Since I really like truphone please don't abuse it!!!
I've had mine for years though I've hardly used them they are great for backups. I was lucky to get a UK sim when they let you buy them here in the US. Great for my infrequent UK incoming business calls. They don't stick to the one call per 90 day rule at all as well. Mine were idle for a whole year and I fired them up a couple of days ago and they worked just fine. No instant R+ type suspensions here!
They were better when it was tmobile with att roaming to me but still good with just ATT.
There are some things that people haven't mentioned about TruPhone.
1) Their sim really is different. It can hold up to I think 3 distinct phone numbers (you have to pay $8.00/month for each additional line). But this is great if you're going abroad and want a local number. It can be added without you changing your sim. (For the countries they've partnered with)
2) Yes, you can call out for very cheap/free. I don't know how the google component works, but I use it with my Obi. Don't abuse, this though. 90% of my calls/texts are incoming anyway, so I don't actually mind paying a bit for out-going, the few times I have to. If you want to be 'fair', go ahead and call out and ask the other person to call you back.
3) Their customer service has been BRILLIANT, they're very well trained and knowledgeable about things. They do the legwork when things need to be escalated.
A TruPhone question, for anyone who might have a better idea than I do...
Sometimes my family wants to text me, but they're at a computer (or they want to send a group text without it being MMS). Anyway. Most carriers provide an SMS Gateway for this kind of thing.
I can't find it anywhere on Tru's website. Nor does it come up in other places I've tried to search. They might not have one because of their uniqueness, but I'd like to help my family out with it if I can.
arrynrob wrote: Try sending an MMS from your device to your e-mail address. See what the sender address is and reply to make sure it works.
ETA: I see the preference not for MMS. Google Voice is an option.
MMS doesn't work on Tru at all, which is why I'm trying to find a way around it
I had seen that text a year or so ago when I had first gotten tru, but it's four years old and I was hopeful things had changed.
Thanks for your help, I'll just presume they haven't changed.
the_dork_knight wrote: I just noticed at the truphone website, close to the bottom that incoming calls and texts are free. I thought it was only for incoming calls. The sim is still quite expensive with credit given.
Yes--it seems that way, but, to me, the free incoming calls and texts, the AT&T network, and the fact that taxes are included in the charges make it appealing . The 9 cents a min. USA rate for outgoing calls and mbps of data are reduced to about 7.5 cents for California people who pay about 17.05 % tax rate on their cell phone bills. And if one divides the total of incoming and outgoing call minutes by 2, assuming that one uses about equal amounts, then the per minute rate is cut in half. Add the fact that one's credit or money in the account never expires if not used, then it's not a bad deal. I use mine on a dual sim phone with GV-- so all incoming are free and I call out and use data with the other sim. Oh, thanks for pointing out the incoming free texts mentioned on the website, for I do not remember seeing that before. Also, the service has been flawless for me.