Integrated Exede Voice adapter (phone service optional) - How does the adapter work? does it use a phone, or just computer speakers?

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Is it possible to use the 'Integrated Excede Voice adapter instead of subscribing to Excede Voice?
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It requires subscribing to the Exede Voice service. Per the manual it has a single RJ11 phone jack that you'd attach a phone to (single handset, cordless base, etc.). I suspect you may also be able to plug into an existing jack after disconnecting any incoming Telco line at the customer side of the Telco adapter outside - my wireless home phone works that way requiring no rewiring since my unit has two jacks for that purpose (something ViaSat may have overlooked in their design but possibly addressed with a splitter).

http://www.exede.com/documents/brochures/ex-wifi-modem-user-guide.pdf        

After carefully considering all options and while I'd considered Exede Voice service or other VOIP services, I wound up giving Straight Talk's Wireless Home phone service a try (available at a store near you offering everyday low prices, smiley faces, greeters and easy return policies that decreased the risk if it didn't work). I had my doubts since I never have had a sufficient, consistent signal at home on the little prepaid GoPhone I carry around for emergencies. But the phone base provided acquires a better consistent signal with it's antenna so for $15 a month ($16.70 with taxes and e911 fee) a month I now have unlimited nationwide calling and it's been pretty solid (much better and clearer than the $48+ per month old land line and paying long distance charges to boot). In a few months when the leaves return and I verify the signal remains consistent, it's adios landline after opting for a VOIP solution or possibly a simple exterior antenna  - in the meantime I get to catch up on long distances calls to long lost friends.
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Thank you for your input on the issue of Exede Voice. It is too late for me to change. Had to do the 2 yr. contract thing. This is second time in less than a year that this Exede Wireless Home phone has really messed up. First time, had to completely eliminate previous number and start from scratch with a new home phone number. Will definitely research (it was WalMart, right!) another option for next time.
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Yes, Walmart ;)

But if it's really that bad,  I'd double check on the early termination of Exede Voice service - last I knew and I just checked the customer agreement's Voice addendum, it's only a six month commitment for voice service ($10 charge for months remaing less than six), the two years applies only to internet service.

It's been nearly 10 months since that time. Back in late April after the foliage was full the signal was still strong so I canceled the landline.

I've got all old school wired handsets so I simply went outside to the telco network interface, unplugged the incoming telco line on the customer side, went back inside and plugged the base into an available telephone jack near a window, and all phones have worked since. The total is actually now $15.63 per month. Old Verizon bills were often $52+ with log distance services and charges for long distance calls - so the savings is covering a good portion of my Exede bill now.

It's worth a shot if you can get a cell signal - the base is $49 (easy return if it doesn't work) and only out the 1st $15 card if it doesn't. Once I knew it was working I just put it on autopay.
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We moved here from an almost equally frustrating cell and landline situation. If people, including myself, would only be aware of their particular circumstance and what available options were out there in any debt situations they are in, wouldn't that knowledge be so rewarding. I don't know what commitments, for sure, are involved, but I think the 24 month things may be binding on me. At any rate, I will investigate this and please let me know what, exactly, I would need for the "we'll beat any prices" store, to obtain a more reliable and more affordable "wireless" landline. Needless to say our most recent move again put us in a very rural setting and since I had had Wildblue then Exede, I thought "why not" and just kind of went for the one you know. I really don't know what other services might be available, but knew I would have to have satellite service of some kind. Help me learn more to get a trustworthy (if even possible) "landline" so if I absolutely need connection, I can get it. Thanks so much!
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See

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Huawei-H258C-Wireless-Home-Phone/44465725

or

https://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/otherdevices/ShopHomePhones



Both provide a way to determine whether service is available by your zip code (note that it's the  Verizon network under the covers).

As noted I have a GoPhone flip phone that I use for emergencies on the road and get a very spotty 1 bar inside at home,  a reliable 2 or three bars if I hike 200 yards or so into the north forty so was just taking a gamble on this. But it's been a reliable moderate signal (what they display as two bars) inside the entire time and will work with either corded or cordless phones.

Had the signal dropped when the foliage appeared on the surrounding trees in the spring, I was going to go with an external/outdoor weboost directional antenna https://store.weboost.com/products/314411 (found cheaper elsewhere like Amazon) which some say helps them (without stepping up to an amplifier).  

The key is whether you've even got a cell signal to work with so if you've got someone or something to check that, it would be my starting point and go from there. For me, it was a low risk - just the cost of the first month's card ($16.70 including tax in store), But even then I may not have broken the seal on the card and returned it and the unit had it not required a moderate signal once I plugged it in.      

The battery backup is sufficient for brief power outages or at least until I get the generator fired up to handle the essential circuits.

Minor inconvenience of 10 digit dialing required for local calls (was used to it having lived in Atlanta at one time), voice mail is ok (no date or timestamp but one of the phones gives me that info), caller id is simply the number (again one of the phones gives that with its directory for those I know) , haven't tried call forwarding or some of the other features yet (no real need for them in my case).

Had none of it worked I would have simply gone with MagicJack VOIP and taken the data hit on Exede (anything would have been better than the old copper wires in this neck of the woods).
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