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Sprint Offers Home Phone Service For Cord Cutters
by Karl Bode 06:25PM Monday Nov 11 2013
Sprint has announced they're now offering a new home phone service they hope will lure phone cord cutters over to the company's wireless network. Dubbed Sprint Phone Connect System 1, the service is an update to Sprint's "Phone Connect" platform, providing two cordless handsets for $50 (plus taxes, with two-year contract).

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After that, users pay $20 a month for unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling.

Sprint's home phone services are in a crowded field of similar services from the likes of Verizon's Home Phone Connect or AT&T's Wireless Home Phone. Sprint's Phone Connect 2 is still available and use of existing POTS phones over the Sprint wireless network.

"Sprint Phone Connect System includes everything a customer needs to activate service and makes it easy for them to take their home or office phone to a new location or set up a temporary office without losing valuable time waiting for the local telephone provider installation," proclaims Sprint in their news release.

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mixdup

join:2003-06-28
Birmingham, AL
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·Charter

So?

Not sure I see the point. The whole reason people are dropping POTS for cell phones is that cell phone coverage is good enough now (obviously since they're offering this service) and it's more convenient to have one phone and number instead of two. It's not that people don't want a copper pair or coax cable into their house.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: So?

There are still MILLIONS of people that use POTS. This is not a full replacement but if you look at your typical $30 or more bill for POTS and add in portability, they are hoping to tap into that market since there is practically zero marginal cost to adding them.

For small businesses this can be a winner, or a backup. In NYC for instance, Verizon isn't so quick to fix issues...
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA
I'd say the main reason people from POTS is to save money.

Beans0

@verizon.net
Is this really going to sell? I mean its sprint, they're service is crap, verizon and att, yes but sprint....?
cramer
Premium
join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:9

Re: So?

Since it's a "fixed" wireless service, if Sprint has a fair signal in your house, then it's a workable solution. (vs. the mobile phone that rarely has service as you move around.)

I don't see much point to it either. Unless it's dirt cheap, why not just get an actual mobile phone? Don't want to give up your analog desk phone while at home... there are many devices on the market to link your cellphone to a cord. (some can link multiple phones)
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Straight Talk on the Spent Network for $15 per month.
silbaco
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join:2009-08-03
USA

Home Phone

Can't see how this can appeal to cord cutters. The point of cutting the cord is to save money. Not pay for something else just because it doesn't have a cord. For those who haven't cut the cord, while would they willingly risk losing the unparalleled reliability of the landline? When I had a copper landline, it only ever went out once in the last 10 years. Since I switched to fiber it has never gone out and the quality is far superior to any wireless product.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA

Re: Home Phone

The copper cord typically costs $40-70/month.

Cutting it in favor of a more reliable fixed-3G dialtone service that charges a fixed $20/month ($15 for the Walmart version) would save quite a bit.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: Home Phone

$40-70? My phone bill is $16 per month plus fees/taxes which comes out to ~$29 total. Granted I could save by switching to this, but it would only be as reliable as the cell phones I already have, which isn't too reliable.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
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Re: Home Phone

Yup, $40+. That's what real people in California pay when they have unlimited local calling, a near-distance and long-distance plan or unplan, caller-ID, inside wire maintenance, and the 13+ taxes and fees, and that's before telco puts their butcher's thumb on the scale.

Don't get me wrong, I would prefer to see high-quality copper maintained and/or upgraded to fiber-dialtone, like you enjoy, but we haven't had the former for over a decade, and telco billing practices, repair and customer service all but assure that few residential customers will have any interest in their POTS products ever again.

(And folks here accuse me of being a telco shill!)

clemcon50

@sbcglobal.net
That's $16 to $29 with no LONG DISTANCE service or calls to Canada -I am assuming.

Darknessfall
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Name Caller ID

Does this have name caller ID along with #?
cramer
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join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:9

Re: Name Caller ID

No, because the network doesn't send that data. (I don't know of any cell network that does.)

