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 router — and 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.