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Alternative to a cellular telephone plan

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121914
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as of september 2014 google has finally completed a free telephone all by itself minus internet connectivity (which is a hardware thing anyway). this works 100% for free and as good or better than every other phone you pay for as long as you have an internet connection. below my free phone instructions are additional instructions how to pay for a "mobile hotspot" thus completing your phone and turning it into a real cell phone with the only stipulation you also cannot dial 911 from this telephone which i'm not sure if you can dial 911 from cell phones anyway nowadays.
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i'm going to keep these instructions relatively brief in order to cut down on the amount of words. follow these instructions to set up a 100% free phone usable with any computer or mobile device capable of using a web browser
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instructions for a free phone
sign up for a google email or make sure you have your google email password and all recovery info inputted on your google account before you dedicate your gmail to be your phone. create a new google email here (also called google account, same thing) https://accounts.google.com you can technically link your google phone to 1+ normal phones, but there is no need to do this because now you can use google in place of your phone and this google phone is free (plus better in every way than a paid phone other than no support if you can't figure something out or something breaks)
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"google hangouts" is the part of your phone which you make and recieve calls and texts from. after installing google hangouts you will need to install "google dialer" (google voice and google email are websites where google hangouts and google dialer are applications) (you can link and unlink google hangouts at will) you cannot pick up the phone when someone calls unless you have linked google hangouts + google dialer. if you don't use google hangouts, you will be making calls from google email not google hangouts. i think google hangouts is a mobile application (app) only, so you need to use a tablet or smart phone to install google hangouts. obviously you want to use google hangouts if you can due to the fact you can pick up the phone when someone calls and you can use a single application to call and text rather than using 2 seperate websites to call and text. i like having no monthly fee for my phone as long as i can access an internet connection somehow. i had to pay retail price for my samsung tablet though.
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here are some direct links to make things easier. sometimes it's complicated using google's web interface to access gmail and google voice, so i prefer direct links.
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gmail (google email) https://mail.google.com/
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google voice https://www.google.com/voice
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i know it used to be only 265 characters per text with google voice. i think in google hangouts it doesn't let you go over 265 per text (it sends the text automatically when you get to 265) if you are not using google hangouts, make sure you never go over 265 characters per text or google will automatically lock your account until you pay a very small fee to unlock the account.
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here are instructions if you want to complete your free phone turning it into a low cost, never network busy, full computerlike phone. there is no way to get around paying for internet everywhere. without explaining why there is internet across america but 90% of it isn't free, i'll move on to instructions how to.
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the price may change. it's going to be $10-$60 per month to have internet everywhere like a high cost cell phone. remember the better grade internet is worth the extra cost, so 3g really doesn't work while driving in a car for example.
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if your device does not have a built in "mobile hotspot" you will need to get an external mobile hotspot. (some cell phones can act as a mobile hotspot for other devices essentially "giving" another device nearby internet connectivity) tmobile was the first provider to offer unlimited bandwidth external mobile hotspots in 2010 (which is essentially the same thing as 100% wireless cable internet) if you don't plan to transfer a lot of data (call a lot or browse the internet a lot) you can look for a lower cost limited bandwith plan. i suggest the lowest cost mobile hotspot plan for unlimited bandwith though. you want to be able to use unlimited bandwith if you have to without paying a lot more, so it's best to find a plan for the lowest unlimited bandwidth cost so you never have to worry about how much data you have used. if you're like me, you would go over the max in 1-2 days instead of being under the max in 30 days. mobile hotspots are quite expensive retail hardware, usually more expensive than your device itself. go to any major phone carrier and ask about "mobile hotspot" plans. make sure to know if your device has a mobile hotspot transmitter/reciever built in before you pay for an external mobile hotspot you don't need. if you have a telephone and are already paying for a telephone, some newer phones have the ability for "direct wifi" and can act as a proxy meaning the phone becomes your mobile hotspot wirelessly removing the need for you to buy an additional mobile hotspot. i know it's complicated. at cell phone stores the customer service representatives can help you with your questions.
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again you don't neccessarily need a smart phone or tablet to use this free phone. using a desktop or laptop you can use google voice and google email without being able to answer phone calls. you would have to call people back who call you after they leave a message.
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obviously i am using this phone as my main and only phone, so i'll know asap if it stops working and i'll update this webpage. if you are trying to set this up and have a problem setting this free phone up, you are welcome to contact me to ask me a question. my contact info is on my "about leck" webpage
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