NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Waxess USA will make its Verizon Wireless-approved HomeCel 1000 landline/cellular desktop phone available through distributors in the next couple of months to the indirect retail channel.
The hybrid two-line phone, expected to retail in the low- to mid-$100 range after cellular activation, features a corded handset and keypad in the base, cordless handset that uses 2.4GHz digital spread spectrum technology, and expandability to add three more cordless handsets at $69 each. Consumers and small business can connect one line to the traditional landline phone network to make calls, but the phone’s built-in CDMA 2000 1x cellular transceiver can be used as a second line to send and receive calls and SMS text messages from the corded and cordless handsets. Buyers can also use the phone simply to replace their landline plan with a lower priced cellular rate plan, Waxess sales VP Mike Wyatt added. The phone can be added to a user’s existing Verizon family plan for only $10/month, he noted.
The unit transmits up to a full 2 watts to eliminate cellular dead spots in a home or office, he noted.
An unlocked GSM version is already available through distributors in the low $100 range after activation, and the company said it hopes to roll out the GSM and CDMA models to carrier stores.