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Verizon Doesn't Care About Copper Anymore

Verizon Doesn't Care About Copper Anymore

Verizon offers discounts to their customers if they bundle services like Internet, television, and landline phones. But with up to 15 percent of US homes now foregoing having a landline at all, Verizon realized they were missing out on opportunities to offer a package of services to people who have said goodbye to copper wires forever. They've decided to offer special pricing to customers who carry their phone in their pocket instead of screwing it to the wall.

The discount applies to DSL service with downloads at 3 megabits per second, and to FiOS, or fiber-optic, broadband at up to 20 megabits per second. The fastest DSL plan, at 7 mbps, and the fastest FiOS, at 50 mbps, are not eligible for the bundle.

Adding FiOS TV, Verizon's cable-TV service, on top of wireless and broadband yields another $8 a month in savings. The discount does not apply to the satellite TV service Verizon markets from DirecTV.


So if you're the cutting edge type that's said goodbye to the landline altogether, you're only problem will go back to being 800 channels and nothing's on.


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 I totally see what they are saying. we don't have a land line either since there is a total of 4 cell phones in our house. Of course my main phone usually doesn't work which is weird since it is sprint but by nextel works fine. I still don't think people should ditch lanlines all together though. The instability of cellular lines cuase concern for me when it comes to emergency's. When we move I have already said that we are def getting a land line and paying the extra 10-20 a month for it just for that reason.

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I'm in the security industry and I cannot stress the importance of having a land line. VOIP service, while inexpensive is a horrible security risk. Loss of cable or electricity results in the loss of dial tone, creating a major security breach.I usually recommend A copper based service to all my customers, though for financial reasons I understand why some do not make the switch. Fios is the only service I can contionably recommend if my customers are truly against getting the cheapest land line package available. Comcast, Cablevision, and Vonage all have the same problems, and Cablevision and Comcast particularly take down their phone service at 2 a.m. every night for "conditioning". I have asked their techs what this conditioning actually does and i have received every answer under the sun from "we don't do that" to "It updates the modems firmware". All B.S. What I believe they are doing is zapping the illegally programmed cards in the cable boxes, but they should be able to do it without taking out the phone service.  

/end rant

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 also on a side note too. For all those having homes built, wired or renovated I recomend a minimum of 1 phone line per floor. Alot of people use these multiple cordless phone sets now and you really should not be dependant on them. Cordless phones will actually knock out your dial tone alot of times when the batteries get low or die. Faxes have been known to do the same thing. Just thought I throw that out there since we were talking about land lines and all. Most people are't aware of that little peice of info.

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I got something in the mail about this yesterday. $95 a month for the DSL/tv/phone package similar to the cable companies triple play rates. I forget if you have to sign up for 1 year or 2, but they will yank the price up once the commitment is up. A friedn of mine's FIOS year at the low price was up last month and this month got a $150+tax bill sted of the $99 a month he ahd been paying.

 

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I pay around $170 with tax for an HD dvr, three converter boxes, literally every channel but skinimax, 20 mbps dl speed, nationwide longdistance and several other features, and 2 cellphones sharing 1400 minutes. It's really a good deal.


Also Nelson, I agree, but I actually go a step further and say if you are going to build a house anyway, then you should wire telephone, network and cable jacks in every room, save perhaps the bathroom. Considering I am in the industry perhaps my standards are a little stricter then need be but it just makes sense, considering the whole project would add only a few hundred dollars to the cost of the build.

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 Oh I totally agree savage. As a matter of fact I would go further than that. A bare minumum for telecom installs for your home should be 2 cat 5e and 2 quad rg6 to every room. What I recomend is 4 cat 5e and 2 quad rg6 to every wall in every room. what if your wife wants to rearragnge furniture. do you want a long patch cord taked to the baseboard all the way around the room.

It does cost a bit more than a couple hundred dollars though. I was making pretty good money doing homes for people. My smallest job was around 9 grand but that included 24 locations of 2 cat 6 and 2 quad rg6 and also 11 intercom locations.

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So you were using Structure wire? AIphone video, or just plain intercoms? Your right about the rearranging of furniture too. People are funny though, that is the last thing they want to spend money on, then they get pissed when you tell them the only way to move the jack is to cut holes or expose a patch cable. I hate when they have electricians make the runs too, They don't home run the cable or telco, they splice at each jack. If a wire goes bad somewhere every jack past that is bad too. It's a terrible way to do it.

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 MOst of the installs I did were with ON-Q products. Alot of electricians are getting better with low voltage installs. Most newer homes have a enclosure that all cables are run back to. Unfortunately electricians are very abusive when installing and just throw it in half the time. If they do test anything they just shot it with a pair tester or test for continuity and thats it. Alls that will tell you is that the pairs are shorting out anywhere.

I have installed just about everything except security. I have done intercom, survellance, voice, data, video and audio(surround and whole house).

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I want to get into doing audio. Home theater and whole house, that stuff has alway's intersted me. As I said I do security and video for a living, the rest is not much of a stretch.

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 well unfortunately the residential market is pretty bad right now. Not many people dropping loads of money into homes at the moment. Maybe when the market recovers but until then I wouldn't waste your time or money on it.

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You can say that again! It is really tough out there lately, and this kind of stuff is always the last thing people want to spend money on.

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 Just waiting for FiOS coverage in my area............ then I shall rejoice! I would most certainly hop on this bandwagon should it be offered in my area

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