Friday, June 26, 2009

Breaking the Telecom copper stranglehold

A fantastic milestone this week.

On Monday our house said goodbye to the piece of copper that passes our place and went onto Vodafone wireless for phone calls. Kept the same phone number, our cordless phone base unit plugs into a tiny Vf wireless powered box that talks like a cellphone via a SIM card to the tower on 2G. No connection from the base unit into the copper.

No longer are we paying the monopolistic Telecom $50 a month for their piece of copper to connect to the outside world at dial up speed on a good day. Round these parts fibre will never happen. I feel being rural puts this area in the 25% which will never get cabled. And less than 10Km from town.

Total comms spend has come down by $35 a month and thrown in is a free Vodem giving 3GB of wireless Internet capability at broadband speeds. Great stuff, gives portability with broadband. Only drawback is you have to dial local numbers prefixed by the area code. Seems to work well so far.

Goodbye Telecom, it feels so good to no longer have to deal with your monopoly. I've been waiting 30 years for this week.

1 comment:

Inventory2 said...

Welcome to the communicative world PM. Hopefully blogging from your parts will flourish now that you can do it at warp speed!