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Telephone Over a Computer Line

 
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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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11/17/2012 04:57 PM
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Vonage is availabe for like 10 bucks a month, theres others too
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VOIP
Voice over IP (VoIP, or voice over Internet Protocol) commonly refers to the communication protocols, technologies, methodologies, and transmission techniques involved in the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly associated with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, IP communications, and broadband phone.

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VOIP
Voice over IP (VoIP, or voice over Internet Protocol) commonly refers to the communication protocols, technologies, methodologies, and transmission techniques involved in the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly associated with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, IP communications, and broadband phone.

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^^THIS^^^


Plenty of FREE VOIP services out there. You can even use Google gmail VOIP if you don't care....it's free nationwide and really cheap international.
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11/17/2012 05:03 PM
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Skype?
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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16674316


You're referring to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) It works great as long as you have a high speed broadband connection. You should probably have at least 5 Mbps down for a connection to use this. If you are on a slower DSL (still uses a phone line) or Satellite connection in the 1.5 - 3.0 Mbps your call quality will be bad, lots of robo-voice and dropped calls.

Vonage is an example of VoIP, also your cable company should have High Speed Broadband and possibly their own version of a VoIP service.

Hope that helps...
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Skype?
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^^There's another popular one^^
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11/17/2012 05:21 PM
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Magic Jack and magic Jack plus,Nettalk duo is another...

my daughter uses the magic Jack plus
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11/17/2012 05:23 PM

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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16674316


Just curious.
Have you lived in a cave for the last decade?


....a clue for you. rolleyes

[link to www.magicjack.com]
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11/17/2012 05:24 PM
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Skype works great

[link to beta.skype.com]
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11/17/2012 05:33 PM
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Also ooma at ooma.com,heard goods reports of them.
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11/17/2012 05:45 PM
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Just upgrade to DSL. Keep you old phone number and speed up your internet access at the same time.

Magic Jack would also allow you to transfer your number and pretty simple.
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11/17/2012 06:04 PM
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Wait just a second... do you have to dial up using a modem to get into the internet? The modem dials a special number and you hear a high-pitched noise as they connect? If so, you have an ancient dial up connection.

But those kinds of services do require a dial tone on your regular telephone line.

If you have "DSL" (stands for Digital Subscriber Line" service this can run over an 'empty" pair of wires with no dial tone and no phone number associated with it - it it can be sent over a regular phone line. But it's always on (no dialing anyone to connect.)

What you described sounds like the DSL service with no phone number or voice service associated with it. (Some telco's do offer this.) if you have DSL service - the type without a voice grade telco muber provided and charged for each month by the Telco - or the other type without a dial-tone but you are always online, then either one of them can handle a VONAGE adapter or an OOMA unit. They both do pretty much the same ting. They give you a Vice over your Internet Protocol Service. or VOIP.

They work very well, are dependable and usually far cheaper than a number from the Telco which currently is about thirty dollars per month unless you're poor enough to apply for life-line service (costs as little as $3 dollars per month depending on area.)

Anyway, if you currently have an always-on connection to the internet with no "dialing" to get online.then you probably have DSL service and can connect either a Vonage voice adapter to it, and then you plug your regular telephone into the Vonage Box and you have dial tone and a phone number and can call anywhere in the country or the world.

WWW.VONAGE.COM is a place to start. Good luck.

And I remember when there was "The Telephone Company" (only one of them) and they provided the service, the phone, the long distance, etc. At about 1/4 of the current cost of a line unless you go to VOIP. Don't feel bad about being older. I am too. But I did keep up with the tech as best I could. Kids late in life and then grandkids even later made sure of that for me! <grin>
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11/17/2012 06:05 PM
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I'm using ooma, and its awesome. It's about $5 a month after your initial costs, and the quality is great. I believe dsl is good enough to get this. Costco sells it so you know it's a good product.
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11/17/2012 06:06 PM
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As a followup to above about ooma being awesome. Do not get magic jack whatever you do. It's terrible. Also vonage is expensive, and not worth it. Skype is an option but its a bit more expensive than ooma, and much more complicated. If you don't know computers much I really would try to go with ooma over dsl, or something faster.
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11/17/2012 06:08 PM
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Nah you can't you'll need to install a telegraph cable first
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11/18/2012 05:46 AM
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Nah you can't you'll need to install a telegraph cable first
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Quit messing with the poor non-technologically literate person. Lol.
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11/18/2012 04:21 PM
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Magic Jack Plus was a FAIL - was not plug & play.

I switched to NETTALK for $29.95 per year (no other charges unless you need overseas). Plugs into your cable modem. I've never had an issue with it.
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11/18/2012 04:22 PM

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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16674316


Skype.
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11/18/2012 04:27 PM
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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16674316


Just plug a goddamn phone into your phone lines you troll.
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11/18/2012 04:37 PM
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Skype [link to www.skype.com]

Have someone who knows what they are doing, set it up for you though. You will also need a little tutoring.

You could also go to YouTube and search for skype tutorials. Youtube is great for learning how to do stuff. Just this past summer I learned how to make a motormount for my canoe on youtube.

Think of youtube as a video library.

Another link for you to checkout on this subject:
[link to www.lights.ca]
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I am an old man who does not or has not kept up with all of the modern innovations.

I have computer service on my phone lines, but I do not have phone service. Is it possible to use the computer line to get phone service using something that sends the phone signal to the computer???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16674316


Just plug a goddamn phone into your phone lines you troll.
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What a dark & sinister entity u r. fuckoff2
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Magic Jack and magic Jack plus,Nettalk duo is another...

my daughter uses the magic Jack plus
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15689089


Few of my clients use it as well. They all seem to like it too.

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