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Thinking of ditching that home phone line? Think again!



More and more people I know are giving up their home phones and switching over completely to cellular service. As one friend put it to me: “Why should I pay another hundred bucks a month for a home-based phone when everyone in the family is carrying a phone around with them already?”

Good point. And yet there is something slightly unnerving about the thought of getting rid of my home phone. We have had that number forever and it would be royal pain-in-the-butt to tell family and friends that it was no longer in service. Plus, it’s the one number that I know my husband and daughter will pick up if I am checking in from outside the house. (Besides, I would miss all those dinner time sales pitches and election time robo calls….)

But what if there was a way to roll your home service into your wireless service, so your home phone became just another device on your cellular plan? That way, you would save money but still have the security of an independent home number. Enter Home Phone Connect from Verizon!

Like most great ideas, Home Phone Connect is incredibly simple. You just plug the Verizon-supplied antenna device into an AC outlet and press the power button. Next, you plug your regular handset into the device and you are ready to go. There is no need for an extra line, broadband Internet connection, or anything else. You can connect up to two separate phones and you get to keep your home number and all your existing home phone features, like call forwarding, call waiting and 911.

With Home Phone Connect, you get unlimited calling to any number on any network in the US, including landlines, for just $19.99 per month with a two-year contract. Alternatively, you can add Home Phone Connect to your existing Family Share Plan for $9.99 a month and share the minutes. Verizon also offers competitive international rates if you want to call people outside of the US.

If you’re thinking of ditching your home phone, take a good look at Home Phone Connect first. You get to keep that family lifeline and save money!

The Online Mom LLC is compensated for participating in certain Verizon promotional campaigns. However, the content published on The Online Mom web site reflects the views and opinions of independent editors and contributors.



Comments:
Comment by Gloria, posted 8/1/2012, 8:13 PM:

I ditched my home phone. Wish I had done it sooner!
Comment by Kenny, posted 7/13/2012, 11:59 AM:

Cool product. Thanks for sharing!
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