Is the Verizon landline obsolete due to the company’s new LTE-powered box? Sure, though Big Red is primarily known as a mobile telecommunications carrier, the company still provides landline phone services in some regions. But their LTE box might be changing that forever.
Let’s take a look at Verizon’s plans for their new LTE device and what it means for the old-fashioned landline phone.
Verizon’s 4G LTE Broadband Router With Voice
This new device from Verizon Wireless is essentially a broadband router that connects to the company’s nearly ubiquitous 4G LTE service. If a home phone number is tied to the device, landline calls can be made or received anywhere within Verizon’s network the router is located — hotel room, rental cabin, the office, and more. The unique feature of this router is its voice capabilities in addition to its portability.
A landline still provides service throughout an electrical power outage, but Verizon is including a battery backup in its LTE router. The battery provides four hours of voice service in the event of a power outage, which should mitigate one of the traditional advantages of a landline. Anyone who has their landline tied to a cable service also suffers outages anytime the power or the cable service itself goes down.
Priced at $199 or $49 With a Two-Year Contract
Verizon’s new router costs $199 contract-free or $49 with a two-year contract. The box allows 10 devices to connect over WiFi, with another three connections possible through a hardwired Ethernet port. Of course, there is also a jack for a landline phone.
While the new router may make the Verizon landline obsolete, potential customers still have to deal with power outages in addition to the lack of an unlimited data service. Any smartphone from Verizon with mobile hotspot capability offers similar functionality, without the ability to connect devices using the Ethernet ports and the phone jack. The router makes sense for folks doing a lot of travel who want to use a traditional phone.