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  Reply # 765269 18-Feb-2013 16:42
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freitasm:
Technofreak:
freitasm: You can't receive a SMS sent to your mobile number on WhatsApp.


Good point, I forgot about that, though it could still be useful in some circumstances like this I guess. 

I you're using Skype there's also the message service on Skype.


Which, again, is only OUT, not IN.



Actually they are both in and out providing both parties are using either Whatsapp or Skype.  

I know it doesn't help for getting messages from people you don't regularly message with but for those that you do it is one option that will work if you get them to put Whatsapp or Skype on their phone particularly Skype as it does both voice and instant messaging.  

Skype is free, I think you pay a subscription to Whatsapp. There is no per message cost with either unless you go over your phones data cap then it's what ever data you use, of course WiFi usage doesn't count either unless you bust your broadband cap.




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  Reply # 765273 18-Feb-2013 16:44
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It doesn't matter if they're both IN/OUT for people using WhatsApp and Skype. They aren't IN/OUT for people NOT USING these apps.

Technofreak: Skype is free, I think you pay a subscription to Whatsapp. There is no per message cost with either unless you go over your phones data cap then it's what ever data you use, of course WiFi usage doesn't count either unless you bust your broadband cap.


Skype is not free if you are planning on calling anyone not on Skype. Also SMS out on Skype aren't free.

It's important people realise there are costs involved when any of these solutions touch the POTS.






 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 765298 18-Feb-2013 17:09
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Hi All,

Thanks for the ideas and additional comments. I do find it odd that none of the providers here cover this scenario at the moment. There are plenty of people around New Zealand in remote and semi-remote areas who have established an internet connection using satellite or wireless where there is no cell phone coverage.

To answer some questions:

Sbiddle - We are outside the proposed RBI coverage...

Juicytree - Skype out only facilitates inbound call divert, which is a good idea and would cover most pressing need of being able to answer calls, but doesn't cover calling out or texting etc. Might go this way if nothing else suitable...

Coffeebaron - There is zero coverage unless I climb a big hill on neighbour's property...

Allan - I'll look into Office 365...

I thought this would be simply sorted by getting the right handset and provider!










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freitasm: It doesn't matter if they're both IN/OUT for people using WhatsApp and Skype. They aren't IN/OUT for people NOT USING these apps.

Technofreak: Skype is free, I think you pay a subscription to Whatsapp. There is no per message cost with either unless you go over your phones data cap then it's what ever data you use, of course WiFi usage doesn't count either unless you bust your broadband cap.


Skype is not free if you are planning on calling anyone not on Skype. Also SMS out on Skype aren't free.

It's important people realise there are costs involved when any of these solutions touch the POTS.




Sorry, I should have been more specific.  Yes there are other potential; costs involved.

I was meaning the Skype app was free i.e. no cost to install, and also talking about Skype to Skype SMS and calls costing nothing except data, (phone or WiFi).  I presumed probably incorrectly that it was known that calls out to POTS numbers from Skype cost something. Then again so do mobile to mobile calls and mobile to mobile SMS, overall the cost of Skype out SMS and voice is likely to be less.

In this case I think installing Skype on your mobile is an option worth considering.




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  Reply # 765304 18-Feb-2013 17:27
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shroo:

Juicytree - Skype out only facilitates inbound call divert, which is a good idea and would cover most pressing need of being able to answer calls, but doesn't cover calling out or texting etc. Might go this way if nothing else suitable...


By installing Skype on your mobile you should be able send and receive SMS and calls from other Skype users plus call anyone with a phone number.  By getting a Skype number you can receive calls from any one on that device.  The calls out to non Skype numbers will cost as I suspect it will cost to call your Skype number.  The Skype out calls are still very cheap.

shroo:
I thought this would be simply sorted by getting the right handset and provider!



Not that simple unfortunately.




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