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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone

Question

Will it work with a home alarm system

asked 1 year ago
By
Bill
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
This item is designed to be used as a phone system only.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
It depends on your alarm system. You would need to call the alarm company and ask.
answered 11 months ago
By
AnElectronicShopper
answer 3
Unfortunately, the Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone will not support the majority of home security systems.
answered 1 year ago
By
richardarr
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 11 months ago
By
Jim
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

can I fax with wireless home phone ?

asked 11 months ago
By
pecho
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
You can do everything you can on your regular phone line.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
No fax capacity.
answered 10 months ago
By
GracedbyTheGreatShepherd
answer 3
This is not compatible with home security systems, fax machines, DVR services, credit card images, or medical alert systems.
Essentially, It is a cell phone for the home. Just a lot cheaper.
answered 11 months ago
By
shopper12345abcde
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 11 months ago
By
pgpugsley
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
A weak Verizon signal will not be improved.
answered 11 months ago
By
shopper12345abcde
Question

i have two homes one in texas and one in nm can i move this product from place to place

asked 11 months ago
By
ben
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
The Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone will work anywhere that has Verizon wireless service coverage available.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
I agree, think of it as you would your cell phone. It will work no matter where you travel in the U.S. where there is Verizon Wireless voice coverage (this uses Verizon towers).

Your phone number will remain the same. You can choose which area code and city location you want assigned to the unit and just as your cell phone, it will use that number no matter where it's physically located.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
Yes.
answered 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

does homephone have gps locator like cellphones?

asked 11 months ago
By
mac
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
It has a locator for 911 service.
answered 11 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 2
mac, I'm assuming you're asking about GPS as it pertains to an emergency call?

This is from the Services Guide for this device:

"Your Home Phone device is embedded with a GPS chipset that transmits its location. Since the unit is designed for use in indoor environments, please be prepared to provide your location inside the premises to public service personnel in an emergency situation. For optimal GPS signal strength, your Home Phone device should be located near a window or other opening at all times."

.
To view the Services Guide that is enclosed within the packaging for this device, you can see it here in a PDF (copy-and-paste):

http://img.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/pub/30000/docs/SG%20EN.pdf

.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
The person you are calling is likely to see the city you are calling from on their caller ID, but it does not have what it commonly referred to as GPS.
answered 11 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
Question

Do I just buy the black box at $69.88 and plug it up? Then what? What are the steps I need to follow?

asked 11 months ago
By
Cindy
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
Cindy, I apologize for the responses so far not being helpful.

Those two links I gave in my initial response, should be all you need for easy set up instructions.

The video by Straight Talk gives a good overview of the procedure. The second link will give you the step-by-step written instructions included in the packaging that will walk you through each step.

One thing I forgot to mention is that you will have to purchase service ($15) either from Walmart or directly from Straight Talk in order for the activation to be completed entirely. You can purchase that service at the time of activation if you wish.

Again, I'm sorry for not being more helpful. Post again if you have any specific questions about the set up or how the device functions.
answered 10 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
After you buy the Straight Talk phone, you need to buy a plan that suits you then.
answered 11 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 3
Cindy, I'll give you two links. The first is a very helpful video tutorial from Straight Talk on how to set it up. The second is the Services Guide that comes with the unit that will give you step-by-step instructions on set up. You can preview both ahead of time if you'd like. Both will give very good directions on setup (copy-and-paste):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLqEGMPzzXY

http://img.deviceanywhere.com/tracfone/pub/30000/docs/SG%20EN.pdf

.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Is it less complicated and faster to get new #

Read many of the horror stories about trying to keep your old number.
For those of you that, after making sure unit was "scanned" at the store, got new numbers, was it fairly quick and easy, as opposed to the porting problems ?

Also some complained about signal. Area of intended use has very good Verizon signal, should I expect this will work as well as a cell phone ?
asked 10 months ago
By
Mikey
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
Getting a new number with this home phone unit is very easy. This unit also uses cell phone technology in a home phone form, so your calls will work similar to cell phone calls.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
I had my new number in two minutes. Super easy. And I have great Verizon cell coverage in my area so this system works very well.
Good Verizon wireless coverage = good Straight
talk coverage.
You should be fine.
answered 10 months ago
By
EJ718
answer 3
Yes, I saw those reviews also, but my number ported over in two days, no trouble. I bought the unit at a store, the guy that helped me said it would take 2-10 days. The signal is great, unit is facing due south, uses Verizon's towers.
answered 10 months ago
By
GracedbyTheGreatShepherd
Question

If I buy this and plug it into my AT&T landline and I like it will it still work when I cancel my at& t phone service

asked 9 months ago
By
Bubba
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
You must have service with Straight Talk for this phone to work. If you purchase service through Straight Talk, yes, the phone will work after you cancel your AT&T service.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
you can buy this phone and plug any phone into it but you can not plug it into a line connected to any phone service. once your service is transferred to the wireless system you can disconnect the landline at the box where it enters the house then connect the box to the house wiring.
answered 9 months ago
By
loydjr
answer 3
You don't actually plug this into your landline. You plug your phone into the Straight Talk Home Phone device which uses the Verizon cell network. It will work the same whether you have landline service or not. If you want to transfer (port) your landline number to the Straight Talk, do not cancel your landland service before the number transfer.
answered 9 months ago
By
ligera15
Question

Can I have several phones connected with this device?

asked 9 months ago
By
Virg
on Straight Talk Huawei H226C Prepaid Wireless Home Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
No, this product will only work with one phone at a time.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
There are two phone jacks on the back of the base station. Another option; there are many wireless home phones with multiple hand sets available.
answered 9 months ago
By
PitufoGrunon
answer 3
it has two phone jacks
answered 9 months ago
By
SEARCYMAN
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