Ask This When Signing Up For Home Phone Service

Cell phones have become all the rage, but having a dedicated home phone is still valuable for many people. When you’re choosing between home phone service providers, the options can be overwhelming. Here are some questions to consider before selecting a provider and signing up for a home phone service.

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  1. AskThisWhen on June 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    What service provider should I choose?

    If you already have a cell phone, cable or internet plan, you may want to review your current provider’s home phone options. Bundling has become a popular offering for many companies and offers a monthly rate for home phone, long-distance calls, internet and cable. Since you are already a customer, your current service provider may be able to offer you a special deal or discount. If you’re interested in what other companies have to offer, take a look online at both nationwide and local phone service providers. You can usually compare the different plans online or speak directly via online chat or phone to a customer service representative.

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  2. AskThisWhen on June 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Do I need a phone contract?

    Most large, nationwide companies such as Verizon and AT&T require a contract that commits customers for two years of service. Customers may cancel service during this period, though cancellation fees will apply. If you’re unsure about committing to a particular company for a year or more, you may want to consider a no contract phone provider. Smaller, local companies often offer no contract home phone service.

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  3. AskThisWhen on June 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What home phone plans are available?

    Plans and fees vary by service provider, though many companies offer a flat-rate fee for local calls and discounted rates on long-distance and international calls. Most home phone providers offer features like voicemail, caller ID, call waiting and forwarding, and 3-way calling. One of the benefits of a landline phone over a cell phone is the ability to connect to a fax machine, credit card machine and home security system. Check with the service provider to find out the details of the features they provide.

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  4. AskThisWhen on June 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Can I keep my old phone number?

    If you are switching service providers or moving, you may be able to keep your current landline phone number. Local Number Portability is a government mandate that requires service providers to allow customers to keep their phone numbers if they are eligible. If you are moving to a different geographic area, you may not be eligible to retain your old phone number. You can check online to see if your phone number is eligible or you can check with the service provider.

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  5. AskThisWhen on June 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Do I need an internet connection?

    Not all home phones require an internet connection. If you are not interested in having internet, you can still have a landline phone installed. Check with the service provider to see if this is an option. Some landlines require broadband internet. Surprisingly, a plan that includes internet and a home phone can be cheaper than just a home phone plan.

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