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Phone or no phone?
Posted by: foolish man" ()
Date: April 14, 2008 09:09PM

I almost never use my home phone but I do have DSL for my pc. Verizon tells me I have to maintain a home line to use their DSL. Since I hardly ever use my home phone due to having a cell is there another way to have DSL without paying the cost of a home phone line?

Sorry if this is a entry level computer question but I am a novice.

Thanks

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Re: Phone or no phone?
Posted by: Good Speller ()
Date: April 14, 2008 11:10PM

It's cheaper to have the home phone AND the internet service.

If your neighborhood has fiber optics laid down, you can get phone, tv, and internet for a little over a hundred bucks.

I used to have DSL and it cost me $85 a month almost, plus Direct TV on top of that.

FIOS kicks ass.

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Re: Phone or no phone?
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: April 15, 2008 10:24AM

foolish man" Wrote:
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> I almost never use my home phone but I do have DSL
> for my pc. Verizon tells me I have to maintain a
> home line to use their DSL. Since I hardly ever
> use my home phone due to having a cell is there
> another way to have DSL without paying the cost of
> a home phone line?
>
> Sorry if this is a entry level computer question
> but I am a novice.
>
> Thanks


DSL sucks. It is incredibly slow compared to other forms of broadband. I would suggest getting FIOS or digital cable. You can have the home phone (using voip) bundled with the package.

The main reason to have a home phone is for 911 access. Cellphones don't work very well with 911. Voip used to have problems with 911, but I think that may have been worked out.

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Re: Phone or no phone?
Posted by: SE ()
Date: April 15, 2008 11:13AM

I also learned that you need a landline for home security systems as they aren't compatible with VoIP. Which sucks.

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Re: Phone or no phone?
Posted by: foolish man" ()
Date: April 15, 2008 05:11PM

Thanks for the help, forgot totally about the home security part needing a landline.

Much thanks

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Re: Phone or no phone?
Posted by: Purus ()
Date: April 18, 2008 01:22PM

I used to use verizon DSL about 4 years ago and at that time they offered a plan that is $5 per month and gives you a dial tone and the ability to dial 911. I do not remember what it was called but it was pretty much just so you could get DSL.

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