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Reply # 21795 20-Oct-2005 12:33
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All good questions. While I see a good reason to move away from a POTS installation, I think the best combination is cellular and broadband (xDSL or cable).

In my case I use a 10Mbps at home and I almost never use the landline to place a call. I do however use Skype a lot more these days (with SkypeIn and SkypeOut) and the rest of my communications are over the cellular.

I think we only receive calls on this landline.

The project BT Bluephone is a reference, but not perfect. And using Bluetooth is not exactly the most user friendly solution. Wait to see much more with new SIP compatible handsets coming out soon. Home users would have a router with access to a gateway for their communications (voice, data, entertainment which I put in a separate category from data).

Some platforms are already being worked to provide this. Can't say more though.

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Reply # 21796 20-Oct-2005 12:35
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Actually I wrote about this sometime ago - thing about it: everyone pay $30 (or about this) to have a landline which is mostly used to receive calls, since cellular plans include minutes (not free minutes as some might think, they're part of the price).

It means paying $30/month to give free local calls to friends and family, while cellular calls are charged the same regardless of being local or national?

I should really move from my landline - no reason at all to keep it.


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  Reply # 21904 22-Oct-2005 22:36
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You could just use a CDMA phone or a Curcuit switched modem for sky and burglar alarms or it would just be able to use Telemetry packet Data (which is an awful lot simpler than dialling up anyway!!)

CDMA is able to handle more than 13 Million simultaneous connections, much more tham the 4 mllion people scattered over a huge area of New zealand...

People whom don't have CDMA coverage ,,, well it's far cheaper to shove in a CDMA site with almost no maint in those areas, much easer than having a NEAX whirring away in a remore room with copper sprawling over the countryside!

Woosh would possibly make a killing by following this guideline, imagine an IPwireless chipset enabled self contained handset/mobile, it'd be your mobile, your home phone and you high speed portable internet!!!! running over VoIP.. and it would be quite buildable today... Come on, HTC!!!!. currentWoosh modems use the Xscale ARM processor as pocketPC's so it wouldn't be hard... imagine......

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