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Verizon Home Phone Connect (Verizon Wireless)
 
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Verizon Home Phone Connect (Verizon Wireless)

by Verizon
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.4 inches, 4.2 inches, 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 11.52 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 180 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 43 hours
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches ; 11.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007UKFGF2
  • Item model number: Home Phone Connect
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Verizon Wireless F256 Home Phone Connect - Black

Home Phone Connect (HPC) uses a wireless solution that provides a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to the traditional landline phone service. Tired of having multiple phone bills? With HPC, you will receive one bill for all Verizon Wireless services. The device provides two telephone ports and uses the same number, so you can keep your existing home phone. To get started, plug one end of a telephone cable (RJ11) into a port and the other end into the back of a home phone or base unit.

Certain home security systems may not be compatible with HPC because they require landline telephone connectivity. Make sure you tell customers that many home security providers offer options for a wireless communication feature that bypasses landline telephone connectivity. Customers should check with their home security provider for compatibility requirements of their specific system. Below is a list of other incompatibilities.

  • Sending or receiving collect calls.
  • Most DSL or dial up internet services
  • DVR, Dish Network, and DirecTV
  • Medical or life alert dependencies
  • Fax and credit card machines

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LED indicators for signal strength and when a message is waiting (view larger).


Easy to set up and does not require additional software or internet services (view larger).
Two RJ-11 interface jacks for telephone connection and removable antenna
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What is Home Phone Connect?

Home Phone Connect (HPC) uses a wireless solution that provides a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to the traditional landline phone service. Tired of having multiple phone bills? With HPC, you will receive one bill for all Verizon Wireless services. The device provides two telephone ports and uses the same number, so you can keep your existing home phone. To get started, plug one end of a telephone cable (RJ11) into a port and the other end into the back of a home phone or base unit.

How It Works

Customers porting in their home number will not be able to receive calls until the porting process is completed (2 -10 business days). To make and receive calls, the home telephone should be connected directly to the telephone jack until the porting process is complete.

To Make Calls
  • Before making a call, make sure at least one of the signal strength indicators are lit up.
  • Place a call by entering the desired telephone number. The number will be dialed automatically.
  • When your call is complete, hang up or return the phone to the receiver to ensure that you can receive calls.
To Receive Calls
  • For customers with new telephone number, simply share your new number with friends & family. When they call, answer the phone connected to your Home Phone Connect device.
  • For customers that are porting their existing home number to the Home Phone Connect, do not disconnect your existing home phone.
  • Incoming calls will continue to ring on your existing home phone until port is complete.
  • You will receive an email (to the email address provided) when the port process is finished.

Features

Caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling, voicemail, access to 411 / 611 / 911, last number callback, and international calling available.

  • Take it with you and have your home phone number at your vacation beach cottage.
  • No additional software or internet services needed to operate this device.

Incompatibilities

Certain home security systems may not be compatible with HPC because they require landline telephone connectivity. Make sure you tell customers that many home security providers offer options for a wireless communication feature that bypasses landline telephone connectivity. Customers should check with their home security provider for compatibility requirements of their specific system. Below is a list of other incompatibilities.

  • Sending or receiving collect calls.
  • Most DSL or dial up internet services
  • DVR, Dish Network, and DirecTV
  • Medical or life alert dependencies
  • Fax and credit card machines

Additional Info

This device weighs 11.6 ounces, measures (H) 1.4 x (W) 5.4 x (D) 4.2 inches, and has an AC-to-DC switching power supply (voltage: 90-300 VAC). The HPC also has a backup battery (Ni-MH 150 mAH) that supports up to 3+ hours of talk time, or up to 43 hours of standby time. It operates on the high quality Verizon Wireless 1x CDMA Network.

What's in the Box

Home Phone Connect device, AC adapter, battery cover, 1500 mAh battery pack, antenna, and instruction manual



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Audio Quality. Uses Cellular Service December 13, 2012
By Abester
I had one of these Verizon Home Phone Connect devices and service about a year ago and it was horrible!

I thought it would be a cost effective way to have another phone number independent of our main telephone service that we have through our cable provider. If the cable ever went out due to weather or whatever, we would still have Verizon Home Phone Connect. I also intended to use it as my work phone for my home office and for conference calls.

The Verizon Home Phone Connect relies on their cellular network, which is usually very good in my area, but the audio quality was often worse than my Verizon cellphone. It was noticeably worse than our old telephone company landline and our phone service through our cable provider. The audio quality was especially bad on conference calls if I was even able to dial-in to a conference call at all. The Verizon Home Phone Connect would often mess up the touch tones necessary to enter the conference call ID, passcode, etc. forcing me to redial the touch tones just to get in. It was a joke for business use.

I made adjustments to the system per their tech instructions and even called Verizon a couple times to see if they could improve the audio quality but they couldn't.

The worse part was being forced to pay the early termination penalty to drop their service. Don't get locked into this piece of junk unless it's your only choice for phone service. I'm generally very pleased with my Verizon cellphone service but this Home Phone Connect system is really bad.

I see that AT&T has something similar probably with similar cell service limitations and the usual early termination fees.

