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I cannot get a POTS line anymore!
#630129 05/28/19 08:52 PM
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Last week I tried to order a POTS line to my home. Unfortunately, the wonderful state that I live in has passed a law allowing ATT to quit providing POTS service to residences. Now this really stinks IMHO, as now, my phone service is dependent on the whims of the internet. And further, it is now incumbent upon me to provide emergency power to use my so called "phone line". If the power goes out (as it often does out here in the hinter land), no phone unless I have a battery backup. I must provide the battery backup, and I must make sure that it is working while of course, I have power. And then, God forbid, our nation's military gets into a really hot conflict, somehow I suspect that internet bandwidth will suddenly become slimmer and the phone over internet service will really stink on ice. I say all of this because I simply wanted a POTS line with its superior sound quality. I am an old man, and the hearing is not what it used to be. A "real" telephone has always sounded better than a cell phone, and I have a nice yellow 500 just for my desired for POTS line. Oh, and by the way, the "phone over the internet" contraption does not understand pulse dialing.

What am I going to do to get my 1A2 unit working?


Joe H

Real comms took 200lb teletypes, hand keys, sounders, operators and cranked phones!
Re: I cannot get a POTS line anymore!
TeletypeJoe #630221 06/02/19 05:38 PM
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The best quality you could get would be a G.711 VOIP service with a good internet connection and a voip converter box. Skype business offers it, I don't know about oomu or whatever all those other voip providers offer anymore.

G.711 is the old encoding the phone company has been using for years. You might need to pay for premium service for it though because they would rather you use one of the new high-compression (sounds terrible) ones. Whatever AT&T is giving you over uverse is probably this anyway though. Seems to catch your pulse dialing and convert it to dtmf.

Have you tried a POTS clec?

Re: I cannot get a POTS line anymore!
TeletypeJoe #630225 06/03/19 01:14 AM
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I use Have had them for years, not a second of downtime.

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