CenturyLink Home Phone Service: Plans and Pricing

CenturyLink bundle discounts are no longer available, but you can still get standalone home phone service.

Download speeds: 15–940 Mbps
Price: $24.25–$110.00/mo.

Data is as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Update 7/15/2021: As of this week, CenturyLink no longer allows you to bundle your internet service and phone service for a discount.  You can still get both services through CenturyLink with a phone add-on, but you’ll pay full price for both.

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Is CenturyLink home phone service good?

CenturyLink isn’t trying to reinvent home phone service. The phones work the same. The features (call waiting, caller ID, etc.) are so standard that they don’t feel like features. The long-distance charges aren’t a joke. The bills can have puzzling and dubious fees.

So, yeah—CenturyLink home phone service is just like you remember from the days before smartphones. Minus the nostalgia.

Okay, maybe it’s not fair to say that landlines have no upsides. Ambulance drivers will know your exact location. You won’t have to charge your phone (as much). The phones don’t have tons of apps, games, and messages to distract you from real life. And retro-tech like this will totally boost your hipster cred.

Are we reaching for reasons to have a landline? Yeah, kinda. But that doesn’t mean your reasons aren’t important.


  • Unlimited nationwide calling
  • No activation fee for Home Phone Unlimited
  • Increased personal security


  • Activation fee for Basic Home Phone plan
  • No Candy Crush support

CenturyLink phone plans

Package Price* Features
Home Phone Unlimited
Best phone plan
  • Unlimited nationwide calling, incl. Canada and U.S. territories

  • Up to 10 calling features

  • No contract

  • No activation fee
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    CenturyLink Fiber Internet with Unlimited Nationwide Calling
    Best package with add-on
  • Up to 940 Mbps download speed

  • Up to 940 Mbps upload speed

  • Unlimited nationwide calling, incl. Canada and U.S. territories

  • Up to 10 calling features

  • No contract

  • No activation fee
  • View Plans
    Basic Home Phone $24.25/mo.
  • Unlimited local calling

  • No calling features

  • No long distance calling

  • No contract

  • $25–$35 activation fee (by location)
  • View Plans

    *Rate excludes taxes and voice fees/surcharges.
    Data effective 12/12/2019. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.

    CenturyLink landlines come in two packages: Basic Home Phone ($24.25 a month) and Home Phone Unlimited ($60 a month).

    Since Basic offers no long distance and no features, our favorite is the one that has those perks: Home Phone Unlimited. Something else we like about Home Phone Unlimited is that it has no activation fee (Basic has a $25–$35 fee based on your location).

    Now let’s talk long-distance rates (remember those?).

    CenturyLink long-distance calling plans and rates

    Package Type of service Monthly fee
    CenturyLink Choice International Long-distance discount plan $6.00/mo. + per-min. charges (varies) View Plan
    Easy Talk Long-distance minutes Buckets of min. start at $5.00/mo. View Plan
    Easy Talk II Long-distance discount plan $7.99/mo. + $0.05/min. View Plan

    Data effective 10/21/2019. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.

    Long-distance calling with Home Phone Unlimited

    Home Phone Unlimited includes unlimited long-distance calling throughout most of North America (50 states, Canada, and U.S. territories). But what if you have family in Japan or Australia?

    If you need to call other countries, CenturyLink charges extra for long-distance calls, just like back in the old days. You’ll pay higher rates during peak hours (Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.) and slightly lower rates on nights and weekends.

    Of course, those rates are straight outta SayWhat-town. Calling Japan during peak hours with CenturyLink will cost $1.62 a minute. On nights and weekends, the same call will set you back $1.17 a minute.

    Obviously, those prices aren’t ideal, but there is an alternative.

    For an additional $6 a month, the CenturyLink Choice International add-on slashes your long-distance rate. That call to Japan, for instance, drops by 86–96% ($0.08–$0.22 a minute) with Choice International. And there are no restrictions on the time of day you can call.

