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3 years 2 weeks ago #370 by joseph
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Has anyone explored TruPhone, which includes unlimited free incoming calling on their PayGo SIM (which costs $30 and includes a $15 service credit), and using the Voice+ app with Google Voice to make outgoing calls into incoming calls?

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3 years 2 weeks ago - 3 years 2 weeks ago #374 by Isamorph
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joseph wrote: Has anyone explored TruPhone, which includes unlimited free incoming calling on their PayGo SIM (which costs $30 and includes a $15 service credit), and using the Voice+ app with Google Voice to make outgoing calls into incoming calls?


Hi. Interesting question. Some months ago I bought the $30 Truphone sim to use for a trip to Europe and still have over $13 left of the $15 dollar credit. When I first purchased the sim, I did not even think about the free incoming call feature. But now that R+ is kaput, I am using it as a forwarding phone with GV.

I have not yet tried using it with the Voice+ app and I have mixed feelings about doing so. I haven't read the full TOS as of yet, but if they do not permit one to use an app such as the Voice+ app that would produce some interesting questions. Would TruPhone be able to detect such use, and ,if not,should one use the app if TruPhone has clearly stated that it violates their TOS? Also, would it violate the TOS if I call friends and family members who have unlimited voice plans and ask them to call me right back so as to save money, thereby only spending 9 cents for , say, a one hour phone call?

What's more, I also use GV and an Obi for my home phone, and a member on the R+ forum mentioned that there is a way to have the Obi call your TruPhone and connect you to whoever you just dialed out to, which appears to be the same behavior as the Voice+ app.

So it would be great to hear what other members think about this Truphone subject.;)

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3 years 2 weeks ago #376 by joseph
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Note that the PayGo balance never expires as long as you make one outgoing call every 90 days. I haven't seen anything in the ToS precluding using the service as suggested above.

Also, I think the official Google Voice app for the iPhone has a built-in feature where outgoing calls are turned into incoming calls.

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3 years 2 weeks ago #423 by UltimateGladiator
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I would think that would be abuse even if it is not specifically mentioned. I think I tried it once and it didn't work. Can't remember if that was voice+ but I felt uneasy doing it.

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3 years 2 weeks ago #427 by PEW
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joseph wrote: Note that the PayGo balance never expires as long as you make one outgoing call every 90 days. I haven't seen anything in the ToS precluding using the service as suggested above.

Also, I think the official Google Voice app for the iPhone has a built-in feature where outgoing calls are turned into incoming calls.


Wow, can you verify if this is for sure? I don't use iPhone but know several who do...

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3 years 2 weeks ago #435 by Extraterrestrial_Zoologist
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TruPhone would be attractive if/when their SIM price comes down;
$30 just to check it out seems a bit too high to us to be practical.

In the dispersion from RP we're now using a total of 4 services via both CDMA & GSM & the total outlay for all the most recent changes is presently zero dollars due to promotions & bonuses;
Before that became a need the highest cost service we got was a $20 Tracfone with a year + 800 minutes & a bunch of $1 SIM kits with minutes that triple on that phone.

All things considered then, the notion of spending $30 on just a single SIM even if it comes with a 50% credit in usage fees covered - just doesn't ring any bells here.

But that's just my 2.5 cents on the idea from my own POV.

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3 years 2 weeks ago #440 by joseph
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If you're going to convert outgoing calls into incoming, then it isn't 50% off; it is essentially 100% off. And for that one-time $30 you get indefinite unlimited calling.

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3 years 2 weeks ago - 3 years 2 weeks ago #449 by JTSR71
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Extraterrestrial_Zoologist wrote: TruPhone would be attractive if/when their SIM price comes down;
$30 just to check it out seems a bit too high to us to be practical.

In the dispersion from RP we're now using a total of 4 services via both CDMA & GSM & the total outlay for all the most recent changes is presently zero dollars due to promotions & bonuses;
Before that became a need the highest cost service we got was a $20 Tracfone with a year + 800 minutes & a bunch of $1 SIM kits with minutes that triple on that phone.

All things considered then, the notion of spending $30 on just a single SIM even if it comes with a 50% credit in usage fees covered - just doesn't ring any bells here.

But that's just my 2.5 cents on the idea from my own POV.


I've known about Truphone for a while and never bitten.

I think the SIM was in the $15 range a while back.

I have Google Voice and an obihai so could set it up for free outgoing calls. And no doubt I could get an app to do the same.

But I'm actually a low voice and phone based sms user (I use my GV number for text subscriptions). Data is more useful for me.

So I'd rather have simplicity for the few phone calls I make and data for text and other reasons.

In fact, I've begun to make outgoing calls to selected people without google voice because I value the line clarity.

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3 years 2 weeks ago #453 by PEW
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Guess you can still initiate the callback via the GV website...

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3 years 2 weeks ago #528 by Isamorph
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joseph wrote: If you're going to convert outgoing calls into incoming, then it isn't 50% off; it is essentially 100% off. And for that one-time $30 you get indefinite unlimited calling.


Yes, this appears to be entirely possible. And the fact that one need only make a call once every 6 months to keep the account active is another plus. Moreover, Truphone runs off the AT&T network, which provides the best signal ( all signal bars always lit up ) of the big 4 in my corner of the world. That said, 100% off or free service is an ethical quagmire for me, for if everyone who used Truphone used the Voice+ app or a similar method for free outgoing calls , TruPhone would soon be the most popular cell provider in the world and, ipso facto, would be the quickest to go bankrupt, which leads me to believe that such behavior is strictly prohibited.

Thus, to my thinking, the unlimited free ( there must be some limitations ) incoming calls combined with the occasional 9c a minute outgoing call is well worth the off putting $30 initial outlay for my needs.

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