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Old 2015-05-19, 04:40 PM
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Default Traditional home phone in new build development

Trying to get a traditional home phone (ie. not internet or cell network based) in my new build home from someone other than Bell or Rogers where the monthly rate is $40+ just for a traditional home phone. My current provider Voice Network (where I pay only $25/month) says unable to provide me with traditional home phone as the new development has fibre only. Tried Teksavvy, Primus, and others and all do not provide traditional home phone at the new location, just VOIP-based phones.

Does anyone have a traditional home phone line (POTS) with someone other than Bell or Rogers in a new development??

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Old 2015-05-19, 05:23 PM
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Not easy to come by.

We had to threaten to leave for a VOIP system (Teksavvy) and only then would Rogers drop their price to retain us. Home phone costs are ridiculous these days!
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Old 2015-05-19, 10:35 PM
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Why traditional line? For home alarm?
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Old 2015-05-19, 11:20 PM
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When you think about it, traditional copper based lines are actually more expensive to maintain. Less people are getting them, and it essentially requires more hardware these days.

We rarely rough-in phone lines anymore as cell phones have replaced them.

Cheap public VOIP is a significantly less quality replacement, but cheap.
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Old 2015-05-20, 12:50 PM
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I think nowadays, the new build does not even have the copper line. It is replaced by fiber. Bell installs a modem with battery backup for simulating traditional phone line. It is the same deal as what Rogers does. Once the battery runs out, it is as dead as voip.
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Old 2015-05-20, 12:54 PM
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I think nowadays, the new build does not even have the copper line. It is replaced by fiber. Bell installs a modem with battery backup for simulating traditional phone line. It is the same deal as what Rogers does. Once the battery runs out, it is as dead as voip.
But by the time your power goes out and the modem backup, there are likely more pressing things to worry about then making a landline phone call.
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Old 2015-05-20, 10:50 PM
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I know you said you wanted a traditional phone line but I have a voip line through voip.ms and the service and quality is amazing. Voip service has improved quite a bit from the early days.

Costs vary depending on usage but I think it runs at about 1 cent per min for anywhere in North America. You also get every bell and whistle you'd ever want/need in terms of features (call fwd, call waiting, time of day routing, voicemail). All included.

Based on my usage, I pay about $10/month for my phone service with them.
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Old 2015-05-21, 08:18 AM
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We use Ooma (another VoIP service) - a bit costly to start, but the monthly charge with them is 3.98 - and you get unlimited long distance in Canada. We took their Premiere package (I think that's what it's called) for about 100/year - that gives us unlimited ld in North America and some other features. Call quality is great, and in the whole time we've had it there's only been one outage - it was a massive one that affected all of North America.
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Bell is the only POTS provider as far as I know, Rogers is VOIP. I have Rogers on my main line, if you have TV & internet you shouldn't have a problem getting home phone for $20/month. I just transferred my second line to freephoneline.ca, which is great! I'd recommend freephoneline if you're tech savy, or if not Fongo - $1 more per month than Ooma, but comes with all features at no extra cost.
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Old 2015-05-22, 09:45 AM
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Bell is the only POTS provider as far as I know, Rogers is VOIP. I have Rogers on my main line, if you have TV & internet you shouldn't have a problem getting home phone for $20/month. I just transferred my second line to freephoneline.ca, which is great! I'd recommend freephoneline if you're tech savy, or if not Fongo - $1 more per month than Ooma, but comes with all features at no extra cost.
Bell's phones in new "fiber" communities are also VOIP. The fiber line goes into a box with a battery, out comes a phone & Ethernet connection. This surprised me but I specifically asked the installer and he verified that the phones are VOIP.

So when you call Bell and they try to tell you that their phones have better 911 service or that they are needed for alarm systems, don't listen to the clueless sales people. I called recently about 5 times to fix plenty of problems with cancelling services and not only I pretty much got a different answer every time, they were telling me things that made me laugh.

One of my fav examples from speaking to one lady: "you have Fibe internet so you need your TV connection for the internet to work"... "no, i don't"... "yes you do, the internet will not work without the TV"... "so.. what you're trying to tell me is that Bell will not sell me Internet service without TV service?" ... "we can sell you Internet service.."... "so what exactly are you saying?"... "we can't cancel your TV service without changing your Internet service". After several calls, got to speak to somebody that had a clue who did exactly what I asked with no problems.
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