Land-line Emulator

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by jpanhalt, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. jpanhalt

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    I am considering going entirely wireless for phone and Internet. The Internet is probably no big deal.

    For the telephone, I simply like the feel of a handset and the ability to dial while still listening.

    Is there a cell phone or docking station one can use with a cell phone that would give the same "feel" as a land-line phone?

    John
     
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  3. Nik

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    One snag: When the power goes out, cordless base-stations stop working and cell-towers over-load with frantic calls.

    Whatever you use the rest of the time, you really, really need a land-line phone to call for help.

    FWIW, we've a DECT system with six (6) neat handsets, plus two wired phones-- One in master bedroom and one beside the AidCall auto-dialler near the front door.
     
  4. jpanhalt

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    Wow, thanks for the fast answer. It is even available (but backordered) in black. Spoke with two providers and a total of 4 agents today. Not one of them had ever heard of such a device.

    @Nik

    There was a time in my life when I needed to be in contact. I carried both phone and pager. Now, there are many days when I don't get a single call. It's great. As for service interruptions, I am on cable, and it has been out twice today already. ATT phone was not a whole lot better during storms. The OLD copper lines do have their limitations too. When cable goes out, it is the Internet, not the phone that I miss.

    Maybe there will be something like a 911 Internet address that actually works. For now, I would just send e-mails to my family or activate the alarm on my car. BTW, keeping your car fob handy is something all older people should consider doing.

    John
     
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  6. marshallf3

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    When we lose our power we lose everything - except for the good old ma bell phone line which is why I keep a regular old $3 plug in phone around the house.

    Can't stand internet telephony either, my connection is usually rock solid but if I lose power my whole network goes down and there I'm sitting in the dark but with a UPS on the DSL modem I can usually get my laptop online.

    That product called "magic jack" converts a regular phone handset plug into a USB connector.

    As to cell phone add-ons there are tons of those, most work with Bluetooth though.
     
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