RF Cafe Communications Central
Compared to a national average of around $150 per month for smartphone ownership, maybe $60 per month for Internet, and and average of $85 per month for TV. That's a lot of moola just to be entertained and talk to a friend. My expenses pale in comparison, but I'm always looking for ways to save even more. So, I looked into VOIP telephone service to shed the $27 per month landline bill. For a mere $40, I bought a little modem that plugs in to my Internet router and my house telephone wiring that, along with Google Voice, provides me with a monthly cost of $0 - and that includes local and long distance anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, voice mail, caller ID, and call blocking. Early VOIP systems had a well-documented delay associated with the speech, but after many instances of talking to people on other land lines and on cell phones, I cannot detect the slightest amount of delay. In fact, even with the landline I would notice very annoying delays from some people's cell phones.
As can be seen in the photo below, my modem is an OBi100 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Voice Service Bridge, which I bought on Amazon.com. Installation could not have been simpler: plug the OBi100 into the router, plug the OBi100 into the house phone wiring, plug the AC adapter into a receptacle, sign up for a Google Voice account and pick a phone number, fill out a short form on the OBIHAI website, done. It took maybe 10 minutes for the entire process.
Sporters of tinfoil hats might be commenting to themselves (any anyone who might be listening) that using Google Voice is a stupid move since they now have access to all my conversations. Right, and before that I would have had no concerns about my communications being monitored and recorded. Have you seen the photos of the gigantic, leviathan data centers the government has both in operation and being built? NSA has had ECHELON in operation for decades. Here is my advice to everyone, whether you are a conspiracy goof or not: Do not say anything, write anything, or visit anywhere (physical or on the Internet) that you do not want known. You are being monitored by cameras, RFID, credit and debit card usage, cell phones, WiFi systems, cell phone usage, Internet websites, land line telephones, bank transactions, stock transactions, postal mail addresses, firearms and ammo purchases, the types of clothing and food you buy, your toothpaste brand, and just about everything else. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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