Has anyone confirmed roamning on Verizon? It's not that hard to travel outside of Sprint's native coverage area.
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Internet at work and with a Nexus 4 on Straight Talk with AT&T.
One trick is to find a mall department store or a building with an underground level. An underground parking deck or a steel building. Heck, some peoples basements. My old Sprint Optimus would always roam in places like that where Vzw's 850mhz would penetrate and Sprint's 1900mhz wouldn't.
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I usually support government regulation, but It is unfortunate that the government over-regulated and killed the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
The best explanation of the pricing nutiness in the industry.
Why Sprint and T-Mo will always suck.
The only way to end the pricing insanity is to eliminate contracts and subsidies.
I want Wifi calling on AT&T.
If you text while driving, you're an idiot. End of story.
The one thing that has always concerned me about RW is their promise of "unlimited usage." They've made clear that only the Wifi usage is unlimited, and that while you can use unlimited CDMA usage as well, they may not renew your month-to-month agreement if you use too much. Their web-site indicates that they will calculate a Cellular Usage Index, which takes into account your CDMA minutes, CDMA texts, and CDMA data. If your CUI goes over 200 for too long, they'll cancel your account.
I've made heroic efforts to find out how they're going to calculate the CUI, so that I can see if my anticipated usage will be too much. I've written repeated e-mails to the President of the company and posted several messages on the forums. Although the President has actually written responses to my e-mails asking how they intend to calculate the Cellular Usage Index, he didn't actually answer my question. He has said that my expected usage wouldn't exceed the guidelines, but I'd really like to know the actual formula to be certain. This is particularly important to me because I have only 30 days to cancel and get a refund of the equipment costs.
If RW hasn't provided a definitive answer soon, I'll probably return the phone. At this point, Ting is looking very promising, as they are very up front on costs, will let you use as much as you want without throwing you out, and have been very responsive to inquiries as well.
Also, RW assigned me a number in an area code that I don't want (and would never selected had they asked me), and has not responded to my e-mails inquiring about changing it. Also, the web-site still shows that my phone is "shipping soon," even though it shipped ten days ago. As a result, I'm not able to do any account management or LNP (not that I would at this point).
Cancelling Vonage would not be a bad decision. Going to NetTalk would be.
You'd likely save money and get better service by going with Callcentric or VOIP.ms.
You use the phone in VOIP mode and listen to how clear it is, is there hissing, static, echo's or other issues, this all while my home wifi has full bars. Compared to the same phone while out away from my home wifi. This phone using Sprint Cell service is crystal clear in every way.
RW VOIP is still better than any VOIP I have used in the past but it is not as clear for me here at home as cell service on the same phone.
I am not saying others are or will have this same quality result, I am saying these are the results I am having.
I have never used Vonage so I don't know what call quality is like with it. I have heard that the quality is very good. If you are looking to replace Vonage with another VOIP service that has reported quality service I suggest Ooma.
I know 3 people and one business that use Ooma as their full time phone service and they all swear by it. The Ooma box will cost a small chunk aprox 250.00 I was told by the business owner Saturday. This Business owner Uses Ooma at home and on their business location (which are not the same location, ie they do not work from home), the business owners wife use to be a paralegal and used it to fax legal documents, so it is fax compatible to some extent. She said text pages work just fine, pictures not so much.
Now in NetTalks and Magik Jacks defense I will say that if you are only going to use them for the occasional long distance call they are well worth the 20.00 a year. But as a full time land line replacement I would say no.
I plan on sticking with them for a while to see how much the VOIP service improves if at all, a reasonable portion of my calls are done from home and if they can clear up the VOIP calls some more RW may end up being worth keeping. If not, I may drop them sometime in late 2012.
Cost of the phone will be a loss, but this is a Beta program and in my mind getting in to a Beta program is a gamble and possible losses should be expected.
What is Ting? Found it. A new Sprint MVNO with a different way of billing.
I get the impression that RW has not decided on an exact formula for what constitutes excessive use. They probably want to see how much people actually use during this beta period before they finalize their rules.
One of the advantages of ooma, is that it can be placed in front of the router. Actually, you can use the ooma without a router, if you don't need the router for additional computers or other devices. The MagicJack Plus and NetTalk need to be plugged into a computer or a router. My ooma is plugged into the modem and my router is plugged into the ooma. That works great for me.