As I blogged about previously, I cancelled my cell service and decided to use apps on my iPhone 4S to make calls and text over wifi. Here is an update.
There are many apps available for communication in the App Store. Some require that both users be logged onto the app in question, and then users are only allowed to call or message within that app. This does me no good because I want people to be able to use my google voice number as if it were a regular number.
There are several apps that will let you send texts and make calls using your google voice number.
But there is only one app that will allow you to RECEIVE calls on your device as push notifications, in a similar manner to the way the native phone app works. This app is TALKATONE.
One week into my no-cell-bill experiment, the app crashed. And I couldn’t get it to stop crashing.
I contacted Talkatone via their blog and twitter. And eventually I started trouble shooting with them over email. They worked with me to get the app working. And now I can receive calls like normal again!
I’m glad I didn’t give up.
The people at Talkatone were extremely supportive.
The only bad thing I have to add, in the interest of full disclosure, is that the call quality is splotchy at times. I have had people I call regularly comment about it. If I’m going to be on a longer call, however, I can always use the Google Voice app directly; calls are much clearer through it.
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