Darknessfall
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kudos:6

Re: Name Caller ID

Boo, thanks for the info.
saratoga66

join:2002-08-22
Saratoga, CA
Metro PCS does. Seems strange that the cheap provider has this but the big boys don't.
SubaruBoy

join:2013-01-09
T-Mobile and Verizon do if you pay for it.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Name Caller ID

I never had to pay for it with TMO. Outgoing CID was included.
SubaruBoy

join:2013-01-09

Re: Name Caller ID

I was referring to incoming CID with name....
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Actually Sprint gives you the option to customize your outgoing CID information now.

Darknessfall
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Yeah, SubaruBoy has the right idea. I'm talking about incoming, not outgoing.

michieru
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join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL
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!

This is about migrating users from POTS to wireless. This does however give customers choices of different providers versus being locked into the normal provider and reduces the hassle of moving for those that live in apartments or just moving to another home altogether. Just take the device and update the E911 address.

hamburglar_

join:2002-04-29
united state

Only problem...

It will drop calls like crazy while "they are upgrading the towers to 4G"...

sprintmisled

@verizon.net

Sprint overlooks emergency services.

In my area, when there is a power outage, all sprint phones stop receiving service. The bars go from three to zero in seconds.

I suspect there is no backup battery for the tower that repeats the signal nearby.

The price is attractive, but I advise everyone to take a closer look at your cell phone service when the power goes out.

KA3SGM
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West Chester, PA
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Re: Sprint overlooks emergency services.

Sprint actually has auto-start generators on a lot of their tower sites, but they refuse to maintain them, so they fail in critical situations.

It's a shame they don't test their own power backup systems on a routine basis.
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flycuban

join:2005-04-25
Homestead, FL

Re: Sprint overlooks emergency services.

And you got this information from where?

KA3SGM
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West Chester, PA
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Re: Sprint overlooks emergency services.

Why do I automatically get this question every time I post something.

I don't need to get my info from anywhere, Sprint's little beige colored Generac units speak for themselves, the water collected in the fuel tank rots them from the inside out.

I do work in the wireless industry, I can easily gain legal access to their co-located sites, and the damage done to their backup generators, smells and looks very obvious.

Not vandalism, not any type of manufacturing defects, it's neglect on Sprint's part.
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TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Sprint overlooks emergency services.

You get that question because its DSLR. About 3 people on here are the ones that don't get asked that question. One rights, the other is another blogger. and the 3rd are their followers.
DarnellP

join:2004-10-12
Las Vegas, NV
said by KA3SGM:

Why do I automatically get this question every time I post something.

Probably because you don't offer anything to substantiate your claims. People make claims all of the time on the internet. It's not outlandish for people to inquire as to the source of the claims from someone with a clear anti-Sprint bias.
mpellegrini

join:2009-02-22
Tacoma, WA

Home phones are stupid

I got rid of my home phone probably 5-6 years ago and haven't missed it at all.

Why would anyone need more than a cell phone? Having a home phone is like having a stupid car phone...

Darknessfall
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Re: Home phones are stupid

There's two reasons we keep ours:

1) It's more reliable than cellular services (We depend on reliability)
2) We like our caller ID on TV :P
Happydude32
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quote:
Why would anyone need more than a cell phone?
I live in a rural area with poor cell phone reception. AT&T is almost non existent, Sprint barley has a signal, usually the other party can't hear me, but I can hear them fine, and with Verizon Wireless, I'm real dependent on where I am. If I go into the kitchen the signal goes to hell, in my bedroom it's fine unless I'm sitting at my desk, in which case it cuts out. Cellular audio quality is also not as good as the alternatives and I can get a hell of a lot more talk/standby time out of a cordless phone then I can out of a cell phone that's constantly looking for a signal. Unless a cell tower is erected in my backyard, I will remain a Time Warner Digital Phone subscriber.
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SubaruBoy

join:2013-01-09

1 recommendation

A landline saved my life when I went into full anaphylactic shock.. Couldn't breathe or speak. A cell phone would NOT have helped one damn bit. Even with E911 Phase II capabilities (which anyone who knows anything about that knows it doesn't work like its advertised), but being in a new condo that was just annexed and multiple floors GPS doesn't help a bit anyways..

But on a landline, E911 address information is shown immediately..
contsole
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join:2003-12-30
Wethersfield, CT

1 recommendation

said by mpellegrini:

Why would anyone need more than a cell phone?

