After launching refreshed Simple Choice Data-Only plans last month, T-Mobile today quietly revealed a device that’s kind of the opposite of a cellphone plan with no voice minutes.
The T-Mobile LineLink is a little VoIP device that can give you home phone service by connecting it to your router. Just plug your router into your LineLink, connect a phone line to the other side of the LineLink, then pop a T-Mobile SIM card into it and you should be ready to go.
With the LineLink, T-Mobile says that you can get HD-quality voice and unlimited calls to the US, Mexico, and Canada. To get one, you’ll need to head to a T-Mobile store and buy a LineLink for $29.99 with a one-time $20 SIM Starter Kit fee. Monthly service is normally $20, but if you’re a T-Mobile customer with voice service, you’ll only pay $10 per month.
All LineLink customers will need to have the required equipment, which includes an 802.11n or better router, an internet connection of at least 2Mbps up and down, and a home phone with an RJ11 connection. If you do sign up for LineLink, T-Mo says that you can keep your home phone number.
T-Mobile LineLink sounds a bit similar to @Home, a home phone service that T-Mobile offered years ago, but T-Mo points out that there are a few differences between the two. For example, LineLink offers better call quality than @Home, but the @Home device was a combination router and VoIP adapter, whereas the LineLink devices is just a VoIP adapter.
A lot of people have ditched home phones completely and rely on their cellphone for all of their communication, but there are a lot of people that want home phone service in 2016, too. Home phone service could be useful for families with small children, giving the kids a way to contact their parents without the parents giving them an expensive cellphone.
Would you sign up for home phone service like T-Mobile LineLink?