[LINK] NBN and Batteries AND old handsets

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Fri Feb 25 09:20:08 AEDT 2011

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> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jan Whitaker
> Sent: Thursday, 24 February 2011 4:25 PM
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> Subject: Re: [LINK] NBN and Batteries
> At 04:19 PM 24/02/2011, Kim Holburn wrote:
> >Haven't we talked out the battery issue already?  Who uses line
> >powered phones these days?
> I do. I have 4. But I wonder if that's going to be possible with the 
> new setup? These are just standard extension copper in the house to 
> several rooms, including the garage.
> Jan

And I have two T2000's still connected, one to each phone line.

I grew up with brown outs and blackouts and I believe that situation is
only going to get worse over the next few years.

Australia is not building enough new power generation. That can only
mean brownouts/blackouts in the future.
I'm going to keep the T200's connected for as long there is power in the

Because contrary to the Governments announcements... I don't believe
they have covered all the bases and a little redundancy never hurts...

I think an overlap of about 30-40 years should be just about right to
get the bugs out of NBN FTTH Mark 1.0.

When they get to NBN Microsoft Nokia V6.6 [Codenamed Seagull] I might
think about recycling my Alcatel T200's.

By the way, I think Telstra still charge you every month for an handset
wether or not you have one... (It's referred to as a Socket charge.)
The only way to have the charge removed is churn your billing to another
biller and then churn it back.

Net to Telstra for the T200/T2000 handset that you probably threw out
ten years ago is  240,000,000 per annum.

Fraud ? Of course not, it's Telstra billing... They're owned by the
Government.. Cant possibly be fraud.

N.B. Of course neither Microsoft nor Nokia will be around in ten years
time so I guess Seagull will never happen.

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