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Old February 5th, 2013, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know your user experience with the T-mobile $30 5GB 100 minute plan.

Did you like it? If not, why?

What is your favorite VOIP app to use?

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Do you all believe VOIP app is mature technology?

I know I am on 4G but sometimes my friend on land line still cant hear me well and there is some sort of fading in and out signal.
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i use groove ip or talkatone aside from like a half second delay it works fine
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Your experience with VoIP is highly dependent on your network/circuit quality.
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Terrible. Call quality is fine but I've not been able to get rid of the delay on any of them, on wifi or data.
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I thought if I have 4G everything would be great. But I am calling my friend to cellphone or land line and they are not using VOIP and sometimes the connection is just not that great. I cant figure this out.
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i use groove ip or talkatone aside from like a half second delay it works fine
Talkatone has too much ad and the GUI looks ugly and I dont like ads.

Did talkatone suck all your battery juice?

I have been using Vonage.
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I thought if I have 4G everything would be great. But I am calling my friend to cellphone or land line and they are not using VOIP and sometimes the connection is just not that great. I cant figure this out.
When latency starts to hit 150ms, call quality starts to suffer.
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Considering I pay $30 a month for my bill and talkatone was free I don't suppose I can complain about anything.

Even after my data has been throttled I can still use Talkatone and the speed is still enough to stream music and browse the internet without much lag.
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I've never tried talking to a person who was also using grooveip, I've only talked to other mobiles and landlines. The landlines seemed to be the worst. I could hear them pretty good, despite an annoying delay, but they could not hear me well enough to carry on a conversation and they had to hang up. I really like the idea of this technology, but I dont think it's mature enough for general use yet.
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I've never tried talking to a person who was also using grooveip, I've only talked to other mobiles and landlines. The landlines seemed to be the worst. I could hear them pretty good, despite an annoying delay, but they could not hear me well enough to carry on a conversation and they had to hang up. I really like the idea of this technology, but I dont think it's mature enough for general use yet.
If VoIP was not "mature", I don't think it would have been deployed for mission critical environments, on an enterprise level, throughout the world, for both business and government.
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Considering I pay $30 a month for my bill and talkatone was free I don't suppose I can complain about anything.

Even after my data has been throttled I can still use Talkatone and the speed is still enough to stream music and browse the internet without much lag.
You do go over 5GB a month?

Do you all have some sort of a backup real phone? I dont have home phone and this is my only phone.
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I've never tried talking to a person who was also using grooveip, I've only talked to other mobiles and landlines. The landlines seemed to be the worst. I could hear them pretty good, despite an annoying delay, but they could not hear me well enough to carry on a conversation and they had to hang up. I really like the idea of this technology, but I dont think it's mature enough for general use yet.
The landline seemed to be worst? I find this suprising. Why is that?

That is what happen to me yesterday. My parent could barely hear me and I have to scream.
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If VoIP was not "mature", I don't think it would have been deployed for mission critical environments, on an enterprise level, throughout the world, for both business and government.

I stand by my opinion. You don't have to agree. I think if it was mature it could handle a simple local phone call. For all but a very few extreme cases. The number of reviews I have read about these apps seems to imply a good deal of people are not able to use them reliably for their main source of phone calls.

The base technology of VoIP may be a different story from the Android apps that are available to use through google voice, I don't know. I doubt the government is using grooveip through google voice on an Android phone.
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The landline seemed to be worst? I find this suprising. Why is that?

That is what happen to me yesterday. My parent could barely hear me and I have to scream.

All I know is, I made several test calls to my gfs cell and she heard me ok. Not great, but ok. When I tired calling my parents across town, she could not hear me at all. I made several attempts, and they were all the same. I was shouting just for her to hear me, but she still couldn't understand me well.
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I see. Same experience with me too. It is only this one time experience. Let me try this out for a month and see if VOIP is good.

