Verizon today launched a new router that allows for data and voice connectivity over its 4G LTE wireless network. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice, as it’s called, is Verizon’s attempt at getting you to use its mobile network for all of your home connectivity needs.
The router comes with built-in WiFi connectivity, three Ethernet ports and — here’s the interesting bit — a landline jack, which can also be used to port your home phone number to the router itself. Because it also works on Verizon’s wireless network, this means that you can centralize your home phone and internet services into one device, and bring them on the go when need be.
Being on an LTE network like Verizon’s has its caveats — you’ll have to deal with data caps, for instance, as well as the costs of the wireless plans themselves — but routers like these could prove useful to travelers who want to keep their voice and data plans consistent while they’re away. Verizon says that the device can last through power outages too with its built-in, 4-hour backup battery.
The router is available now, and naturally, it’s tethered to Verizon’s data plans. On its own, the router costs $50 with a two-year contract, or $200 with monthly payments. It can then be hooked up with either a voice-only, data-only, or voice and data package — which cost $20, $20, and $30, respectively — when paired one of the carrier’s Share Everything plans.