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Options for cutting the cord… the phone cord

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Tom Servo, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Brian Hanasky

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    I haven't had a home phone for almost a year now. No problems. I can order PPV via the website if i want it.
     
  2. RunnerFL

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    As the other guys already pointed out from a DVR standpoint you don't need phone lines hooked up.

    If you still want phone lines hooked up though but don't want to go thru the big money grubbing phone company check out MagicJack. I have one and every phone jack in my house runs off of it, including the caller ID on my DVRs.
     
  3. Glen_D

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    Yeah, I was also wondering about the MagicJack, as I was reading through the thread.

    I still have a landline, because my house seems to be in a "dead spot", as far as wireless signal strength. The cell phone signal at my house ranges from "no service" to 1-bar. It improves dramatically if I go a block or two in any direction. I'm in the middle of an urban residential development.
     
  4. skatingrocker17

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    I've never had phone lines hooked up to my receivers, except for one for caller id purposes.
     
  5. Codfishjoe

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    I also heard that techs got docked 5$ per receiver that was installed that wasn't connected to a phone line. Not sure if thats true or not but definitely possible considering the money drain it can be for undownloaded ppvs for dtv. That being said, I also believe alot of techs these days will just say it is connected to not get docked, or they took away that penalty for not having it connected. Either way a phone line, as stated above, is certainly not necessary for anything except ordering ppvs through the remote for the most part.
     
  6. wallybarthman

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    Check out Ooma. It doesnt need a computer and no monthly fee.
     
  7. joe diamond

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    The "connectivity" issue is more stupid than you guess. There is an arbitrary and fluctuating demand that installers connect a specified percentage of receivers. The fact that some homes have no land line....1 in 6 and increasing... have no land line or plan to get one.....this fact is ignored by the installation companies.

    The lack of "connectivity" just pisses techs off and they quit as the other BS descends. It is used to deny promotions and deduct pay. The system works fine without phones connected as others have correctly stated.

    Joe
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    MagicJack is awesome and works great for me. All I did was go out to the box on my house and cut the line running in. I then took the output of my MagicJack and plugged it into the wall outlet by my PC. Now all of my wall outlets are live and are fed by my 1 MagicJack.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    MagicJack doesn't have a monthly fee either.
     
  10. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    You get what you pay for. I have heard many calls on that and they did not sound too great. Might depend on internet bandwidth though.
     
  11. The Merg

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    In the other thread discussing this topic, I remark how they really need to update that section to refer to a phone line or network connection to the Internet. Maybe DirecTV will get around to the 21st century and update the text. :)

    - Merg
     
  12. RunnerFL

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    Quite possible. I've had maybe 2 or 3 phone calls over a couple of years of having one that were "bad". Most of the time the quality is the same as a land line.
     
  13. AMike

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    I have not had my receivers hooked up the phone line for many years now. I have had zero issue with programming being mirrored on all receivers.

    I also have Ooma for over a year and it has been great. The line quality for us has been outstanding.
     
  14. rahlquist

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    The reason you dont see itnernet connection mentioned is this. The $5 receiver fee for each recivers is often referred to as the mirroing fee. Why would I pay D* $5/mo to use my network?

    This is just one of those bs areas where D* should sit down and fix their working contracts etc, but that takes time and money and its not worth it.
     
  15. Rich

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    I've had an OOMA for quite a while now. I pay an extra $119 a year for all the bells and whistles. Without the goodies, there is no extra money at all except for the initial cost of the OOMA box. I paid $199 for mine and figure I saved damn near $800 a year. The things I really like about the "bells and whistles" is the Blacklist that allows you to blacklist any callers you don't want to receive calls from. That includes EVERYBODY. The other thing I like is that the OOMA service defaults to my cell phone if the Internet goes down or you unplug the OOMA box.

    For $199 it blows away the competition and gives you a couple goodies that I don't think the Magic Jack gives you. Not sure about that. That's a one time charge. The $119 yearly charge for the "bells and whistles" is optional. The sound quality is the same as a land line and the HRs will work with it just as if it were a landline.

    So, I don't have a landline and haven't for quite a while. What's D* gonna do about it? Considering I pay $200+ a month for D* service, I doubt if they are gonna make me cancel.

    Rich
     
  16. Tom Servo

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    So worst case scenario if I get a tech who insists on hooking up a phone line, I just tell him the phone service won't be activated till next week, but hook 'em up now anyway. ;)
     
  17. Rich

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    I've never let an installer (techs are a rarity where I live) activate an HR. I do the hookups and can reach the ACT quicker than they can reach whoever it is that they call to activate an HR.

    But the time is coming when we will need an installer present when we activate an HR. When I activated my 24-200 it defaulted to a screen that asked the installer to call a certain number and give them his "number", whatever that means. Turns out it wasn't really needed, all we did was restart the HR and it downloaded the correct software and worked correctly. But the time is coming when, at least, the 24s will need an installer present for activation.

    Rich
     
  18. Scott Kocourek

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    This sucks, while I am not even close to having the knowledge that many people here have, I really don't want a tech to do my installs any more. (Unless it's a dish.) I have replaced about half of the connectors on my cables since my install was done in order to keep my receivers working. Now I haven't had to change things in a long time, other than when I switched to the SWiM-8.

    In the near future I would like to add a h24 to my setup, then I need to go to the SWiM-16, but the only reasonable way is to get the h24 from 3rd party and have Directv install the WHDVR setup for $99.00. I guess I'll have a tech out anyway.

    But as for a phone line, I do have one of four hooked up because it's right there. All of the receivers are connected via ethernet though.
     
  19. The Merg

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    You would not be paying $5 for DirecTV to use your network. The mirroring fee is that they are mirroring your subscription package from one receiver onto another because they have proof that the receivers are in the same location. The fact that they determine this via the phone line or Internet should not make a difference.

    I do agree that the TOS do need to be updated.

    - Merg
     
  20. Tom Servo

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    Can't IP addresses be rather easily spoofed?
     

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