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Anyone using Verizon Home Phone Connect?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by chuck1996, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    Exactly. If your voip (virtually any provider) goes down it has a "fallover" option which sends the call to any other number you prefer.

    Of course if the voip providers servers go down you are SOL. We had no power for 10 days during Sandy and never missed a call. We kept our cells charged (and our computer based hot-water heater working) by using one of the 3 battery back-ups we couldn't use to watch TV or used our cars when we went out to find food in the dumpsters behind restaurants (JK on that)!. We would have had no POTS line for 10 days since a pole came down in front of our house and took out all the land lines as well as our internet.
  2. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    +1 on VOIPO. Been with them for over 4 years and never had an issue that prevented a call. I have 2 dedicated lines/numbers for $190 for 2 years. Best deal around (IMO of course).
  3. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Not only is VOIP dependent on one's internet connection, but on the quality and bandwidth capabilities of their servers. Magic Jack works, and works just fine with D* DVRs. I have no problem with caller ID working.

    However, Magic Jack's servers are half-baked and we suffer dropped calls, stuttering audio and so-so audio quality in general (although it is not horrible).

    The internet connection here is no loaded heavily by us, and most of the time meets its rated 6 megabits/sec. I've seen it drop as low as 3.5 Mb/s under some circumstances, but that is still way faster than what is required by MJ's voip. As I recall, when I measured it, I was seeing about 150K bps.

    I don't consider VOIP emergency reliable, at least not MJ. Cell phones are fine for personal emergencies, but if there is a local issue, cell phones become very unreliable, as they sell 10x the bandwidth they can support. When a local emergency happens, everyone gets on their cell phones and they become useless.

    That's why emergency planners all insist on radios.

    We use VOIP to protect our cell phone minutes, and it is acceptable for that. We gave up our land line two years ago and save about $365 per year. So far we have gotten along just fine without a land line.

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