By John M. Moran
The Hartford Courant
Because Vonage does not route its 911 calls through the system used
for traditional wireline telephones, consumers placing such calls
might get sent to a non-emergency number or even a recorded message
instead of a live dispatcher, said Connecticut Attorney General
Richard [.....] Vonage spokeswoman Brooke Schulz said the company
disagreed that consumers were not fully informed about how Vonage's
911 service works, although Vonage remains "open to suggestions" for
improving its disclosure.
Working Toward Agreement
But she said the real problem is that Vonage has not yet been able to
negotiate an agreement with SBC Communications, the dominant wireline
phone company for most of Connecticut, for access to its 911 network.
Howard Riefs, an SBC spokesman, said talks between SBC and Vonage
about 911 are ongoing. "We've been meeting over the last few weeks on
this issue, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to reach agreement,"
Late Tuesday, Vonage said it had reached an agreement with Verizon for
access to its 911 network, allowing emergency personnel to receive
calls from Vonage customers directly, along with related information,
such as location and call-back number.
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Date: 4 May 2005 12:02:21 -0700
From: Jimbo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Wireless Headsets for Cordless Phones ?
Organization: TELECOM Digest
X-Telecom-Digest: Volume 24, Issue 196, Message 7 of 19
I am wondering if there is a way, or a product, that would allow
someone to wear a cordless headset (like the Bluetooth earpieces used
for cell phones) and access a cordless (land line) phone setup ?
My wife is handicapped and I would like to set her up this way so she
does not have to carry the cordless phone around all day.
Thanks in advance.
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I am similarly situated; partially
paralyzed due to my brain aneursym, and a good cordless landline phone
with a headset (and caller-ID built in as well) is from Uniden. A
good friend of mine got it for me at a Costco store in Oregon. It is
very light weight and can be clipped on a belt or shirt pocket while
you wear the headset. Its not that I am _that totally disabled_; I can
get up and walk around, etc, but very slowly sometimes, and invariably
the person calling hangs up before I got to wherever I had earlier
left the phone. So unless I forget where I left my head (as I used to
with the phone) I can reach down and just push a button to turn it on
and off. The price was right; about fifty dollars for the whole thing.