I get a $185 monthly bill from AT&T for data & voice usage on the two iPhones my wife and I use.
I miss Cricket.
I have no complaints about the quality of service I receive from AT&T. But, since I work from my home office, I use my Google Voice account to send and receive free calls, voicemails and text messages. Naturally, I learned I could do this on my iPhone as well with a variety of apps. This also means if I could obtain a data only plan for, say, $35 per phone. Allowing me to eliminate my AT&T plan and save $115 a month!
So; I’ve created a series of comparison charts to identify the best possible alternative to the plans and apps major carriers are currently offering.
Note: Google Voice does not currently support picture messaging (including sending recorded videos).
“NT” means not tested. “X” means they are a supported feature. Lastly, this was tested with a Google Voice number associated with a Google Apps account as well as with a GMail associated account.
|App||Push Notifications for SMS||Push Notifications for Calls||Badge Notifications||User Interface||Call Quality Over Wifi||Call Quality Over Data||Support For Multiple Accounts|
|GV Mobile +||X||X||10/10||N/A||N/A||NT|
In my opinion, Talkatone is the champion because it offers functioning VoiP, messaging and a variety of settings so it can compete with the native iPhone apps. As I mentioned though, it has it’s weaknesses, but considering the $100+ a month savings: I can live with it for now.
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