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Straight Talk Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone

This Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone provides you with the features you need and even calls 411. No high-speed Internet or landline is required with this Straight Talk Home Phone, and it is compatible with your existing corded or cordless phone. With this Straight Home Phone, you can also keep your current number or get a new one. This Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone is a portable wireless device and service plans are sold separately.
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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone

Question

Does this unit enhance cellular service in a poor service area/

Our family uses Verizon Wireless and have a lot of difficulty with our handheld devices due to poor service. Being that this unit has its own antenna and fairly large base station can we expect better call quality and less dropped calls?
asked 2 weeks, 4 days ago
By
pgpugsley
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
If you have better reception in one spot than other places in the house, that's a good place to mount the module. However the reception is probably not better than for a hand-held cellular.
answered 2 weeks, 1 day ago
By
cb5705
answer 2
I hesitate to say this but several I've talked to that have this and also have Verizon cell phones tell me that in a fringe area, this also will have reception problems.

My suggestion is to buy it and give it a try. You have a 15-day return period when purchasing this from Walmart. I'm told that you can even return it to a Walmart store if you order it online and have it delivered.
answered 2 weeks, 2 days ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
A weak Verizon signal will not be improved.
answered 2 weeks, 2 days ago
By
shopper12345abcde
Question

7-digit dialing??

Looking into acquiring this for a parent who's a senior citizen... can it be setup for 7-digit dialing, or is it like a cellphone and require 10-digits? If it requires 10-digits, that would be a deal-breaker.
asked 3 weeks, 1 day ago
By
Jim
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
From what I gather then, the answer is no. While I appreciate the speed-dial suggestions, understand that is NOT what my parent is accustomed to doing, like calling the neighbor down the street, the pizza shop, bank, etc. Personally I use a VoIP system (Obihai) that lets me program a default area code... the Obihai then prefixes that area code to any 7-digit number dialed. Works great... don't need speed dial, don't need to think about it... just dial the local number like she always has. That's why I say that if this is promoted as a true alternative to a traditional landline, then 7-digit dialing is a must-have.
answered 2 weeks ago
By
INSPECTOR94
answer 2
You would need to attach a telephone to this module for it to work. It is a cell phone and requires cellular service from the local Verizon network. There is no long distance fee thus if you needed to call 999-999-9999, that is what you would dial on the phone. You could use a cordless phone with this module and use the speed dial built into the phone to dial the numbers for the person without them having to remember any numbers. The system is very simple.
answered 2 weeks, 6 days ago
By
AnElectronicShopper
answer 3
Jim, it's not necessarily a "hardware" issue or one that pertains to the physical phone one is using that determines if 7-digit or 10-digit dialing is used.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and the Local Exchange Carriers determine these things. Until the establishment of area code "overlays," everybody could use 7-digit dialing for local calls within their area code. However, more and more cities are now using area code overlays.

7-digit calling can still be done in some areas but it is mandatory in cities with area code "overlays."

For example, Clark County Nevada - Las Vegas (as a very recent example) has exclusively used the 702 area code going back decades. Everybody that had the 702 area code could use 7-digit dialing to call another 702 number. As the population is expanding, more telephone numbers are going to be needed. So a new area code needed to be introduced in order to create more phone numbers. The traditional way would have been to break off a geographical area and assign it the new area code. This was commonly done years ago when new area codes were needed in a city/metro area. However, recently, they have been using the "overlay" method where they "lay" the new area code "over" or on top of the existing area code. This results in the possibility that your next door neighbor will have a different area code than you do.

So now Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas area) has a new area code of 725 overlayed on top of the current 702 area code. Therefore, it is now mandatory to use 10-digit dialing even though the number you are calling has the same area code as you do. This also applies to smaller towns in the county. For instance, Laughlin Nevada which in in the 702 area code will still have to use 10-digit dialing even when calling their next door neighbor who could have either a 702 or 725 area code in their number. They've always were able to use 7-digit dialing but not any more.

I have friends in Portland and Salt Lake City areas where overlays are used and they also must use 10-digit dialing and there are many many more metro areas where 10-digit dialing is becoming mandatory because of overlays.

