Verizon Announces LTE Router With Voice

Verizon today announced an LTE Wireless Router with Voice. You can connect your landline phone to make calls through Verizon’s LTE network, combining voice and data on a Share Everything Plan. Verizon is targeting small business owners in need of a portable router and dedicated phone line.

Rather than a home cable or DSL connection, customers can use the LTE device to power their home Wi-Fi network, which can connect 10 devices simultaneously. It also includes a jack for a home phone and three Ethernet ports. The LTE Router With Voice sells for $50 if you sign a two-year contract, or $200 if you don’t.

The device requires you sign up for Verizon’s Share Everything plan, meaning that voice service gets pulled from your existing bucket of data. A voice-only option costs $20 on top of your smartphone plan. The voice-and-data plan costs $30 a month.

Novatel Wireless makes the new LTE routerand is also offering its own, non-carrier-branded version, dubbed, “MiFi Home.” The price and release date varies from carrier to carrier.

The Voice over LTE service (VoLTE) uses an all-IP packet-based service for voice and data. It provides cost savings and allows operators to recover less efficient circuit switch 2G channels for additional data capacity.

Verizon’s $15 per gigabyte overage fees, and their individual fees for their Share Everything plan can make this solution a pricey alternative to landline service, however.

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