It is finally, finally time for me to get done with using TF on my one, unlocked GSM phone !!
Some time ago I got the Redpocket 1 year deal & put it aside for when this day would arrive.
Also had a minimally allotted Twigby number that has barely gotten any usage, so:
Activated the 'new' services as well as a port-in from Twigby late last night.
1st thing today confirmations arrived from both places that it is all completed.
This may be the smoothest, easiest processing I've ever gone through !!
Now I may even bother to set up CN so as to collect credits to keep the Redpocket services going - that is, if CN is actually working...about which I have my doubts all the time seeing what a bumpy road others report about it & the lack of active responses here from Tom & company for such a long time...
All the recent things I see about CN seem to point at it not crediting well & nobody from there shows up here either...not encouraging IMO.
When the Redpocket yearly deal goes on sale again it is easy enough to grab it again & it is very affordable when at the lowest price for a whole year of services.
I've always wished that some service provider would offer a super cheap voice & text only plan that'll work around here.
Until that happens (if ever) we'll stay with Twigby for their great VZ backup & also whatever GSM provider is cheapest for those times that we're in an area which has no VZ coverage.
Hi E_Z,----Have you looked at what "FreeUp Mobile" has to offer on the AT&T cellular network? @Frasier says one can knock off $7 from the monthly $20 unlimited T&T and 1GB data by spending a minute or less per day printing one 25 cent crediting coupon from the FU site, and there are other ways to reduce the monthly cost. FU also offers a $10 starter plan providing 500 min. or texts and 100mb of data. Might be worth a look for AT&T service.
Thanks for the reminder Isamorph !!
I did check them out & seeing as they're so new it was my thought to wait a while & see if they stick around...
Now also, since my need for GSM services is covered for a year there's no hurry for that.
In our immediate area we mostly use Twigby because...it works and, it is the cheapest of all.
The only thing I could imagine beating that would be some sort of VZ deal for voice & SMS only, which I've not seen or heard of.
It is confusing to discuss our usages because we have no choice other than to have the cheapest possible coverage from both providers in our area or we risk getting stuck in the boonies someplace in an old car with no means to call for any help - and that possibility just scares my partner to bits, so we do it this way for her ease & comfort.
It's been more than a year since we got on Twigby's services - no variances in our rather low usages - and:
Zero troubles, no complaints, and very fair rates.
Seems to me that if our usage of that 'roaming' would pose any problem, it would have shown up by now.
Thanks for the info all the same - it'll either remain OK...or not - nothing to be done about it either way.
I suspect the issue will be dependent on which vendor's services you're using. We have an AT&T line through RedPocket, never set up the VM, and also use our Google Voice # as our primary line for calls/texts. We've had it off before and the forwarding works fine to the other phones (or GV picks up VM) without it going to AT&T's VM service.
I also believe the issue is network dependent. Red Pocket CS may be able to help, but detailed assistance probably isn't their forte'. If you prefer messages left via GV, Red Pocket might be able to disable carrier voicemail. If you set up carrier voicemail, it might be possible to designate the number of rings before VM picks up, or it may at least delay the time until carrier VM picks up.
I believe GV is fixed to something like 30 seconds before transferring to Voicemail. As an examplar, Sprint network voicemail can neither be turned off, nor modified for ring time before transfer to VM. The timing is very close on my Sprint-network lines, and sometimes Sprint Voicemail is triggered, while other times GV grabs it first.
Too funny - but tolerable now...maybe.
My ticket got replied to by someone who had definite trouble with english, and after a day's worth of back and forth their VM feature is now shut off, so it answers after 1 ring with the phone off & has a 'not accepting calls' message instead.
I'll reactivate it at GV & see how that works & if it is a problem this way too, then I'll just leave it off of there.
I can get messages via my Twigby phone usually & if that is all, then it can be enough.
It amuses me that in this one regard TF was a wee bit better for GSM usage - but nothing else about them is in the great enough to pay for their services IMO.
Every carrier seems to do voicemail by their own set of arcane logic & rules. It's the biggest problem I have with Google Voice. (Who also does not allow customizing VM wait time.......) It would surely help if they'd all get on the same page.
I usually carry the same phone for at least a day at a time, so I just retrieve voicemails locally from wherever they might have been stored before I switch phones. I know your situation is a little different, Et_Z, since you have to carry 2 networks just to be reasonably certain of receiving calls at all. That makes Google Voice an especially good solution, other than the VM issue.
We never use up our Twigby allotments & we're paying about that same amount for that right now;
The main difference of course would be the unlimited aspect if we made such a change.
Given that we're both using CDMA (originally) Sprint based phones, that detail might not work out so well...?
Maybe sometime in the future there may be some other very good reason to switch...we'll see.
Thanks also to Als for the discount pointer !!
We're really in good shape cost-wise right now with essentially free TF for about another year & the Redpocket deal I got from another thread here for AT&T GSM, and then our 2 Twigby phones for VZ only areas.
Between all that stuff we pretty much have coverage anyplace that there is any signal a'tall & the only monthly bill for all of that is just the $26 to Twigby