With all that being said, I would recommend that your parents program (or you program for them) "speed-dials" where they just push either one or two keys to dial those numbers that they frequently call when or if overlays come to their area code someday ...or that can be done even now with 7-digit dialing as that would make it much more convenient for them. I have done that for my parents. Just about all phones nowadays have the ability to program speed dialing to frequently called numbers. That would eliminate the need to worry about 10-digit dialing when or if it comes to their area.

(I may not be entirely correct in all the details of this explanation as I'm not an expert at any of this and there may be exceptions or something I missed but this is a general explanation as to how it was explained to me.)
answered 3 weeks ago
By
richardarr
Question

Do you have to have current home service for it to work?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
LB
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
NO
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Redwood424
answer 2
You have to buy service for this cell phone in a box. It is stand alone, but if you want to port your number over, do not cancel theold service until porting is complete. And if you use DSL or Uverse, be careful. If cable modem, no problem.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
wal101
Question

can i plug my dial up internet in to it?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
soapmaker
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Okay, I see what you're saying. Try plugging a modem in so you can get dialup after canceling the landline? Well, that would be surfing over cellular for no extra charge. This from Straight Talk:

"Data service is not available with Straight Talk Home Wireless. Straight Talk Home Wireless is not compatible with home security systems, fax machines, DVR services, credit card machines, medical alert services or High Speed or
DSL Internet services."
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
OS524
answer 2
As far as I've read, this isn't compatible with data transfer, even fax. But not sure why you'd want to plug your dialup into it. The general idea of this is to be able to get rid of the landline (assuming one doesn't mind not having full 911 tracking). It makes more economic sense for those getting internet via cable (or possibly DSL if the phone company doesn't charge more for it when local phone service is dropped).
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
OS524
Question

Does this device boost cell signal when added to current wireless plan

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Michele
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
No. Its not a booster and is not added to your current wireless plan.
It is a separate wireless unit.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Redwood424
answer 2
I think this box ix a cell phone in a box, that you connect your phones to. It does not go on any other account.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
wal101
Question

Can I make toll free calls (1-800) or use prepaid phone cards (like AT&T) to call overseas?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Pd
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
You can make toll free 800 type calls.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Redwood424
answer 2
•Unlimited nationwide voicemail, caller ID, 3 way calling, call waiting, call forwarding, 911 and 411 at no extra cost

I would say yes.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
wal101
Question

Can you switch to new # later on?

If I keep my current digital/cable line connected and then transfer my number to Straight Talk, and after that cancel my cable phone service .... will I be able to contact Straight Talk at a later date if I want to get an entirely new number after awhile? Thanks!
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
woodangel
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Moving your number will automatically disconnect your home phone line. Yes, you can change your number to any number anywhere in the US.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
BOSSC351
answer 2
NO CONTRACT SO U LET IT RUN OUT AND THEN YOU CALL AND PORT A NUMBER
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
ChuckfromAL
Question

CAN I FAX WITH A STRAIGHT TALK PHONE?

MY HOUSE IS WIRED FOR A LAND LINE. I GAVE IT UP AND BOUGHT A VERIZON WIRELESS. I CAN NO LONGER FAX FROM MY FAX MACHINE. IS THERE A PHONE OUT THERE THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO FAX WITHOUT BUYING A LAND LINE. OR IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN PLUG INTOMY WALLS THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO FAX FROM A STRAIGHT TALK PHONE
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
LEO
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
No. Your fax requires a data transfer connection to work.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
BOSSC351
answer 2
no, you can not use a fax
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
straighttalkuser2
Question

lifeline

can I use this with lifeline that I have hooked up to my phone
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
hank
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Unlikely and dangerous.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
BOSSC351
answer 2
No, it will not work on medical alert systems, as indicated elsewhere in this Customer Q&A exchange.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Redwood424
Question

what is the activation fee?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
QueenVal
on Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
No activation fee
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
corkpopper
answer 2
There is no activation fee just the 15.00 or 30.00 international phone card. Which ever one you need for your service needs every month. You can port your old phone number or they will give you a new number. I ported my old phone number it did take 4 days to port. If you plan to port do no cancel your old service it needs to be active for them to port that number. While you wait for it to port you can keep using your old service. As soon as your old service stops working you just plug into straight talk wireless home phone.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Onlygodspeed
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