    See CenturyLink Choice International rates by country.

    If you pick the Home Phone Unlimited plan, CenturyLink Choice International will bring your bill up to $66 a month (plus fees and taxes).

    But do you really wanna spend 66 bucks a month on a landline? That feels like a lot of dough to blow on a service that’s almost obsolete.

    Long-distance calling with Basic Home Phone

    Bundling (discussed in the next section) is one way to get CenturyLink phone service cheaper. But if you don’t need or want internet service, you can save by going with only the essentials.

    Let’s start with CenturyLink’s Basic Home Phone service ($24.25 a month). It doesn’t include long-distance calling. But if you can rely on your smartphone for long-distance calls, you’re done—and also richer by about $42 a month.

    However, if you want long-distance service on your landline, you can add CenturyLink’s Easy Talk, which starts at $5 a month. You’ll get a monthly allotment of long-distance minutes to use that are valued at CenturyLink’s regular long-distance rates (discussed above).

    That will bring your monthly bill to $29.25, which is still around $38 cheaper than Home Phone Unlimited with CenturyLink International Choice.

    There are drawbacks to that method, though. Basic Home Phone requires a $25–$35 activation fee (Home Phone Unlimited doesn’t). It also has no calling features (call waiting, caller ID, etc.), but you probably won’t miss those as much as you’d love having 38 extra bucks every month.

    Real talk about Easy Talk

    So how many Easy-Talk minutes do you get for your five bucks a month? That’s what we’d like to know.

    We asked at least four CenturyLink reps for specifics on Easy Talk. All we were able to learn is that the add-on starts at $5 a month for what the company calls “a bucket of long-distance minutes.”

    The buckets, we were told, come in three sizes: 50, 100, or 200 minutes. How much is each bucket? None of the reps could say. It’s probably safe to assume that $5 gets you the 50-minute bucket. But we’re not sure what to tell you regarding the bigger ones.

    One more thing about Easy Talk: It may not be available in your area. You might instead qualify for Easy Talk II, which is $7.99 a month plus $0.05 per minute. That would bring your monthly payment to $32.24.

    CenturyLink bundles (add-ons) and pricing

    Package Price‡ Download/upload speeds Phone plan features
    CenturyLink Fiber Internet with Unlimited Nationwide Calling
    Best fiber package with add-on
    $110.00/mo. Up to 940 Mbps both ways
  • Unlimited nationwide calling, incl. Canada and U.S. territories

  • Up to 10 calling features

  • No contract

  • No activation fee

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    CenturyLink Simply Unlimited Internet with Unlimited Nationwide Calling
    Best DSL package with add-on
    $95.00/mo. Download: up to 100 Mbps

    Upload: up to 30 Mbps

    (Actual speeds depend on location)

  • Unlimited nationwide calling, incl. Canada and U.S. territories

  • Up to 10 calling features

  • No contract

  • No activation fee

  • View Plan

    Data effective 12/12/2019. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.
     Additional fees apply. Rate excludes taxes and voice fees/surcharges.

    CenturyLink deals

    CenturyLink has no active deals or promotions at the time of this writing.

    Our final take on CenturyLink phone service

    Not everyone needs a landline. Many of us don’t even want one. But they can be handy in emergencies.

    If you’d like that extra protection in your life, CenturyLink provides it at a decent price. Otherwise, you’re better off with that high-tech, life-stealing smartphone.

    CenturyLink phone service FAQ

    Do I need a phone line for CenturyLink Internet? 

    You don’t need a phone line for CenturyLink Internet, but you will need a working phone jack.

    Does CenturyLink have cell phones? 

    CenturyLink does not currently offer mobile phone service.

    Can I get CenturyLink at my house?

    You probably can get CenturyLink internet or phone service at your house. Find out for sure with this quick address check.

    What services does CenturyLink offer? 

    CenturyLink offers internet and phone service. (CenturyLink did offer satellite TV service through DIRECTV, but that ended on Jan. 31, 2020.)

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