Jul 22, 2022

(+) How to Use a Cell Phone When You Don’t Have Cell Phone Coverage at Home

(+) Subtitle: How to Also Save Money on Your Present Cell Phone Bill

(+) Sub-subtitle: How to Save Money on Cell Phone Calls When Traveling Overseas

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. If you are looking for genealogy articles, you might want to skip this one. However, I decided to write it after reading a comment by a newsletter reader.

I have read comments from several people saying they wished they could use a cell phone but they cannot because there is little or no cell phone coverage at their home. With today’s technology, that should not stop them from having a cell phone for use at home and elsewhere. In most cases, using the new technology will provide cheaper and better service than traditional telephone and cellular companies. In fact, cell phone calls placed from within your home with the method I am about to describe usually are free of charge because those calls do not count as “cell phone minutes” being used. However this solution will only work for anyone who has a broadband Internet connection with wi-fi in the home.

Another benefit of this solution is to avoid the outrageous international roaming charges incurred when using a cell phone in a foreign country.

Perhaps the biggest money-saving benefit is to cut costs on one’s present cell phone and traditional telephone bills. In fact, many people (including me) even decide to cancel the old-fashioned dial-up telephone service in their home and use their cell phone as their only phone.

To start with, why do you own both a cell phone and a dial-up phone? There are many possible answers, but the two that I hear most often are these:

“It is too expensive to use my cell phone as my only phone because I have to pay for all the minutes I use.”

“Cell phone service is unreliable or nonexistent where I live.”

Both problems are easy to solve with today’s so-called “smart phones.”

If you can cut your monthly cell phone bill so much that it becomes cheaper than your dial-up phone’s monthly bill, wouldn’t it be better to have only one phone and to use it for all your calls, both incoming and outgoing? Don’t forget that most cellular services also can (optionally) transfer your present home phone’s number to your cell phone. You won’t even need to notify friends, relatives, or business associates of a new phone number. Your old number will simply be transferred to your cell phone.

The solutions I suggest here will provide complete cell phone coverage within 100 or perhaps 200 feet of your home. If you are further away, you will be dependent on whatever signal your cell phone company can provide. That’s still better coverage than what your present dial-up telephone company provides.

How It Works

Assuming you have broadband internet service in your home for this solution, you need to add Wi-Fi to that service. Doing so is fairly straightforward and involves little or no extra cost.

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