Here is a problem. I have a house phone, and a cellular phone. I want to be able to rely on one phone, but needless to say, home phones don’t have the flexibility. Unlimited Cellular plans cost more than $100. There is an exception being Cricket, but in my experience, it is not worth it. So, I need the power of a cell phone, and the minutes of a home phone when I am home. There is a solution that requires a change in cellular carrier, and phone.
The T-Mobile’s edition of the Blackberry Curve and the right plans is the answer. First, the perk is the Curve’s wifi capability. With @Home service, any compatible phone can make unlimited calls when in a wifi network. Since I have a wifi-g network, this is great. Before, when someone calls, both a cordless home phone, and my cellular phone rings. I then choose which phone. Now, just one line is required. The Curve then rings, and since it is in a wifi network, the calls are 100% free, and do not consume any of my cellular minutes.
When I am not in a wifi network, it automatically switches to the GSM signal. Any calls then consume my cellular minutes. However, before the change, this was the case any how. With the Curve, the plan also includes unlimited Internet. No need to call directory assistance when you can look the number up. No need to call the public transit system when I can send an email (eventually).Â My notebook would do this, and better – but booting a notebook, plugging in a card, and running everything can be a little trouble, especially when a suitable option fits in one hand.
The phone runs on the RIM OS, and has a QWERTY keyboard, a speaker phone, a camera, and blue-tooth. So, now my home phone has blue-tooth. It can also act as a media player, but one needs a microSD card. My 30GB iPod is a better option.
The Sync software could be better. I was told that the the best way to update my address book is through MS Outlook which is a $110. This means more money I would have to pay for something I feel that should be included. I also found that at least in my case, it would not install on my Vista SP1 32bit OS. I therefore have to install the software on the guest PC.
This means that I would eventually be saving money. I would have less phone lines to deal with. In addition, that means that I would have less phone charges. Just by focusing on one phone, and one number, it would make my life easier, and the resources I have to be more optimized.
I would most likely be giving my cellular number as my primary number. While I am not initially comfortable with this, it would be something I would try. If I find that it would be too much trouble, I would use Magic Jack. This service is $20/year with $10 for any number change. I would also have Magic Jack which would be a home only number. The home only number would be given to people I am not comfortable with those being able to call me anytime, and anywhere.
The cell phone would be blocked from CID. If a person I need to call has ACR, then I would most likely use Magic Jack which would allow me to keep my number private, and of course, I can simply turn the PC off and therefore, callers would go to voice-mail.
I would simply use my Grand Central Number, but the Call Presentation prompt seems to act funny with cellular phones. Once Grand Central offers the option to turn this off, I would completely rely on my GC number.