This is not a gripe as I am more than happy with my Genius box and the service it provides. This is more of a curiosity.
I'm curious to learn why Orcon have brought the Genius to the market and why I can have the same service for $25/month less than before. (I was on the gold plan and had a rental modem) Is this set up significantly cheaper to implement than having what essentially I believe to be a line card with a VOIP adapter at the exchange. There are risks attached with changing customers over to the Genuis platform especially if the customers phone line or home wiring are not up to scratch. I did think about these things before signing up and if we didn't have a couple of cellphones in the house I'm not sure if i could have talked my partner into it. A concern also is the operation in the event of a power loss to which I was prepared to invest in a small UPS unit using the $25/month we are now saving for the service.
So what drives an ISP to put a lot of its reputation on a box located in an environment that it has no control over .
Does the equipment requirement at the exchange become significantly less, use less power or occupy less space than the other system? There must be a good business model in this otherwise why would they bother.
One of you out there must know.