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Sun 12 Feb 2006, 06:02 PM
As many of you know, we are buying a new house.  We have been through inspections, and everything looks great.  The owners wanted to meet us and walk us through various systems, and while that is a bit awkward, we went ahead and met them.  Very pleasant people, but an odd issue came up.  The husband happened to mention that they use VOIP for their phone service, so there are no real land lines connected to the phones.

Now, he is willing to hook them back up, and so it probably won't make any difference, but it would never have occurred to me, or to our inspector,. that the phones might not really be phones in the usual sense.  We could have moved in only to find no phone service.  It just seems odd to think about.

And no, for those who want to try and talk me into VOIP.  I have not been that impressed with the fidelity or reliability among those friends who have VOIP now, and regular phone service is dirt cheap.  I remember when long distance meant expensive, but I talk to people all over the world and my phone bill is never close to large these days. No, I want my good, solid infrastructure for now.  VOIP's day will come, but it is still in the future for me.

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