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    Good landline service for my grandpa

    I don’t know if this is the right forum but I need to figure out a good landline service for grandpa. He currently has a old Verizon cdma landline box that won’t work after the shutdown so I need ideas for a landline that would not require internet. The landline has to support e911. Any ideas?


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    Landline service has nothing to do with CDMA. Landline phones plug into the wall through a telephone jack. You can have landline service at a home without internet.

    I don't think that you were talking about landline service in your original question. Please clarify for better feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Landline service has nothing to do with CDMA. Landline phones plug into the wall through a telephone jack. You can have landline service at a home without internet.

    I don't think that you were talking about landline service in your original question. Please clarify for better feedback.
    I assume that @hamradio is referring to landline-like phone service with a cellular Analog Telephone Adapter. These work over cellular rather than wired broadband Internet that Ooma, Obihai, cable company phone use, to provide landline-like service to an ordinary home type phone.

    Straight Talk sells an ATA and Verizon service. The ATA is a ZTE Z723EL that works with VoLTE. The ATA is $50. Sometimes they have refurb units for $20. Unlimited talk service is $15 a month plus a bit of taxes. Mine comes to $15.67. It works well.

    https://shop.straighttalk.com/shop/e...me-phone-z723c

    You can ignore where it says "BAND (FREQUENCY) CDMA". That is a mistake. We have verified that is uses VoLTE and is good to go now and into next year with Verizon.

    The link above has info about 911. The unit has GPS in it to try to provide location to 911, but you should be prepared to speak your address, which is, of course, less than optimum. GPS is only going to work if the unit is near a window.

    Consumer Cellular has a unit that uses AT&T. During my research it appeared to use 3G UMTS. AT&T is expected to shutdown 3G in the next year or two.

    Also during my research I found a mention of Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000. I don't know much about it, but it appears to be available from Verizon. Web search: Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    I assume that @hamradio is referring to landline-like phone service with a cellular Analog Telephone Adapter. These work over cellular rather than wired broadband Internet that Ooma, Obihai, cable company phone use, to provide landline-like service to an ordinary home type phone.

    Straight Talk sells an ATA and Verizon service. The ATA is a ZTE Z723EL that works with VoLTE. The ATA is $50. Sometimes they have refurb units for $20. Unlimited talk service is $15 a month plus a bit of taxes. Mine comes to $15.67. It works well.

    https://shop.straighttalk.com/shop/e...me-phone-z723c

    You can ignore where it says "BAND (FREQUENCY) CDMA". That is a mistake. We have verified that is uses VoLTE and is good to go now and into next year with Verizon.

    The link above has info about 911. The unit has GPS in it to try to provide location to 911, but you should be prepared to speak your address, which is, of course, less than optimum. GPS is only going to work if the unit is near a window.

    Consumer Cellular has a unit that uses AT&T. During my research it appeared to use 3G UMTS. AT&T is expected to shutdown 3G in the next year or two.

    Also during my research I found a mention of Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000. I don't know much about it, but it appears to be available from Verizon. Web search: Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000.

    Good luck
    That is exactly what I am talking about


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    Quote Originally Posted by hamradio View Post
    That is exactly what I am talking about
    Also, I have seen it mentioned that Straight Talk has another device model at Walmart for their Home Phone service.

    I have the Callcentric 911 service add-on for my Obi ATA. I got the Straight Talk unit/service as a backup in case the electric and/or cable is out. I have no idea how well my county handles E911. The state does charge a 50 cent fee on all prepaid phone service purchases so I hope they have something.

    Cellular ATA service direct from Verizon might have a chance of registering an address for 911. Cellphones generally don't.

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    Does Grandpa's local cable company offer phone service?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    Does Grandpa's local cable company offer phone service?
    Yes


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    Quote Originally Posted by hamradio View Post
    He currently has a old Verizon cdma landline box that won’t work after the shutdown
    That sounds like the old F256 Home Phone Connect that Verizon use to use. The F256 does indeed use an CDMA cell radio.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    Also during my research I found a mention of Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000. I don't know much about it, but it appears to be available from Verizon. Web search: Verizon Wireless Home Phone T2000.
    That's what I have. The T2000 is 4G/LTE. So, it should continue to be supported for a long while to come.

    You can psychically plug any landline phone into it. That can be an "old fashion" Western Electric 2500 phone (if your grandpa is more comfortable with those era phones), or a cordless phone base.

    It is $20/month with unlimited calling. You might need to explain to your grandpa that he would not need to worry about those long distance charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltA View Post
    That sounds like the old F256 Home Phone Connect that Verizon use to use. The F256 does indeed use an CDMA cell radio.



    That's what I have. The T2000 is 4G/LTE. So, it should continue to be supported for a long while to come.

    You can psychically plug any landline phone into it. That can be an "old fashion" Western Electric 2500 phone (if your grandpa is more comfortable with those era phones), or a cordless phone base.

    It is $20/month with unlimited calling. You might need to explain to your grandpa that he would not need to worry about those long distance charges.
    I think we will probably buy a new Verizon box. I think that is probably the best deal and least hassle.


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