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if you already have cable/internet, you should get a deal for having the phone also.

Posted By: anon on 2008-07-30
In Reply to: I am a Comcast customer (HSI/cable TV) and wonder if I - Am needing free long distance.

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My telephone service is VOIP, but it s through my cable service, along with my cable internet. .
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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
Cable vs DSL internet?
I have cable internet service and will be relocating soon to an area that has DSL.  Just wondering, since DSL goes through the phone line, is there any electrical involved; or should I say, if the electricity goes out does the DSL stop working.  I am wondering, if I invest in a laptop and have DSL also, if electricity goes out, would hardly miss any downtown, with the laptop having battery and all.   Is this correct?
cable Internet.
Cable Internet just recently became available to my area.  I was excited because most the MTSOs require cable.  I am currently on satellite.  I called about the cable internet and they said for a home office it is $80 per month and you only get 10 gigabytes or megabytes (donít remember which) per month for downloading stuff off the internet. Then you get charged extra.  Is this normal for cable Internet?  It sounds strange to me but I am not very savvy on these sorts of things.
DSL vs. cable internet

Currently have AT&T/SBC phone service (landline),  Verizon Wireless cell phone, and Insight broadband internet cable and TV.  Monthly costs:


AT&T:  $50/month unlimited calling


Verizon:  $40/month with 400 minutes (and never even get close to calling that much)


Insight:  $45 internet cable and $45 cable TV


Total:  $180 per month


Thinking of switch to AT&T for bundle of phone, internet, and TV for total of $100/month.  Can't break Verizon contract, or would switch cell phone service too.  So, would save $40 a month by getting the AT&T bundle. 


My question is:  Is DSL "elite speed" REALLY as fast as cable?  And does DSL have fewer episodes of service being down?  With cable, I've had entire weeks where the service was down, and I couldn't work; thus, didn't have a paycheck!  DSL tells me they "never" go down because I'd be on my server, as opposed to sharing a server with cable internet.  Speed is everything to me, as it is to all of my MT colleagues, but it's also important to have service that won't go down for long periods of time.  Any experience with these that you'd like to share?


dsl vs. cable internet
Hmmm....this is a dilemma. Thank you for your note. Do you think DSL, then, is more cost-efficient than cable? Do you have the "bundle" that includes landline phone,
DirectTV, and internet? Are all DSL providers relatively the same cost and service? Mine would be with AT&T.
dsl vs. cable internet
Thanks for your post. :) Do you think the DSL package is a better value than cable?
dsl vs. cable internet
Okay. When your DSL goes out, does your phone go out, as well? How long does DSL stay down? I know I'm asking a million questions, but want to make the right decision. Getting a divorce and moving out on my own, which is stressful enough. Want to make sure my work goes smoothly at my new place.
dsl vs. cable internet
Wow!  You guys are awesome with your descriptions of pros-and-cons of DSL vs. cable.  Think I'll stick with what I have for now (cable internet and TV; AT&T phone service).  Glad I asked you for your expert opinions before signing up for anything.  I'm such an easy mark for sales people. 
I put my USB cable for my internet into the hub
I put my USB cable for my internet into the hub and it seems to be running just as fast.  I have a 7 plug hub and tried them all and it didn't seem to make a difference.  I'll just have to plug it right into the PC for now.  Thanks for the reply though!
I am thinking about it, I have TV and Internet cable. nm
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Do you have cable TV/internet in your area?
We bundle our cable TV, internet, and telephone and save quite a bit by having all three together. You might check into that.
What do you do if internet goes down? How do you call cable?
I don't really need a cell phone but when the internet goes down, I have to go to a phone booth to call the cable company. Real pain. What do you do?
I have cable Internet and two computers
The cable guy who determined I need a new router said something about Linksys having a G and N (models?) and that the N was faster, but I usually get good advice here and want to know a little bit more before I go to the store and get hit up by the salesman. :)
My internet was down for the past 2 weeksends (cable)
and Comcast could not tell me why. They did not even admit it was a problem. What they did say when they came out was that it was fine. Oh boy! No kidding. They told me that others in the area had experienced the same thing so if it happened again this weekend, to make an appointment for someone to come out on the weekend! (can you see me giving 4 hours up during their 4-hour call window?). When the cable internet is out, there goes my phone because I also have Comcast phone. For the most part though, I can't complain as far as when it is up, it is much better than DSL. They just need to let the right hand know what the left hand is doing and when they are doing it. It is my guess, they take it down on weekends for work in the area, which is NOT acceptable as I need it every day.
to hook 2 computers to cable internet do ?
you need a router and a KVM switch - what else?  Will this cause problems?
Verizon DSL versus Adelphia cable internet - sm

I am thinking about switching from Adelphia to Verizon DSL internet service.  It seems that lately my service is off line more than online.  However, I have heard the DSL is a tad slower, which is one of my concerns.  Any happy or unhappy Verizon DSL users willing to share their experiences?


My high speed internet is through our local t.v. cable company. nm.
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Cox offers a "basic" cable internet; it's the same and half the price as the other one they
I pay $25 a month for it instead of the $50. It's very fast!
I have a KVM switch and using cable for my high-speed internet so what i needed ... SM

to connect my second computer to the internet was simply the ethernet cord along with the KVM switch box.  I actually work with a router, but it was simple to set up and works like a charm. 


