>>52536697 no, because the local exchanges (where the telephoneline from your house goes to) use voip equioment that is far better than any consumer grade device, so it is better to keep the old landline-phone rather than buying some cheap voip converter with bad voice quality. In fact it's even possible that the old phone + professional voip equip. will work better!
I got rid of mine in 2014. My carrier didn't pull any shit like this >>52538178 and I save a pretty good amount. I wanted to keep it because landlines are not dependent on power, which can be valuable when I'm buried under 10 feet of snow (a very real possibility where I live). However, landlines by me are being phased out in favor of VOIP connections and they'll even refuse to repair an old landline if you're unwilling to move to VOIP, so keeping it was just a useless expense. I even had the old number ported to my cell.
>>52538178 >>52539246 I swear to God, do you use TWC? If you want a better deal, call in and tell them you need to cancel the service, you'll be transfered to retentions and they'll give you a much better deal, and prolly cut that shit out. Also hassle them about the price changes for 2016.
I still prefer a landline phone over a mobile one. It's more comfortable to hold, calls are cheaper, and I know where it is - right on my desk, and not in the pockets of a jacket discarded somewhere in my apartment.
Landlines used to be more reliable, too. But not anymore, with this VOIP shit you get at least as many dropped calls as with mobile phones.
Land lines, by which I mean wired ones (900MHz or 2700MHz wireless home phones) were SO much nicer to talk on than modern phones.
These days you're probably talking from one GSM phone, through your mobile provider, to another mobile provider, possibly with a codec changes, then out to the other GSM phone. Or even worse, to a CDMA network, or to some VOIP system.
Modern phones have a ton of latency, which leads to the "I ... uh, no, go ahead. No, you go ahead" walkie-talkie nonsense. And often times their sound quality is complete shit. Add in tinniness from some low-budget VOIP setup and your calls sound like ass.
You used to be able to have real conversations over the phone. You could almost hear body language.
That's probably why kids these days mostly text. Not because it's so much better than talking, but because modern voice communication is so shitty.
>>52538154 I have my work cell set to ring simultaneously with my office line. Only actually use the desk phone when it's a conference call that I know I'm not going to be talking on, or headset required scenario. 90% of the time I pick up the cell.
Pick up a landline - ever expect to NOT hear a dial tone?
Try to place a call with a cell - is it abnormal for that to fail and need retried?
One network was created for scalability and robustness to always work. The other network was created to generate as much profit as possible and oversold.
This is why in large emergencies a cell network is fucked. Towers can only hold an extremely small percentage of total customers at a time.
Then of course you have the simple fact that emegency 911 calls with landlines will also transmit your physical address and home layout in many cases. With a cell phone you can still call 911 but you need to provide more details yourself. In some cases that's fine - in others it could lead to huge issues.
This of course doesn't even touch on much of the landline infrastructure being replaced with VoIP.
Where do you work in telecom where IP isn't rapidly replacing your phone system? I guess if you live outside of the U.S., maybe. Even AT&T is sunsetting PTSN in favor for IP. Also, cell phones have gotten way better. Still not perfect, but cell phone networks were designed to support phones over... well... Radio. Radio is far more likely to have issues with interference and of course isn't as reliable as landlines because it's all over radio...
Which brings us to an important point, cell phone networks weren't inherently designed "to generate as much profit as possible and to be oversold." I feel like that's a really major misconception with cell phones and it isn't really true. You work for telecom, yet you're selling hype that is technically inaccurate? Nice.
Regardless, I work in FTTx, we use battery back ups on our ONTs to support phone services for ~8 hours after a power outage, it's no where near as reliable as POTS, but POTS is dying. It's not feasible to maintain with dated equipment, half of which AT&T had to use eBay to get parts to replace different components with (see the FCC sunset filing).
IP phone is the future. As in, the near-er future.
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