Goodbye, ISDN!

For many years (15+), I’ve had an ISDN phone line.  It’s kinda neat, you get 2 voice lines on one copper pair.  Full caller ID, 3-way calling, the works.  You can even make a high-speed 128k data call to other people with an ISDN line.  And analog dial-up would always, always, connect at 56k.

Of course, this speed sounds kinda silly these days.  My cable company gives me 10 Mb/sec down, 768k up.  But back in the age of dinosaurs, it was really something.

About once a year, a big thunderstorm would zap the terminal unit on my end.  No phones until I got it repaired.  A few years ago, 3Com stopped fixing their boxes (Impact IQ ISDN modem).  Fortunately, a friend gave me a couple of Motorola Bitsurfr boxes to keep me gong.

Every time I needed a feature changed, it would take me about an hour to convince the phone company that there is a service called ISDN.   And it’s handled by a completely separate department.

On the 26th of this month, they’ll swing my service over to a pair of analog phone lines.  Took “only” 45 minutes and 3 different departments  to set up.  It’ll cost me $7 more per phone initially, but then I’ll be able to swap those lines to Internet-based communications.

Anyway, back to a technology that Alexander Graham Bell invented…

Author: Stan

I was born in Ohio, and have lived most of my life here. I was into technology from an early age: math, chemistry, physics, electronics, amateur radio, flying, scuba diving. My business is an extension of my techological interests. I love what I do.

3 thoughts on “Goodbye, ISDN!”

  1. Really weird. I’m using IDSL about the same period, and my connection is ADSL over ISDN (1024 down, 512 up, or doubled? I don’t remember).
    Never a problem, but I don’t hassle around with features (I can handle my own PABX myself) . I should switch to a analogue lines but it would cost me substantially more than your $7 per line, and each month. And loosing the extra’s…
    But I’m in Europe, and that may be the difference 🙂

  2. Well, the cutover slipped from August into early September. Someone showed up on August 26th, but he only does analog. AT&T had somehow magically canceled the work orders to get the conversion done.

    After a half-dozen phone calls with managers, I was able to get it rescheduled for the first week of September.

    I lost another hour or two getting the proper services configured on my “new” lines. Seems like the goal is to sell you *everything* instead of what you need. I did finally get someone on the phone that was both knowledgeable and helpful.

    I do wind up saving a few dollars a month compared to ISDN.

  3. Regarding the post from SYSMGR

    “I should switch to a analogue lines but it would cost me substantially more than your $7 per line, and each month.”

    That was $7 MORE per line. My monthly bill was about $52 per month for the ISDN line.

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