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Anyone using Verizon Home Phone Connect?


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#26 OFFLINE   hilmar2k

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:39 PM

You just made my point about VOIP reliability. If you gotta have a cell phone for VOIP backup, why not just get a reliable cell connection with a Home Phone Connect to start with and forget the VOIP. :lol:


Voip has a fail over because they have no control over the quality/reliability of the internet. I can count the number of times on one hand when a call forwarded to my wife's cell phone (no one ever calls me, so I set her cell as the fail over number). And your way has no backup; cell goes down and you are SOL.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

I'm thinking about switching out my landline phone for the Verizon Wireless Home Phone Connect.

I wouldnt buddy!

LANDLINES ARE MUCH BETTER!!!!!! -- If i had any say in the matter @ my house I would ask to please ditch this VOIP garbage we have and go back to Landline service as its MUCH BETTER!! (Doesnt drop calls,etc)

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

I wouldnt buddy!

LANDLINES ARE MUCH BETTER!!!!!! -- If i had any say in the matter @ my house I would ask to please ditch this VOIP garbage we have and go back to Landline service as its MUCH BETTER!! (Doesnt drop calls,etc)


That statement is not true for everyone. I much prefer my VOIP to POTS. I get better sound quality, more features, and nearly the same reliability for a fraction of the cost.

If your internet connection is not reliable enough for VOIP, then yes, you should have a POTS line.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:33 PM

Dude,

Verizon Home Phone Connect isn't VOIP. It's a cellphone, and nearly 100% reliable. Definitely more reliable than VOIP and probably more reliable than POTS depending on your environment (overhead phone lines, severe weather frequency, etc.).

I have a couple of these units. I will be dropping one for VOIP when my contract is up because of cost. But I'll be keeping the one I got for my parents because it's been 100% reliable the past 2 years, is portable and works in a moving car. If their modem dies at their home and they had VOIP, they would be SOL, unable to even call the cable company.

And if you're grandfathered, the Home Phone Connect is only $10/month on the old share plan, which is what I have. Ooma is only $3/month, so I'll be switching my home phone to that soon. I've had VOIP many times in the past and always had the issues you describe. But I'm willing to live with those issues to save money.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

Just an FYI, make sure you get the F265 model and not the older F2260. Sound quality is much better and the 265 supports CallerID with name service, but Verizon charges $3/mo extra for it.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:12 AM

Just an FYI, make sure you get the F265 model and not the older F2260. Sound quality is much better and the 265 supports CallerID with name service, but Verizon charges $3/mo extra for it.


I am not sure what model I have (got it 22 months ago) but the audio quality is as good as any telephone I have owned. The sound quality depends on what you have plugged into the Home Phone Connect. If you have good quality phones it will sound fine.

I use a V-Tech cordless phone system with the Home Phone Connect. It has 4 cordless phones. I also have a Old non-battery princess type phone plugged into the HPC. This is because if I lose electrical power the cordless phones do not work even tho the Home Connect continues to work because of its internal battery. The princess phone works fine without power. Note that the Home Connect provides a off-hook dial tone unlike cellphones.

Caller ID works great with this setup without any extra cost. The Caller ID will get the persons name from the cordless phone's contact list, otherwise it just shows the phone number. In addition the V-Tech system announces the name or phone number in speech audio.

If you have Verizon Wireless cellphones you can share your minutes with the Home connect for $10 a month. For $20 a month you get a separate plan with unlimited, un-timed calling including Long Distance. This is a fantastic deal. I have this plan because my cellphone plan is basic with limited minutes. Also all Verizon to Verizon calls are un-timed, which means I can call home from my Verizon cellphone without minutes being charged.

As another poster has noted the Verizon Home Phone Connect is NOT VOIP. It is a cellphone interface to regular phones and if you are in an area (like me) that has good Verizon Wireless connect ability you will love this system. For 22 months it has been 100% reliable. My contract runs out in a couple of months and I definitely plan on continuing this great service.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

On my DirecTV HR20-700 there is no way to disable the DVR's calling out feature if you want caller ID. So, every hour like clockwork the unit tries calling out twice at about 5 after and 40 after the hour. So when I get my Sprint Voice Connect bill there are pages and pages of the 1-800 calls.

Annoying to say the least, but the Sprint voice service has worked well. Like Verizon and AT&T, it is $20 a month.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:29 AM

On my DirecTV HR20-700 there is no way to disable the DVR's calling out feature if you want caller ID.


My 2 DVR's are not connected to my phone system. There is no reason to connect the telephone since the DVR's are networked to my router. My Caller ID comes thru my telephone (surprise) and is announced in speech audio.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

I went another way with a Xlink device hooked to my phone wiring. It pairs to my current cell phone when it is within bluetooth range (it can be configured for up to three cell phones). It passes the caller's phone number but only shows the name if it is in my phone's contact list. I had a few issues with an old cell phone but my newer one is quite compatible. Technical support has been excellent.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:49 AM

I went another way with a Xlink device hooked to my phone wiring. It pairs to my current cell phone when it is within bluetooth range (it can be configured for up to three cell phones).


