12 Tips To Cut Your Cell Phone Bill
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:56 AM
Both should half your monthly fees in somewhat different ways.
II've had the republic wireless service since this past December and I am pleased with it. The standard phone is the LG Optimus S and it is a hybrid smartphone with wi-fi priority, Sprint 3G is the backup. No contract.
Who wouldn't like the idea of paying only $19 a month for unlimited everything, compared to paying 4-5 times as much for Big Cell with caps? Although the service is officially in beta, it is quite usable. Get your name on the list to be notified for the next beta availability, at the republicwireless.com website.
(I have no affiliation with republic wireless, except as a satisfied paying customer.)
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:54 AM
Just make sure you turn off mobile data. In my case since I'm using CyanogenMod 9 in my Exhibit II 4G ($170 used but have to get a $2 USB cable from Amazon) with Android 4.0.3 and it's Settings, Data Usage, and turn off mobile data. You can also turn on airplane mode to save your battery and just use only Wi-Fi.
For Wi-Fi calling, I'm using an application called CSipSimple and it is connected to my Asterisk PBX system. It supports HD Voice and I'm using G.711 for PSTN-quality phone calls despite that my mom and dad only uses a cell phone.
My Asterisk PBX is then connected to two of my phone providers over VoIP: Anveo and CallCentric. Anveo is my primary provider. I'm paying just $0.01 a minute for outgoing calls and $1.99 a month for my phone number and I'm only making and receiving about 30 minutes per month. I'm not paying for 911 service due to my hearing impairment and I did not have any emergencies at all (like no injuries) and so does my mom and dad. For that, I'm paying less than $2.50 a month for Anveo phone service. But when some calls cannot go through (like 1-850-245-XXXX), I have Asterisk route the call over to CallCentric instead, which charges $0.02 cents per minute. Since I already have my 1-407 number registered to Anveo, all I have to do is show a screenshot for my phone number to CallCentric and my phone number is added to Caller ID. That way, callers will not see my 1-777-267-XXXX number.
When it comes time to leave for a trip to Disney World, I turn off airplane mode, turn on mobile data, and listen to Live365 in my smartphone.
With that said, my smartphone is used only for things when I'm not at home or not using Wi-Fi, like surfing the Internet or making phone calls to my family, but I could use text messaging instead since with $3/day (up to 24 hours), I get unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, and 200MB of 2G data. But what would be nice, however, is if T-Mobile could just change from unlimited minutes to just 50 minutes and up the data from 200 to 500MB, which is better suitable for my hearing impairment and for those who don't make phone calls that often.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:27 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:01 AM
This post has been edited by HeyBob: 18 May 2012 - 05:05 AM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:01 PM
Go ahead and get a 'wireless hot spot', instead of a phone. The sort of thing that shares your internet with every WiFi device (put a password on it, naturally). The data is limited (around $40 for 2GB), but now yow you can leave that in your briefcase/purse, and use the 'cheaper' tablet, or a 'real' notebook computer, and even share your access, when applicable, when on the road. You can use VOIP with this arrangement, even with tablets that would normally block it to 'protect' their wireless carrier, if it had the 3G or 4G built in, and of course, always with a notebook.