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Old 08-12-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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That is the cost for Verizon basic service in my area.
No long distance, no caller ID, etc.


Back to the OP... how do you make calls traveling on interstates, etc?
make your new car a wifi hotspot!
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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Your are going to put out a fire with your gun?
You must be a union firefighter with a lot of cell phone stocks!
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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I'm all about saving money, but I think I'd rather pay $110/month than go through the hassle of trying to locate usable Wifi every time I want to use the phone. I am intrigued by the commercials I've been hearing about Walmart's phone plans. Supposedly, they can cut your phone bill in half while still using the major carriers' cell towers, and data is included. I wonder if anyone on here has used them.
A friend of mine gets his for free from some US company. They say there is a way to do it.Unfortunately it works for the US and Canada only and I am in the UK.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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I think there is a product called the wifi tower that could extend the range of you getting wifi source from far away. The wifi available near me are my neighbors which would mean I'd have to either know their password to log on to it, or I could use the open wifi networks from Burger King or McDonald's about 1-2 miles away, which are either weak signals or hit or miss, unless, MAYBE a wifi tower would allow me to get the far away wifi ranges that's close enough to me.

I'm curious what kind of phone are you using? Can I use any kind of phone even the one I have with Simple Mobile or I'd need an unlocked phone for your idea to work? Also, if I were to drive for Uber, would it be limited or not? How about if I know someone who would let me connect to their xfinity wifi service, could I eliminate my phone service altogether?

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So...long story short, my cell phone service provider pissed me off now I plan to completely cancel our service with them. I have been comparing my options with other companies (both cellular and landline) and nothing really seems to be a very good deal...

So...I had a brainstorm idea! Why not just set up our nice smartphones to use wifi calling, for free! So I looked into it and it is very possible; I ended up using google voice and google hangouts dialer (I'm sure there are other ways to do it too). Anyway, now my wife and I each have a new phone number provided by google (free of charge), and we can make unlimited calls and texts nationwide as long as we are somewhere that has wifi (we have wifi at home so this is immediately better than a landline phone due to having no long distance charges and being absolutely free). A lot of the other places we go have wifi as well (gym, library, etc) so we will be able to use it there too. I also plan to get my wife a "lifeline" or "lifelink" phones (whatever its called (it's that government sponsered free cell phone) for emergencies.

So...I just completely eliminated my phone bill. I went from $110 per month to $0.00! Has anybody else done this? Any feedback?
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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So...I just completely eliminated my phone bill. I went from $110 per month to $0.00! Has anybody else done this? Any feedback?
Pretty much. I did this starting about 2 years ago.

- Once my $70/mo Verizon wireless plan was up I canceled the service.

- I already had and use a Google Voice number exclusively, so no one ever needs to learn a new phone number for me. I never use the number from a cell provider, only my google voice #.

- I purchased a one year Tracfone SIM card (BYOD bring your own device) for $78, which gave me triple min, text, data (total of 1200 min talk time, 1200 texts, 1.2gb data). That's all I needed for a year.

- When I'm near WiFi (which I always am at home or at work) I use Google Voice and Hangouts and WiFi for data. I otherwise sip carefully from my cellular data bucket so that I'm not using more than 1.2GB of data over 12 months, or average of 100mb per month. Ironically the cell service for my Tracfone is still Verizon Wireless. I just pay a fraction of what I used to pay.

- I've also been testing FREE 4G LTE cell service from Freedompop for the last few months. As in totally free. That service happens to ride on AT&T towers in my local area, and it works great. I also use my Google Voice/Hangouts with that, so I'm never using up talk or text buckets. I'm able to get 700mb data per month FREE, which has been more than enough for my usage.

So it's certainly possibly to have good cell service for less than $100/year, and if you're really intent, you can get that cost down to $0/month.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:29 PM
 
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This is something I've been doing for over a year. Since I'm paying for Cable based Internet service, I use a free Andoris call app at home that allows to make all calls for free on any cell phone. I also pay $5 per month for 100 cellular minutes prepaid on the T-Mobile network so that I can always have cell phone service as I travel. The key to making it all work is my free Google Voice number. I use that as my main number and it automatically forwards calls to any cell phone I'm using at the time. It all works very well for me. For details, check out my blog post here: https://newark1.com/how-i-pay-only-5...ll-phone-plan/
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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So...long story short, my cell phone service provider pissed me off now I plan to completely cancel our service with them. I have been comparing my options with other companies (both cellular and landline) and nothing really seems to be a very good deal...

So...I had a brainstorm idea! Why not just set up our nice smartphones to use wifi calling, for free! So I looked into it and it is very possible; I ended up using google voice and google hangouts dialer (I'm sure there are other ways to do it too). Anyway, now my wife and I each have a new phone number provided by google (free of charge), and we can make unlimited calls and texts nationwide as long as we are somewhere that has wifi (we have wifi at home so this is immediately better than a landline phone due to having no long distance charges and being absolutely free). A lot of the other places we go have wifi as well (gym, library, etc) so we will be able to use it there too. I also plan to get my wife a "lifeline" or "lifelink" phones (whatever its called (it's that government sponsered free cell phone) for emergencies.

So...I just completely eliminated my phone bill. I went from $110 per month to $0.00! Has anybody else done this? Any feedback?
I've got the landline equivalent of that. Google voice + old school phone + a box hooked to my router.

Cell phones are darned useful in a pinch though. Your car isn't going to break next to a coffee shop, it's too smart for that.

My take was to buy a $125 Moto G phone from Amazon, and buy Tracfone BYOP for it. I think it's about $10 / month if you buy a year's worth of time and provides plenty o' minutes and bytes for me.
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