There are quite a few of these on the market now. The drawback is it uses your cellphone minutes. However this would probably be a better way to go vs paying Verizon $10 a month to share cell minutes with the Home Connect.

My car has a similar hookup thru bluetooth. When i get in the car, the cellphone automatically connects to the radio system giving me hands off thru the radio cellphone use. Really works well and I can see it working equally well in the device you are talking about.

The best thing about the Home Phone Connect IMO is the $20 a month plan that gives you unlimited talk time free. No using expen$ive cellphone minutes.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:19 AM

On my DirecTV HR20-700 there is no way to disable the DVR's calling out feature if you want caller ID. So, every hour like clockwork the unit tries calling out twice at about 5 after and 40 after the hour. So when I get my Sprint Voice Connect bill there are pages and pages of the 1-800 calls.

Annoying to say the least, but the Sprint voice service has worked well. Like Verizon and AT&T, it is $20 a month.

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Didn't realize that the DVR's call out that many times a month.

My 2 DVR's are not connected to my phone system. There is no reason to connect the telephone since the DVR's are networked to my router. My Caller ID comes thru my telephone (surprise) and is announced in speech audio.

May work for you, but for me the voice announce takes to long to determine who's calling. And I then you have to reach for the phone to look at the Caller ID to get it quicker. Having it right on the my TV is so much more convenient. Since you are "Lazy Senior", I would have thought you would prefer it on the TV. ;)
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:27 AM

And I then you have to reach for the phone to look at the Caller ID to get it quicker. Having it right on the my TV is so much more convenient. Since you are "Lazy Senior", I would have thought you would prefer it on the TV. ;)


Ya gotta reach for the phone anyway - to answer it. Unless you are talking thru your TV. :lol::lol::lol:

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

Actually, when I see the number on the screen I often decide not to answer it.

The Do Not Call list is being ignored by more and more telemarketers.

I was told a couple years ago that if your DVR detected you were connected to the Internet it would not call out. Somebody forgot to tell the programmers that as mine is connected and still does call out. I wish it was just a menu item to disable calling out while still keeping the caller ID.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

Ya gotta reach for the phone anyway - to answer it. Unless you are talking thru your TV. :lol::lol::lol:

True, if its someone you know and want to talk to. For me, 9 x's out of 10, its telemarketing, polling or some other call I don't want to answer. Despite have my number on the "Do Not Call" list. :nono2:
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

Actually, when I see the number on the screen I often decide not to answer it.


Lazy Senior is admittedly - Lazy. However his telephone (with Caller ID) is right next to his LAZY Boy recliner. He can see the phone just as easy as his TV. He don't need nor want Caller ID on the TV. He only needs to see who is calling in one place. Since he is a Senior, caller ID in two places would only confuse him. :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

You can forward VOIP calls to your cellphone too, so even in the very rare chance the internet was down, your wife would still receive her "on call" calls.

Exactly. If your voip (virtually any provider) goes down it has a "fallover" option which sends the call to any other number you prefer.

Of course if the voip providers servers go down you are SOL. We had no power for 10 days during Sandy and never missed a call. We kept our cells charged (and our computer based hot-water heater working) by using one of the 3 battery back-ups we couldn't use to watch TV or used our cars when we went out to find food in the dumpsters behind restaurants (JK on that)!. We would have had no POTS line for 10 days since a pole came down in front of our house and took out all the land lines as well as our internet.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:09 PM

$20/month is nowhere near the best value. There are many VOIP options significantly cheaper than that. Of course, those require a broadband internet connection, so if you don't have one of those, the cellular option is a very good option. But I paid $165 for two years of phone service through Voipo (less than $7/mo).

+1 on VOIPO. Been with them for over 4 years and never had an issue that prevented a call. I have 2 dedicated lines/numbers for $190 for 2 years. Best deal around (IMO of course).

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:02 PM

Not only is VOIP dependent on one's internet connection, but on the quality and bandwidth capabilities of their servers. Magic Jack works, and works just fine with D* DVRs. I have no problem with caller ID working.

However, Magic Jack's servers are half-baked and we suffer dropped calls, stuttering audio and so-so audio quality in general (although it is not horrible).

The internet connection here is no loaded heavily by us, and most of the time meets its rated 6 megabits/sec. I've seen it drop as low as 3.5 Mb/s under some circumstances, but that is still way faster than what is required by MJ's voip. As I recall, when I measured it, I was seeing about 150K bps.

I don't consider VOIP emergency reliable, at least not MJ. Cell phones are fine for personal emergencies, but if there is a local issue, cell phones become very unreliable, as they sell 10x the bandwidth they can support. When a local emergency happens, everyone gets on their cell phones and they become useless.

That's why emergency planners all insist on radios.

We use VOIP to protect our cell phone minutes, and it is acceptable for that. We gave up our land line two years ago and save about $365 per year. So far we have gotten along just fine without a land line.
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