Sprint ups game in home phone business (seriously)

The wireless carrier pitches the Sprint Phone Connect System as an alternative to traditional landlines for phone service in homes and small businesses.

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Not content to just battle it out with T-Mobile for LTE coverage, Sprint on Thursday announced it is still going after the home phone business.

The Sprint Phone Connect System 1, which is available starting Friday, uses the company's cellular network rather than traditional landlines to provide phone service to homes and small businesses. The new system bundles Sprint's system with handsets, eliminating the need for additional devices or equipment. Customers can get two cordless phones for $50 with a new line and a two-year service agreement. The service offers unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls for $20 a month.

Sprint launched its landline alternative service in 2011 and still offers the Phone Connect 2 which plugs into customers' existing corded or cordless phones.

Sprint is pitching the systems to cord-cutters, saying it's easier to set up and more affordable than traditional phone lines.

"Sprint Phone Connect System offers a high-quality and reliable landline replacement option for families or businesses looking to save some money on their monthly phone bill," David Owens, Sprint's vice president of product development, said in a statement. "Sprint Phone Connect System includes everything a customer needs to activate service and makes it easy for them to take their home or office phone to a new location or set up a temporary office without losing valuable time waiting for the local telephone provider installation."

AT&T and Verizon offer similar services using their own cellular networks.

Correction, November 8 at 9:22 a.m. PT: The headline and story have been updated to clarify that Sprint has offered its Phone Connect service since 2011.