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
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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.
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.
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
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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
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Broadband/Internet Phone - sm
Hi - I've been using USA DATANET (it's available in my area) without any problems on a Lanier and DVI (Like C-Phone). Mine is $24.95/mo for unlimited long distance. I can turn my Internet modem off at night, and therefore, can't use the phone if that is off. Otherise, no problems. Hope this helps.
It's just a phone. Not internet anything. Real SM
easy once you learn how to use it. It doesn't have anything to do with the internet, you could type the work on a typewriter or write it -- it's just a way to hear the dictation.
Is anyone using the new internet phone service through
your local cable company or Vonage or something like that.  How do you like it?  Any troubles we should be aware of?  Thanks for any info.
RE: Is anyone using the new internet phone service through
I have internet services and digital phone service through Time-Warner, and it is great!
Anyone using VoIP (internet phone) with a
DVI or C-phone to transcribe, and does it work well?  If so, what company do you use?  Are those companies cracking down on transcription like the regular LD carriers?
for the internet, I use my local phone co...sm
www.bellsouth.net is my local internet provider and they have been my local phone company for 30 years......was on dialup for 8 years but switched to DSL light a yr ago and had 2 outages in this year for only a short time.  With cable companies (they are your TV provider too, right?) - when they go out, so does your internet unfortunately and is why I didn't choose my cable company...my TV goes out at least 50-75 times a year (live in lightning capital of the USA *lol*)
Internet service without land-line phone

I recently looked into this subject myself.  If you have Verizon available in your area, you can purchase a plan at about $55.00 per month with a two-year contract.  You will receive a card that you can insert into your laptop, which will provide you with unlimited Internet access at the speed of DSL.  As far as I know, there are no other cell service providers that have come up with this type of card yet, but I'm sure it's bound to happen in the future.  Another option is to purchase a satellite telephone and phone cards as you go along, but the cards are really outrageous in price.  One last thing that I would suggest is that you phone cell providers in your area to see if they have any technical gadgets you could attach to the cell phone for Internet access.  Many of the satellite phone companies have separate packages you can buy, which can be attached to laptops or PDAs.  I also have a TracPhone, so I know it does not come with hardware that will do the trick.


 


Good luck to you in setting everything up.  With the way that technology is moving, I'm sure there must be a way to accomplish what you want. 


so, you have dial up for internet? plugged into your phone line.
and your foot pedal has a phone line plug too? Thats odd, cuz normally it would be a USB plug. but yes, you can by an outlet to install, i had to do the same thing a long time ago on a different computer. it was called something like an eathernet adapter....you should be able to take the foot pedal to radio shack adn they will give you exactly what you need.
No, they're talking about Internet phone calls, not FTP transfers.
The physicians aren't actually calling you over the Internet to dictate. You're downloading sound files and uploading documents.
Does anyone use laptop & cell phone/Internet Card for work?

I am not real computer literate but am wondering if I couldn't get unlimited Internet with a cell phone plan and use that for my on-line job/Internet connection exclusively. I have found plans for around $70/month.


If so, I was thinking too I could possibly give up my land line phone, Callwave, my dial-up ISP (as that is all we have available where live) and actually save a little money by doing so. I don't make/receive a lot of land line calls and I have a TracFone cell phone that I don't use much now. I get excellent reception with that where I live. We have a huge tower within walking distance of where I live but we live out in the "sticks". :D I know my connection would be dependent on the reception where I live and the cell phone service I would use. I am not sure which one truly has the best coverage and/or who may be using the tower by our home but TracFone apparently does. :)


TIA. 


Dahhhh internet or Dahhhhh local phone book!
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All things being equal, do you prefer to work with a C-phone or use WAV files over the internet? sm
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.  I have only ever used a c-phone but think I may bet getting ready to use WAV files and foot pedal for an account and am a little anxious!  TIA
The company I work for said cable phone wouldn't work, just FYI.
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It is an okay deal - TR 11 font is small. Not as good a deal as Courier.
Personally, I would have to think really hard and compare reports and line counts, like the other poster below suggested, before I would jump right into it. It is probably 75-80 characters to a line +/- the single character lines you get for initials, and 2 word lines you get with op reports such as Surgeon:
IV Fluids:
Anesthesia:
etc.

It probably is comparable to 9 cpl with a larger font.

Good luck in whatever you decide.


Good Luck!
Comcast cable has ULD that goes through their cable sm
and there are no limitations. I asked them. They said that you could use the phone 24/7 and it would make no difference. The cable modem has a telephone connection and backup battery in there, all in one unit. If you lose your power, the backup battery kicks in for 12 hours I think they said. I personally was reluctant but it is clearer than Verizon regular phone service. Clear as a bell! It is $39.95 a month. If you have any cable service, you might want to check and see if they have this. This is VOiP protocol but I just have never seen anything that was as clear as theirs.

If Comcast has this, it is my guess that the other cable internet services either have it or will have it in the future. This is fairly new with Comcast.
anyone watch deal or no deal?

I love Deal or No Deal.......nm

Internet based transcription - need advice on how to go internet
Can anyone offer any help/advice on how go about becoming internet based from a call in system, or how to keep the call in system for the docs and put transcriptionists on the internet?  Not sure where to start to get information on how to go about doing this. Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks.
If you want to work on the internet from home, take an internet course
But only from Andrews School or M-TEC. Many companies will waive the 2-years' experience requirement and will test and hire you if you go to either of those schools. Do NOT bother with At Home Professions, Penn Foster, US Career Institute, or ESPECIALLY Trans-Am, which is also known as Trans-SCAM and is a total ripoff. You will have a VERY difficult time getting hired without experience unless you choose Andrews School or M-TEC. Yes, they cost more, but that's because they are excellent training programs, not "correspondence courses."
C-phone used to call in to dictating systems to receive work. A special phone. nm
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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.