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OT: Time For A New Cell Phone - T-Mobile? ATT?

Darrell
Durrrell
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Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 5,298
The Walmart/T-Mobile Minutes http://www.walmart.co...­

I generally only need about 250-300 minutes per month of talk. So I figure that using the wifi (free) minutes at home or when near a wifi hotspot that it should be sufficient for me. The downside of the plan is that I'd need to be aware of the time used when not using a wifi connection.

Since this is a no contract, prepaid plan, you can switch to a different plan that might better suit your needs/usage which might be different than my needs. You could get any T-Mobile plan from Walmart, T-Mobile or any other vendor of T-Mobile plans.

For me, I'm looking for a low monthly $$ plan and unlimited web access and I think I can deal with the limited minutes using the free wifi talk minutes. Also, I get horrible reception at my home as I live at the bottom of a canyon so with most service providers, I have gotten poor phone reception and being able to use my wifi connection/google voice should solve my reception problem at home while not costing me any of the 100 minutes. A win-win situation in my book.

Maybe for you a different plan might be your preference such as the $50/mo unlimited talk/text/web plan (for $45): http://www.amazon.com...­ - But note that the web speed slows down after 100mb. For me, I want the fastest speeds...

Also, the big companies with the 2 yr contracts usually have a bunch of garbage fees tacked on. Verizon says their deal is $50/mo PLUS a $40/mo network access fee... AND perhaps they have additional garbage fees, taxes, etc added on top...

T-Mobile also has a $3/day Unlimited talk/text/web 200mb@4G so that's $36/mo which also looks attractive to me...
http://prepaid-phones...­
http://prepaid-phones...­

I plan to get the 1st month $50-70 unlimited everything plan as I expect to exceed 100 minutes when I make the switchover. Another great feature of prepaid phones as I can change plans to tailor fit my needs should they change or should I need more minutes for a month of special project...

How to Root this phone: http://www.androidloo...­

For $15/mo I can use the phone as a wifi hotspot... maybe I can dump my cable that I'm paying $136/mo! I've got my fingers crossed that I'll get a strong connection at home!
Darrell
Durrrell
Group Organizer
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 5,299
Damn, that was fast. I actually got the phone yesterday on the 7th Saturday! Ordered on the 6th it arrived on the 7th! Just activating it now...

Okay. Activated. Call my GoogleVoice number which is 323.456.3533 and that should call forward to my new cell.
Darrell
Durrrell
Group Organizer
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 5,300
My new cell is activated. Call me at 323.456.DLEE or 323.456.3533. This is my GoogleVoice number that forwards to my new cell. It will also take voice mail messages too.

To enable free wifi calling on this phone, I had to install the Groove IP App and now can call using this app and it doesn't cost me any minutes. The sound quality report was that the person on the other end of the line gets a echo of what they say in about a 5 second delay. You must enable incoming calls with Google Chat to avoid using TMO minutes on incoming calls.

I installed the Freeware version and it give the caller on the other end an echo. So I just bought the full version for $4.99 and hopefully it will fix that problem. There's enough other features to warrant buying the full version and don't bother with the freeware app.

Still working on installing apps...

I am loving this new phone! Got it on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/6s...­

Now that I got the free wifi calling/receiving working, I think this will be a great solution for me.
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