Home Phone and Data and other question

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Maybe it's obvious but how much talk time comes with the home phone plan? I'm reading about extra data fees so I'm not sure how this all works. I'm not much of a phone person but if I'm on the phone here and there for an hour or less, will that cost me? Right now I'm locked into a plan that I dislike so Koodo's home phone is looking pretty good at some point in time. Also, will I have problems due to my aluminum siding if I plug in near a window but keep my cordless phone at my work station (which is in the middle of my house)? With my iPhone, I need to go to a window or my connection cuts out. 
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The home phone comes with Unlimited Canada wide minutes. The wireless hub will act the same as your cellphone. If your cellphone has trouble getting a connection somewhere then so will your home phone hub.
You could have your hub plugged in at your workstation though.
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I'm not sure my question about reception was clear. Plugging the wireless hub in the center of my house (where my workstation is) would be pointless if the reception is poor, right?

If I go to my east facing patio window with my cell phone, I get 4 'dots' (as it shows on my iphone) but in the center of my house, I get only 1 or nothing. 

So, if I plugged the wireless hub near the window where I get good reception, it stands to reason that I would be OK and my cordless phone could be at my workstation. Correct? 
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Correct. You plug the base station of your cordless phone to the hub, and keep another handset at your workstation. I expect Allan simply mistyped the reference to your workstation.
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OK! Thanks. Near the window, where I have good reception. LOL!  It's all about getting a good connection. :) 
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I'm in the same boat as you in a rural area. My phone is propped up on a window sill.

To find signal hot and coldspots, numbers can be better indicators than bars that don't really update quickly.

https://lifehacker.com/5929546/see-the-actual-signal-strength-on-your-iphone-with-this-quick-tweak

Data and LTE reception are not an issue with the home phone. If you have good voice reception with iffy downloads you will still be OK.

Average signal strength of -105 dBm is marginal, -95 will be ok (ignore the minus sign... the lower the value of the number the better. On some android phones, signal strength will also have an asu number, the higher the better 3-5 being the minimum.