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Don't Waste Your Money: Pay $10 a month for your home phone

(Toledo News Now) -

More and more consumers are cutting the cord on their landline, only to be very unhappy with the results, as phone over Internet doesn't always have the same reliability. There may be a new alternative from a retail giant to solve the problem.

Are you tired of paying $75 or more per month for your cell phone, on top of that $50 a month home phone? If you don't want to cut the cord on your landline, you now have more options, including new home phones for as low as $10 - $15 a month.

Walmart is airing new commercials for Straight Talk home phone. The retailer's budget prepaid cell phone service now wants to be your home phone, too.

"You'll be able to make unlimited calls from home with no contract or activation fee, using your existing corded or cordless handsets," the ad states.

Straight Talk is following the lead of Verizon Wireless in offering a home phone over cell phone lines.

Jim Alexander is one of many people now switching to the newest way to cut those bills: Verizon's Home Connect service.

"I think it's great because we are saving about $27 a month!" said Alexander.

Alexander and his wife, Deb, now use the little box for their home phones and enjoy the savings.

As Low As $10 A Month

"It's $20 a month and it's a flat cost: unlimited long distance, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding all included," explained Ryan Potter with Verizon Wireless.

Verizon's Home Connect can be even cheaper, just $10 a month if you already have a Verizon Family Shared plan for cell phones.

AT&T has its own version in some markets, where it won't compete with AT&T local phone service, also at $10 or $20 a month.

Now, Walmart's Straight Talk is hoping to dominate the category, offering home phone service for just $15 a month.

Several consumer groups say it's a great deal with caller ID, battery back-up for power failures, and even a GPS for 911 emergency service, that will help rescuers find you.

Know The Downsides

Be aware that there are some downsides with all of these.

-They may not work with your home alarm or medical alert systems.

-You may experience garbled or dropped calls, as with all cell phones.

The Bottom Line

If you rarely use your landline, all these options are worth exploring. As the TV ad claims, it just may cut your phone bill in half.

Just remember they won't have the exact same reliability, and all come with some drawbacks. Make sure you research carefully so you don't waste your money.

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