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JmanA9

Basictalk ATA $4.88 @ Walmart

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Not exactly Old Skool Phreaking, but I wanted to point out that the Basictalk ATA is available for $4.88 at Walmart.

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/BasicTalk-Home-Phone-Device/23739626

 

It's one port and it is locked.  However, from what I've been told, the unlocking procedure is pretty straightforward and easy.  If you're looking for a cheap SIP ATA and don't mind putting in the time required to unlock it, this is the next best thing to free.

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However, from what I've been told, the unlocking procedure is pretty straightforward and easy.

(singing like in "Grease") Tell me more, tell me more.

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I think the important thing is don't plug it into a WAN connection until you understand the unlocking procedure.

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It's too bad you can only purchase from Walmart.com in the US!

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Ht701 is the model number. I was able to pickup in store for same price. The tag on shelf was still at 9.99..

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How's it sound? I know it's a ten (or five) dollar ATA, but I got to use an HT486 once. It wound up sounding super noisy, having an obnoxious EQ curve, and did a call waiting implementation that made no sense.

 

Basically, when your switch plays the 440 hertz+CAS tones, your phone is supposed to respond with a fourth column DTMF tone to let it know it's ready to receive data. The HT486 won't listen for this, and just blindly sends it anyway.

 

Could be Grandstream has gotten better since then, but I don't have a lot of confidence in it.

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How's it sound? I know it's a ten (or five) dollar ATA, but I got to use an HT486 once. It wound up sounding super noisy, having an obnoxious EQ curve, and did a call waiting implementation that made no sense.

 

Basically, when your switch plays the 440 hertz+CAS tones, your phone is supposed to respond with a fourth column DTMF tone to let it know it's ready to receive data. The HT486 won't listen for this, and just blindly sends it anyway.

 

Could be Grandstream has gotten better since then, but I don't have a lot of confidence in it.

 

Yet to do anything with it.. maybe tonight. Oh yeah they are now a buck!!

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