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I have cable phone access and my C-phone works - sm

Posted By: mammamt on 2007-08-29
In Reply to: Another C-phone question - Melda McCann

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

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C-phone access code ?? sm - HELP!
I bought a C-phone from E-bay.  When dialing a number, I get a message telling me I must use the "access code."  I am sure this is something that was put in there by the previous owner(s).  Can someone tell me how to "erase" this directive or clear the machine? 
have you tried cable phone?
I recently switched from DSL to cable modem and bundled it with my TV cable service and also unlimited local/LD phone service through the cable company. This is probably not available through all cable companies, but so far so good here. Before I made the switch the company I work for told me to check if the cable phone had digital-analog transfer capabilities. I don't know if this is what is going on with your C-phone or not but I am using a Lanier system which I guess is analog, so it had to be able to communicate with the digital phone. I also asked the cable company if this was true unlimited or the sort-of-unlimited LD you get through the phone companies that cap your time in fine print. No, they said, it is really unlimited. I pay about $30 a month for the unlimited local/LD as part of a bundle and so far so good.
cable phone
I think cable phone is handled in a different way than regular phone companies whose ULD isn't really unlimited. I think it's like your TV - the cable company doesn't care if your TV is on all day every day and the phone runs through those same lines. I've been using cable phone for 6 months (not Comcast) at high volumes with no problems. I have yet to see a post from anyone who had an issue with it, as far as the true unlimited minutes goes.
Lanier/cable phone
I'm guessing you're in the west as you mentioned Qwest before. I use cable phone through Cable One with my Lanier and have had absolutely no problems with my minutes being truly unlimited. I have also had no problem with sound quality. It only has gone out once this year during a storm and they had it back up pretty fast.
I use EXText with C-phone at my current job. We also have access to Job Lister and can click on

a voice file and listen to it with Windows Media Player.  Currently, we dial into the system with our C-phone which is interfaced with job lister and EXText so all our demographics are populated automatically.

My question is, if I have the capability to listen to the voice files through media player through my pc, shouldn't I be able to somehow download the voice file from job lister into something like ExpressScribe or another transcription program and utilize a foot pedal thereby eliminating my need for an extra phone line for my C-phone?

I know that with EXText you can purchase TransNet to play voice files through the pc, but my employer hasn't bought the TransNet module yet, although there is talk they are planning to in the future.  I just wonder if it can be done without the TransNet module in the short-term?

If vongae is cable or digtal phone sm
I would not trust it for work.  If you are working digital, then you need a decent internet connection.     Not vonage.  Roadrunner, or something equivalent.
if you already have cable/internet, you should get a deal for having the phone also.
for those running on cable with no regular phone line,
do you still unplug everything and quit working in a thunderstorm with lightening.  It's the middle of March, and we're having one heck of a storm here in western NY.  I'm thinking of braving this one and keeping working.  What would you do?
cable phone and VoIP are the only TRUE unlimited
I can't find a single phone company that has TRUE unlimited. I've used VOiP in the past through Vonage with no problems. I got rid of it only because I didn't need ULD anymore, and they when I started needing ULD again I decided to switch to cable phone and internet. I bundle my cable, internet, and phone all together at a pretty reasonable price. Cable phone works great and no problems with heavy daily use.
Will Meditech work with cable based phone?

Hi all,

I have been offered a MT job with another company that requires me to call into the hospital's Meditech system.  I have never worked on Meditech so I don't have the slightest idea how to use it.  I am used to signing onto my computer and getting right into the system, not having to dial in anywhere.  I'm sure I would get used to it but my phone may be the problem.  I have my phone bundled in with my cable/high speed internet through Time Warner and the MTSO thinks this won't work, that I need something like Fair Point as a dedicated phone line.  Does anyone out there in MT land know anything about this?  The MTSO is anxious to hire and I'm anxious to start a job where I can finally make $ again and I don't want to miss out on this all because of the wrong phone!

I need a ground line if cable goes out so does your phone and if you contact MCI they will give you
with long distance costing 07. cents a minute if you have to. Just use your long distance after 9 pm using ur cell which is free and on weekends. This MCI plan is 26. & taxes about 28. a month. This way MCI gives u the ability to call long distance during the week if you absolutely have to but for .07 cents a minute. Better to have a phone than no phone. Just a thought!
Our cable company doesn't offer phone service yet, and anyway,
I don't know if I'd want everything dependent on their service for all my needs. Even my internet is not as dependable as it should be, yet there is nothing wrong according to them. I already pay for internet and TV to the tune of $147 a month and they are raising it in Jan. again.
where I live, bundle package for HSI/CABLE/PHONE is $99 a month. nm
works for me with a C-phone.
I have had no problems.
Yes, that is what I did, free phone, like new, works fine. - nm
Would someone please explain to me how a c phone system works?
I have been an MT for 15 years....started with typewriter! LOL  Anyway, am now up to digital dictation with local hospital but am looking for other employment.  I'm trying to understand the c-phone system and how cost effective it would be to work using one.  I have been offered a job but need a c-phone and unlimited long distance.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the help.
I've heard C-phone with VOIP works well (sm)
and a lot cheaper, too.  Forget the costly unlimited long distance and business plans!  It may be a good idea to have another phone-line as a backup for your C-phone in case DSL/cable goes down.
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.
The company I work for said cable phone wouldn't work, just FYI.
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!
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. 



Anyone use/try C-phone with Medicom's phone service?
Wondering if it works?
Do you have access to DSL or cable?

What you're thinking of doing may be more stressful to you than you think. The price for the high-speed Internet would certainly be worth it.

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?
Digital phone/C-phone
Does anyone use a C-phone with digital phone service?  Does this work out okay?
Magicjack works like Vonage and cable (sm)
the only cost is $39.99 (device, first time only) for the entire year, no monthly fee.  Second year is $19.99 for the entire year.  Voice mail, call forwarding, etc.  It's a real steal.  So far, my sound clarity is very good.  I'm on my 30-day guaranteed trial now, so I'm still in the testing phase, but I do not use a C-phone. 
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.