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Turning Your Cellphone Into Your Home Phone

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 10:01:48 -0500

Turning Your Cellphone Into Your Home Phone

Anyone with a cellphone is familiar with this scenario: You come home,
take your jacket off, and set your purse or briefcase down near the
door. A few hours later, you get your cellphone out of your bag to use
it, only to find that you've missed three calls because you weren't
close enough to hear your phone ringing.

Cellphones rule in lots of places -- we can call for car help when
stranded along a highway, find friends in a crowd, and be nagged by
co-workers or spouses at any time and place. But the old-fashioned
wired phone wins at home. When someone calls your house line,
extension phones all over the house ring, and can be used to answer
the call. With a cellphone at home, you have to schlep it everywhere
you go.

As more and more households continue to trade in their landlines for
cellphones with better calling plans and free long distance, the
inconvenience of toting a single cellphone around the house gets more

So, this week we took a look at two products that aim to solve that
problem by tying your cellphone into your wired home phone setup.
They allow you to use your home phones, including extensions in every
room, to place and receive calls through your cellphone and your
cellphone calling plan.

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