We are trying to decide which type of telephone service to use. What kind of telephone service do you use for your B&B?

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Land line
62% (8 votes)
Internet line
15% (2 votes)
Cell phone
23% (3 votes)
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Not meaning to be rude, but this comment has me wondering where you are from. PBX is so out of it and passe. In the cell phone age, land lines are disappearing. PBX is museum.

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You missed it... it's spam advertising for a PBX system. See the second link.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

You missed it... it's spam advertising for a PBX system. See the second link.

He really put some effort into commenting on several threads, trying to appear legitimate. He may be back next week pushing manual typewriters, or buggy whips.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

He really put some effort into commenting on several threads, trying to appear legitimate. He may be back next week pushing manual typewriters, or buggy whips.

8 Track players, cassette recorders, betamax VCRs, beepers, teletext machines, telegraphs....

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gillumhouse wrote:

Not meaning to be rude, but this comment has me wondering where you are from. PBX is so out of it and passe. In the cell phone age, land lines are disappearing. PBX is museum.

VOIP is what all offices are using now.

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Land line is primary business line, but I make all the long distance calls on the cell, plus nowdays I take cc payments on the cellphone.  If we didn't have our wifi system with the phone compnay, I would consider cell only.

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you need more choices ...

other might do it.  a lot of folks use a combination

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Arkie wrote:

I put "Internet" but it's just like a landline in that it's regular phones plugged into our regular phone jacks. Got the 3-way bundle from Suddenlink: cable, phone, and Internet all come in over the cable TV line to the house. So the phone calls are going over the Internet, not a phone company.

After a couple of years with it I can tell you that it's exactly like the old phone company land line 99% of the time. It's like we never switched over, except that it's saving a lot of money each month.

The only time it's NOT like using the regular phone line is in an extended power outage. Whereas the regular phone is powered from the phone company end and almost always works, the cable phone depends on a backup battery that only lasts about 7 hours, then the phone goes dead. Also, it has been dead a couple of times when the Internet was down here, but that's rare. Luckily, we have a backup power generator so the power outage thing has never been a problem for us.

We currently have all 3.  I agree with Arkie, the cable phone is as clear as can be and bundled with internet and cable, it is far less expensive.  Arkie's comment about power outages is the main reason we have continued to stick with the old faithful phone company for so long.  Having gone without power here for just shy of a month do to a hellacious storm that downed power and cable lines and twisted cell towers, the one sole communication link that remained was the hardline phone - and not everyone had that.  Cable was slower to restore - 3-4 mths.   All this to say, you need to have as reliable communication service as possible. 

 

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I have all three.  Two land lines...one is the main telephone number and the other is for guest use, faxes, personal calls.  I also have internet through cable and a cell phone.  I prefer a land line because of the crystal clear quality of the call and it is very reliable. 

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I put "Internet" but it's just like a landline in that it's regular phones plugged into our regular phone jacks. Got the 3-way bundle from Suddenlink: cable, phone, and Internet all come in over the cable TV line to the house. So the phone calls are going over the Internet, not a phone company.

After a couple of years with it I can tell you that it's exactly like the old phone company land line 99% of the time. It's like we never switched over, except that it's saving a lot of money each month.

The only time it's NOT like using the regular phone line is in an extended power outage. Whereas the regular phone is powered from the phone company end and almost always works, the cable phone depends on a backup battery that only lasts about 7 hours, then the phone goes dead. Also, it has been dead a couple of times when the Internet was down here, but that's rare. Luckily, we have a backup power generator so the power outage thing has never been a problem for us.

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My cable goes out too often for me to trust them with mt Internet and phone. Same company as you have.

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I use all three. I had to have DSL for my wifi so I have a landline. I have a cell phone because I am out and about a LOT (so I forward the phone to the cell number). I use the Internet, but just realized you meant for the phone and that answer is no, I have cable service for the TV but will not let my phone be with them. I do use Sk ype to talk to family and friends via Internet.

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I prefer a land line because, depending on coverage,  you could loose cell coverage or it could be intermittent.    If you are using it for data (i.e. the internet and a wifi network)  cellular could become cost prohibitive because of data limits.

If you have cable or fiber optic access to the internet,  that might be even better.

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