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I have to leave my DSL modem on...
Authored by: dkiechle on Oct 04, '07 02:34:54PM

...because I get my telephone service through it. Here in France, people in most areas have the option of ceasing to be telephone company customers; there are several companies that compete for ADSL Internet packages (typically from 8 to 20 mpbs, depending on where one lives). Through this pipe, I get my Internet access, many TV stations, and my phone service (with free calls to fixed lines anywhere in the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, US, Canada (to North America, I don't even pay for calls placed to cell phones), most of Asia, and bargain basement rates elsewhere. The service is extremely reliable, and convenience (I just pick up the phone and dial the way I always did) and quality are top-notch. In fact, there is no perceptible difference in voice quality between the old telephone service and this brand of VoIP. Cost for the whole setup is about a euro a day (and no more phone bills!) but the downside is that the ADSL modem must be powered otherwise I have no phone service.

However, I do shut down my Mac every night when I turn in, and it is off most of the day when I'm at work.

Daniel



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