There are many people out there that do not have land-line phone service and opt to use their cell as their only phone. The only real drawback with this is that you don’t get the convenience of being able to have multiple handsets in the house.
But can you use a house telephone on a cell network, similar to the way Vonage allows you to use any house phone you want?
What’s required to use a house phone on a cell network is a universal cell phone docking station.
One such product is PhoneLabs’ Dock-N-Talk. This unit is compatible with over 2,000 cell phone models where you simply dock the phone via cable (proprietary to the phone) and can then use a regular house phone connected to the dock to place and receive calls.
How much does it cost? The dock without Bluetooth is $150 and with Bluetooth is $200. If you think that’s a high price, it isn’t because regular land-line service easily goes over $200 in less than 6 months for most areas, meaning the dock will pay for itself in well less than a year.
Does it really work? To be honest, I don’t know because I haven’t tried it. I couldn’t tell you how good or bad the latency is between the dock and the connected house phone handset or how good the clarity of sound is – but it’s assumed there’s no difference in latency or quality between the cell phone itself or a connected handset through the dock.
On a final funny note, if I did have one of these I’d purposely connect a rotary phone, as in the kind with the real bell ringer, just to see if I could actually talk on a wireless network with one of those oldie-but-goodies. Hey, it’s all standard RJ-11, so it would get the job done, right? (If you were crazy enough to do that, you could probably receive calls but not dial because wireless phone networks to the best of my knowledge do not recognize pulse dialing.)
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