and not be limited to our own area code. it was a "we don't want to service you anymore" charge - i think the deal is that they want to get out from under all the old franchise contracts with the city that require them to share line access and provide low-income-tier service. all the fiber stuff is on a separate set of contracts and the FCC doesn't require fiber services to share. goodbye POTS.
anyway, this $4 is another sharp pinch, but i think we're still winning over most of the other landline services available.
aside from all that, the TW VOIP service uses bandwidth separate from the data bandwidth. if we purchased a standalone VOIP service, then i'd have to carve out some bandwidth to make sure the new system would always work. it's doable, but i'd rather not.
for us, i think the choice is solely between TW VOIP + cell or just relying completely on our cell phones. there are 911 and security system monitoring issues with relying on cell phones, so i think we'll have to stay with the VOIP. i'm certain the wife feels that way.
if we had a choice to go with FTTH, we'd do that in a second.
summary - if we are charged the $4 fee, then i'll call them up and ask why that isn't part of our bundle deal. if they push the hike through anyway, then i may threaten to remove all our TV portion of the cable bill and see if they'll cut us a deal. i'm on the fence. i like some TV live, but our whole family probably watches too much TV as it is. i haven't priced out SAT-TV in a while... but last time i checked, our bundled price/service wasn't going to be beat by mixing and matching SAT-TV and CABLE-DATA-VOICE.
my guess is that the reason why the hike is $4 and not $5 is because $5 would put the price difference within about $5 of mixing and matching. if i want the three services, i don't think i'll find a cheaper rout. let me know if i'm wrong.
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Re: Bundling is cheaper.
said by exRolmman:Then why do 911 calls from a cell phone go to the State Police barracks in Northampton (MA) instead of straight to Springfield like they do with a landline. And with GPS, in the case of a Duplex (like I live in) or an apartment building, they really cannot exactly pinpoint which unit the call is originating from. My duplex is split down the center but this would be dangerous with an upstairs/downstairs unit.
E911 PSAP ( Public Safety Access Points ) can track cell phones. They have programs on servers and CAD dispatch systems that can even tell the speed you traveling if you in a car. I know I install and work on these systems.
In my little world, I would not rely on a cell phone as a primary means of emergency communication. They are good for emergencies on the go (car accidents, hiking/camping emergencies, etc) but are not reliable for most household emergencies (child not breathing, fires, home invasion, etc). Cell phones do make a good backup though.
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Re: Bundling is cheaper.
said by TBBroadband:Must just be the police here. I get the same thing on AT&T Wireless. They claimed to know my location in a car accident and kept insisting I was in Pittsfield, despite repeatedly telling them I was on the Hinsdale side by several miles. They call back and say they sent Pittsfield and can't find me, mind you, it's the middle of winter and my car was killed with the windows blown out. Luckily, the lady that hit me decides to let us in her truck. I start screaming at them, calling them idiots because I gave them my exact location 5 times but they would not believe me. So they finally agree to send Hinsdale and they find me almost immediately, after wasting over an hour with sending Pittsfield in the freezing cold, with me and my passenger having significant injury.
That is how the cell carrier has it set up or they are routed by default. You may want to talk to Verizon Wireless about that or the State since that is an OLD way of transferring calls for a lot of areas.
And if you're afraid of a home robbery you should have an alarm system and turned on when you're in the house. And yes, you can have a wireless system that uses Cellular Networks and not a landline. ADT makes them and plenty of other companies. And they can obtain your address the same as Sprint's AiRave device with GPS. Also how is a cell phone not reliable for a fire? If you have a fire your main concern isn't to call 911 right away, but to get everyone out of the house and then call.
So cell phones are great for making voice connections in such situations, but I would not trust the technology the police use to track them as far as I can throw it!! We would have had the much needed attention from both police and EMTs much quicker if it had not existed and they just took my word for it. Funny thing is, I polled my GPS after their insisting and it spot-on located me in Hinsdale.
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Mount Vernon, NY
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Re: Bundling is cheaper.
said by JimMcCoy:Not here they don't. I have an Arris 602 No battery. My daughter in NYC has the same, also no battery.
Time Warner DOES provide batteries for the modems: standard 4 hour battery is free of charge; larger capacity has to be bought from manufacturer.