I want to get the whole (3 of us) family on a prepaid plan and buy quality cell phones for all three of us. We all currently have bottom of the barrel cell phones and our daughter uses her's the most for texting.
What is a high-end cell phone (like a newer Samsung) that works well with the Ooma cell phone app? Are there any phones I should avoid?
Does texting work with the Ooma cell phone app?
Can anyone recommend a good prepay plan? and is there one available for a family of 3 at a better rate?
I'm 30 minutes north of Atlanta Georgia. What kind of coverage should I expect (rough estimate) that will enable us to take advantage of savings by using the Ooma app instead of prepaid minutes?
These may be dumb questions, I'm really not that up to speed on cell phones and appreciate any constructive suggestions...
You really have to go to the verious sites and compare.
http://cnet.phonedog.com/cell-phone-res ... plans.aspx
http://deals.t-mobile.com/unlimited-fam ... 4bpCdAEEwk
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone- ... -plans.jsp
http://www.walmart.com/cp/straight-talk ... op/1045119
Keep in mind that both apps will use data and data tends to be much more expensive than voice. Unless you're always at a WiFi hotspot, you may be better with a cheap prepaid plan.
As far as phones, most carriers try to lock you into their phones. They also require you to sign up for their data plan if you get a smartphone. Even through T-Mobile "requires" it, I've been able to get an Android phone to work fine on a plan without data by changing the "Mobile Networks" config in the phone to disable everything except MMS. The phone works fine for voice and text, but you have to be on WiFi to get any data. Such use is "off-label" and don't expect much help if you have a problem.
If you are not travel regularly, a local calling + roaming will be less expensive than a national coverage with no roaming. This holds true for both prepaid and monthly plan.
If you going to buy a new smart phone, the carrier will lock your phone to their data plan. Your option maybe limited in used phone in ebay, craigslist, or some similar services... >>> caveat emptor/let the buyer beware.
A question you need to ask yourself: how many minutes do you need when you are not at home? i.e. do you talk a lot when you are not at home?
Do you plan to use your phone in a wifi hotspot? If so, your current laptop (if you have one) with skype/google voice can do the job.
Think of what you need vs. of what you want. If it's just talk and SMS, any phone (i.e. non-smart phone) can do and the $$ you spend will a lot less.
A very good forum for PPC and other providers:
http://www.howardforums.com/forumdispla ... s-Cellular
If you use your cell phone only occasionally, or want to have access to cell service for emergency purposes, look at T-Mobile's prepay service. Pay $100 up front and you get Gold Member status for about 1150 minutes. Thereafter, assuming you are a minimal user, you would be required to add only the minimum of $10 per year (which adds about 30 minutes). Thus, over a five year period the total cost would be $140 or $28 per year. That's hard to beat. You would likely want to pick up a couple good used cell phones. Motorola Razr should work just fine, and there are lots of used units available.
If you are looking at smart phones, Republic Wireless is a few months away from a general launch. $20 per month for unlimited cell, text, and data (all of which may be subject to fair use policy). Right now they are in beta testing on their first cell unit; an LG Optimus which is a decent unit. Republic Wireless requires that the subscriber have wifi because their units will default to wifi when available. See, http://republicwireless.com/
I've learned a lot here... two months ago I didn't even know how to spell VOIP and now I are one.
When my plan expires, I'll probably put all my girls on unlimited text + wifi data only and never sign up for a 2yr contract again.!