Residential phone service is set up through carriers that offer local service, such as AT&T, Verizon or MCI. Not all carriers offer service in all residential areas. Some carriers require a deposit for phone line installation.
You can confirm if the service is available in your area by either searching online or calling the carrier's customer service number. An address is required to determine availability in the area as well as to order new service. Verizon requires at least five business days advance notice in order to set up new service for a landline. In some areas, the request can be accommodated from the central office, but in others, it may require an on-site connection. You may need to be present for a technician to install the line. Verizon attempts to meet the installation due date or the closest available alternative.
Calling plans vary depending on the carrier, but most carriers offer competitive calling plans for local, long-distance and international calls. Additional features such as call waiting, call block and caller ID may be included in various offers. Some carriers, such as Verizon, also offer package bundles with high-speed Internet and cable service, and many, such as AT&T, also offer home phone equipment for purchase.