Best way to get around "no service" but have a wifi signal?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alm99, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. alm99 macrumors 6502

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    Building I work in has no service through AT&T, full bars outside, inside nothing. I can however use wifi. I am thinking of picking up the iPhone 4.

    In order to keep communications with the wife I was thinking of using one of the apps like textfree or the like to maintain communication. Anyone use a program like this or would something like google voice work on the iPhone and ring through using wifi?
     
  2. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    you could use a simple im application like aim. that might be the best route. im not to sure on gv
     
  3. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

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  4. Armeniandave macrumors 6502

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    I use Textfree and Pingchat 2 and both work
    well enough that I dropped my texting plan
    completely.
    Pingchat is only iPhone to iPhone right now
    textfree will work with anybody who has texting.
     
  5. frankchi macrumors newbie

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    Use VOIP over Wifi

    If you have WiFi you can use VOIP application for iPhone and call your wife.
    (For example, I can suggest AltPhone - simple and you will get plenty of free minutes. It also supports sms messaging over WiFi)
     
  6. jason221 macrumors 6502

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    Just a suggestion to save battery life, if you don't do this already: Turn on Airplane mode when your phone says "No Service." You can then turn on Wi-Fi but keep the cellular signal turned off. This saves a tremendous amount of battery life that would have otherwise been wasted constantly searching for a signal.
     
  7. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have signal in most parts of my home, & google voice is a wonderful solution. You can text as much as you want, & you can have the texts sent to your email.

    Textnow is also really good. You'll get popup notifications & it's only a few dollars to buy the app.
     

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