According to a "USA Today" article, as of 2009 the United States had more homes only cell phones than those with just traditional landlines. Still, some prefer to stick with landlines or have both. Several major players continue to provide landline services. Often, the companies sell these plans at better rates in bundles that include cable television and Internet.
AT&T, the largest provider of landlines, also operates many smaller landline companies such as Indiana Bell, Michigan Bell, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell and Bell South Telecommunications. The company also provides cable and Internet services, offering packages such as the AT&T Triple Play for $78 per month as of October 2010. Landline-only plans range from $16 to $40 per month as of October 2010.
While known mostly for its wireless cell phone plans, Verizon also offers residential landline services for local, national and international calling. Verizon boasts the Freedom Unlimited Calling plan, which offers unlimited local and long-distance calling. Verizon also offers a bundle that includes Internet, television cable and landline service for $84.99 per month as of October 2010. Unlimited landline-only packages start at $49.99 per month as of October 2010.
Like AT&T and Verizon, Qwest also offers landline, television cable, Internet and wireless. Home phone plans that start at $30 per month as of October 2010 include unlimited local calling and the choice of up to 10 calling features such as voice mail, caller ID and call forwarding. Plans that start at $35 per month as of October 2010 also include a choice of up to 10 calling features as well as unlimited local and long-distance calling.
Vonage only offers phone services and works different from average landlines. The plan allows you to make calls through your high-speed Internet connection. Using Voice Over Internet Protocol, "Vonage routes your calls over the Internet," according to the company's website. The plans require you to have a high-speed Internet connection and a Vonage phone adapter. While many other companies require an annual contract with plans, Vonage does not. All plans include calling features such as caller ID and call waiting, ranging from $9.99 to $34.99 per month as of October 2010.
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