Updating cell phone tower service
It’s true—it definitely comes with some caveats, but if you’re looking to ditch your cellphone bill altogether (or you never had one to begin with), you can still make calls and texts on your smartphone.
(Note: If you’re just struggling with poor reception in your house or office, this solution may be overkill—first, give Wi-Fi calling a try on your i Phone or Android device, if your carrier supports it.
Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant feature can make this easier by automatically connecting to trusted networks, and if you have internet at home, you may also have free access to Wi-Fi hotspots around town from the same provider.
Comcast and AT&T, for example, have Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere. This should work on both Android phones and i Phones, both with the same tools.
On Android, choose your account, then find the Google Voice section.
On i OS, scroll down to the “Phone Number” entry and tap into this menu.
T-Mobile entered into an agreement with Phoenix Towers, Intl which affects the management status of numerous tower locations.
Also, I found GIF support to be better in Hangouts than Voice, so take that into consideration as well.And of course you’ll be able to do all the same stuff you already use your smartphone for, too.RELATED: Basically, we’re going to set up your phone with Google Voice and Google Hangouts, which allow you to do all these things over Wi-Fi.On Android, there are two tabs: one for messages, and one for the calls (which is only present once the Hangouts Dialer is installed).On i OS, the tabs are along the bottom, and there are four: Contacts, Favorites, Messages, and Calls.
Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, and carriers know it—so they charge a lot of money for something they know you’re going to pay.