Verizon Home Phone Connect redux
Last year this was replaced with a simplified Verizon Home Phone Connect unit (Huawei FT2260VW). It was easier to install than the Hub; just connect you home phone to it, and the device would use Verizon's cellular network for all incoming and outgoing calls with your home phone number.
Now Verizon has a newer Home Phone Connect (model F256) that is said to be 43% smaller than the previous model, and now supports full CallerID with Name & Number, as last years model was only capable of the CallerID Number. The remaining features are still there: 3-way calling, call-waiting, and voice mail. It also includes a 1500mAh back-up battery, which allows up to 3 hours of talk time or 43 hours of standby time if the power goes out.
Pricing of the new Home Phone Connect F256 is $19.99 with a 2-year contract, or $129.99 without any strings attached, and $19.99/month for unlimited calling minutes. Now if Verizon would offer unlimited mobile-phone minutes for the same price!
We've heard from Verizon and the new model does support CallerID Name & Number, but it is a special feature that is $2.99/month extra. This feature can be added or removed at any time.
source: Verizon Wireless, User Manual
1. KewlDawg (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Has anyone confirmed that the new box truly supports incoming Caller ID *name* ? There seems to be conflicting info on this issue.
If it is true, the F256 would be the first and only CDMA device on VZW's network to have real Caller ID *name* support (all other devices get the name they display out of the phone's own contact directory).
15. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
i believe the HPC 2 has true caller ID and runs about 29.99, you also have to pay 2.99 for the service
in some cases it might even depend on the phone base itself
2. EXPLORER901 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)
If you subscribe to caller Id share all terminating callerid will
Display your name and number
3. tuminatr (Posts: 725; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
nope I have one and have been on the phone with verizon over this issue. Verizon is currently doing number only (in minnesota) i dont know if its different in other parts of the country
4. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
It is. I just got mine here in California (San Diego area), and caller ID Name displays every time. That was one of the things this one added, but the people in the store told me it might not work in the beginning. But it's worked fine since moment one.
5. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
There is an available features for 2. 99 per month to provide caller ID name
10. KewlDawg (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Ah, so we sure the new F256 does incoming caller ID name, but for that to work, you first have to sign up for a $3/month feature.
6. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
The real question is why would anyone want this? Pay more than other available services? Get less features? What?
8. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
Using this as your home phone is much less than using a traditional landline.
11. hybris (Posts: 56; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
What do you mean pay more than other services? I've never heard of a better deal than $19.99/month for unlimited nationwide long distance. What costs less that you know of?
16. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
in my town people eat this product up! our local landline provider is a joke and they dont have any form of long distance.
most people in my town also have verizon so this is mobile to mobile calling....not too mention the old folks homes around the bend. They are quite receptive to this box
19. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
It is also is a "Verizon Mobile" number. So ... if you have a Verizon mobile phone plan ... any call home would be classified as "in network" ... so you would not get dinged any minutes.
It is pretty attractive that way.
Now if you have one of the plans with Friends and Family ... not sure if you would need this.
If you are okay with a reduction in voice quality ... the savings over your cable or phone company should be significant too.
7. KewlDawg (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
At $20/month, it is less expensive than services like Vonage which is $26/month.
13. miles16852 (Posts: 239; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
and dont forget the cost of the internet connection too!
9. ChafedBanana (Posts: 364; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Cheaper than a land line? Yes. But what about sounds quality? Land line phone services typically have noticeably higher sound quality than mobile phones. This is the only real drawback I see the HPC systems having.
14. miles16852 (Posts: 239; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
your right and you cannot even fax over this thing!
21. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
internet fax with scanner? faxzero.com?
who uses a landline for fax anymore in a professional business? that's just lame and outdated
23. miles16852 (Posts: 239; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
um NO!, i work in a professional business, and if you pick the dirt out of your nose you'd see past your blindness, that so many business's still use landline for faxing, faxing over VOIP is not very reliable, (T38 protocol for the most part works for VOIP), do you ever go shopping?? DUH!! locate the fax machine at that business, you will find most of them are landline analog! ever go to a UPS store!! look at there fax they still hook up the fax using RJ11 phone wire! LOL if you research it, you will find out how LAME and OUTDATED your thinking really is !!
17. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
sound quality on the HPC is better than a Landline. i have done plenty of side by side testing for this device and it works.
you can fax for free using your scanner and the interwebz...
the HPC 3 will have a fax feature (i am unsure of its release date; the hpc 2 was just released not long ago). so for 20 bucks? can you go wrong???
12. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
Customers switching to this are more interested in savings than a possible gap in sound quality. Besides, The usual alternative is totally cancelling home phone and just using your cell, so the sound quality would be equal between there two alternatives.
18. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
I absolutely love selling this device in store. A lot of landline providers bend their customers over the table by not offering nationwide long distance on a phone that costs them around 25-45 bucks a month.
The mobile to mobile capability adds a huge benefit to those who have older moms or dads that you still want to get in touch with without using all of your anytime minutes on your family plan.
The voice quality is better than a land line. I was doubtful at first, but i have done plenty of side by side testing with the HPC devices and feel they win the pepsi challenge.
The HPC 3 is going to have fax capability. I'm not sure what all the complaining is about...this is a wonderful device! With or without contract this is a must buy to those who already have verizon and own a landline.
That is of course if they use 56k internet ;)
20. KewlDawg (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Oh I wish I would have a 56K dialup on my landline. 22K is the best that I can remember ever getting (too far from switching office). :D
I guess if "HPC 3" is already in the works, I skip upgrading to "HPC 2".
22. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
the design is in the works...im not sure when it will be released (as you never know with verizon)
i would just say use the internet for faxing (faxzero.com) and just get an HPC now
24. GoofyGreg (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but Verizon Home connect is a 1.8 watt phone which is much more powerful than the 1/3rd of one watt smart phone. If you spend $10.00 and buy a magnetic mount antenna for it, and put in on your car, you have about the same coverage as an old 3 watt analog bag phone.
25. agapezerl (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
I am glad to here that the newer versions of HPC actually seem to work "hassle-free".
We have had the service for 10 months and at first we had clarity and all the "bars" lit up on it. Unfortunately, when the Alltel towers were either reconfigured to Verizon or sold by Verizon to another all of the quality of HPC dropped. I was told today that I needed to buy a new wireless home phone system because according to their records "not all of the digits were being dialed by my home phone which is connected directly into their equipment. (HPC)". This is frustrating at best. When I asked for the better HPC unit to replace the outmoded/out of date unit (since mine is the first version out there), they responded with if I wanted to pay the full $$ for the newer unit I could get it. Otherwise I have to wait another 14 months to upgrade the less than reliable unit.
My kids, longtime Verizon customers, just informed me that Verizon is charging them 30.00 to enter into a new contract for their cell phones. These kids have a perfect payment record. Sounds like the plans and other offerings attatched to the HPC will be changing dramatically. Just another fee to look forward to in SEPT 2013.
If AT&T hadn't cost me $60.00 plus per month, I would have dropped HPC and paid the $200 - $400 disconnect fees. But 25.00 per month is where my budget is now and until my contracts run out, I am living with less than agreed upon service by the Verizon rep who sold us on the HPC plan.
I also have connected my internal/pre-existing home phone wiring into the HPC. It works for hard wired phones in the basement. I had to disconnect the Land Line in the box outside my house in order for it to work well. This doesn't work if your home phone wires are older. I had updated mine because (at one time) I had dialup internet service.
Other than having to invest 150.00 plus for new wireless home phones I guess the HPC has been a viable alternative to the ever increasing monopoly that the LL companies have. Although the recent price increases and fees from Verizon are encouraging me to look elsewhere and crunch the #'s as we move closer to the end of our contracts
26. Jillxz (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Yep , most of us don't care that much for the sound quality. If it is as good as my cell phone's sound quality , then I am a happy camper.
27. prawlings1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)
If I call my HPC from my cell phone the sound quality on my end is so bad that I can barely understand the person on the HPC, but they can understand me Ok. I have a Vtech wireless hand set connected to the HPC. Perhaps if I use a wired phone, things would be better, but I hate to lose the convenience of the cordless phone.
The statement that is is as good as a wired phone may be accurate if you have really, really bad wired phone quality. I don't like the business model for the wired phone companies but they generally have better sound quality that any cell phone and the HPC is a cell phone.
28. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
Make sure your HPC and cordless base are no closer than 12 inches. Depending on the frequency your home cordless phone uses, there could be interference between it and the HPC.