Do a google search. You will find a wealth of information concerning the
RHC: Perhaps slightly off topic but in the same vein nevertheless. I
have been following this thread with some interest as it relates to
clients disconnecting their home phone to go with a conventional VoIP
service (like Vonage) and in the process screwing up their alarm
In my experience, most of my clients that do this do so because they
are originally from the far East and want to call home cheaply.
However, the phone and cable companies continue to charge outrageous
rates for long distance calling, especially when you go off the North
American continent. For the life of me, I don't see why clients simply
don't use a service like Skype (www.skype.com
) where unlimited calling
largely world wide is available for $5.95 a month. And leave the
conventional land line in place for local calls and 911 service.
Just recently, when in Florida, I used Skype to keep in touch with my
customers for $26.55 yearly subscription North America long distance
unlimited. Now that I am at home, I purchased a couple of Skype phones
which can cycle between land line and Skype outgoing calls with the
touch of a button (GE28310). This allows me to save a large amount by
dropping the $15 monthly Bell surcharge for 1000 minutes a month long
distance. The phones are wireless, work splendidly and make calls both
locally and long distance, plus they are "always on" even when the
computer is turned off.
Jim, you made a prediction that I think is very true...in a few years,
telco long distance charges will largely disappear because of the
presence of Skype, Majicjack and others. In the meantime, Mr.
customer, PLEASE don't mess with your security system by trying to
make it work when it usually won't.
Signed: A frustrated alarm dealer