Sprint has provided new details of its Sprint Phone Connect, a plug-and-play product available to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in order to provide their customers with a home phone service without the need for a landline or broadband service.
Shoppers can already purchase the device directly from Sprint, but by offering it to its MVNOs, the company may see an exponential growth in product adoption.
Sprint Phone Connect enables end-users to plug their current office or home landline phone into the mechanism, allowing calls to be carried over Sprint's 3G network. It is compatible with most conventional corded and cordless phones and will allow business and consumer users to replace their landline service while keeping those features that are already familiar.
Basic features such as voicemail, caller ID, three-way calling and call waiting are included, as well as a built-in GPS chip to support emergency calling. A battery backup system is also in place, so that service stays up even when the power is down.
If your cordless phone supports more than one handset, plugging the main base into Sprint Phone Connect will activate all of the handsets, although there are incompatibility issues for digital phones using PBX systems. Users have the option of maintaining their existing home or office phone number or activating a new one.
Sprint's vice president of Wholesale Operations, Ben Vos says that more and more landline customers are cutting the cord, giving Sprint's MVNOs the opportunity to retain those potentially lost clients.
“MVNOs who offer the Sprint Phone Connect product will be able to create greater stickiness with their customers while also opening up new opportunities for incremental gross adds and revenue”, Vos said in a statement.
The Sprint Phone Connect is available for free on a new or existing two-year commitment, or $150 for those who wish to purchase the device without a new agreement.
Edited by Brooke Neuman