[AMRadio] Landline vs cell

manualman at juno.com manualman at juno.com
Tue Jul 26 14:43:43 EDT 2016

When Sandy came through the metro NY/NJ area in 2013, POTS service went
down in many areas. Telephone lines and poles were scattered all over the
place. Several central switching offices were flooded badly. Some were
never restored. For others, it took months to get them back up and
running. Most of the area had no above or below ground electricity for a
week or more but I never lost cell phone service. For the cell phone,
Hi-Fi quality is unimportant to me. If I can make the connection and the
messages are passed and readable, that's all that counts to me. I got rid
of POTS service many years ago. Too much cross talk, dead air, fast busy,
and other anomalies brought reliability down to near zero. My in house
landline is now through my cable service. Works extremely well and I can
even use my 500-type telephone on it.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:47:14 -0400 "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:32 PM, Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> > I refuse to have a cell phone conversation that lasts longer than 
> a
> > minute or two.  To me it is a tool to transmit information like 
> "I'll
> > meet you at two at the supermarket."  not much more than that.  
> Any
> > real phone call for me has to be on a land line.
> >
> Agreed. I recently had to convert my old flip phone because they are 
> no
> longer going to support 2G. The replacement lacks coverage in some 
> areas,
> so I bit the bullet and went with a new 'smart' phone (a promise I'd 
> made
> the wife a while back anyway). You should've seen the Verizon 
> wireless
> salesman when he saw my old phone. He couldn't understand the 
> concept of
> using a phone just as a phone. Told him I have a laptop for 
> emailing, much
> easier to read and more comfortable to use. Cell phone is seldom on, 
> only
> when I want to use it. Otherwise it becomes an electronic leash like 
> a
> pager.
> My analog cell phone from last century had excellent audio. As soon 
> as they
> started the switch to digital in 2000, audio quality went down the 
> tubes. I
> have an old WWII surplus rotary phone for the station. Everyone 
> comments on
> its great sound whenever I use it.
> > Steve, I've heard those cable telephones with the battery backups
> > didn't make it long during the Sandy power outage.  Folks who 
> still
> > had POTS were the only ones with phone service.
> >
> The copper stays up only as long as the local/main office has diesel 
> to
> power their big Detroit Diesel gensets. So long as they can keep the 
> fuel
> trucks rolling and lines aren't down, they're fine.
> Copper landlines have become very expensive to maintain due to the
> migration to cellphones. Frontier took over all of Verizon's lines 
> down in
> NC. With DSL I think we were paying around $68/month. The new place 
> here in
> VA already had FiOS installed, probably just as well. At some point 
> copper
> will likely go away other than for specific, dedicated uses.
> As to the battery backup, it really depends on battery size, age, 
> etc. The
> FiOS box has a gel cell in it almost the size of a motorcycle 
> battery.
> About $30 to replace, you can buy it and install it yourself. They 
> claim
> 12+ hours for phone use, I'd expect no more than 4 unless it's brand 
> new.
> We had Time Warner Cable for a brief spell, lost phone for several 
> days
> after a big thunder storm took out a splitter. No battery backup for 
> the
> modem, so when you lose power, you lose phone. That combined with 
> the worst
> customer service on earth got us back to a landline and DSL, which 
> wasn't
> noticeably slower than the TWC 'turbo' service.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4

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