After a thorough trial which began at the last quarter of 2010, Verizon launches its new home-phone service, this service lets you make unlimited local calls on a usual landline phone at the rate of $20 per month , all this is done with the help of a wireless router that strike into the carrier’s cellular network. The service is now open for the market
The news of this Home Phone-service first floated up in December, and Boy Genius Report spotted a promo for the plan on the website of Verizon Wireless on Thursday.
Initial reports about Home Phone Connect said that the service would only be open to existing Verizon Wireless subscribers, but as we watched the latest promo, it seems that the newcomers can also avail the service.
You must be anxious to know how does it works so here’ it is. Take any traditional landline phone and simply plug it into Verizon’s AC-powered Home Phone Connect base station it looks like a home Wi-Fi router.
And when its activated, it continue with your calling services including call waiting, forwarding, caller ID, three-way calling, voice mail, and 911 service along with unlimited calling to any U.S. number only for $20 a month.
This new service adds another option to the existing Verizon Wireless family plan which was for $10 a month that is; you can share minutes with everyone else on the plan.
The cost of the base station is also to be considered i-e $129 but the discounts are available if you sign a contract (free for a two-year commitment, or $50 with a one year contract).
Verizon Wireless is not the first cell phone company to launch a home-phone service, T-Mobile had its @Home service up and running back in 2008. But it was closed last year.
Besides the traditional landlines service, Verizon’s Home Connect plan is also competing the low cost or free broadband-based alternatives as Skype, Ooma, MagicJack, and Vonage.
MagicJack, for example, lets you make VoIP calls on your home phone (with a little help from your PC and a broadband connection) for as low as $20 a year after a 12-month free trial.
But according to Verizon you don’t need a broadband connection to use Home Phone Connect. The wireless base station also boasts a GPS chip that pinpoints your position when making a 911 call, along with a battery pack in case of a power outage.
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