I wonder those that buy VOIP as home line (not installed on Android app) will have no bad experience?
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Again, quality of a VoIP call is dependent on the circuit quality. The problem with VoIP apps over a cellular networks is that the is nothing in the app to prioritize the Void traffic above other traffic traversing the carrier's network. Even then, there are many factors contributing to cellular link quality that a stable "low latency" connection to your VoIP provider's PRI may not always be possible.
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Prioritize the traffic ... is it like QoS on the router?

So VOIP is just a toy and not ready for prime time.
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You do go over 5GB a month?

Do you all have some sort of a backup real phone? I dont have home phone and this is my only phone.
Yes but obviously I'm a very heavy data user and I couldn't survive on anything other than unlimited.

Also I don't have a back up phone and I would be lying if I told you VOIP was a substitute for a normal phone but then again I PAY $30 A MONTH SO I DON'T CARE.
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Well, I'm glad I found a thread with many replies about this topic. I asked this over at another thread and it was sorted moved into a specfic phone section, probably because of my suggestion for it to be moved.

Anyhow, I'm on Virgin Mobile now, switch from post paid TMobile and wanted to go with a cheaper alternative WiFi calling with Google + GrooVe IP.

The call quality is bad, very bad so far. I hear everyone without issues, but everyone complains they hear echos, delay or it like locks up, then drops the call. I'm using the paid version of GrooVe IP but that doesn't matter much.

So guess, I just have to go with the unlimited package for $55 and make calls over network.

Still beats my TMobile bill every month, plus, now I can actually afford to buy a new phone whenever I want.

Does anyone have another app or alternative method to try before I make the switch to unlimited. My case might be different since I'm on a strong ISP network and my WiFi connection should be great only one device and its sitting about 2 feet away.


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Well, I'm glad I found a thread with many replies about this topic. I asked this over at another thread and it was sorted moved into a specfic phone section, probably because of my suggestion for it to be moved.

Anyhow, I'm on Virgin Mobile now, switch from post paid TMobile and wanted to go with a cheaper alternative WiFi calling with Google + GrooVe IP.

The call quality is bad, very bad so far. I hear everyone without issues, but everyone complains they hear echos, delay or it like locks up, then drops the call. I'm using the paid version of GrooVe IP but that doesn't matter much.

So guess, I just have to go with the unlimited package for $55 and make calls over network.

Still beats my TMobile bill every month, plus, now I can actually afford to buy a new phone whenever I want.

Does anyone have another app or alternative method to try before I make the switch to unlimited. My case might be different since I'm on a strong ISP network and my WiFi connection should be great only one device and its sitting about 2 feet away.


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You could try talkatone...there's others but most of them require the other person to be using the same app. Skype and a couple others require you to buy credits, and even though they're not really expensive it sort of defeats the purpose of saving $ on your phone bill. Virgin does have a $45 plan that gives you 1200 minutes as well, if you're not aware. That was all I needed when I was with them. I use about 500 to 700 minutes average on a normal month.
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GrooveIP was bad for me. I got the paid version and asked for my money back.
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You could try talkatone...there's others but most of them require the other person to be using the same app. Skype and a couple others require you to buy credits, and even though they're not really expensive it sort of defeats the purpose of saving $ on your phone bill. Virgin does have a $45 plan that gives you 1200 minutes as well, if you're not aware. That was all I needed when I was with them. I use about 500 to 700 minutes average on a normal month.
Skype is $3/mo for unlimited outbound calling (can use existing cell number as its caller ID), $6/mo for inbound. Works well for me, and calls to Europe are issue free. However it was easier to just go from $29/mo for 500 minutes, to $49/mo for unlimited on T-Mo.

Whether VoIP is ready for "prime time", it has been for some time now. However your VoIP provider, cellular carrier, and phone (some achieve better reception than others) is a different story. I'd try to make sure that I lived close to my VoIP provider's infrastructure, to minimize network latency (e.g. If you live in California, don't pick a provider with PRIs in New York).
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Yes but obviously I'm a very heavy data user and I couldn't survive on anything other than unlimited.

Also I don't have a back up phone and I would be lying if I told you VOIP was a substitute for a normal phone but then again I PAY $30 A MONTH SO I DON'T CARE.
I see. Did you ever get warning from Comcast about your data limit? I got a phone call from then few years back for going over 250gb. Now their limit meter is off, but dont know when it will start again.

