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    This is interesting. My mom has a ST home phone thing. Has been about 5 years. I bet it will not work anymore when this all happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherrymyra View Post
    This is interesting. My mom has a ST home phone thing. Has been about 5 years. I bet it will not work anymore when this all happens.
    If you have a Huawei H226C, more then likely you will get into issues. If you have the ZTE Z723EL, you will not have the issue because it has VoLTE.

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    As of today (10/21/2019) Straight Talk has the ZTE Z723EL, new or reconditioned, on their website. I bought a reconditioned unit for $19.99 and with a monthly service card (required) for $15.00, altogether with taxes, it came to around $39.00.

    Called Straight Talk and it took less that 15 minutes for customer service to transfer the service from my Huawei to the ZTE. Put it on the top floor of my house and I'm getting 4 bars of constant signal. It seems the voLTE technology on the ZTE is much more dependable than the Huawei with CDMA technology.

    It works perfect and much, much clearer than my Huawei. Not the first dropped call since switching over. No fade outs or drift like I had with the Huawei box.

    I know some people are leery of buying something reconditioned, but this is the second unit I've bought from Straight Talk and both work great. The reconditioned units had no scratches or scuff and looked brand new. All the components were sealed in the plastic bags just as you would get with a brand new unit. Matter of fact, if I didn't already know it was reconditioned, I would have thought it was new.

    If you can get the reconditioned $19.99 ZTE unit, that's a great deal.

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    I wonder if these will work with a TracFone sim card or maybe Page Plus?
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    I just ran into a new home phone box for people that is still waiting: https://support.straighttalk.com/dev...e?device=25037. So not to sure what happened to the Franklin box because a few of my local Walmarts have removed the Franklin price tag off the shelves.

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    Okay everyone, I got a notice on my Straight Talk account that I need to contact customer service. So I called them today (11/18/2019) and they notified me that the Huawei H258C home phone unit on my account will become obsolete December 31, 2019. So while Verizon has extended the 3G 'sunset" through year 2020, Straight Talk is going to turn all CDMA home phone boxes and phones off at the end of the year. They (Straight Talk) are switching everything over to voLTE.

    So I went ahead and bought the reconditioned ZTE Z723EL home phone base on their website for $19.99. That one will go to my parent's house. I've already switched out my own Huawei with the ZTE home phone unit. I bought a reconditioned unit for $19.99 and it works like a charm. The calls are much clearer and faster response (little lag time) and I haven't encountered the signal drift I did with the Huawei unit.

    Not sure how much longer Straight Talk will offer the reconditioned ZTE units for $19.99, so if you're trying to switch your units out, that's a great deal (especially since the new ZTE units are $49.99).

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