So I currently have a cell phone, nothing fancy, I only ever use it for actual calls, I hate texting and don't pay for it. I have the lowest plan from AT&T, and pay around $40 I think for 450 minutes a month. It should be noted that I have a bajillion rollover minutes because I don't chit-chat on the phone. My calls are brief and to the point with anyone I talk to. I have considered a Go Phone type of plan as well, but I don't know too much about that either (let me know if this is a better choice for me after reading this post).
Anyway, I've know about Skype for some time but recently I've actually become interested. What I want to know is if it's a feasible replacement for a phone. I know it's free for Skype to Skypke calls, but I don't know anybody with Skype. I could get my fiancee to try it, she has an iPhone, and I believe there is an app on that. Besides her, the only other people I talk on the phone with is my parents, and some friends. I can't get my parents to get on Skype. Well, I probably could, but I doubt they'd use it, and they wouldn't want to sit at a computer to talk to me. My dad has a WinMo phone which probably has an app, but that's just getting out of hand. Baby steps here.
So my solution would be something Skype offers, I make an account, pay for a subscription to allow me to call land and mobile lines, and also pay for a number to allow people to call me directly. Problem would seem to be solved, as no one would actually have to use Skype but me, or be aware that it's what I'm using.
I'm a little fuzzy about how much the actual cost ends up being, even after looking at their site. I can't use my current phone number could I, it would have to be a special one from Skype? No way to transfer it? That's a bummer. Anyway, there seems to be a subscription for $3 a month to call land or mobile lines, but there's also a charge of $.02 for each minute? That seems pretty cheap. How much is it for a number? The site said $60 a year, which also seems cheap. Is it really as easy as getting a number, and just giving that to people? How does voicemail work?
Beyond all the actual details and payment plans, how would I adapt to it? Has anyone here made a switch to Skype only communication? I have a PSP 2000, so I would just need to buy the headset to be able to use that. The places I am in most often are home and work, both have high speed internet connections, and I'm almost always on the computer. So that solves the issue of people contacting me most of the time. The PSP would then need to go with me everywhere else, and I would have to rely on free WiFi access. Something I haven't had a whole lot of luck with. Has anyone used the PSP for Skype? Does it have to be on all the time, is there a sleep mode that rings? One issue I see is you always have to set up connections, so unless I go to the exact same places through any trip, I'd have to spend a minute to try to connect, and leave it on, just in the off chance someone wants to talk to me at that point in time. How does it drains the battery?
Consider that I've had a cell phone for nearly 8 years, with the same number, and I am used to the ability to instantly talk to anyone I want. It is easy to get used to the idea that I need to be online to make a call? What about emergencies?
When I get home later I'll probably create a free account just to play around with it on the computer and PSP, but I'd like some input for those people using Skype, and hopefully some input from PSP users doing the same.
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