1. alokeprasad's Avatar
    I am trying to find a solution to making calls when I am stuck at a place that has WiFi but no cellular signal (like at a local hospital). I have Google Voice (GV) with its own number and an iPhone on ATT.

    I am already planning to use GV for outgoing international calls. However, VOIP solutions for the iPhone (like Skype, iCall) incur additional costs for calls to landlines, domestic and international.

    I have plenty of cellular minutes and I don't need to pay Skype etc for VOIP on the iPhone under normal circumstances.

    What is the best way to make and receive calls on the iPhone when I have WiFi but no cellular coverage?
    01-29-2010 02:56 PM
  2. smileyboy's Avatar
    Fring works well. For making calls. I'm trying to find out how to recieve calls myself. I ave a Gizmo5 account too
    01-29-2010 04:27 PM
  3. Brickman's Avatar
    GV does not make calls. It has to have a service like Skype, Gizmodo5 (which you can not get anymore), or your Cell Provider. GV only acts like an Answering service. Another service has to be the "carrier".

    Skype is actually quite reasonable for this.(WiFi) You can get several different plans to different Countries that average about $6-$8 per month for Unlimited use. I think they even have a PAYG (pay as you go) or Usage plan.

    That is what I would recommend.
    01-29-2010 05:14 PM
  4. iphoneturcotte's Avatar
    There are free SIP accounts on the internet that you could set up in Fring to place and receive calls but the quality is poor unlike the cellular.
    01-29-2010 06:13 PM
  5. alokeprasad's Avatar
    At this point, having tons and tons of unused minutes of airtime, I am not inclined to pay an additional $/mo for the rare situation where I am without ATT's cellular coverage.

    I'll continue to use GV for call management, free SMS, and cheap international calls.
    01-29-2010 09:08 PM
  6. dawggg63's Avatar
    I use pay as you go Skype for international calls, and find it very reasonable. Connection fee is about 5 cents and usage is about 1/4 cent/min. Minutes expire six months after last usage (not six months after loading). Great solution for your situation.
    01-30-2010 07:53 AM
  7. iphoneturcotte's Avatar
    The best way is still the UMA but not available on iPhone yet, It is on the blackberry 8900, what's cool about UMA is that it will use you'r own minutes.
    01-31-2010 12:23 PM
  8. mullrat's Avatar
    The best way is still the UMA but not available on iPhone yet, It is on the blackberry 8900, what's cool about UMA is that it will use you'r own minutes.
    This is correct. Basically what I used to do at work. Unless you want to carry your pager which can often penetrate walls much better than a 3g signal. Additionally you could try going to edge.

    iPhone does not work well as a wifi caller because it can't run apps in the background. If it could run skype, fring, or vonagr in the background then you could set up a system where you could receive calls through wifi. Otherwise really like the previous poster said a bb8900 or 9700 on tmi with uma is your best bet. Or you could do what I did and demand they put repeaters in the hospital.
    02-01-2010 03:16 PM
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