Tonight I was laying in bed, unable to sleep, and this question popped into my head:
If I have a computer or Ipad with wi-fi access and I add on an optional internet service from a cell phone carrier, and sign up with google voice, why would I need to keep a cell phone...other than convenience?
For anyone who doesn't know what google voice is, it is basically an online phone...a.k.a. voice over ip. So essentually, you can make calls in the U.S. and to Canada for nothing, zero, zilch, nada. It also has voicemail, call forwarding, you get your own new phone number...in ANY area code, and you can have the voicemail sent to your email account or texted to another cell phone. All you need is internet access.
So if I'm paying $50 a month for cellphone service and let's just say another $50 a month for mobile internet access, why not just disconnect the cell and use google voice full time throught the computer or ipad? I'm really not that big of fan of talking on the cell phone all that long anyway.
So, I think I'm going to have to think about this for a while. What started it was the fact that I'm getting ready to purchase an Ipad and I'm trying to decide if I want just the wi-fi version or the version that allows me to use verizon or at&t as an internet connection as well as wi-fi capability. Price difference is about an extra $150, I think it was. But I can easily jusify that in 3 months of service by dropping a cell phone off the cell plan I have (currently have 2 phones on a $100\mth plan). This way, I have the best of both worlds...an ipad with (almost) constant internet access and a portable phone capability that I can use on it or any other computer for that matter.
Thanks for listening...now maybe I can sleep. LOL