Never again!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy with this product February 4, 2013
By JAOMom
We have been using this for about 2 years now after replacing our AT&T line, saved us a lot of money.

There have been no problems with the connection and or the quality of the line.

We do live in an area that does have good cell reception - so make sure before you purchase this, that you know what the cell reception is like first.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great home phone solution with caveats November 5, 2013
The Verizon HPC is a small little box boasting that it can replace your land line service. And, for the most part, it can--provided you live near a Verizon tower and have a strong signal.

We have two of these units at our location. One in the basement and the other at street level. At street level the unit gets 3 bars and the quality is as good--if not better than--a land line. The other line has 2 bars but the quality is still very acceptable.

One "gotcha" to be aware of with this device is the sign up process. I went to a Verizon store and purchased my unit there. The manager stated that it does not receive texts, which was very observable. However, this little tidbit stood out when it came time for me to register with Verizon to pay the bill on line.

When you register at the Verizon web site for the first time, you are asked to type in your HPC phone number. Then, you can create an account user name along with an email address for communication purposes. Next is the interesting part. When you hit the "next" button, you are asked for a password when one has not been generated yet. The only option you have is to click the "I forgot my password" link. When you do, you are dutifully informed that a temporary password is being sent my snail mail to your home because, apparently, Verizon still thinks this wireless device can receive texts and uses it during the registration process.

You have to wait for days until Verizon mails you a temporary password to reset your account. Unbelievable. So be aware when registering that Verizon will ask for a credential that you haven't even created yet.

I complained to a service rep and he promised to pass this problem along to his superiors. I hope it gets fixed for those who buy the device in the future.

Other than these caveats, this is a superb device that can replace your existing land line at a price that is well below the national average land line cost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with the performance, February 28, 2014 February 27, 2014
Have been using for three weeks now. $20 a month for service...unlimited calling and caller ID. Original home phone number.... switch over took two days.

I do live in an area of very good reception.
We have three base Panasonic phones. Caller ID works fine on handset...and of course TV caller ID gone with no more cable

Originally unit had garbled voice. Verizon tech very good...and she worked very hard to correct the problem,,...,we both decided on the need for a replacement unit. Shipped overnight, simple activation and now have crystal clear reception. Very, very satisfied..

Goes to show you that new electrical units sometimes still come defective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just got a new one February 26, 2014
I started using Verizon Home Phone Connect in 2011. I live in an area with excellent cell service, so I've had no problems whatsoever with signal, clarity or reliability. In fact, I went to the Verizon store and upgraded to a new unit today.

Like others have posted, there are going to be issues if you live in an area with less than optimal reception, or if you have a fax machine or services (such as security systems) that require a traditional wired phone line. But if all you want is a good, cost-effective phone service, this works like a charm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great economical phone service! May 16, 2014
I just replaced our Vonage service with this Verizon device. The voice quality is excellent. Initially we had poor quality voice so I relocated the device and it's great now. All three signal LEDs are lit. I connected our Uniden cordless master station to the unit and when a call comes in, ALL the paired phones will ring. If all your phones don't ring, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Verizon device. You may need to pair all system phones to the master station. We just used the same setup as we did with Vonage and everything just worked.

We will miss getting voicemail in our email and free voice to text transcription. For a savings of $15 we can handle it. One other missing feature is CID name. We only get the phone number and not the name. That service is $3. The work around is to put folks' name in the Uniden phone directory. Not optimum but it's something.

It's portable, so we can take it on vacation and not max out our cellular minutes.

We were told up front that the device will not work with fax machines or with all alarm devices. The online description and manual also explain that.

The device has a backup battery and in a power outage will work as long as the cellular towers are working.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A horrible service
I kid you not when I tell you that this service is horrible! My phone system that I had did not work with this system. They were not old phones. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonita L Bock
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Sound Quality
I have had it for about 8 months and can't wait to return to my old landline. The landline was always clear and the Home Connect gives
garbled speech most of the time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karol Somers
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful reception
This connection is so bad my kids won't call me any more, they call my cell phone. Sound from caller is bad and the callers are constantly saying excuse me, what did you say ? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nelson L. Dodson
1.0 out of 5 stars Great paperweight, cost me over 20,000 in damages.
We have a log home in central Wisconsin and wanted a cellular system for our alarm and freeze alarm. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kimberly Folga
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Sound Quality, I should have listened to the other...
This home phone system has horrible sound quality. I did read the reviews here and on other forums (Straight Talk) and I should have listened to the other reviewers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arm&Hammer
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Junk
OMG, don't get tricked into purchasing this piece of junk! I tried it for a little over 3 weeks and it wouldn't work with my home alarm system. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Verizon Customer Service
I've had Verizon Wireless for more than 4 yrs for my laptop. During this time I paid my bill on time, never late once. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bob O
5.0 out of 5 stars Works better than Any home Phone! I LOVE IT!
All the negative reviews have me thinking they aren't real, I mean, they could be but I have the Verizon home connect and it works beautifully. Read more
Published 17 months ago by amazonian
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not automatically hang up
A significant problem with this device is that it does not automatically disconnect when the far end hangs up, unlike a normal cell phone does. Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Dixon
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