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AT&T HomeManager Brings Back the Landline

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In an announcement earlier today, telecommunications service provider AT&T has announced the AT&T HomeManager, an all-round device designed to help sort your hectic home life into something a little more manageable.

HomeManager developed by AT&T together with Samsung and is basically a landline device with some extras thrown in to make it more attractive. Aside from doing what phones are supposed to, the 7” color touchscreen frame and portable speaker phone combines a calendar with automatic reminders, an address book (with an option to sync the HomeManager with your cell phone), visual voicemail (allowing you to pick and choose which messages you want to listen to first), email and a digital photo frame.

It’s also got what AT&T describes as “Internet Snacking,” Among other things you can access weather info, news, movie show times, previews and reviews, sports scores, stock quotes, recipes, lottery numbers, horoscopes and view interactive maps of YellowPages search results.

The handset and frame also come with built-in intercoms so you can talk to other rooms in the house or bug your family while they’re trying to watch telly. Despite all the additional functions, one of the features we actually did think was pretty cool was that it can initiate calls over regular line or VoIP, which could be a major selling point for this device.

In recent years more and more people have been ditching the landline in their home in favor of a completely wireless solution. In a world where pre-teen girls have their own private line and adults can have a BlackBerry for work and a separate handset for at home, there really isn’t any need for a home line. Why bother an entire house when you can reach the person you actually want to talk to on their cell phone? AT&T is no doubt hoping that the HomeManager will give customers enough of what they need and convince them to get or keep their landline.

HomeManager will only be available in seven markets to start with: Chicago; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; San Antonio; Houston; Dallas; San Francisco; San Diego and Los Angeles.

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    lamorpa , September 23, 2008 7:03 PM
    You're kidding right? Girls using a land line phone? All teen girls (and most boys too) text message each other. What planet are you living on?
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2008 8:01 PM
    I believe he was referring to their own cell phone line.

    Are there people that sit on this site waiting for a new article to be posted so they can find some little spelling mistake or grammar error?

    I enjoy well edited articles as much as anyone else, and some articles in here are not up to the standards Tom's used to hold. But some people on here seem to go out of their way to point out flaws, no matter how small, in the most negative way.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 24, 2008 1:40 AM
    I am disappointed that "internet snacking" doesn't involve DCC and a sandvich.
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