New Phone

I recently moved into my new place, and I didn't have a telephone. I have a telephone line, just not a telephone. I use Broadvoice VOIP service for my home phone number. It seems to work pretty well, although I had some dropouts when I used it at my last place but I think that may be due to the fact that broadvoice uses a pretty high bandwidth codec by default and there may have been issues with the shared nature of the cable modem connection I had.

Anyway, when I moved into my new place I didn't have an actual telephone. My roomate was nice enough to loan me an old phone that he had. It worked fine, but unfortunately the ringer was broken so I couldn't tell if people were calling me.

I was over at an associate's place last night drinking, and one of his friends was there who I hadn't met before. For some reason he had a van full of electronics for sale. I'm not sure why. But it just so happened that he had phones for sale, and I needed one, so I bought a new phone for $10 out of the back of this guy's van. I'm not sure what kind of phone it is. It doesn't have a brand on it, but it's a two-line corded phone with speaker-phone, caller-id, and it looks like it has a built-in calculator although I don't have batteries for it yet so I don't know exactly how that works. It does say on the bottom that it was made in China, but I don't suppose that narrows it down much since most telephones are probably made in China.

I guess not a bad deal for ten bucks. Out of the back of some guy's van.