Pros & Cons of a Wireless Home
In some cases you'll save more than half your
landline charges. Also, you get FREE Long Distance
and all your favorite calling features: Caller ID, Call Waiting, Voice
Mail, 3-way Calling, and more, all for the same low monthly price.
HOME PHONE CAN FOLLOW YOU
great for taking it with you on vacation, using it in the cabin or
your second home, or if you move frequently.
CAN USE YOUR OLD PHONE NUMBER...OR NOT
The switch will be transparent to your friends and family, or you can get a shiny
new number. In some cases it's possible to choose a non-local
You are no longer depending on a single wireless phone, or if you have
visitors or a baby sitter who may not have reliable service at your
home. The Wireless Home Phone can always call 911. Some units
have GPS positioning which tells the emergency call center your
approximate position which works best if the base unit is placed near
WIRELESS HOME PHONE CAN GO WHERE NO PHONE HAS GONE BEFORE
If you live 'off the grid' or just a little too far down the road, as
long as you can get a cellular signal, you can have the convenience of
Phone. You can set it up in a temporary location for use over
a short period for a very small investment.
HAVE A "HOUSE" PHONE FOR THE FAMILY
No need to carry your cell phone in your pocket at home. You get a
'dial tone,' which may be a big deal for older relatives or visitors either when
using the phone in their home or yours.
Those pesky callers know a lot less about you when your number is
registered as "Wireless" instead of "Bob and Linda's Home Phone." At
least for now, you'll be targeted a lot less and you're still
eligible to register your number on the Do
Not Call Registry.
A SECOND LINE FOR THE HOUSE OR FOR A BUSINESS
It's a very economical way to have a business or special
line, a second number, or just for Voice Mail.
- EMERGENCY CALLS
Calls to 911 may not be routed to the same emergency call center as a
landline so you may need to provide a detailed description of
situation and location.
- SOME PLUG-IN
DEVICES WON'T WORK
Home Phone is a voice-only service and isn’t compatible with devices
require data including fax machines, alarm systems, credit
card machines, satellite modems, medical alert systems, or dialup Internet service.
- CALLER ID
Incoming Caller ID on a Wireless Home Phone does not show the calling
party's name, only their phone number, unless you have that name stored in your phone's phone book. Caller ID on outgoing
calls are limited to the information provided by the wireless carrier
which may show Caller Location (based on your number, not your actual
location), as "UNAVAILABLE," "WIRELESS CALLER," or similar
identification, or no information at all.
- POWER OUTAGES
Each Wireless Home Phone base unit comes with a backup battery.
During a power outage you can expect that battery to operate
the phone for as much as 35 hours standby and up to four hours of talk
time. However, a landline can operate for weeks without
as long as you have a regular wired type telephone. Backup batteries don't
last forever so you should check it at least once a year, or maybe when
you replace your smoke
detector batteries. Just unplug it for a few minutes and see if it works.
While wireless cell sites are quite reliable and all have backup power, their networks can get overloaded preventing you
from making or receiving calls. Even though your phone provides a "dial
tone", you are not connected to the network until you actually complete
entering the number you are calling. This overload is usually a
temporary situation which may clear up shortly. Incoming
calls that cannot reach your Wireless Home Phone are normally directed
to Voice Mail which should eventually illuminate your voice mail
Wireless Home Phone is guaranteed from defects for an initial period
but if your Wireless Home Phone base unit stops working you are
responsible for repairs. That usually means replacing the
which may involve a trip to a store or a wait for another unit
TO HOW MANY HANDSETS YOU
can plug in several wired phones into The
Home Phone base unit and even into the house wiring, but there are
limits, some as few as 2 phones. A solution is a multiple-unit cordless
phone system where only one plug is needed for all handsets.
- DIFFERENT CALL
The Wireless Home Phone base needs to interpret what number you are
entering and therefore waits until it thinks you are done pressing
numbers. This can result in a lengthy pause before the called
number starts ringing. Or, if you pause too long between digits
the box will 'time out' and require you to start over. On
incoming calls, the Wireless Home
Phone also interprets the incoming calls which may cause the phone to
ring several times at the caller's end before your phone
rings. Often the cell site knows that it is taking extra time
to connect the call, but you may hear a shorter total
number of rings on the Wireless Home Phone before going to Voice Mail.
You can disable Voice Mail which will give you a larger
number of incoming rings, but after 30 seconds (or about 6 rings) the
calling party may hear "The Wireless party you are calling is not