There's nothing like the quality of a land line to land line call. No delays so no talking over one another. I'll keep mine thanks with 6 cordless and 4 wired extensions. (It only took 30 years for cordless phones to match the quality of a wired phone.)

wizardry

@ohio-state.edu

1 recommendation

Re: Home phones are stupid

+1 on the voice quality issue. only recently has t-mobile launched a codec with higher fidelity than landline (amr-wb or "hd voice"). Fun fact: cordless phones have inferior quality for two reasons. first they use g.726 codec which compresses unlike toll quality g.711. second they lack the good acoustics of a desk phone.

claemcon50

@sbcglobal.net
I use the Magic jack for backup. $30/year

viperpa33s
Why Me?
Premium
join:2002-12-20
Bradenton, FL

Good deal for people who are old school

My parents are old school and they still have a pots phone and cellphones. I tried to convince them to get rid of there pots phone but they won't do it. I guess they like the security of having a pots phone. Will let them know of this deal since it would be cheaper than keeping the pots phone from CenturyLink. In New Jersey, CenturyLink sucks big time.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Good deal for people who are old school

This has been an option for a couple years now with Sprint and others. ST has it for $15 per month. $100 for the device, $15 per month, don't like it, don't pay for it.
travis5379

join:2005-03-28
Rathdrum, ID

The

Whole point of POTS is that it offers better sound quality than cell phones and you don't have to worry about dropped calls. Also, the network doesn't get overloaded in a natural disaster emergency like cellular. And you don't have to worry about cell phone radiation. There are significant advantages to POTS.

Connecting a cordless phone to a cellular network negates all of those advantages.

Long live POTS.

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decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
kudos:1

freq

Funny, when it comes to offering usable amounts of data, the constant argument of limited spectrum comes up.. But we can offer unlimited talk land line replacements with no problem..

I'm seriously thinking about going retro and using the postal system and libraries and just burn my modern cellular stuff... I rather spend the money on a nice useful car than this crap.

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Earthshaking pricing.

$20 out the door: yes
$20 plus all the bs unfees: no
that price is hardly a deal as with fees it'll almost be double that.
as for the handsets you can get them way cheaper at walmart, target etc.
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linicx
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join:2002-12-03
United State
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·CenturyLink

I too live rural

MY POTS is ADSL delivered over copper to the house. I have analog wall phones for 911; portable/cordless phones for the speaker phone because I can't hear when I use the wall phone. I have a cell phone, too.

I like Sprint best for everything. Otherwise I like the LG 840 GMA TracFone that is MT/3T, 3G/WiFi, and Bluetooth with touch screen and virtual keyboard. It's a no contract phone that costs me $10/mo because I don't use it a lot. My Panasonic cordless/portable phone has a louder volume than the vast majority of cell phones.

My land line is second tier telco. The ADSL phone didn't work worth a damn until telco: installed a whole house splitter; updated the modem, and replaced my old card in the plant with a different one. I don't know that Sprint can overcome this. I had Sprint LD for several years before Sprint dropped landlines and moved to wireless cell phones.

I get my ADSL digital phone bundled with 10/1 uncapped Internet for $73. The cost of AT&T in my neighbor counties is $140 for 6/1 capped with a DSL digital phone.

Where I live uplink speed is a problem for cable users who want a phone. 4/1 sux; 10/2 works better than telco 10/1, but it is also more expensive. Telco uptime is more reliable than cable uptime.

It all depends upon how much aggravation and inconvenience you are willing to accept for what you pay for. I think the uptick in iPad and tablet sales speaks volumes.
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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

tradeoff

A cell network is about as reliable as it's capacity & utilization metrics per cell site. AFAIK, there are no LAWS requiring cell site density to serve the HOME network geography of registered subscribers in at their homes. If one or more of those cell sites are down it can mean the difference between a 911 call going through and NOT. For that TRADEOFF, some E911 via VOIP might just be MORE reliable even with a 3rd party carrier. In some cases you might have to travel a mile or more to find a working cell site amid individual cell site problems in suburban an rural areas.

After hurricane Sandy, the Sprint towers which were serving calls that could reach inside my place were DOWN for 8 MONTHS!! Obviously, the cell site owner probably installed in an illegal dwelling or were barred access until they could negotiate a new deal which took MONTHS to get resolved.