Embarq hopes new phone will halt fixed line decline

8 Apr 2008

The US wireline carrier Embarq is set to unveil a new broadband home phone which the company hopes will halt the decline in fixed line subscriptions. The new eGo product is a cordless phone which connects via DSL and offers visual voice mail and news flashes, Dow Jones reports. It will also offer a local business directory enquiries service and an online phone book. The firm says the device will offer an upgrade to a conventional home phone but is not intended to compete with feature-packed cellular handsets. Embarq is the fourth largest wireline operator in the US, with 6.47 million access lines in service in 18 states.

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