An update to the $5/ month home phone plan
Earlier this year, I wrote about how you could use a Republic Wireless cell phone on their $5/ month plan as your ridiculously cheap home phone. You can find that article here. Some ABC readers have tried that plan and although they love all the money they saved, there was one flaw in the plan that didn’t quite work as well as a land line. In today’s update we look at that flaw, as well as the solution to make your $5/ month Republic Wireless cell phone work as well as your old home phone.
The problem with using your cell phone as your land line is that many people’s houses are too big. Maybe you leave your phone upstairs. If someone were to call you when you were downstairs then you might not be able to make it to your phone by the time they hung up.
There are other issues as well. Maybe you want to have more than one person talk on the phone at the same time. Of course you could have multiple people speak on the same phone using the speaker phone option, but the call quality isn’t quite the same as having your own handset. With your old home phone these weren’t problems because you could have phones all over your house that were convenient for you to get to whenever they rang, and more than one phone could be used if you wanted to have a conference call.
The good news is that there is a solution to all these problems. The solution is a Bluetooth cordless phone system which is available from Amazon for under $80. A Bluetooth cordless phone system looks, feels, and works like your old fashioned cordless home phone.
A Bluetooth cordless phone system is simply a couple of extra cordless phones that you set at strategic locations around your house. Instead of plugging into a phone line, these phones are connected to your cell phone through Bluetooth technology. When somebody calls your cell phone, your cell phone still rings, but now your home phone rings also.
You can also place phone calls through these phones and although you can talk through these handsets, the call will be routed through your cell phone. With Plans starting as low as $5/month from Republic Wireless, you can make unlimited nationwide calls for $5/ month.
There are other advantages to a Bluetooth cordless phone system as well. If you have been using your cell phone hard all day and have run down the battery then you can put your phone on your charger and still make all the phone calls you want through your other chargers.
You can also take advantage of your smart phones built in phonebook to make calls through the Bluetooth phone without having to look up numbers.
I was excited about the $5 home phone plan before, but with the Bluetooth phone system, now the $5/ month home phone plan really has no compromises. You get the ridiculously low Republic Wireless price combined with all the conveniences of your old fashioned land line. So what do you think? Will this option convince you to drop your home phone bill to $5/ month?
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