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For a number of years now we have been using a version of AT&T's Wireless Home Phone (WHP)service. It enables us to take our home phone with us when we travelled and kept our same number. The deal was good, $20 a month for unlimited talk. D/W preferred to use the Panasonic handset over our IPhone when making calls from our stick house or on the road or in our winter place.

Well they did away with the service but being grandfathered we are okay for a while, until 3G goes away and our Microcell is trashed (in our stick house we get only one bar on the iPhone but WIFI calling works good). The WHP does recognize the Microcell so we get five bars.

Question is, could I remove the sim from the new WHP device they shipped me and put it into an older iPhone we no longer use. The older iPhone has bluetooth and the Panasonic is set to accept bluetooth so I could pair them. Then I could put the older iPhone on WIFI calling and not miss the Microcell.


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We gave up on "Home Phones" years ago. And so did the majority of households. It's 100% cell phones for us. Works great, saves money. Have never looked back...


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Posted: 09/01/21 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Landlines are a thing of the past. Even most office phones have switched to IP. Our phone travels with us and we keep our same number using skype. Even works internationally.

If she prefers a retro-handset, look online and you should be able to find one.

If your phone is compatible with the current cell system, you should be able to move the sim but you also need to associate it with the phone. This assumes you own it outright and it's unlocked (which an old phone usually is)


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My home phone is in my pocket and goes everywhere with me.



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I still have one of those wooden phones that hang on the wall and you crank a handle to make a call. Hard to carry in the RV. So it just hangs there since we have had a cell phone for ever that works every where.
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If you have home internet service, you can connect it to a Polycom adapter for unlimited calls using Google Voice. I believe you can still port your existing phone number to Google Voice if you don't want to use their number.

You then just connect any cordless phone to the Polycom adapter using the standard phone jack for unlimited Free calls to U.S./Canada. Can also make/receive calls from your cell phone using the same home phone number.

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The AT&T WHP is not a 'land-line' as it is not wire connected.

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We have had a Verizon Home Phone since they first came out. We have his and her cell phone and a home number this way. We also like having phones everywhere for the home number so currently have 9 phones scattered around. I assume at some point Verizon will drop support also unless they come out with a new version. I have looked into the Bluetooth paired phones a few times over the years and they seem to always have mixed reviews.

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JJnLilly wrote:

The AT&T WHP is not a 'land-line' as it is not wire connected.

Ironically, I have this AT&T home phone router but never got to use it. AT&T cancelled the service to new customers shortly after I had acquired it. Bad timing?

Instead, I used a VoIP provider w/E911 for a home phone which only costs a few dollars a month. However, the initial configuration involved manual setup which was not straightforward. It came with a default phone number at the plan's price, but VoIP settings allowed to configure a custom caller ID. Outbound calls displayed my home phone number, and not the actual number. Received calls would forward to the VoIP default number.

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We also completely switched to mobile phones, though my wife's parents still have a home phone, and as far as I know, they use Cricket Wireless. AT&T has faster data speeds, more plan options, and better perks, whereas Cricket has more affordable pricing. Maybe it is still possible to switch. Here is a cricket wireless phone number if you are interested and want to find out the details.

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