Why Is Calling and Texting Still Boring and Expensive?

December 10, 2018
by Jerome

Have you ever noticed how the core functions of the standard mobile phone experience are still quite primitive? I’m not talking about apps, GPS, IPS displays, quad-core processors, 4.5G and so on. But rather about the core telephone functions — calling and texting.

As technology is quickly advancing in every aspect of our lives, the standard mobile phone experience feels like it hasn’t changed since the days of the Nokia 3310 (btw, Snake will always be a timeless arcade classic!).

For the most part, from 1999 until today (October 2018), phone calls and texting are boring and all the same. They lack functions and features that today’s smartphone users have become accustomed to expect with other non-phone services. Features such as multi-device syncing, file sharing, cloud storage and backup and most importantly, a reasonable cost.

For example, don’t you use Whatsapp, Messenger, e-mail and your browser on your mobile phone as well as your computer… seamlessly? The clear answer is yes. But with calling and texting, the answer is mostly NO. Calling and texting is happening, for the most part, only on the mobile phone.

According to a 2018 US News Report, the average smartphone wireless bill in the USA is $80/mo. That amount is just atrocious. And while it stings, most people could never imagine life without the revolutionary “wireless-internet-everywhere-device” that has become a key part of our lives. But is $80 per month a reasonable price to pay to a “telephone” company which isn’t really providing “telephone” services but instead, simply an internet connection? Yes — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, et. al. are simply ISPs.

That’s where the cord-cutting revolution comes into play. Just as your email address no longer is tied to your ISP, your phone number should no longer be tied to your mobile carrier!

OTT (over-the-top) apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and Viber have began to address this issue. These OTT apps allow you to call and text anyone who also uses the app with an internet connection.

But these apps require that you register with a phone number. Where do you get the phone number from?

Apps like Phone2, TextPlus and TextMe solve this problem. For example, Phone2 is a rich messaging (OTT) app that will give you a phone number in any area code within the USA and Canada. And you can call anyone in the world with a phone number, even if they don’t have Phone2. Again, it’s your phone number that IS NOT tied to a mobile carrier.

The difference is in the secret sauce. Let’s compare.

With a Normal Mobile Phone …

  • It uses cell phone towers to make calls
  • It incurs roaming charges when abroad. Or it simply has no service
  • It can send only boring picture or text messages to your contacts
  • Your phone number is held hostage by your wireless carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, et. al.).
  • When you change carriers you must go through the gruesome process of porting your number, changing devices, setup new billing information and so on. A real nuisance.
  • You can’t use your mobile phone on other devices.

But With Phone2 …

  • It needs only the internet to work (Wifi or mobile data). You’re free!
  • It will never incur roaming charges. Your USA phone number works anywhere in the world
  • You can share multimedia files, videos and pictures to other Phone2 users
  • It can call to any phone number in the world, even if the other user doesn’t have Phone2
  • You keep your phone number with Phone2. If you change mobile carriers, your Phone2 number stays the same.
  • It’s multi-device. You can text and call from your mobile phone or your computer.
  • All your conversation media (texts, photos, files, videos) are automatically backed up on your Phone2 cloud account. When you sign into another device, all your conversations are automatically synced.

Phone2 is carrier-neutral and is part of the “cord-cutting” revolution. Try us out and free your phone number!

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