Originally Posted by ELEVO
Who has Phone in there house these days ? I have a Cell Phone, So does my wife and kids, Why would i want a home Phone? What's the Point?
Well, for one thing, it limits telemarketers to dialing my home phone and not my cell. That alone is worth the slight additional cost. I never give out my cell phone number to anyone I don't know personally. If you limit your phone service to just using a cell then you're leaving yourself wide open to telemarketers and other scam artists. I screen all of my home calls and only answer if I recognize the number or caller ID. Otherwise, they can leave a message.
If i was to get Fios Would i need to add a home phone? I for sure dont want one, I can't Imagine why i would pay for a home phone, I know after 911 the only phones that were working were landlines, But i am not having a bill for X amount of years , for something that May never happen again ? and if i does who is to say the landlines are Guaranteed to work? But that alone won't justify me having an additional phone bill in a "Bundle" for 10-30 years , for just incase situation /
Verizon bundles your TV, internet, home phone and wireless phone bills into a single monthly bill if you want. The cost of a home phone with unlimited long distance is far less than what I pay for a single smart phone each month. I have nine cordless handsets scattered around my house so I can answer them from any room. There's a way to connect my cell phones to the home phones so that the main phones will ring with a unique ring tone for each cell phone. I'm not sure if you can answer the cell using a handset, though. I haven't read that part of the manual to set it up.
My home phone system has a voice caller ID that announces the name and/or number of the caller without me having to look at it. If the caller leaves a message it's relayed to each of the remote handsets so I can listen while the message is being recorded. Multiple handsets allows multiple people to join in a conference call instead of having to huddle around a single cell phone.
What do you do when your cell phone is charging in another room and you can't hear it ring? I can pick up a handset anywhere in the house without having to run upstairs to get my cell out of the charger. I even have a handset in my garage. I rarely carry my smart phone while I'm working around the house to keep it from being damaged, especially if I'm working on my car or doing a house reconstruction project. I always have a handset nearby, but only answer it if I need to.
FYI, FIOS includes a battery backup that will keep your house phones operational in the event of a power outage, at least until the battery dies.