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Topic # 122122 25-Jun-2013 13:57
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Hey Folks,

I'm a bit confused. I've a house built in the 70s with a working phone and broadband line. There is no overheard line coming to the house so obviously the line are dug under-ground and coming into the house that way.

I wanted a 2nd phone line and broad-band line for a home business that is going to be run from the house. However when chorus came around to the house to connect it, they said there was no 2nd line and that a trench would need to be dug to put this 2nd line to the home.

Is this normal in new zealand? I understood houses had 2 lines coming into homes? Are there any other solutions to have 2 seperate fixed-line phone and broad-band lines?

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  Reply # 844012 25-Jun-2013 14:01
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Why not cancel your homeline completely, switch to a Naked DSL connection like Snap, and install 2 ATA Voip Phones?

Edit: But that won't solve your second broadband connection requirement. Is there a specific need to have two separate broadband connections?

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  Reply # 844014 25-Jun-2013 14:03
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Hm, I would have thought it possible to use the existing single pair copper to pull through a 2-pair cable.

Worth noting, it should be possible to have 2 seperate broadband accounts on UFB.

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  Reply # 844031 25-Jun-2013 14:29
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Just get a VoIP line as your secondary line.

Is there something specific you need the second line for? VoIP offers a lot more flexibility (at a better price point).

For example, you might be able to have to two 'lines' on the same number. Meaning that if a second call comes in while you are on the phone, others can still ring, or you can make two outgoing calls at the same time, from the same number.

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  Reply # 844036 25-Jun-2013 14:31
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Had a similar situation for a guy who wanted a homeline, broadband, fax line and business line with 2x concurrent calls with a buried lead in. Switched to VDSL2 and then multiple VOIP lines with Unleash/WxC and it works great.

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  Reply # 844038 25-Jun-2013 14:33
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More often than not the old single pair was direct buried or if it was in duct was probably just old 1/2inch stuff and is well buggered.

Solution is ditch POTS and move to VoIP. So much more functionality and cheaper.

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  Reply # 844057 25-Jun-2013 15:04
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I have to agree then, VoIP would be the way to go.  Get a decent broadband plan, split the cost, and put a VoIP line on it.

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