It's really a simple deal:
ESAT can offer you the use of their services *BUT* only Eircom are currently
allowed install the physical line into the house.
Therefore ESAT give you this box, which adds the prefix (jumps the call to
an Esat switch) and possibly your account number to the number you dialled,
you see nothing extra. You still pay Eircom line rental, and then you pay
Esat for the calls.
With the Surf[Free|NoLimits] deals you *can* use either line, if you're
using an eircom line your modem needs to dial the extra prefix "manually" to
route the call to the Esat network. That's all there is to it. The main
reason for the box, is that Joe Schmoe using a telephone doesn't want to
have to dial an extra nn-digit prefix on a local call.
The company who sold the Esat home phone line did so under false pretences.
There is no need for an Esat phone line (Esat state this in their marketing
*All this is hearsay as I'm not connected to/with/by Esat
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