Back Up for Cell? (by JD [TN]) Jan 14, 2019 7:04 AM|
Back Up for Cell? (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 14, 2019 7:11 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by John... [MI]) Jan 14, 2019 7:12 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by plenty [MO]) Jan 14, 2019 7:35 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by S i d [MO]) Jan 14, 2019 8:17 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by Barb [MO]) Jan 14, 2019 8:35 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Jan 14, 2019 9:46 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Jan 14, 2019 10:39 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 14, 2019 10:39 AM
Back Up for Cell? (by John... [MI]) Jan 14, 2019 2:20 PM
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Jan 14, 2019 3:40 PM
Back Up for Cell? (by CX [WA]) Jan 15, 2019 12:36 PM
Back Up for Cell? (by JD [TN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:04 AM
Happy New Year to everyone. I am changing everything over to my Iphone and getting rid of the landlines for my LL business. My question is what can I use for a backup in case my phone is lost or stolen? Thanksl. --99.102.xx.xxx
Back Up for Cell? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:11 AM
I don't know about lost or stolen, but I had a screen failure earlier this year. It was a known fault for my model of phone, so they did an out-of-warranty repair on it... which "should be a week or so", including the FedEx time. It actually took about a month.
GoogleVoice kept me going for 99% of my needs. I wasn't able to talk to my tenants, and I could only text from my desktop-- so when people out in the field needed a box of screws or something, I found out about it after I'd driven the 45 minutes back home from the box stores! ---but it kept me going.
My phone was gone for about a month. About three weeks into it, I finally broke down and ordered a used phone from Swappa. It arrived, but it was locked-- even though it was physically an unlocked phone, the former owned had used it on TMobile, and my carrier was AT&T, and I needed to get the former owner to tell TMobile to release it, so I could use it with my carrier. That was a few hours of running back and forth to the library (for email to the seller), AT&T, Best Buy, and the TMobile store! :P
And when I got home--- my old phone arrived within the hour.
So, I was able to do all that because I still had my sim card, but obviously, you wouldn't have a sim card to swap out if your phone is ever lost or stolen. --96.46.xxx.xx
Back Up for Cell? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:12 AM
I don't do this, but I think a lot of people here might suggest that you use something like Google Voice as your main number -- that would be the number that you give out publicly to people to call you. You set that up to forward to your cell phone number.
That way, if your cell died or was temporarily unavailable, you could simply tell Google to forward your public Google Voice number somewhere else -- either to voicemail or another phone number or wherever you wanted.
Just a thought.
Back Up for Cell? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:35 AM
I have Sprint and they have a way to enter contacts on their website. So they will be on my phone contact vs entering on the phone and then lost. Check your service provider --99.203.xx.xx
Back Up for Cell? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 8:17 AM
As John said, if you give out Google Voice to all your tenants and contractors and your cell phone dies, all you have to do is "roll it over" to another cheapie Trak phone (Wal-Mart, $19.99!), or to your spouse's/kid's phone, or your home line if you still have one. then once your phone is fixed/replaced, just roll it back. Seamless as far as your tenants/contractors are concerned.
I love Google Voice because if I'm anywhere the Internet exists, I can get onto it. I suppose if Google goes down, I'm hosed. Until then.... --173.20.xxx.xxx
Back Up for Cell? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 8:35 AM
I'm another GV Fan.
I switched my cell service to T-Mobile last year. They have their "Digits" service that is very similar to GV.
I can use my GV number to make calls using Google Hangouts as well. I've used it all over the world.
I use Android rather that iOS, and all my contacts are in my Google account. That way, when I need to reach someone, their contact is available from any device. If I get a new phone, my contacts are all there as well.
I believe you can do this with iOS as well, I just don't know the steps.
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 9:46 AM
I use GV with a adapter called ObiHai the obi200.
It adapts a land line phone to the internet to use GV without the necessity of a cell phone.
GV allows you to ring multiple phones. If your cell phone is missing you can shut it off so others aren't getting your calls.
I keep the ringer off on the desk phone generally. Of course I have all calls going to voicemail on GV.
The Obi200 allows 2 phone lines and interfaces my fax machine to work over the internet. --68.60.xxx.xx
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 10:39 AM
Sorry just looked it is a OBI202. It's been a couple years since I bought on Amazon. The OBI200 is only 1 line. --68.60.xxx.xx
Back Up for Cell? (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 10:39 AM
Google voice...and there is a way you can change it by logging into a PC (if your phone is stolen) and having the ring re-directed to a different phone number. --99.92.xxx.xxx
Back Up for Cell? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 2:20 PM
moby: Make sure you stay on top of that situation. Remember that it could vanish at any time and is "unsupported" by Google. They almost killed that a while back, but decided to leave it with their Google Hangouts service -- but they appear to be shutting that done soon too. They recently said that they plan to shut down Google Hangouts (which would take the ObiHai functionality with it) in 2020. That's only a year from now. Make sure you plan ahead...
Back Up for Cell? (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 3:40 PM
John, in reading the Obihai forum there doesn't seem any concerns at the present.
GV, as with all free services you have to go with the flow.
This is my 2nd device the first was deprecated after years of use. This one was $50 and has served me well since May 2017. --68.60.xxx.xx
Back Up for Cell? (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 12:36 PM
I see Craigslist ads for cloning SIM cards. Could this be an option? Clone your SIM and keep it in a safe place. If you lose your phone could you get a similar model and use your cloned SIM? --174.21.xxx.xxx