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1 month 3 days ago #43023 by mmfacemm
truphone has no order requirement
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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #43024 by dst11

mmfacemm wrote: truphone has no order requirement

Thanks mmfacemm!Then Truphone seems mote a little more expensive per minute Tello. But who cares if it's 3 cents or 0 cents a minute if you only need 2 minutes a month.

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1 month 3 days ago #43025 by KentE

dst11 wrote:

mmfacemm wrote: truphone has no order requirement

Thanks mmfacemm!Then Truphone seems mote a little more expensive per minute Tello. But who cares if it's 3 cents or 0 cents a minute if you only need 2 minutes a month.


Exactly.
I tire sometimes of folks (mostly on other forums) continually slamming different carriers and plans because they're a terrible deal when gauged by the minute or GB. It's the wrong metric. The right metric is how much it costs per month to maintain the service (and units) you'll actually use.

If Truephone matches your usage needs, it's a very good deal.
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1 month 3 days ago #43026 by Isamorph

dst11 wrote:

mmfacemm wrote: truphone has no order requirement

Thanks mmfacemm!Then Truphone seems mote a little more expensive per minute Tello. But who cares if it's 3 cents or 0 cents a minute if you only need 2 minutes a month.


2 minutes a month?---too bad carrier pidgeons are extinct, for you could have used a few of them for your communication needs without needing a phone. Then, again, feeding the pidgeons might cost more than 2 minutes of cell phone service does. :)
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1 month 2 days ago #43035 by dst11

Isamorph wrote: 2 minutes a month?---too bad carrier pidgeons are extinct, for you could have used a few of them for your communication needs without needing a phone. Then, again, feeding the pidgeons might cost more than 2 minutes of cell phone service does. :)

Yes, about 2 minutes a month, or about 20 a year. And 10-15 texts a month. Back on my R+ days I was at 50%! I use GV a lot though. Voice and text.
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1 month 2 days ago #43036 by Isamorph

dst11 wrote:

Isamorph wrote: 2 minutes a month?---too bad carrier pidgeons are extinct, for you could have used a few of them for your communication needs without needing a phone. Then, again, feeding the pidgeons might cost more than 2 minutes of cell phone service does. :)

Yes, about 2 minutes a month, or about 20 a year. And 10-15 texts a month. Back on my R+ days I was at 50%! I use GV a lot though. Voice and text.


Sounds as if the Truphone Paygo sim would be ideal for your needs, especially since you could use GV with it. Yet, let's hope Truphone doesn't do away with their sim anytime soon.
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1 month 2 days ago - 1 month 2 days ago #43037 by dst11

KentE wrote: Exactly.
I tire sometimes of folks (mostly on other forums) continually slamming different carriers and plans because they're a terrible deal when gauged by the minute or GB. It's the wrong metric.

The right metric is how much it costs per month to maintain the service (and units) you'll actually use.

If Truephone matches your usage needs, it's a very good deal.

Precisely KentE. If I add a monthly premium, even $3-5 a month, that's $36-$60 a year. PAYGO at even 20 cents a minute is a better deal for me.

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1 month 2 days ago #43038 by dst11
I think I need a new mobile phone to put GV on it. The XP5 runs a proprietary OS, based on Android, which I don't think allows you to install apps on it. It does Wi-Fi but that's for providing internet connectivity to the existing apps, right?

But since this phone has an expiraration date (Feb 2021?) I'll stay put for now. Unless Free Up's free plan goes away. Or Free Up goes Belly Up!
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1 month 2 days ago #43039 by Isamorph
Yes, I doubt you can run any Android apps such as GV on it, though you can use Gmail on it I think. You should be able to use it as a forwarding phone for your GV number at least. And one can't beat the FU free plan for now.
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1 month 2 days ago #43040 by KentE
dst11, it's been a while since I've used it this way..... (Please note that some or all of this may have changed since the last time I had a need.....)
It's possible to use Google Voice without the app, in a truncated manner. Calls can still be forwarded to a 'feature phone', using carrier minutes on that phone. Texts can still be forwarded to the same phone's native texting app if configured that way (via PC or browser interface.)

While said phone is listed as a 'forwarding' number in the GV dashboard, outbound calls will use carrier minutes (no calling over data or WiFi), but can still show the GV # as the identifier, with a workaround. GV assigns a 'spoofed' number to each phone contact you call/text, and it typically does this mostly invisibly. But the spoofed number can be viewed from an incoming text on either the feature phone or smartphone. That 'spoofed' number must be saved as an alternative contact # in the contacts list of the feature phone, and selected for each outgoing call where you want the receiving party to see the GV #. (I believe texts follow the same path......)

Drawbacks: it's kind of confusing to keep track of. You cannot place an outgoing call, displaying your GV #, to any contact that is new, or without the saved 'spoofed' number. And until you save a spoofed contact number associated with a contact in your device phone book, you won't know who is texting you via your GV #, since only the spoofed number will display. You can only find the spoofed number from an incoming text, not from an incoming call.

I did this for a while several years ago with a qwerty-based feature phone that I was loathe to give up on for various reasons. I eventually gave up on the process because I had too many contacts, too many new contacts that needed to 'see' my GV #, I was using too many minutes for the feature phone to remain economical, and the phone was going to be sunsetted in the near future. (Verizon 3G device.)
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