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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, Aug 6, 2008.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Isn't a jump to reorder without my authorization called slamming? Maybe
    it needs a registered mail letter to tell them never to do that.

    I sure doesn't sound like VoIP. Those long packet latencies don't show up.
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Sure, but they still have to pay something to Missy Bell because that's
    where how the bill comes and is collected.
  3. Guest

    Is it something like this?

    DD-WRT, FreeRadius, phpMyPrepaid...?

  4. krw

    krw Guest

    We packed in the land line and long distance charges years ago. Two
    cell phones cost us about the same as just the local charges on the
    land line did.
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Out here you wouldn't really want to do that. A friend who did has to go
    into his front yard every hour or so to see if someone left a message.
    Inside the signal strength is between zero and one "bars". No fun when
    it's cold or rainy.
  6. Guest

    Ah, thanks. I wasn't aware of (1) and (2).

    For (5), since you're using a Linux box, does it matter if it's
    powered down properly or not? 'shutdown -h now' and all that...?

  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    That would require some major prep work with the chain saw and log
    splitter, plus he'd have to sit precisely in one spot.
  9. neon


    Oct 21, 2006
    GET SMART. Go to $50 to buy it and use USB to talk to anywhere in the world for free all you want anytime you want. you get voice mail by calling your # . drawback little must use your pc TO call. ATT was renting phones forever at ridiculous prices i paid so did everyone else but no more .
  10. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I've read about many of those techniques in the past. Some legal, some
    borderline, some outright illegal such as booster amps. But at the end
    of the day you have just turned an untethered cell phone into a really,
    really expensive POTS device. Plus maybe a royal back pain from climbing
    that old pine tree, sap that won't come out of the clothes anymore, a
    rash from the poison oak at its bottom, and so on.

    What I recommended to my friend was to get a real telephone. I think
    Walmart has them for ten bucks and you never get a low battery warning
    or overage because of too many lengthy local calls on those ;-)
  11. Guest

    How much do those PC-104 boards / systems cost?

    Disable write-caching, use ext3... I'll keep that in mind.


  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Sure, but that seems to be a lot of trouble just to get to the
    performance POTS already had almost a century ago ;-)

    Monthly service on POTS is under $20. Our friends who went cell pay
    $40-50 per month. Except me and my cell which is pre-pay. That's only
    about $5/mo but not if I'd use it for all the local calls. Those don't
    cost extra on POTS.

    Same here. My back ain't too great anymore. I don't want to get stuck up
    there and suddenly can't move.

    That would require that you are either at a home, in a Starbucks or near
    a home with unsecured WLAN (which in and of itself is legally iffy).
  13. Charlie E.

    Charlie E. Guest

    Hi Jeorge,
    Well, we went for the 'all in one' plan, that includes all you want
    domestic long distance on the line. Easier to budget that way. Plus,
    we have a second line on Vonage that includes our 877 number. Since
    we got off cable modem and went to DSL, the Vonage line has been fine!

    BTW, IIRC you HAVE to designate a long distance carrier. It just
    doesn't HAVE to be ATT...
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Nope, don't have to. I just cancelled long distance for this here phone.
    Had to call two different (!) AT&T companies, one to cancel LD and the
    other to cancel the plans we had. No idea why they don't talk to each other.

    They charged a fee of $3.98 for the privilege to cancel!! Does anyone
    monitor monopolies these days?

    Anyhow, now we will be using a 10-10 number for LD. About 2c/minute to
    places like Europe. Why on earth can nobody offer that just as a
    designated long distance provider so you don't have to pre-dial a 10-190
    number? If the 10-10 guys can that means there must be enough bandwidth
    available at the matching wholesale price level.

    BTW, one guy at AT&T asked me if I was unhappy. I said yes, because of
    being slapped a min charge but that this ain't the main reason. "Oh, and
    do you have another opportunity to call long distance?" ... "Yes" ...
    "Well, we could offer you a better rate at xx/min plus x Dollars
    monthly, can I interest you in this" ... "Thanks, but not right now, we
    pay no monthly fee and $0.02 to Europe" ..... *THUD*. That really
    floored him.
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