Wi-fi Free Phone Service

Discussion in Landline & Mobile Phone Networks started by thomas pendrake • Apr 20, 2015.

  1. thomas pendrake

    thomas pendrakeActive Member

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    I have noticed that there are apps and even phones designed to give "free" phone service as long as wi-fi is available (text, voice, and data service included) I had a house guest using this option. What kind of experience have people had with this type of service? Would it be worthwhile for a person to give up regular service, or is this just good for a back-up to regular service?
     
  2. Theo

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    I think it's best as a back-up because wi-fi is not always guaranteed or reliable in some areas. It depends where you are and whether you get 2/3 or 4G and don't forget as it's free, you don;t get any recourse with customer services. It can save you money though if you have it as an option.
     
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    I recommend a hardline phone with no frills, just the basic line with a wired handset(no wireless stuff). The reason I recommend that is because everything else requires power to work so in the event of an emergency or power outage you may be cut off from phone service.

    Phone lines are powered by low voltage and basic phones will work even when the power goes out to your home. If you can live without a mobile phone and instead opt for an answering machine you will find yourself saving quite a bit of money, quickly.

    If you rely on a wi-fi app you compound the safety issue since an internet outage OR power outage renders you unable to call out, I highly recommend you go with a landline that does not use a wireless handset.
     
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    I have considered going back to a hardwired phone. I don't like that when the phones go out, no one here in the neighborhood (that I talk to, at least), has a hardwired phone, so when power/internet/cell service is down, especially during hurricanes, we're cut off. Cell service is spotty here at best, and wifi does cut out sometimes. I have been considering checking into this, so hopefully this thread will be the prompting I needed.

    By the way, does anyone have information on how the wifi phone service works? Is it through apps, or does one simply connect into the wifi system with a cell phone in some way?
     
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  5. bonzer

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    Yes, you need a wifi application pre-loaded into your cell phone to make it work with wifi frequencies. You then just use it as a normal mobile phone. T-mobile provides wifi service. There are dual mode hybrid phones as well, which work with cellular as well as wifi frequencies. Go to the link below for a primer on wifi telephony

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  6. thomas pendrake

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    I have been through several emergencies when phone-lines were down for days. Keep both a cell phone and a hard-line if you worry. A number of alternatives exist for keeping your cell phone charged. Hand crank chargers, autos, solar.
     
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    Little portable devices called "Power banks" are now available in the market and are relatively inexpensive and long lasting. You don't have to worry about cell phone charging anymore. You can even charge your mp3 players, Ipad, Ipod and so on.
     
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    I personally don't think that WiFi free phone services are that good at all.I believe there's a major difference when it comes to these services, and actual professional paid ones because it can be more secure, and offer much more than those free ones, but if you surf the web just like a newspaper, then that would be alright.
     
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    There are actual wireless carriers that utilize WiFi networks to provide services. However, cellular and data services through WiFi are supplemented by traditional wireless networks. These services are dirt cheap, but they're not really worth the hassle. You're making a huge mistake in accessing public WiFi so often, which is often the only option available. There are better solutions out there.
     
  10. Ke Gordon

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    Well of course you can always make phone calls on the PC as well. Google voice and yahoo messenger and Skype for instance. Magic Jack is low cost phone service though you can work with PC. It is pretty good, and not that costly, but I think it is not as good as traditional phone service will be.
     
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