Will Russell will7777r at
Sat Aug 19 22:08:24 CDT 2006


Could you share with us which type of internet service your son was 
using, and it's rated bandwidth?  With FIOS 5 meg download bandwidth, 
it's hard for me to imagine downloading such a large file that it would 
impact on a digitized audio signal (~64K/sec).  Also, the reviews 
suggest that there are significant differences between the various VOIP 

Regarding fax, I've been tempted to use one of the internet fax services.


Andre Kesteloot wrote:

> Will Russell wrote:
>> Andre,
>> Just in case, I retained a fax line on copper. Actually, I only 
>> signed up
>> for the FIOS internet service, but the TV is sitting there in the box
>> outside my back door.  No problems with the FIOS phone (don't know about
>> alarms).  It does lead me to think about going to Voice Over IP at a
>> significant savings over retaining the telephone features from the old
>> copper line. (It seems like that's what Verizon is really doing with the
>> voice FIOS.)
> about VoIP, my son Lawrence wrote to me today:
> "I wanted VoIP to replace my landline, I didn't want to pay for both.
> But VoIP couldn't send faxes reliably.  So I had to keep my landline
> anyway for faxing and therefore got rid of VoIP.  It had some nice
> advantages, like free voicemail, call waiting, etc., infinite free
> calls in the US and Canada.
> There were some other disadvantages.  If you were uploading or
> downloading a lot of data, the sound quality deteriorated very
> quickly.  It didn't work when your Internet connection went down or
> your power went out.  There was uncertainty about whether 911 would
> know where you are.  We were with Vonage, and they've been losing
> money since they started and are losing customers. "
>> Another potential reason to keep copper is that the FIOS box works on a
>> battery, which will eventually discharge if there is a major power 
>> failure.
>> Albeit, one may have other sources, such as back up generators.  Believe
>> this is a similar situation should one choose Cox phone service, but 
>> have no
>> personal experience.
>> Will, KM4VJ
> thanks, Will for the detailed response. Do you know anyone who has 
> signed up for the TV deal ?
> best regards
> André  N4ICK

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