US Cellular Home Phone plan suggests mobile isn’t everything

May 31, 2013
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US Cellular is looking to compete with the other major carriers on a home phone solution that uses mobile phone towers. We've heard about US Cellular's own offering earlier this month, but now the carrier has announced that Home Phone is coming June 7 in stores and June 20 for those that want to order online.

The service will allow you to use any standard home phone, and the $20-per-month plan comes with unlimited nationwide calling over US Cellular's network, and it also comes with voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and three-way calling. Users will also be able to keep their own home phone, so there's no need to get a whole new one, thankfully.

The device itself, which essentially just looks like a wireless router, costs just one penny after signing a two year contract for the service. We're guessing you could buy it outright without a contract, but US Cellular hasn't detailed unsubsidized pricing. The device can support up to two corded phones or "multiple" cordless phones via two phone ports, though no internet connection is required.

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According to Engadget, the device that'll handle all of your calls is a PCD-made base station with a model number of FT2260. It sports dual-band support (800/1900 MHz CDMA), a QSC6055 chipset, two regular phone jacks and a USB port (for diagnostics purposes only, however). The device also has a 1500 mAh rechargeable battery that claims to get two hours of talk time or 36 hours of standby time.

US Cellular's $20-per-month option is quite a steal, although Verizon's offering is the same price for unlimited calling as well, with a $10 plan to share minutes, and since this technology uses cell towers, we imagine that Verizon has quite a few more than US Cellular does. Nonetheless, if you're an area that reigns with US Cellular, this is certainly another option to consider.


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