Basic Phone System Cost

How much does it cost to install a basic phone system?


Although landlines aren't viewed as being as essential as they once were, they can still be a good addition to a home. For this example, we'll look at the cost of installing a two-line basic home phone system with 500 linear feet of wire, which averages $550-$600.



Cost breakdown


  • Materials:
    • A basic two-line phone system with a main docking station 1 and two additional cordless phones averages $60-$110.
    • A four-conductor phone jack houses one to two phone lines and is fairly standard and costs $3-$10.
    • A two-line system will need two to three jacks, for a total cost of $6-$30.
    • Telephone wire average $0.10-$0.20 per linear foot, for a total of $50-$100.
  • Labor: electricians typically charge $65-$85 per hour and can install a typical home system is around four hours ($260-$340​).


Enhancement and improvement costs


  • Caller ID comes standard on many new phone systems, but a separate device also can be purchased for $20-$30.
  • Adding an intercom 2 to your basic phone system increases the overall cost by $100-$150.
  • Some phone systems can add programmable lines. The features tends to increase the overall phone system materials cost by $50-$75.
  • Adding an additional line typically costs around $100 per line.


Additional considerations and costs


  • Cat-6 cabling is a little more pricy than telephone wire, but when installed, both telephone and Internet can work with it with just one installation, so in the long run you are saving money in labor and material costs. If this is the case, it would cost $417 to install 500 feet of cat-6 cabling or $0.80 per feet.
  • Removing an old phone system can add another hour or two of labor costs ($65-$170), but some of the materials might be able to be reused in the new system.
  • Homes without interwall access may need to re-route the wires through other parts of the wall or floor to get access to the connection box. Plan to spend $30-$60 more per jack if this is the case.
  • Phone jacks or lines in hard to reach places or with exposed drywall 3 may require a professional. Add an extra hour or two ($65-$170) to the electrician's fee to deal with location issues.
  • Once the phone system is installed, you'll need to pay for a monthly phone service. Investigate costs from multiple companies to find the coverage with the best price that best meets your needs.


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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Docking: (Also known as Docking station) A device to which a portable device, such as a cordless phone, laptop, or mobile phone can be connected to charge its battery
2 Intercom: A communication system allowing a person to speak into a microphone and be heard through a speaker in another location
3 Drywall: Type of plasterboard, commonly used to build walls and ceilings, composed of gypsum that is layered between sheets of heavy paper

Cost to install a basic phone system varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austell, GA
+6%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Hartselle, AL
-17%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Leesville, SC
-22%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Naples, FL
-3%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Portland, OR
+11%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Savannah, GA
-12%
Seabrook, SC
-14%

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