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Re: That would work
said by hottboiinnc:So then, what is on the other end of the "dual band 800/1900 MHz CDMA" radio link? Someone with a wet finger and semaphores?
what do the towers have to do with this device? the device does NOT rely on any tower.
These devices have been around in one form or another going back to the "ranch phone".
What am I missing here? What exactly does this do that just using my cell phone won't do? So I can plug a home phone into it? Yeah, but this box is still a wireless device, so it's still going to sound just like a cell phone. If it had a, say, 12-hour talk time, then maybe I could see it being useful in power outages, but it doesn't do any better than a mediocre cell phone.
You want my opinion? This is a feeble attempt to get people to keep a "landline" that isn't really a landline at all. But the bonuses to Verizon are two-fold. First, they can market these pseudo-landlines in areas where they aren't the ILEC, and, second, in areas where they are, they can focus on selling these and let their copper plant sit in the ground and rot even faster than it's doing now.
Re: "Broadband" phone device?
said by elray:Never. 99% of sheep dont know any better.
Since when is 8 Khz "broadband" ?
Its a CDMA cellular gateway.
Will they be introducing an "HD" or "POTS" voice codec, so the connection actually *sounds* like a home phone, not tin cans and a string inside a fish tank?
said by elray:When they add more control channels, or increase signal power so your phone isn't at 1 or 2 bars all the time (or stop inflating bars and just give the DB reading from the field test menu).
Will they guarantee incoming calls ring through?
POTS doesn't seem to have trouble with the concept.
Cellular service, on the other hand, routinely drops your inbound call into voicemail, without explanation or apology.
Santa Monica, CA
·Time Warner Cable
said by dvd536:Number, please?
Call me when you have a device that DOESN'T EAT MINUTES!
If you read the article or watch the commercial, you'd note that they do offer a $19.99 standalone plan, that offers unlimited domestic calling.
Re: Why would anyone want one of these?
said by qworster:yeah, and how much is that POTS?
First off, you have to pay for POTS service to your home. Then you have to pay for cellular minutes. besides, people with VOIP have been able to forward their home phone to their cell for years
if im reading that right, using this i can transfer my POTS from my current provider that costs say ~$40 a month, to this gizmo for just $10 a month, saving me $30
plus caller i.d. and other stuff included that standard POTS does not include for free.
some people have a land line in addition to a family plan, im one of them.
now, me personally i wouldnt switch. the plus side to pots, if the power goes out, it still works. bad weather comes through and knocks out the cell tower? pots still works. got a flood? pots may actually still work (we had POTS all through the flood of 94' here).
said by wkm001:They don't, but why should that stop them from saying it? I mean, remember those DirecTV ads that said their service was "100% digital quality", never mind that that phrase means absolutely nothing in terms of how good the audio and video would be? These are all just buzzwords that sound good to the uneducated masses but that don't mean a damn thing.
I'm pretty sure the data rates that travel over CDMA do not fit the definition of broadband by the FCC.