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Dealing With the China Cost Crater

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Ariella
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Re: Phones and stuff
Ariella   11/16/2012 3:13:36 PM
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@Barbara While I'm okay with what Vonage delivers, I know there are some cheaper options out there (and there may be different deals in different areas -- as is the case for Verizon) so you may want to do a bit more research. 

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Barbara Jorgensen   11/16/2012 1:51:11 PM
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I like the idea you can keep your phone number with Vonage. The next time an opportunity comes up to unbundle our phone/cable/internet package, I'll check it out.

Ariella
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Ariella   11/16/2012 11:07:55 AM
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@Douglas, Yes, as I said, I have the call forwarded to my cell, which was a good thing when the power went out for a few days after Sandy. Of course, some people don't realize the call is being forwarded and just assume that if the regular number goes through that everything is connected. 

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Douglas Alexander   11/16/2012 10:41:52 AM
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@Flyingscot, for what it is worth, the processor still used more than any other comes from ST Microelectronics. They have almost monopolized the set top box market. The firmware and software, moving from generation to generation of STBs has to be compatible for the Program Guide (EPG) and CAS, conditional access system.

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Douglas Alexander   11/16/2012 10:35:51 AM
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@Ariela, true. That is the route I am taking. They also have call forwarding to your cell phone number at no extra cost. If the power goes out, the call will be forwarded. Also, I have a Microcell to boost my reception up on the mountain. Barbara, you can keep the same home number. Vonage will call your current provider and manage the switch over process entirely.

Ariella
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Ariella   11/16/2012 9:54:09 AM
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@Barbara I believe that with Vonage you can keep your number, though the really cheap services like Magic Jack don't allow for that.

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FLYINGSCOT   11/16/2012 9:52:33 AM
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A few years back when "free" set top boxes or modems or routers were given out by the telecons to their subscribers one could find a variety of UK, European and USA brands.  Almost universally now they are all Huawei or rebranded Huawei products.  China is taking over the electronics world ;-)

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TaimoorZ   11/16/2012 9:36:35 AM
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"We've retained our home number becuase that's the ones the schools have and all our rewards cards are associated with. But if it went down for a few hours I don't think we'd notice."

@Barbara: I agree. A large number of people have already gotten rid of the fixed phones from their homes. Many experts think fixed landlines will become obsolete in this decade and will be wiped out.

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Barbara Jorgensen   11/16/2012 8:14:58 AM
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Didn't realize there were more Vonage users than I thought! I think it is a compelling value, but I've heard about the issues with Internet lines. But for people like us, who don't use their home phone that much, it makes sense. We've retained our home number becuase that's the ones the schools have and all our rewards cards are associated with. But if it went down for a few hours I don't think we'd notice. 

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nimantha.d   11/16/2012 6:47:47 AM
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China has become a confusing country suddenly. I simply cant believe why they react like this towards US companies. They are just making things worse for themselves.

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