I changed from a landline to a cell phone six years ago but had to quit the cell five years ago. Google Voice, skype, and similar free/cheap voip served as my “phone” for five years. I am thinking of starting Ting, targeting to total <$20/month, and sometimes achieving down to the $6/month base service.
Might start back to uni and imagine could use voice, text, and data over internet from school and home. Then, if Google or Sipgate ring through to Google Voice and cell # simultaneously, can I see caller ID on the cell and decide weather to answer when not in wifi range?
How ubiquitous is wifi when you are out and about? I had to do some “war-driving” years back to make some calls when looking at apartments. Wifi was hardly accessible like you hear about in some downtown areas (Portland,ORmaybe). Do many businesses provide wifi and do they always require purchase? Is security/privacy possible with public wifi? Once connected, is it reliable and good quality (voice)? Is it not realistic to try to use wifi except at known locations (home and work)? Will need to answer some calls and correspond, but don’t know the feasibility of using wifi while roaming.
I noted that you can set the wifi to never sleep, but can someone confirm that emails and other internet activity do not get forced onto the cell network, even when the phone is off (never is never, right?).
Can someone confirm a prorate credit is given when you don’t use all the minutes (service) in the applied price-bracket. That is really nice and is essentially equal to a per-minute meter rate. The 5% grace bracket overage is also a great bonus feature. Does the grace overage apply in that first $3 bracket?
Since this pattern is wifi intensive, is it imperative to get the top phone? Don’t know that I will do much internet activity on any phone but have used a Kindle so know a little about the medium small display.