Oh yeah, and it roams, so don't tell me it's cheaper because it doesn't:
"Some coverage areas include networks run by other carriers."
I agree. There's something else going on here. If it were just about roaming, then prepay (which doesn't roam) would have a $20 unlimited plan. They don't. So, the only possible conclusions I see are:
1. Verizon can make money on unlimited minutes for only $20 per month, and the rest of us are suckers for paying more to carry a cell phone around.
2. Verizon is selling this at a loss to push landline service out of business for future profit potential.
3. Verizon desperately needs to increase it's subscriber #'s for some bogus financial reason:
a. They want to impress wall street with some giant increase in subscribers
b. They want to impress some venture capital firm to get more investment for 5G service (jk)
4. Verizon gets some kind of government money for land lines that they can't get for cell service.
I don't know what's going on here, but it stinks like something, I just can't put my finger on it, yet.
1. I think they can make more money if they did this with typical cell phones assuming, other features are bundled like txting/data...
we all know they make a lot on the unl texting.
2. Yes that makes sense!
If they advertise this enough it should put a nice dent in the landline biz in areas that have good vzw coverage which is a lot of areas...
with inexpensive hardware basically unl calling for less than vonage and NO broadband needed.
What I think is that it's targeted to people who are already Verizon cell customers, but still have a home land-line (POTS) phone. They will probably get some type of advertisement saying "Attention Verizon Wireless customer. If you still have home phone land-line service, you can get a free Verizon Home Phone Connect device (with 2-year agreement) and monthly usage from only $9.99, or $19.99 for unlimited usage."
I suppose it could be locked to one SID though, that should work for most situations at home...
Support Cable/Satellite receivers
So I dont know why faxes would not work then??? Maybe it goes into a different mode/codec when it detects the data tones? I don't know why people would want that over email but someone should try it for the heck of it!
Since it just came out, I'm not sure if they'll be sending me a demo unit to test out or not. But if they do, I'll see if it will work with my Epson all-in-one fax.
I have AT&T U-VERSE Voice which is just a dedicated G.711u VOIP line with 64kbps and I have trouble faxing over it so I know I won't be over this. Also it only support's cellular 911, so if your 911 dispatch center only support's B911 or Phase I wireless 911 services your screwed. Even with Phase II which is the most advanced, they typically don't have you location but to within a few houses, and forget Apartment's or Condo's....
You cannot beat a landline for accuracy and safety when it comes to E911. A landline route's to the correct PSAP and delivers correct E911 information. If you border cities which I border 4 and 2 counties, then your chances of being initially connected to the correct PSAP are only 25-50%..
I just got mine today, it is hooked up and working great. I will post more after I use it for a few days.
I currently have a tellular device that has it's own plan. It does the same thing as this home connect does, I wonder if I can hook that up to this new plan or will I have to get verizons equipment?
I just ordered mine tonight and can't wait to compare it to my T-mobile@Home router. Of course each unit works in different ways.
- You don't need a cell signal, but you do need a cable/DSL Internet.
- Can be used anywhere with an high speed Internet.
- You can use your cell phone sim in the router, so it would work like the $9.99 plan from Verizon.
- It supports up to 2 phone lines.
- Can be used anywhere you get a verizon signal.
- Battery backup
- Don't need DSL/cable connection.
- Don't need a cell phone linked to this device. (unless you pay $9.99)
- Can pimp my van with a wired landline phone. Lol
Last edited by tivoman; 02-20-2011 at 11:51 PM.
If anyone has a Verizon Network Extender, it would be interesting to see if this unit would connect though it, or still has to use the local cell tower.