Verizon Home Phone Connect - Twitter Chat and a Chance to WIN!

Over the last several months, I've been using Verizon's Home Phone Connect. I've told you a little about the features; why, in this day of cell phones, I still need a home phone; and that it's going to be my cost-effective lifeline to my daughter in Mexico. Now, I can tell you why I'm going to be keeping the Huaweii device and Verizon HPC service.

Battery Back Up

Last year, we had a major black out throughout the county of San Diego. Thankfully, we had a solar powered generator that kept us going, but once the power was back on, we started looking around the Sugar Shack for ways that we could better be prepared for another outage. The Huaweii device has a battery back up in the event of power outages, whereas we would be unable to use our previous device on our cable phone service.

Take It or Leave It

In the event that we decide to move, we can take our service and number with us. And if we go on an extended road trip, we would be able to take our home phone with us. I know what you're going to ask. "Why not use your cell phone?" Well, as I mentioned before, not everyone in my life gets my cell phone number any more, but there are calls that I have to take while I'm away. Taking my home phone with me would simplify things.

Sounds Good

Finally, there's the phone quality. Calls on our Verizon Home Phone Connect service are so clear! I've even done test calls with friends to make sure it wasn't just me. They mentioned that the tone of the calls were better on the HPC line.

Verizon Home Phone Connect Contest

So now, I get to give you the chance to win a Verizon Home Phone Connect system and trial service! The Huaweii base is a $129.99 value. Winner will not have to sign up for any term contract. You can just try it for a month and see if they like the service and savings.

Here's what you need to do to win:

Leave a comment telling me why you would still need home phone service. Tweet about this post and contest using the hashtag #VZWBuzz. Post about this contest on Facebook.

FYI: The Livefyre commenting system I use allows you to share your comment via Twitter and Facebook, which makes winning this system super duper easy, don't you think?

Twitter Chat

The Verizon Home Phone Connect team will be chatting about the service on during our regular Verizon Mobile Lifestyle chats every Friday at 12:00PM, Pacific. We'll be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and an LG Tone Bluetooth Headset. Sign up to win at The Online Mom and follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #VZWBuzz.

What Other Bloggers are Saying

Want to hear what other bloggers have to say about Verizon Home Phone Connect? Check out the page that Verizon set up for all of our posts: "Get Plugged Into the Buzz about Home Phone Connect"

Disclaimer: As a member of the Verizon Home Phone Connect Blogger Team, I received a Huaweii device and three months of complimentary service.

Staying Connected to Family in Mexico

Growing up, I spent half of my life living in or visiting Mexico. I didn't just have distant cousins that I only saw once a year when they came to visit Disneyland. I had closer relationships with my family in Mexico. But as I got older (and more Americanized), I spent less and less time South of the Border. When my older kids came along, I took them down to visit often, but they didn't spend every weekend or entire summers there the way I got to. Sadly, they missed out on that sweet opportunity. But now, my oldest daughter wants to reconnect with her roots. She's packing up her meager belongings and leaving them in our garage for the next four months while she goes down to Nayarit to submerge herself in the culture. Her plane ticket has been purchased and soon she'll be meeting up with friends that have already set up housing down there.

Most parents might be freaking out right about now, but honestly, I couldn't be happier for her. She's going to see the Mexico that I got to see, not the Club Med or Breaking News Mexico, but the Mexico that warms your heart with its sounds, sights, and smells. I'm not too worried because, well... she's an adult! And she's been taking care of herself for many years now.

Still, no matter where in the world she is, I'm going to want to keep in touch with her.

Last month, we got Verizon Home Phone Connect service. It's only $19.99 a month and is the same high quality service I've come to love from my Verizon cell service. An added benefit of having a home phone service from Verizon over "the other guys" phone service is the savings we'll see with international calls, in particular, to Mexico. We'll be able to talk to my daughter without worrying about a crazy phone bill every month. On her end, she's keeping her Verizon service with her Global Phone, so she'll be able to make calls without too much worry, either. If you have ever travelled to or tried to connect with family in Mexico before cellular, you know that's a big deal!

Do you make lots of international calls? Check with Verizon to see how the Home Phone Connect option can help you save mucho dinero!

Disclosure: As a Verizon Home Phone Connect Ambassador, I received a free device and I am getting complimentary service for three months to try out it out and let you know what I think about it. So far, so good!

Still Need a Home Phone?

Increasingly, people are opting to not have a land line in their lives. Almost everyone in our lives has a cell phone that we can reach or be reached at, but there is still a place in my life for a home phone. I don't know about you, but I don't like being instantly reached at all times by all people. For instance, service providers or deliveries or utility companies. I'd prefer to send those calls to a main hub that anyone at home could answer. Even my kids' schools. Emergencies, yes. But the long-winded recorded weekly announcement from the principal? Not so much.

How about a phone for grandparents to call their grandchildren for those of us with kids that still don't have cell phones? Or a way for the kids to connect without using your cell phone.

See? Still plenty of reasons to have a land line.

I recently received a Verizon Home Phone Connect package. I thought it might be tricky to set up, but after clearing off some counter space for the router-like device (at only 5.4″ wide and 4.2″ deep, I didn't need to clear that much space), all I had to do was plug it in. I connected a Motorola handheld to one of the two available ports, and VOILA... Verizon Home Phone connected! My phone service was already set up for me, but normally you would add a quick over-air activation (*228) to the set up process.

You don't have to have a Verizon plan to get a Verizon Home Phone Connect, but if you do have an account, you can add this line on to your plan just as you would a regular phone line. You can also use an existing land line number, if you have one. It's compatible with your existing corded or cordless handsets, and includes the following features:

  • Voice
  • Caller ID Name
  • Call Forwarding
  • 3–Way Calling
  • Voicemail
  • E911 Support
  • Integrated GPS for 911 Support
  • Messaging: SMS for network message only
  • TTY/TTD Compatible

 

For only $19.99 a month, you get Unlimited Local and Long Distance. Verizon offers very competitive international call rates, too! So if you're calling to Mexico on a regular basis, you can add that to your service for a small fee ($3.99) and get calls for as low at .06 a minute.

And in case of a power outage, the battery backup  will provide 3.5 hours of talk time and 36 hours of standup time.

If you still need a landline in your life, check out the Verizon Home Phone Connect option!
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Disclosure: As a Verizon Home Phone Connect Ambassador, I was given a complimentary device, short term service, and a Motorola phone to try out and comment on the Verizon Home Phone Connect service in the next few months. I'm also being compensated for my posts. Never fear... if I don't like something, I'll speak up, either here or directly to the Verizon team. If you have any questions or concerns that I can pass along to Verizon, let me know!