Straight Talk launching home phone service

While this isn’t exactly prepaid cellular news, it does have to do with one of our more prominent carriers, Straight Talk. They’re apparently piggybacking Verizon’s Home Phone Connect service, which they launched a couple of years ago. It’s essentially a wireless base station and wireless phone that runs off of Verizon’s CDMA network. The base station itself will come out September 21st and will cost $99. The service will cost either $15 per month, for unlimited domestic long distance, or $30 to add international long distance to 1,000 worldwide locations. You can check out more details at the dedicated Straight Talk page. Via]]>

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  1. LaWanda Stewart- on October 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    what kind of handset is required for this service

    • Joe on October 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      It’s one supplied by Straight Talk specifically for the service.

  2. Steve on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    As i understand it, most any standard telephone with an RJ11 plug (the same kind of phone jack/plug in your walls at home) will attach to this box. This device attach’s to Verizon’s cellular network to provide phone service.

  3. Jackie D on October 19, 2012 at 4:21 am

    We got it and love it, had my old number ported from att… It can take 2 phone hooked to it or one that is a base and runs your other regular cordless phones.. check out the video on
    no internet, no computer, no docking station, no phone company line, no cell phone and I get the same services I had with att but $50.00 cheaper a month.. WAHOOOOOO! Sounds great on my end and from the others I call!

  4. Jackie D on October 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

    No Joe, Steve is right.. Takes any phone that has a regular jack. No docking station or special phone needed

  5. Leland B on October 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I thinks it’s a great deal. I have been a Straight Talk wireless customer for a few years. My phone runs on the Verizon network. No dropped calls. Great coverage. $45 per month unlimited talk/text.

  6. cristen m on October 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

    will it work with an alarm system?

  7. Val on October 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Can this unit be purchased at WalMart??

  8. Nancy on November 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I live where drop calls are frequent. Will this work at my home?

  9. Mark Z on November 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    We got the new HOME PHONE end of month and ported old land line number, discontinuing our Fairpoint Service.
    Works great, if you have good a Verizon cell phone service signal in your house. Has better signal in house than our cell phones, since there is a 3-inch antenna attached to the unit. Not seeing it available at Walmart and no way of placing months ahead into your “Reserve” account. Have to purchase both the phone and monthly activation online at
    Can use credit or debit card to automatically activate each 30 days, which is convenient, but would rather be able to purchase service online at and place ahead in Reserve. So far works great for us.

  10. stephens340 on November 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Can you link to the internet with this unit ?

  11. Mocha on November 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Can broadband run off it or any Internet provider?

  12. B on November 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    How good is the voicemail? Can it be accessed online like I can do now in Comcast Xfinity Voice? CAN I BLOCK A LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS like I could with other carriers? (like block annoying specific phone numbers from some telemarketers that won’t stop calling.) That’s important to me

  13. robert on December 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    magic jack plus is the way to computer cost 20 dollars to port my number 60.00 dollars for the magic jack plus.29.00 dollars a year.ive never had a problem with it.

  14. robert on December 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    cost me a little over 2 dollars a month.alot better then paying 15 dollars a month.

  15. robert on December 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    straight talk is cheaper then most phone services.nothing personal against them its just magic jack plus is a alot cheaper per month.

  16. Cole on December 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    You comments about the Magic Jack plus is not accurate.
    With the Magic jack Plus you MUST HAVE broadband internet to use it. So no internet, no MJ+
    Thats the beauty of the Straight Talk Home Phone, NO INTERNET is required because it is actually a unit that provides its service using a cell tower.
    To answer those that asked about getting internet with this, NO. Its only for calling purposes, that’s why it only $15 per month.
    Verizon & ATT also offer the same thing except theirs service runs $20 per month, although they provide the device for no charge if you do a 2 year contract with them.

  17. stephanie on December 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    yeah but with that you need continued internet (high speed)
    Straight talk you dont need the internet…

  18. John Tuttle on December 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I believe Magic Jack uses DSL for their phone service. If you don’t have DSL or you want to take the phone to another location, you can not use it without DSL service.
    The Straight Talk unit does not require DSL service. It is a cellular phone service with a regular home type phone attached to it. If you want to travel with the unit and have power available, the unit will work. The Magic Jack will not work without having DSL service…

  19. shellie on December 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    can uyou have aol internet with this?

  20. Todd on December 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    My Jack does have a Plus version now where you can use your phone outlet. It still stinks just like the broadband version.

  21. Jane on December 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    We purchased an OOma and a Magic jack in the past and took them both back because Century Link would not release our phone number so it could be ported. Has anyone else had this problem and did you overcome it?

  22. Candace on December 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I have owned this new system for about 2 weeks now everything works great ported my home number from AT&T that I have had for over 10 years, the only complaint I have is there are no names that come thru with the caller ID only the number is shown.

  23. Mark Z on December 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Update – Straight Talk Home Phone Service is now providing a means to add to your Reserve account on their website. After nearly 6 weeks of the Service we are still very happy with it. I particularly like the voicemail features, which are the same as our ST cell phones, as well as, the Caller ID features that show up on each call. (using an eight year old V-Tech 5.8g cordless phone with 4 handsets). Still not seeing at Walmart, however ST is advertising on national TV that is available.Hopefully soon.

  24. We1250 on December 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I found this unit at Walmart in the Electronics Department, in the same area where the home telephones are displayed. The cost $98.88, and the $15/30 cards are hanging there as well.

  25. Dee on January 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I live in a area where cell phone signal hardly picks up. More not than so.
    Will sthome pick up if my cell service does not?

  26. DeAnna S on January 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It is my understanding from reviews that you cannot dial 1-800 #’s with Magic Jack.

  27. soundman on January 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Magic Jack will dial 1-800 numbers the thing is you only dial the area code and the number so you don’t need the 1 or the 800 to make the call do the research before making comments on things you don’t understand……

  28. gerry on February 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    can you use a splitter in line so that you can run multiple phones or different sets of cordless? for example i have three sets of cordless phones operating just 2-3 headsets and several non-corded phones

  29. Kim on February 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    What if I don’t already have a land line phone #? Will I be able to get one from straight talk?

  30. sunny on February 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    is it possible to fax with straight talh home set up

  31. graver on February 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

  32. Mark Z on March 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Still happy with ST Home Phone Service.
    To answer some other questions:
    Faxing and internet are not available with the ST Home Phone.
    You will be assigned a phone number when system is activated, you dont need one to start. You can port an existing phone number.
    The website for the “damn specs” mentioned above has expired. Go to to learn more including International calling instructions and Countries available for calling.

  33. Tim B on March 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Have had our ST Home for about 2 weeks. We are close to a cell tower and the line is clearer than our previous landline phone service. Only negatives I can add is no 911 info available if you were to call and were unable to talk and state your location. Unable to use with our Dish to screen calls on the TV. However, those things are not worth 600.00 a year extra to me. Good going Straight Talk!!!

  34. Richard Lamb on April 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Unlimited International not onlimuted. Our unlimited international was cut off 3 days before the service end date, only to find out after almost an hour of sitting on hold that there are actual limits on how much you can use the international long distance, reader beware…

  35. Jer R on June 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    can a business phone number be ported?

  36. Greg M on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Jer R, I asked that question of online customer service and received a reply that business numbers can be ported.
    However, the terms of service do state that the product can not be used for telemarketing, conference calls, or a variety of other uses important to some businesses. The terms also state that they can cut off your service if they ‘suspect’ you are doing these things on the basis of how much call time you are using, etc.
    You’ll want to check the terms of service against your particular business needs before purchasing.