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Old 08-30-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that I don't use that much. I am on a 10cents a minute plan, no data, just wifi.

1) Currently the voicemail is not set up. I am thinking of cutting the land line and so would like voicemail.
However I notice that I get some junk calls and think that all those tones and robot voice messages would leave voicemails and I'd get charged? Is that correct?

2) I use Mozilla Thunderbird email on my desktop home computer. I tried looking for a Thunderbird app in the google play store in hopes that it would be easy to set up. I would only use this on vacation/trips away from home. (I get a lot of spam emails and going through that on the phone yech but I would like the option if necessary). I'm sort of dreading this as I'm sure its going to require all sorts of server names, passwords pop accts.

3) I'm going on vacation and would like a data plan just for that time period The salesperson at the AT&T store told me that before I got I can just switch online from 10cents to 30 a month and at the end of the month switch back. I have about 50.00 loaded in my 10cents a call plan and she said I wouldn't lose it, it would just roll over. I though I'd been told last year when I asked about this that I would lose the money. Anyone ever done this?
I will probably give this a try and would like to know how to set up the voicemail for the month at least.
I have not yet googled but will, hopefully the info is out there.

Thanks!

G
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Old 08-30-2015, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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You can set up the voicemail that comes with the company you are using as a provider and pick up the calls from a landline to avoid charges. When you call your cellphone from a landline, just refuse the call and also whenever someone calls that you think might be a spam call, refuse those calls as well and then pick up those messages from a landline, has saved me a bunch of money over the years.

There are apps out there such as a Magic Jack application that allows you to make unlimited phone calls while on wifi for $1.99 a month or $14.99 a year, something to consider for when home or whenever on wifi, to save your minutes and the MJ has its own voice mail too. Note: You will need a decent speed connection for it to work flawlessly, it will not work well on very slow internet connections.
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:39 PM
 
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But I'm thinking about getting of my landline and (2) I won't be around my landline while on vacation
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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But I'm thinking about getting of my landline and (2) I won't be around my landline while on vacation
A Magic Jack can act as a landline when plugged into a router and can also be on your cellphone when you are away, that was my point. Anyway it was just a suggestion.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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1) Someone leaving you a voicemail doesn't use minutes.
2) There is a mail app built into every smart phone already. You don't download another (unless you want to). Google "Your phone model" "Setup email". It's not hard and many would argue it's faster to delete the junk from a phone then from a PC.
3) No, I've never done that. I would trust what the last guy told you. The industry changes damn near daily and I'm sure what you were told last YEAR no longer applies.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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Giesela, my wife and I vacation a lot, we also spend 3 to 4 months a year in the Philippines, thus having the Magic Jack gives us the same US number anywhere we are in the world, as long as we are on wifi, of course if you happen to not be from the US and do not need to call US numbers, Canadian numbers or US territory numbers, all of which are included, then MJ might not be for you, although I knew of a British guy who has one and gave some to his family who are all over the world and no longer has to pay to call any of them.

I have had my Magic Jacks since they first became available and included on year and I am already half way into my second 5 year renewals, so I am guessing that I have had it for around 8 years (I do not keep track) and it has saved me a lot of money and has made life much easier for me.

You can pay $30 or more a month for a cell phone service, or you can pay $50 for a MJ unit including a years service, or if using the application for your smart phone, you can pay $14.99 for a years service and all includes unlimited calls to the countries I mentioned. I did away with my landline years ago and have been on a $100 a year prepaid cell phone plan for 1000 minutes for years now (which unused minutes roll over) and have never regretted it and almost always have minutes left over on my cellphone plans.
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