We have considered one for our home since we both have cell phones and children who are 8 to 10. They are entering the age where they are beginning to discover the uses of talking to friends or family members on the phone. Neither on of us likes the idea of them giving out our personal numbers to their friends nor do we feel comfortable handing over our nice, expensive smart phones to young children to use while they are on the phone. We could activate an older dumphone on a prepaid plan but the monthly cost coupled with the unlimited minutes of the home phone device makes it a better alternative. The only part that I don't like is the initial start up cost to purchase the equipment. With the addition of straight talks byo vzw device it would be nice if they would allow a used vzw branded home phone connect to be used with the $15 monthly cost they offer with their own branded device. As it is I could purchase a used vzw hpc and activate it thru vzw directly and just pay them $20 a month for the service and I wouldn't even reach the break even point for almost 2 years. The nice part of it is you can take your home phone with you on vacation if you wish or even with a little creative wiring maintain a voice only line on the vzw network that you could keep in your car or work van. I could see this working great for a contractor or traveling salesman who already had an at&t based line and wanted that extra coverage. Coupled with a google voice number set to froward to both numbers you would never miss a call.
Originally Posted by mirayge
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what is this new feature, and how can I manipulate it in order to make myself seem superior to those around me?