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Thread: OFFICIAL: Straight Talk CDMA Home Phone Obsolete as of December 31, 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    You can also place the Homebase in an optimal position where signal is the best in the house. For me this is at a particular window. Signal there is excellent. Three feet inside the house it drops to just ok. The difference for AT&T and Sprint is even more dramatic. At the window they work. Anywhere a few feet inside the house they are unusable.

    If AT&T signal is better where you are, there is an AT&T version of the Homebase. Consumer Cellular sells the box and service for it. That one is not VoLTE. AT&T is expected to continue 3G voice for a couple of years.
    Yea, I remember with the old CDMA Home Phone box, I had to put it up stairs. If I didn't, the signal would bounce all over the place. Plus it would interfere with the cordless phone base. Since switching to the ZTE LTE Home Phone box, I can put it anywhere and get a good signal and get no interference like before, but I left it up stairs since the old setup was OK too.

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    hate to resurrect an old thread, but I have two of the huawei's at two locations, and as of today, they are still trucking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_school View Post
    hate to resurrect an old thread, but I have two of the huawei's at two locations, and as of today, they are still trucking...
    That is because Verizon still has their CDMA network up. Verizon is not going to drop the CDMA network till the start of 2021 so far.

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    I saw another version of the LTE home phone device by Moxee aka KonnectOne with the model number being K500HPEL and it is currently sold at walmart for the usual price of the ZTE. Not sure if that device is simply a rebranded ZTE but it supposedly supports AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands.

    https://www.konnectone.com/specs-talk
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-...oxee/116379799
    https://opendevelopment.verizonwirel...e/device/11037
    https://support.straighttalk.com/dev...e?device=25037

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcthegamer View Post
    I saw another version of the LTE home phone device by Moxee aka KonnectOne with the model number being K500HPEL and it is currently sold at walmart for the usual price of the ZTE. Not sure if that device is simply a rebranded ZTE but it supposedly supports AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands.

    https://www.konnectone.com/specs-talk
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-...oxee/116379799
    https://opendevelopment.verizonwirel...e/device/11037
    https://support.straighttalk.com/dev...e?device=25037
    This sound good because I just looked at my local Walmart via the sites, and I see them listed as "limited stock" in a lot of my local Walmarts. That means there is only one maybe two in stock in each store. I have not been in Walmart since this COVID-19 hit. So I am not sure if they are in the stores tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcthegamer View Post
    I saw another version of the LTE home phone device by Moxee aka KonnectOne with the model number being K500HPEL and it is currently sold at walmart for the usual price of the ZTE. Not sure if that device is simply a rebranded ZTE but it supposedly supports AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands.
    The model numbers don't agree between Straight Talk and Walmart, so it's hard to know exactly what you are getting. The generic KonnectONE product page lists compatibility with all carriers. The Verizon page (K500HPEL) only lists their LTE bands. It is common now for the Tracfone companies to use devices that support multiple carriers, but are shipped with a single carrier SIM card. This Moxee home phone will likely come with a Verizon SIM.

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    Went to Walmart on Sunday and bought the Moxee brand Straight Talk Home Phone box.

    First impressions: It looks identical to the ZTE Z723EL with the exception of a grid kind of thing at the top. The notification bar on the front (on/off, battery, voicemail indicator and signal bars) is almost identical as well. The back side is a little different with the sim card slot on the back instead of under the bottom cover. But the phone line slots and on/off button, dual antenna mounts and charger slot are about the same as the ZTE.

    I'm getting five bars of service so a good signal. The call quality is as good as the ZTE if not better (callers seem just a bit louder). The callers say I sound great and very natural, not muffled or "tinny" either.

    The one HUGE difference in this model and the Huawei and ZTE is the "dial tone" and the ringing sound when you make a call. It does not sound like the old POTS line dial tone or any other tone I've ever heard. It actually sounds like a 300 hz tone. Yes, both the dial tone and the ring tone both sound like a 300 hz tone. I thought it was something wrong until I realized that is their brand of tone. I'll be honest and say I'm not crazy about that at all. It would have been nice to have a more traditional sounding dial tone and ring tone. But since I'm using it for a home phone, it'll work fine. Just a bit of a shock.

    So far, between me and others calling me, I've had none of the crazy tone issues with the Moxee like I did with the ZTE. Fingers crossed this new brand of box solves the issue. I'm not going to have much of a chance to go back to the ZTE. As soon as I finished the install of the Moxee box, I tossed the ZTE in the trash. Good riddance.

    I used the automated transfer service with Straight Talk and the Moxee box was up and running in about 10 minutes.

    So far, so good. I'll keep everyone posted.

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