I dropped my land line years ago, but kept my land phone. It has Bluetooth which connects to our mobile phones so when we get a call it rings all of the land phone extentions we have around the house. Works great.The reason I use an OBi with my Google Voice line is to interface with my wired house phones. A call incoming on my GV line rings all my house phones vs trying to find and answer on my cell. If I am away from the house I answer with the GV app.
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DO NOT CALL REGISTRYTurbo.....We have both land and cell.....yet we get scammers on both...tell me your secret.
All of our numbers are in there, yet they still call. Read an article the other day where they say it's almost impossible to enforce since they spoof numbers.DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
donotcall.gov register your numbers there and it becomes a crime for them to call you. not sure if or how it is enforced buy I haven't received those calls since registering my numbers
If cell towers are down, and the internet is down, probably best to just take the person having the emergency to the hospital yourself, because the all the first responders are likely already busy, anyway.Costly being not able to connect to 911 because of no cell service.
What I really like about the landline is this: I give my cell number to no one outside of family and friends. Everything else gets the landline. All those online thingies that REQUIRE a phone number to move on and, Dr's, dentist, UPS, Fedex, Harbor Freight, Hair Salon.. sometimes it may be legit, but I have to have someway to separate myself from all those telemarketing companies that are networked somehow with all the other companies...the cell is sacred...I want to cancel land line telephone service at home. I can get combined unlimited wireless phone calls and adequate mobile broadband data
for lower monthly cost.
I've heard some people will keep their land line in addition to their wireless plan, because the land line is more reliable to call for emergencies
I don't want to spend money for both. I've never used my smartphone for voice calling, only for internet. Isn't cell phone reliable enough, if one needs to call police/fire/rescue?
I have had Ooma for probably 15 years, it has been much more reliable and the price cannot be beat. You set up your address as part of the signup and when you call 911 it sends them your address.Yes...DJLAND is correct, but I have tested it on our system and seems pretty reliable in relaying to my local police.
I'm an old F---, addicted to having phones throughout my home and not carrying around my cell phone everywhere.
I did switch to OOMA for the home phones...which is VOIP (voice over internet) and have been very happy with a monthly home phone charge of $5. And you can get a host of fancy services for $10/month if you need such.
I called 911 last week from my cell. A map came up with my location on it with a message stating that it was being sent to 911. Not sure if it was ATT or android that the message was from.In that interval, how many 911 calls did you make?
I'd like to see the 911 call failure rate for landlines vs. other means, but I doubt these numbers will see the light of day.I called 911 last week from my cell. A map came up with my location on it with a message stating that it was being sent to 911. Not sure if it was ATT or android that the message was from.
I've been without a landline for almost 20 years. No cable TV either.
GPS on a phone can use cell towers to help pinpoint you, but it mainly relies on satellite. GPS on a phone may need cell data for the maps and directions, but that is only if the person is using a GPS app that relies on that.I was stuck in a storm in Rhode Island which affected cell service. Not only did I lose cell phone usage, but my gps was down because my cellphone was down. Now I travel with a regular GPS and as much as a ripoff it is, I still have a home phone.
Stretching a bit? Yeah, I'd say so. Who has a corded phone for their landline, anyway? Without power, your cordless phone won't work, either. And yes, I have used my cordless VOIP phone during a power outage, and it worked just fine. My 911 service for my VOIP number is registered to my address, so the dispatcher has it the same as the POTS.As for VoIP instead of POTS, well - I wouldn’t want a human life depending on a $200 SOHO-class WiFi router - no matter how good the UPS that it’s plugged into. Ever go to use the Internet and the only way to get it working is to reboot your cable modem, then the router, etc?
Imagine doing that techno-dance in between chest compressions on your loved one - just so you can get a call out to 911. No thanks. You can have my POTS service and telephone that works without a battery over my dead body. Literally.
Also, a mobile phone should have a lock screen enabled. Can you get it open in the middle of the night when woken from a dead slumber? Does the face recognition recognize your pillow-face? Maybe I’m stretching a bit there, but - these really are things to test.