AT&T Drops Contract Requirement for Home Phone Service
AT&T today made its home phone product more appealing by adding a pre-paid option to the service. AT&T Wireless Home Phone lets homeowners port their old landline to AT&T's wireless network, allowing them to keep their home number, but use it as a wireless device. Wireless Home Phone costs $9.99 per month when added to an existing FamilyTalk plan, or $19.99 per month for unlimited nationwide calling. Wireless Home Phone handsets are free when purchased with a new two-year contract. The new pre-paid option, available beginning March 22, allows consumers to pay $99.99 up front for the Wireless Home Phone device, and then provides two calling plan options. The pre-paid plans offer unlimited domestic calling for $20 per month, and 1000 minutes of international calling to Mexico, Canada, and 50 other countries for an additional $15 per month. AT&T Wireless Home Phone includes voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
Google Home Max Now Available for $399; Verizon Discounts LG V30
Verizon Wireless today began selling the Google Home Max in-home assistant and speaker. The Max relies on the same Google Assistant that powers the Google Home and Google Home Mini devices, but packages the voice-based tool in a larger, music-focused box.
Google Assistant Can Now Find Your Phone, Call from Your Mobile Number
Google today said its Home-based Google Assistant product can easily find your Android or iOS smartphone. Home owners need only say, "OK Google, find my phone." The Assistant will ring Android phones, or send a call to iPhones, even when the phone is in silent mode.
Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home.
Verizon Wireless Tweaks International Calling Options
Verizon Wireless today announced the Unlimited Together - World calling plan. The monthly add-on provides unlimited minutes to landlines in over 70 countries, unlimited minutes to cell phones in nearly 40 countries, and discounted calling to an additional 160 countries.
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