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Old 03-19-2014, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Just been thinking about this and wanted to share those thoughts.

For years, I've had one company for my land line, another for my cell phone, and yet another for my TV and internet. I've semi-paid attention to the various ads dealing with the latest in phone services and our tv is inundated with ads for various tv/internet services.

Then, our years-old cell phone kept dropping calls or was almost intelligible. So we went to the cell company store and got a new phone. The clerk said something about also putting our land line service under them for a ridiculous price compared to what we've been paying. By converting to them, we would save almost $40 per month. They were going to say something about tv and internet but we shut them off at that point.

So, my question is what is the future of telecommunications? All of our communications in a single node? Under a single provider? Still free enterprise?

Just wondering.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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So, my question is – what is the future of telecommunications? All of our communications in a single node? Under a single provider? Still free enterprise?

Just wondering.
Well, the way it stands right now, there are only a handful of companies that provide TV and internet. Across most of the country, you'd be lucky to find more than 2 providers. It is about the same for cell phone providers. In bigger cities you will have a bit of competition, but in mid-sized cities, etc. - there will be no more than 2-3 cell phone providers.

So, there is little to no competition and these service providers can get away with shoddy service
- high cell phone prices (one of the highest in the world)
- slow internet speeds (slowest in the developed world)
- expensive tv packages

What will happen eventually, is some sort of technological paradigm shift. A few breaks in technology and you will be able to stream content entirely online (tv cable - gone!). This is already happening via Hulu, Netflix and devices like Chromecast and Roku - where you can stream content via the internet and cut the cable. What we need is live tv online.

Eventually, you will be able to place phone calls entirely online with excellent voice quality. You can do this to a certain extent right now - but I am taking about a complete paradigm shift - maybe another 1-2 years. Some new version of Google Voice - phone number and service, all over the internet.

Google already provides super fast and cheap internet in some areas (https://fiber.google.com/about/). Once internet becomes universal (everywhere and all the time) - we can bid farewell to the cell phone and cable crooks!
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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Just been thinking about this and wanted to share those thoughts.

For years, I've had one company for my land line, another for my cell phone, and yet another for my TV and internet. I've semi-paid attention to the various ads dealing with the latest in phone services and our tv is inundated with ads for various tv/internet services.

Then, our years-old cell phone kept dropping calls or was almost intelligible. So we went to the cell company store and got a new phone. The clerk said something about also puttihttp://www.city-data.com/forum/editpost.php?do=editpost&p=34000845ng our land line service under them for a ridiculous price compared to what we've been paying. By converting to them, we would save almost $40 per month. They were going to say something about tv and internet but we shut them off at that point.

So, my question is – what is the future of telecommunications? All of our communications in a single node? Under a single provider? Still free enterprise?

Just wondering.
so basically a provider that offers 'triple play svcs' wants you to convert your landline to voip

so the question is do you have a problem with having AT&T uverse / Verizon Fios covert you to a voip line?

do you have a security system or medical monitoring system or something along those lines that may require a landline?
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Eventually, you will be able to place phone calls entirely online with excellent voice quality. You can do this to a certain extent right now
My business has been using VoIP since the day we opened - almost six years ago.

VoIP is a LOT more mature than you think it is.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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My business has been using VoIP since the day we opened - almost six years ago.

VoIP is a LOT more mature than you think it is.
I think I know quite a bit about VoIP. I was simply saying that you cannot fully substitute cell phone providers with free VoIP service ... YET.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Can I ask what VoIP is?
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Can I ask what VoIP is?
Voice over IP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Can I ask what VoIP is?
Voice Over IP. AKA Vonage. AKA Skype. AKA Google Voice.
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