I dont know if you are lying, do you have a real phone beside this VOIP toy?
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This morning I call my parent, everything seems to be fine. I didnt have to yell.

It pays to stand still. I can hear signal fading voice once I start moving.

I use Vonage app.
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Having this plan and using VOIP is all about tolerance.

For me its about how much I have to wait for the phone to finish ringing before I call back on VOIP.

The other thing is also with the signal quality. Even regular cellphone have this problem too right?
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My friend said even land line use VOIP. Anyone know about this?
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This morning I call my parent, everything seems to be fine. I didnt have to yell.

It pays to stand still. I can hear signal fading voice once I start moving.

I use Vonage app.
Do you have Sprint or Verizon as your cell provider? Seems like CDMA networks suffer from QoS issues simply by moving the phone, more so than GSM. However if your cell signal is less than 85-90dBm, VoIP is gonna suffer regardless.

Most "land lines" are supported by digitized voice, in some form or another.

FWIW, I physically disconnected the POTS line coming into my house, and have a Vonage ATA supporting all of my phone jacks. Data supported by Verizon FIOS 15/5. My gf is using Vonage Extensions app on her Nokia to call Europe for free, piggybacking off of our Vonage home service.
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I have been using Google voice for a good two years or so now, without many issues (re: the link posted above).

My parents only have VOIP and one of my friends uses VOIP as his home line, I've never had any issues talking to either, although my parents do have intermittent near signal loss when they are not using it, but that could be caused by their service provider (Cox cable).

You should look into the "New LTE" Verizon is supposed to have 100% network support for it by the end of this year (or maybe it was next year...) but if I remember correctly it is voice over ip LTE, full digital calling.
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I did some cheap high school math and its worthy of a word problem:

If you can get a card for $77 that has a $100 value, what would be an actual value of a $30 plan?

Let x = ...

I use short cut:

x/30 = 77/100

Solve for x = $23.10 instead of paying $30.

A $70 plan would be $53.90

But you have giving T-mobile interest free loan.

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Can you answer a phone call with VOIP on your phone? Is there such an app?
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Can you answer a phone call with VOIP on your phone? Is there such an app?

Yes. With GrooveIP if you have set up a google voice number. People have to call your google voice number though, and you have to set it up in your google voice app. I'm not sure about vonage.
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Yes. With GrooveIP if you have set up a google voice number. People have to call your google voice number though, and you have to set it up in your google voice app. I'm not sure about vonage.
This I didnt know. I will google it.

I should have port my number that I have since 1981 to Google before I had new service from Sprint to T-mobile last week.
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Can you answer a phone call with VOIP on your phone? Is there such an app?
With Vonage, its possible to configue "Simu-ring", where any call to the Vonage number will simultaneously call a list of pre-determined numbers. When people call my "home", my cell phone rings at the same time. I believe it will support up to (5) unique numbers.
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The simu-ring thing, is that on the Vonage real phone? You cant do from the phone app?
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I see. Did you ever get warning from Comcast about your data limit? I got a phone call from then few years back for going over 250gb. Now their limit meter is off, but dont know when it will start again.

I dont know if you are lying, do you have a real phone beside this VOIP toy?
Lol I've never been accused of lying before. What's the purpose of lying about something so trivial?
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The simu-ring thing, is that on the Vonage real phone? You cant do from the phone app?
Vonage physical device account has Simu-ring...there are multiple ways of leveraging that account on a mobile device, as well as having a "mobile only" Vonage account.
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I thought if I have 4G everything would be great. But I am calling my friend to cellphone or land line and they are not using VOIP and sometimes the connection is just not that great. I cant figure this out.
There is one thing I have noticed while calling over VoIP. Sometimes call sound better with a headset on (and the other side says they can hear me much better) as opposed to just holding the phone to your ear. You might try this. It's a trial and error, but it might work for you.
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Talkatone has too much ad and the GUI looks ugly and I dont like ads.

