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Digital phone/C-phone

Posted By: Curious on 2008-11-07
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Does anyone use a C-phone with digital phone service?  Does this work out okay?

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If you use a C-phone for work and have a digital phone

through cable, have you tried to take an incoming call?

We only have one phone line.  I rarely get/make calls and when I do we have cell phones.  I just started working with a C-phone and got digital phone.  I can go a month and my phone not ring, so far have gotten 3 calls today, but I'm afraid that if I try to answer the phone that I will lose my report. 

I guess I could pull up a report and have my husband call on his C-phone and test it that way and then if I lose it no biggie. 



Digital phone is about the only way to go.
Something like Vonage or through local cable company. 
with some digital phone services--sm
the product you mention, Phone Tools by BVRP, is not able to be used as some digital phone services do not support faxing functions, as of yet.

I use MaxEmail internet fax service. They have a free program for using a limited amount of faxes both outgoing and incoming. They have a Lite service, which I use, for about 10.00 per year, for unlimited incoming and outgoing faxes during that time. I have been VERY satisfied with their service. I have used them for three years.
Does a digital phone system
work for a C-phone? I do have unlimited long distance, but it's not the regular old phone line, it's through my cable server. Compatible?
Digital you can either get a phone-in system. sm
Phone-in is more expensive, obviously. Digital handhelds are best option. You can have doctors buy or you can provide and use as a writeoff on taxes. You can use Express Scribe for most, but most of the time there is a transcription module for whatever brand of recorder you buy (Sony, Olympus, etc)
I have digital phone service through my
cable internet provider.  I no longer have a C-phone account, but used it for a few months without any problems.  It is truly unlimited.  I tried VoIP through my ISP provider and couldn't get it to work and support is in India and less than helpful.  I have read where many people use Vonage and are happy with it. 
I used my digital phone with Meditech. I

use high-speed cable internet and digital phone through TWC.  I actually used a C-phone to call into the system, Meditech is the platform and that is through the internet. 

Meditech is a horrible platform, had to make lines. I can't see why your setup won't work though.  If you work for Keystrokes it will. 

Need a C-phone for work. Can I use a digital transcriber sm

I have 2 digital work stations.  One is Bytescribe call-in system.  The other is Philips station.  Neither have the actual phone part that you pick up.  I can call in to different numbers to get work.  Does anyone know if this will work?  I need a "C-phone" to get work for a new job, and I don't know if I should buy one or what.  I posted before, but no one answered.  Just thought I'd try and ask again.  Thanks.

Does anyone use Mediacom's digital phone service? sm
It is available to me but I do not want to switch until I know more about it.  I know some of you use Comcast, so if any of you have any advice for me on the digital services, it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
Lanier & digital phone line
Does anyone use a Lanier with a digital phone line (not VOIP)? Anything else required to make this work?

Digital phone line with Lanier voicewriter
Now I am getting digital phone through my cable company with the addition of a data line which is suppose to give me unlimited access for dial up so I am hoping that will work. Does anyone else use a Lanier with Time Warner Cable digital phone and if so any problems?
Computer/digital phone system question - SM

I currently use a Philips digital transcriber system, which I call the number and get my recordings through the phone line.  I would like to get a laptop to start doing my work and was wondering if there was some way I could move the recordings to the laptop and just work strictly with the laptop and foot pedal. 

If anyone has any information or knows if this can be done, I would appreciate it. 

Thank you,


Is a C-phone like Bytescribe call-in system or Philips digital transcription
My 2 stations don't have the actual phone piece, but I can make calls to the place where I get work.  I'm just curious because I want to take a test that requires C-phone, and I'm not sure if my stations will work or not.  If anyone can give me some background or information on this, I would appreciate it.  Thank you. 
I have used a Digital Transcribe Station from Transcription Gear in lieu of a C phone just fine nm

C-phone used to call in to dictating systems to receive work. A special phone. nm
I had a lot of trouble with static in my C-phone. I replaced the phone cord and that made a big

difference.  Also, have you tried a different headset?  Also someone told me one time that there is a microphone under your volume control on the right corner of the C-phone.  It's a tiny hole.  If you break off a Q-tip and stick that into the hole that will squelch a lot of background noise and that worked as well.  As far as getting your C-phone service, I heard that Dictaphone is "sunsetting" C-phones at the end of this year.  Meaning, they aren't going to service them anymore as they are considered an obsolete technology.  So, I would contact Dictaphone and see what your options are.

I know very little about Lanier equipment.  I've not used it as extensively as Dictaphone.  Is there a local appliance repair place in your area?  You might ask one of those places to take a look at your equipment and see what they think.  Kinda scary, cause they could do more harm than good, but maybe worth a shot.

Not much help, I know.  But I thought I would share what tiny bit of obscure knowledge I do have. 

I've changed them between an old phone and new phone, but the same company, i.e. Nextel.
I use my c-phone whenever we travel. You can hook it directly into your room phone. Be sure and as
I think you can dial into most systems that require C-phone without having a C-phone nm
I am wondering if there is a way to use your C-phone with Vonage phone service?
May have to change phone companies, have switched to job using a C-phone. sm
Currently have Embarq (formerly Sprint), and my usage will be going up about 12,000 minutes a month.  What phone companies offer really unlimited for a flat rate?  TIA.
C-phone and ATT. There is no problem with the C-phone, but ATT wouldn't let me use unlimited.
I have cable phone access and my C-phone works - sm
I am not sure about you problem, because it sounds just like I have mine hooked up.  The only thing I can think of is that mine has 2 line hookups in the back of the phone.  If you have this too, I would just try the other one, which you probably have already done.  Sorry that was not much help.  I wish you luck
I have a very loud hum when using my C-phone, but no hum when I'm using the regular phone. SM

Anyone else experience this problem with their C-phone?  Is there a problem with my C-phone?  At first I thought it was my telelphone line and called the phone company.  They sent a technician out to replace the lines and check the house, but the hum is still there on the C-phone.

