Anyone who does give up their wired service for a wireless home phone from AT&T would still have access to the emergency 911 service, but using it would work similar to how it works with mobile phones. That means you could still call 911, but AT&T says you may have to provide your home address to emergency responders.
Wireless Home Phone is exactly what it sounds like: instead of using a traditional land line, you hook up your legacy home phone to a base unit plugged into the wall that provides access to AT&T’s wireless network—for voice services only. If you decide to go contract-free, you pay a one-time fee of $100 for the wireless network box, or you get the box for free with a two-year contract.
In the fine print for Wireless Home Phone, AT&T says it “recommends that you always have an alternative means of accessing 911 service from your home or business during a power or network outage.” Wireless Home Phone may not be a perfect replacement for some, as the service also doesn’t work with other services relying on a traditional phone line. This includes home security systems, fax machines, and medical alert systems.
Nevertheless, Wireless Home Phone could convince some people to jettison their landlines—at least for anyone in areas where AT&T wireless service is available. One problem there is that traditional landlines are often the only viable communication service available to residents in remote, rural communities where cellular service can be spotty at best. So for a small portion of the U.S. public, POTS is an essential lifeline to the rest of the world.
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Wireless Home Phone device is not a cellphone, it's a base unit to which standard landline phone equipment is connected. Voice services only. 2-year contract required.