Cell phone service for $3 a month! How is it possible? Read on and find out. I've never been able to stomach paying $60 - $80 dollars per month for a cell phone, I find it ridiculous. Call me old fashioned I guess. So I've found ways to get as close to free as possible. First off, you will need an internet connection at your home, I'm assuming most of you have that already. Using my methods described below, you will rely mainly on your homes internet connection and other Wi-Fi connections when you are away from home. This is actually very easy, you can find wi-fi almost anywhere free. Next you will need an android cell phone, and the T-Mobile “pay as you go plan” . This plan costs $3 dollars a month, and gives 60 minutes of air time (or 30 minutes and 30 texts). We will use this plan only for emergency situations, we will use wi-fi for everything else. Lets get started!
Set up a Google Voice Account (GV for future reference) . This is very easy to do, and free as long as your not calling out of the country. You will then get a Google voice phone number. This is the number you will give to everyone, don't give out your actual T-Mobile number. We want everyone calling our GV number
In the GV settings do not forward calls, texts, or voice mail messages. For now make sure all boxes are unchecked.
4. Next download the Google Hangouts App from the play store.
5. Then download the Google Hangouts Dialer from the play store.
Using the GV app, you will be able to send and receive unlimited texts, and voice mail messages will be forwarded to the GV app as well (they also go to your gmail). Make sure you set up your GV voice mail message. Just call your GV number from your cell phone and follow the instructions. Next we will configure the Google hangouts app your phone.
Start the Google hangouts app. You will then be asked if you want to receive text (SMS) messages in the Hangouts app. Select NO. You already getting texts and voicmail in the GV app, so you don't need this.
To make calls simply launch the Google Hangouts Dialer. Then dial your number, and make your call. Its that simple.
Last you need to set Google Hangouts to receive your GV calls. Go to the Hangouts app (not the dialer). Touch the settings icon
- Touch on your name/Google account, and check the box next to “incoming phone calls”.
Thats all there is to it. Your now getting all your texts, voicmails, incoming calls, and outgoing calls over Wi-Fi for free. You have 60minutes of cell airtime per month for emergency, and last but not least.... While everyone you know is paying $720 to $1000 a year of cell phone service, your only paying $36. Enjoy, and remember “'Do or do not, there is no try”.........Yoda