Generally speaking, when cable providers offer up "triple-play" packages, that third leg is a digital phone
that acts as a standalone landline. Singapore's StarHub
has a better idea, and it's calling it Home Zone. Hailed as the first commercial 3G femtocell
service, the setup puts a MaxOnline-enabled router (free on loan) in the home "so that users can make voice and video calls and send SMS over StarHub's cable network from their mobile phones." Any 3G phone is compatible, and up to four calls can be made simultaneously on a single box. Moreover, all outgoing local voice calls, video calls and SMS are free, though the Home Zone subscription will run customers $30 per month -- unless they get in prior to the start of '09, which will give them half off for the next twelve months. Better hurry, too, as the whole shebang is only available to the first 200 customers at present time.