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Straight Talk launching home phone service

While this isn’t exactly prepaid cellular news, it does have to do with one of our more prominent carriers, Straight Talk. They’re apparently piggybacking Verizon’s Home Phone Connect service, which they launched a couple of years ago. It’s essentially a wireless base station and wireless phone that runs off of Verizon’s CDMA network. The base station itself will come out September 21st and will cost $99. The service will cost either $15 per month, for unlimited domestic long distance, or $30 to add international long distance to 1,000 worldwide locations. You can check out more details at the dedicated Straight Talk page.

Via PhoneNews.com.

37 Responses

  1. LaWanda Stewart- Says

    what kind of handset is required for this service


    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm
  2. Joe Says

    It’s one supplied by Straight Talk specifically for the service.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 at 5:10 pm
  3. Steve Says

    As i understand it, most any standard telephone with an RJ11 plug (the same kind of phone jack/plug in your walls at home) will attach to this box. This device attach’s to Verizon’s cellular network to provide phone service.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm
  4. Jackie D Says

    We got it and love it, had my old number ported from att… It can take 2 phone hooked to it or one that is a base and runs your other regular cordless phones.. check out the video on straighttalkhomephone.com
    no internet, no computer, no docking station, no phone company line, no cell phone and I get the same services I had with att but $50.00 cheaper a month.. WAHOOOOOO! Sounds great on my end and from the others I call!


    Posted on October 19th, 2012 at 4:21 am
  5. Jackie D Says

    No Joe, Steve is right.. Takes any phone that has a regular jack. No docking station or special phone needed


    Posted on October 19th, 2012 at 4:24 am
  6. Leland B Says

    I thinks it’s a great deal. I have been a Straight Talk wireless customer for a few years. My phone runs on the Verizon network. No dropped calls. Great coverage. $45 per month unlimited talk/text.


    Posted on October 20th, 2012 at 9:05 pm
  7. cristen m Says

    will it work with an alarm system?


    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:59 am
  8. Val Says

    Can this unit be purchased at WalMart??


    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  9. Nancy Says

    I live where drop calls are frequent. Will this work at my home?


    Posted on November 17th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  10. Mark Z Says

    We got the new HOME PHONE end of month and ported old land line number, discontinuing our Fairpoint Service.
    Works great, if you have good a Verizon cell phone service signal in your house. Has better signal in house than our cell phones, since there is a 3-inch antenna attached to the unit. Not seeing it available at Walmart and no way of placing months ahead into your “Reserve” account. Have to purchase both the phone and monthly activation online at Straighttalk.com.
    Can use credit or debit card to automatically activate each 30 days, which is convenient, but would rather be able to purchase service online at Walmart.com and place ahead in Reserve. So far works great for us.


    Posted on November 20th, 2012 at 11:27 am
  11. stephens340 Says

    Can you link to the internet with this unit ?


    Posted on November 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  12. Mocha Says

    Can broadband run off it or any Internet provider?


    Posted on November 26th, 2012 at 8:02 pm
  13. B Says

    How good is the voicemail? Can it be accessed online like I can do now in Comcast Xfinity Voice? CAN I BLOCK A LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS like I could with other carriers? (like block annoying specific phone numbers from some telemarketers that won’t stop calling.) That’s important to me


    Posted on November 29th, 2012 at 2:48 pm
  14. robert Says

    magic jack plus is the way to go.no computer needed.it cost 20 dollars to port my number 60.00 dollars for the magic jack plus.29.00 dollars a year.ive never had a problem with it.


    Posted on December 6th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
  15. robert Says

    cost me a little over 2 dollars a month.alot better then paying 15 dollars a month.


    Posted on December 6th, 2012 at 8:32 pm
  16. robert Says

    straight talk is cheaper then most phone services.nothing personal against them its just magic jack plus is a alot cheaper per month.


    Posted on December 6th, 2012 at 8:35 pm
  17. Cole Says

    ROBERT,
    You comments about the Magic Jack plus is not accurate.
    With the Magic jack Plus you MUST HAVE broadband internet to use it. So no internet, no MJ+

    Thats the beauty of the Straight Talk Home Phone, NO INTERNET is required because it is actually a unit that provides its service using a cell tower.

    To answer those that asked about getting internet with this, NO. Its only for calling purposes, that’s why it only $15 per month.

    Verizon & ATT also offer the same thing except theirs service runs $20 per month, although they provide the device for no charge if you do a 2 year contract with them.


