10 forgotten wonders of 1980s homes
brain at jbrain.com
Wed Dec 30 13:24:19 CST 2015
On 12/30/2015 12:12 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
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> All of this has me wondering how long it's going to be before POTS
> completely disappears from the infrastructure. I've been
> experimenting with one of the Obihai VoIP boxes and have been
> pleasantly surprised at the quality. I haven't tried yet to see if
> the 554 rotary dial wall phones in my garage and shop will still
> work. They were installed in 1980--so that ties this in with the
> subject material.
I am not worthy of this conversation, but I will put in what little I can.
We were spoiled in South Dakota, as somehow (and I am sure someone knows
and will enlighten us/me) the rural telcos (LECs?) tapped into lots of
funds from somewhere to drop fiber to all of the rural homes. 50Mb was
the slowest speed, as I recall, for data. The catch was that you had to
buy a telephone service with your Internet, probably for some
legal/regulatory reason. But, it was cheap, and we bought just the
basics, and 50Mb was more than one could expect when you are 8 miles
from the nearest town and on a large acreage. So, in markets where this
type of service is offered, I think telcos will thrive.
When we moved to Iowa, we found a choice large acreage just minutes from
the edge of town, but POTS service was so expensive compared to our SD
options. We went with office grade cellular Internet (unlimited 4G) and
I bought one of those Internet to phone dongles for pennies online. In
a small twist, though, I disconnected our house telephone wiring from
the telco and simply plugged the dongle into our house telephone
wiring. Now, we have all the phones in the house connected to phone
service through our cellular connection.
I am sure it is not that original, but my touch phones don't know the
difference (like you, I have not tried my rotary with the extra long
cord), and it is $10.00/year versus $35.00/month for POTS.
brain at jbrain.com
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