US Cellular is planning to provide a home phone service, using a base station that connects to the carrier's wireless network. The system, similar to the Home Phone Connect
service provided by Verizon, will allow calls to be placed through a normal corded or cordless home phone attached to one of its two telephone ports, as an alternative to having a home phone line installed.
The base station will offer dual-band support over 800 and 1900MHz CDMA, and while it will be supplied with a charger, it will also have a 1,500mAh NiMH battery capable of providing up to two hours of talk time, and up to 36 hours of standby time, according to information provided to Engadget
. As well as being supplied with an antenna, the base station will also notify of any waiting voice mail messages and the strength of the signal.
While a launch date is unknown, it has been revealed that US Cellular will be offering unlimited calls, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and three-way calling as part of the $20 monthly subscription, but will not provide access to data.