Local cable companies now offering phone service ??

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Johnny, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    The local cable companies in my area are now offering phone service through the cable lines. This a for a lot lower price than the phone service through Verizon, and the others of course.

    Ie; My local cable company has theirs for $29.99 a month and it includes everything. Verizon is $70.00 a month for everything. This is not voip - Does anyone else area offer this now ???
     
  2. madmatt

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    In Central NY Time Warner Cable has been offering phone service for two years.
     
  3. ejn74

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    the cable company has it for the same price you mention. we have had it it the area I am in for the last year.
     
  4. kcnychief

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    Yeah, places in MA have been doing it forever now too. Each company uses it as a marketing tool so you only have one bill for everything.
     
  5. X-Istence

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    Not VOIP? Weird, mine is VoIP. And it is through the cable company as well. The VoIP stuff is handled by the modem itself, which will put a stop on the upload/download when the phone is being used, a drop of about 20 kb/sec either way. My cable box has an internal cable company only IP address as well, which it uses to retrieve the channel data and whatnot, I found that out when I plugged into the serial port on the back of the box. Runs an changed version of OpenBSD.

    Cablevision currently has their special for a year, $30 for each service:

    $30 for Cable + iO ($10 + $5 (* HBO, STARZ and others))
    $30 for Phone
    $30 for Internet

    After that it goes to:

    $50 for Cable + extra's
    $34.99 for Phone
    $40 for Internet

    Really neat.
     
  6. Johnny

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    nip, it's not voip. there is no modem for it or anything; they run the line to the telco box and the phones get hooked up the same as usual ...
     
  7. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I think it may be VOIP but the whole hookup is in that telco box. I seem to remember a friend mentioning something like this, it is easier for Mr. and Mrs. Electronic-Illerate, to them its a regular phone line.