It's driving me batty!

C-phone info regarding phone lines etc.
I am completely clueless on the subject of a C-phone.  Can someone help me understand exactly how this works?  Do you have to specifically have a separate "dial up internet" service to use the C-phone? I currently have cable internet and am wondering if there is anything else I need to get.  I guess I should contact my phone company.  At any rate, any help anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
Anyone use/try C-phone with Medicom's phone service?
Wondering if it works?
C-phone and phone line
I have cable for my Internet so I have my C-phone on my regular home phone line and forward my home phone number to my cell phone.
A c-phone is just a phone, with headphones sm

and a foot pedal.  You call into a number (hopefully 800 number), put in your codes, and a voice file comes on.  You use the headphones and the foot pedal, and transcribe on your computer into a word processing program, then send the finished file back per their directions.

The c-phone is not connected to the internet in any way.  There is no downloading involved.  It is just a phone by means of which you get your voice files.  It needs a phone line and you stay on the line the entire time.

c-phone from cell phone
I believe if you check with your cell phone carrier they have an adapter that you can use to plug into your cell phone from the c-phone. Not sure about this but I think I had a friend tell me she had to do this but it was a year or so ago. Hope this helps.
It connects via phone like, just like a C-phone.
I have an old actual C-phone phone if that is what you mean, (sm)
not the newer kind that connects to a computer.  I don't know if yours is programmed the same, but mine shows 8 to decrease and 9 to increase.  Hope this helps.
C-phone and phone plans....
I have a company that I have recently hired on with that uses c-phones.  At home I have an unlimited long distance plan, but I'm wondering if while traveling there is a plan that you can get in order to use a c-phone in a motel, relative's homes, etc.  I like to be able to still work while traveling and I feel this is going to limit me.  Any suggestions or ideas?
You can get a used C-phone for probably
$150.00 on E-bay, new about $800.00.   The re-record equipment is about $15.00 at Radio Shack, but re-recording takes a lot of time and the sound quality is diminished, so figure that into your line count.

Hi Jo,

I have a Dictaphone C-phone that is just sitting here and has barely been used.   Will sell for $100. 

Thank you very much. I am currently looking into a position which requires a C-phone but have not actually tested and accepted a position yet. Please let me know your email address and if I decide to work for this particular company, I would like to purchase the C-phone from you.

Jo Keller
Thank you very much
for your help.
Hi Jo,
email is lanajack@suscomme.net

I have another lady interested in this C-phone too and have told her I was waiting to hear from you by the end of the week.
c phone
What is a c-phone, how does it work?
I just got off the phone with them
and they said they have been cracking down because they have had too much pirating. I could purchase a license again at a nominal discount...I think it works out to be about 30% but it sounded like they would make no exceptions.

Would it work burning it to another disk? I don't think it will as you still need your serial number to register...
As you can maybe tell, I have no idea how a c-phone works, but I do have a job op where I would need one. I already have a phone line and a dedicated dialup line, so I should be good to go, then. Thanks for your reply
They said I would need to get a C-phone.

I'll have to really give this one some thought. Thanks for your help.

I am on the phone with them right now...thanks..will let you know how it goes...

c phone
Happened to me also, i took it apart and 2 screws had fell out, once i replaced them it was as good as new!
Usually using a C-phone you do have better

sound quality because you are getting first-hand dictation.  When using wav files they are usually bled off another system and you do tend to lose some sound quality, though it most cases is not significant if the original dictation is of good quality. 

Sound quality can also be affected by sound card or computer settings.   I used a C-phone for years and now have been using wav files for about 8 years.  There was a period of adjustment while I had to retrain my ears, the same way I did when I started doing 95% ESL.   Since most decent-sized MT companies hire from all over the U.S. I'm surprised there are still so many using C-phones, though many companies do not pay the cost of long-distance or a second phone line so it is cheaper for them not to have to upgrade their equipment to convert. 

I have gotten used to wav files now and don't think I could go back to using a C-phone.  I have a laptop and I like to sit outside when it is nice, so I can download my files and just carry my laptop and foot pedal outside and work away or I can get up in the middle of a report to take a shower, fix dinner, or whatever.  

Need a C-phone
Looking for a used Dictaphone or comparable.  Hopefully, a complete set.


I have a couple complete C-phones that I have used in the past.  What are you wanting to spend?

Help with C-phone
Bought a Dictaphone C-phone online and when I got it, none of the buttons at the top (the two rows that run up and down) are marked, so therefore I can't find the headset button to turn it on.  Does this have to be programmed to make one and if so, how do you do that?
on my phone
the "2" button slows dictation down and "3" will speed it back up.
Missy Lee...  I have a c-phone that I only used for about a year.  I paid about 700 for it, but I just don't need it anymore.  I don't know how to arrange this, but you can have it for 200 if you want it.  E-mail me if you are interested.  I have the foot pedal, but no headphones. 
Hi Valerie,

You should use Vonage, it's great. Unlimited calling throughout US and Canada. Call waiting, ID, 3-way, vm. My total bill is 27.00 a month. Why waste money?
DA-127 D phone
I have one with no instructions. I can get dialtone on the regular phone reciever but when I try to use the headset or switch to speaker I get nothing...the light is still on for dialtone. If I keep the receiver down and use the Transcribe button (which I believe should give me dial tone on the headset or speaker, I hear no dialtone but the light comes on like there is dialtone.

Any suggestions to try?