AT&T wants to make hardwired telephone connections a thing of the past, and it'll soon take another step toward making that a reality. It's about to give its first big expansion to a product that sends voice and data service into the home entirely over the AT&T wireless network. The product, called Wireless Home Phone and Internet, launched over the summer, and on Friday will become available in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, in addition to the areas that it launched in back in July (Baltimore, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC).
Though AT&T already offers wireless home phone service to many areas, bundling in internet could create a meaningful distinction. It'll allow consumers to take care of both services on a single bill, and so long as their coverage is good, internet speeds should be no compromise either since they'll be connected over LTE. To start using the new service, you'll either have to purchase a $199.99 base station or get it for free by signing up for a two-year contract, with service rates starting at $20 per month for unlimited voice and $60 per month for 10GB of data. And like Verizon's new wireless home service, AT&T notes that it isn't strictly tethered to your home — you'll be able to pick up the base station and take it with you anywhere.