Originally Posted by sailorsocal
Tell who to go to for my communications
needs and I will be one very happy camper!!!!
Skype is not an option.
They can rot
in well you get the idea..... where.
This is a very well-informed discussion. There are many options to Skype; I personally don't like it but a friend who's very tech-savvy has been using Skype-in with his cell phone
I used to be a heavy Vonage advocate (used my islandtimepc.com setup of WiFi
to feed their router) until they stopped supporting that mode and required a hard-line cable or DSL input. Getting and making 'local' calls from anywhere in the world was a gas. As I wasn't one to carry a cell internationally at the time, doing it only on the boat wasn't an issue for me.
With only a couple of exceptions, however, and the very large caveat that you either have to have a cell or WiFi
connection (myhttp://islandtimepc.com/id17.html setup could provide that if I had the anomaly of a strong WiFi but no cell available) to make it work, what I use now pleases me greatly.
Rather than repeat it all, my article on international cell phone hack (International Cell Phone Hack - no cell phone minutes or texts bill, just data...
) covers what I have done.
It also acts as my internet access, providing local (on the boat, or wherever I happen to be, such as now when I'm sitting next to my granddaughter in a home which has no internet).
YMMV as to what data plan you may have, of course, but reading the thread shows that there are cheap
plans afoot around the world.
One very large US gotcha is that T-Mobile, for some reason, makes receiving incoming VOICE on Hangouts not work. So, while their $30/mo 5GB-128k-after unlimited service
attractive, not receiving calls is simply unacceptable. Hours on tech support with both Google and TM (should be BM!) prove it unable to be resolved, so I'll have to do something else in the US. But in the Bahamas
, at least, I just loved being able to take tech-support calls from my 90-year old MIL while I was walking in downtown Marsh Harbour!
Those of you who detest anything Google (I happen to like them a LOT, as they've made me a pile from my investment before the split - about a 150% ROI) have other options which will behave similarly, with other hangout-similar programs.