    Posted on December 8th, 2012 at 8:30 am
  18. stephanie Says

    yeah but with that you need continued internet (high speed)
    Straight talk you dont need the internet…


    Posted on December 9th, 2012 at 7:34 pm
  19. John Tuttle Says

    I believe Magic Jack uses DSL for their phone service. If you don’t have DSL or you want to take the phone to another location, you can not use it without DSL service.
    The Straight Talk unit does not require DSL service. It is a cellular phone service with a regular home type phone attached to it. If you want to travel with the unit and have power available, the unit will work. The Magic Jack will not work without having DSL service…


    Posted on December 10th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
  20. shellie Says

    can uyou have aol internet with this?


    Posted on December 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  21. Todd Says

    Cole,

    My Jack does have a Plus version now where you can use your phone outlet. It still stinks just like the broadband version.


    Posted on December 12th, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  22. Jane Says

    We purchased an OOma and a Magic jack in the past and took them both back because Century Link would not release our phone number so it could be ported. Has anyone else had this problem and did you overcome it?


    Posted on December 16th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
  23. Candace Says

    I have owned this new system for about 2 weeks now everything works great ported my home number from AT&T that I have had for over 10 years, the only complaint I have is there are no names that come thru with the caller ID only the number is shown.


    Posted on December 22nd, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  24. Mark Z Says

    Update – Straight Talk Home Phone Service is now providing a means to add to your Reserve account on their website. After nearly 6 weeks of the Service we are still very happy with it. I particularly like the voicemail features, which are the same as our ST cell phones, as well as, the Caller ID features that show up on each call. (using an eight year old V-Tech 5.8g cordless phone with 4 handsets). Still not seeing at Walmart, however ST is advertising on national TV that is available.Hopefully soon.


    Posted on December 28th, 2012 at 11:28 am
  25. We1250 Says

    I found this unit at Walmart in the Electronics Department, in the same area where the home telephones are displayed. The cost $98.88, and the $15/30 cards are hanging there as well.


    Posted on December 29th, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  26. Dee Says

    I live in a area where cell phone signal hardly picks up. More not than so.
    Will sthome pick up if my cell service does not?


    Posted on January 1st, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  27. DeAnna S Says

    It is my understanding from reviews that you cannot dial 1-800 #’s with Magic Jack.


    Posted on January 3rd, 2013 at 5:46 pm
  28. soundman Says

    Magic Jack will dial 1-800 numbers the thing is you only dial the area code and the number so you don’t need the 1 or the 800 to make the call do the research before making comments on things you don’t understand……


    Posted on January 17th, 2013 at 10:38 am
  29. gerry Says

    can you use a splitter in line so that you can run multiple phones or different sets of cordless? for example i have three sets of cordless phones operating just 2-3 headsets and several non-corded phones


    Posted on February 2nd, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  30. Kim Says

    What if I don’t already have a land line phone #? Will I be able to get one from straight talk?


    Posted on February 13th, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  31. sunny Says

    is it possible to fax with straight talh home set up


    Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  32. graver Says

    Just go to their website and read the damn specs.
    http://www.shopstraighttalk.com/bpdirect/straighttalk/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=16563657


    Posted on February 25th, 2013 at 10:25 am
  33. Mark Z Says

    Still happy with ST Home Phone Service.
    To answer some other questions:
    Faxing and internet are not available with the ST Home Phone.

    You will be assigned a phone number when system is activated, you dont need one to start. You can port an existing phone number.

    The website for the “damn specs” mentioned above has expired. Go to
    http://www.straighttalkhomephone.com to learn more including International calling instructions and Countries available for calling.


    Posted on March 1st, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  34. Tim B Says

    Have had our ST Home for about 2 weeks. We are close to a cell tower and the line is clearer than our previous landline phone service. Only negatives I can add is no 911 info available if you were to call and were unable to talk and state your location. Unable to use with our Dish to screen calls on the TV. However, those things are not worth 600.00 a year extra to me. Good going Straight Talk!!!


    Posted on March 13th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
  35. Richard Lamb Says

    Unlimited International not onlimuted. Our unlimited international was cut off 3 days before the service end date, only to find out after almost an hour of sitting on hold that there are actual limits on how much you can use the international long distance, reader beware…


    Posted on April 9th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  36. Jer R Says

    can a business phone number be ported?


    Posted on June 4th, 2013 at 5:44 pm
  37. Greg M Says

    Jer R, I asked that question of online customer service and received a reply that business numbers can be ported.

    However, the terms of service do state that the product can not be used for telemarketing, conference calls, or a variety of other uses important to some businesses. The terms also state that they can cut off your service if they ‘suspect’ you are doing these things on the basis of how much call time you are using, etc.

    You’ll want to check the terms of service against your particular business needs before purchasing.


    Posted on July 10th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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