On February 18, 2011, Verizon announced they are releasing their Verizon Wireless Home Phone Connect nationwide. The service allows landline users to connect their phone into the Verizon wireless system and convert their landline into a cell phone. This indicates that phone calls will be transferred through airwaves and the result is lower cost on long distance phone bills.
Unlike many VoIP services, this plan does not require a broadband connection but instead uses a power adapter with antenna to connect wirelessly. Verizon Home Connect offers unlimited calling for the low price of $19.99 per month.
Home Phone Connect does require a two-year contract and as with any major household purchase it is important to read through the fine print. There are some conditions that apply to those who are already Verizon Wireless account holders so make sure to contact your local Verizon agent with any questions or concerns you may have.
Those who sign up for Home Phone Connect will receive all of the services currently expected with a landline phone and will have the option of retaining their current landline telephone number. Three-way calling; voicemail, 911 service, call waiting and call forwarding, and caller ID are included.
In addition to the monthly service fee, there is a base station that must be purchased. Those who choose a 2-year-contract will have the fee for the station waived. Users may also share their minutes between their landline home phones and their cell phones as well.
Home Phone Connect was in trials in Connecticut and New York and met with enough success that Verizon prompted the service nationwide.