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Old 07-21-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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Default Do any local telephone providers offer real landlines?

Does anyone here have a real hard-wired telephone landline at home, and if so, who is your provider?

By "real" I mean no VoIP or digital subscriber service. Wikipedia calls it "POTS" (plain old telephone service!)

We would like a reliable home phone. Tried searching online and the hard copy phone book and it seems everyone here just offers digital service now, not a true hard-wired landline.

In the "old days," I remember phones still worked when the power went out. It would give me some peace of mind to know I'll get a dial tone when I pick up the receiver, especially if it's an emergency.

Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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Does anyone here have a real hard-wired telephone landline at home, and if so, who is your provider?

By "real" I mean no VoIP or digital subscriber service. Wikipedia calls it "POTS" (plain old telephone service!)

We would like a reliable home phone. Tried searching online and the hard copy phone book and it seems everyone here just offers digital service now, not a true hard-wired landline.

In the "old days," I remember phones still worked when the power went out. It would give me some peace of mind to know I'll get a dial tone when I pick up the receiver, especially if it's an emergency.

Thanks!
the phone company - AT&T.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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Does anyone here have a real hard-wired telephone landline at home, and if so, who is your provider?

By "real" I mean no VoIP or digital subscriber service. Wikipedia calls it "POTS" (plain old telephone service!)

We would like a reliable home phone. Tried searching online and the hard copy phone book and it seems everyone here just offers digital service now, not a true hard-wired landline.

In the "old days," I remember phones still worked when the power went out. It would give me some peace of mind to know I'll get a dial tone when I pick up the receiver, especially if it's an emergency.

Thanks!
It no longer exists, I'm a telephone tech. Even when "The Phone Company" gives you actual phone service through the old copper wires (which most don't do anymore) Once it hits the central office, it's converted to fiber and hits the internet. It's still transmitted over the national lines to a degree but the transmission method is different. Most of the time VoIP, the rest of the time it's some variation of the digital service. As far as dialtone with no power use an old corded phone and a battery back up, it's still cheaper than paying a "real" phone bill! Asking for POTS in 2011 is like trading in the HDTV for an Analog one, and your iPod for an 8 track. That technology was outdated 20yrs ago, It's amazing it took this long for VoIP to go mainstream. Besides, cell phones work with the power out!
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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We have AT&T, during the post tornado power outage we simply plugged in our old wire phone and had service. My cell phone didn't work in Huntsville post tornado. We went to Fayetteville for gas and supplies and I had signal there, but not in H'ville.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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It no longer exists, I'm a telephone tech. Even when "The Phone Company" gives you actual phone service through the old copper wires (which most don't do anymore) Once it hits the central office, it's converted to fiber and hits the internet. It's still transmitted over the national lines to a degree but the transmission method is different. Most of the time VoIP, the rest of the time it's some variation of the digital service. As far as dialtone with no power use an old corded phone and a battery back up, it's still cheaper than paying a "real" phone bill! Asking for POTS in 2011 is like trading in the HDTV for an Analog one, and your iPod for an 8 track. That technology was outdated 20yrs ago, It's amazing it took this long for VoIP to go mainstream. Besides, cell phones work with the power out!
The phone company does. The cable companies aren't phone companies. They try to be, but they aren't. And I personally don't care what the phone company does with it once it hits the central office. We had varying levels services post storm, as our phone service comes from Athens and the lines were chewed up by the EF5 somewhere upstream of us.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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We have cell phones, we have cordless phones, but we still have 1 old-fashioned phone plugged into the wall with AT&T service, and, as everyone has said, it worked when the power was off for 4 or 5 days.

Our neighborhood has fiber optic and we can get UVerse etc...
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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We have regular phone service with Knology.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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We have regular phone service with Knology.
Knology is most likely VOIP
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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Knology is most likely VOIP
Our phone is not connected through our broadband connection. Knology phone service worked when we had the power outage.
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