Did talkatone suck all your battery juice?
Talkatone has been very good on battery for me. Granted, I'm not exactly a chatterbox, but I have never had to worry about battery while using Talkatone. Talkatone also had a promo on Christmas day that gave me 6 months free premium and a year of ad-free service, without having to shell out a penny. When that subscription runs out, I'm pretty sure I'll pay for a premium subscription myself - I mean, it's $20 for a whole year, and it has very useful features like automatically turning off call forwarding to my cell number on Google Voice when it launches so that both it and the phone app doesn't ring simultaneously.

I do agree that their Android interface is ugly, though. Wish they would do something about that.
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I have not been getting callback bc when I use GrooveIP which use GoogleTalk, the phone is routed to Encasino, California.

Now I use Vonage to let my friend know I will be calling and watch out for that Cali number.
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On my GrooveIP I have to turn on echo cancellation and it helps. What other settings did u do?
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For someone like me who doesn't receive (or make) a lot of calls, the plan is perfect.

I just ported my main cell number from Verizon prepaid back to T-Mobile last week and selected this plan. The number was originally T-Mobile going back to 2005, then tried metroPCS (no CDMA 3G anywhere in New England, used the phone in MA, NH, RI and southeastern CT (all on SID 6548)), then Verizon (was too expensive).

The T-Mobile WiFi calling app works great, I found the calls to be very clear. You just need a strong WiFi signal from the router to the phone.

And yes, using the WiFi calling app uses your minutes, if the phone is not on an unlimited calling plan.
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I did see the T-moble Wifi app and I disable it.

Wifi calling app uses actual minutes? That is super confusing. I thought it use the data plan.

I do receiver n make call, but I am not a VIP. So those that want to hear me must tolerate. :-)
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When the app turns on and logs in, once the phone has the WiFi signal from the router, the status bar at the top of the screen will scroll, indicating that using WiFi Calling will use minutes on some plans.

When the app is on and connected, incoming calls will use the app as well. I have only made outgoing calls with the app so far.
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I see. Any advantage of using Wifi phone call vs actual cellphone minutes?

Is it actually using the data?
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I see. Any advantage of using Wifi phone call vs actual cellphone minutes?

Is it actually using the data?
It's using WiFi data, not your plan data. There is no advantage to you unless you don't get good signal at a given location.
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I'm actually considering this today, coming from Virgin Mobile. I have considered also staying with VM and going to the S2 from my current HTC EVO V.
But the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 are looking pretty tempting (Hey, its tax time, and I've been a good boy). I think I would just pop in to Best Buy and purchase one unlocked, then go over to Walmart and do the $30/month plan since I talk little, but do use web a lot.
So my question is if I did come over to this plan, how has some of your experiences been with it? In my area, TMO has decent coverage, so I'm not to worried about that. But if anyone here ahs either of those phones, I'd sure like to get your feedback on this before I shell out that kind of dow for one of these phones.
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You purchasing a phone at BB or doing contract?
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You purchasing a phone at BB or doing contract?
Never in this lifetime or the next will I do a contract. I'm gonna be buying then outright so that I can do the $30/month plan.
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I'm actually considering this today, coming from Virgin Mobile. I have considered also staying with VM and going to the S2 from my current HTC EVO V.
But the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 are looking pretty tempting (Hey, its tax time, and I've been a good boy). I think I would just pop in to Best Buy and purchase one unlocked, then go over to Walmart and do the $30/month plan since I talk little, but do use web a lot.
So my question is if I did come over to this plan, how has some of your experiences been with it? In my area, TMO has decent coverage, so I'm not to worried about that. But if anyone here ahs either of those phones, I'd sure like to get your feedback on this before I shell out that kind of dow for one of these phones.
T-Mobile has both of those phones packaged for Prepaid ($550 for the GS3, $650 for the Note 2). You might see how that compares to the unlocked prices.

If you do buy the unlocked phone, I'd likely buy the SIM card from T-Mobile and activate it online. If Walmart does have the Activation Kits, I've heard that they charge $8 or more, compared to 99 cents on the T-Mobile website.
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