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IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:04 pm    Post subject: IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/technology/personaltech/25pogue.html

IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

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So you have a second line on your iPhone. But thatís not the best part.

Line2 also turns the iPhone into a dual-mode phone. That is, it can make and receive calls either using either the AT&T airwaves as usual, or ó now this is the best part ó over the Internet. Any time youíre in a wireless hot spot, Line2 places its calls over Wi-Fi instead of AT&Tís network.

Thatís a game-changer. Where, after all, is cellphone reception generally the worst? Right ó indoors. In your house or your office building, precisely where you have Wi-Fi. Line2 in Wi-Fi means rock-solid, confident reception indoors.

Line2 also runs on the iPod Touch.
When youíre in a Wi-Fi hot spot, your Touch is now a full-blown cellphone, and you donít owe AT&T a penny.

But wait, thereís more.

Turns out Wi-Fi calls donít use up any AT&T minutes. You can talk all day long, without ever worrying about going over your monthly allotment of minutes. Wi-Fi calls are free forever.

Well, not quite free; Line2 service costs $15 a month (after a 30-day free trial).



One word: AWESOME!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T Reply with quote

levski wrote:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/technology/personaltech/25pogue.html

IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

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So you have a second line on your iPhone. But thatís not the best part.

Line2 also turns the iPhone into a dual-mode phone. That is, it can make and receive calls either using either the AT&T airwaves as usual, or ó now this is the best part ó over the Internet. Any time youíre in a wireless hot spot, Line2 places its calls over Wi-Fi instead of AT&Tís network.

Thatís a game-changer. Where, after all, is cellphone reception generally the worst? Right ó indoors. In your house or your office building, precisely where you have Wi-Fi. Line2 in Wi-Fi means rock-solid, confident reception indoors.

Line2 also runs on the iPod Touch.
When youíre in a Wi-Fi hot spot, your Touch is now a full-blown cellphone, and you donít owe AT&T a penny.

But wait, thereís more.

Turns out Wi-Fi calls donít use up any AT&T minutes. You can talk all day long, without ever worrying about going over your monthly allotment of minutes. Wi-Fi calls are free forever.

Well, not quite free; Line2 service costs $15 a month (after a 30-day free trial).



One word: AWESOME!


Was writing about this just yesterday. Still would like to see a AT&T and Apple provided/integrated solution. They need to look at it as adding a feature to keep users, rather than adding a feature that makes them more money.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Line2 is independent from Apple or AT&T.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically, you can buy an iPod Touch, never sign a contract with AT&T, and just download this app. For $15/month, you have unlimited calling to anyone - as long as you're on WiFi, of course... but eventually entire cities will be on WiFi anyhow. And you still get to have an iPod Touch for all the apps you'd want...

I'm really tempted to buy one...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

levski wrote:
Basically, you can buy an iPod Touch, never sign a contract with AT&T, and just download this app. For $15/month, you have unlimited calling to anyone - as long as you're on WiFi, of course... but eventually entire cities will be on WiFi anyhow. And you still get to have an iPod Touch for all the apps you'd want...

I'm really tempted to buy one...


Incoming only works if you have the app open. Since the iPhone OS doesn't multitask non-Apple applications that would be a drawback. For placing free domestic calls there are already several other apps available.

Also note that the iPod Touch doesn't have a built in Mic, yet. So you would have always have to use the included headset/mic.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about data? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B. O. N. D. wrote:
What about data? Confused


Not sure what you are asking - if you are on WiFi to make the calls you would have data from that...

What I would like to see from AT&T is a data only plan for the iPhone. But that is another thing that would be just too good for the customer so they would never over it. Especially now since they are allowing VoIP on 3G.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a link looking for a landing spot...

http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/business/2010/04/new_iphone_4_accidentally_left_in_a_bar.html?ana=fbk
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