Take Me Somewhere Else
Everyone knows I hate the phone. Sorry to all you phones out there, but I do. I’ve been a slave to the contraption for more years than I care to admit. This last year has shown me I no longer need to have the phone…cell or otherwise…at my constant side to be a proper human being. I’ve gotten “but what if you need one out on the road??”. That’s what the kindness of strangers are for. I have a mouth and I am certain I am able to ask someone to make a call for me. I haven’t had to do that yet in my half a century walking this earth, but I’m sure I can do it if I was pressed. “But how do you get texts?” I do not text. I have little to no patience to have a clickity-click conversation with someone about absolutely nothing.
“What are you up to?”
“Wondering why you hey’d me“
No… I don’t (and won’t go through that.) Besides, it costs us over $100 a month for our two lines only to get maybe three calls a month. Those are some pricey phone calls! I don’t watch videos on my phone, nor to do I do anything data-ish on them. So what’s the point? You know what I used my phone for? The calculator and to check the weather. Then I got the Amazon Echo which checks the weather for me…politely. We DID, however, need a phone for those random phone calls. You know the ones – when the doctor’s office calls to confirm your appointment, or to call Domino’s to find out why the pizza is taking so long when they’re only 6 blocks away. Those sort of random things. Even though those phone calls are very far and very few in between.
But Tim came up with a solution.
I’ve had a Google Voice number for years. It just sits there amid all my Google emails and my Google Plus and Google Drive. I never use it. Yet there it is, just waiting to be used. I’m going to tell you how we went from one hundred to zero in the matter of one day. And only because we had to wait for the post office to deliver us one item. Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to get a dollar free phone bill every month from here until Google decides to charge us for the Google Voice number.
Ingredients you’ll need:
1 – OBi200 1-Port VoIP Phone Adapter with Google Voice and Fax Support for Home and SOHO Phone Service. They also make a multi-port one. We only needed ONE port for ONE phone You’ll find the item here on Amazon for $47.46. It got to us in two days.
1 – Google Voice phone number. Don’t have one yet? Go to your Gmail account…look for the little square of boxes to the left of your cute little picture up in the right hand corner. (YOUR right)
1 – A phone. Any phone. It can be cordless or not. We bought a payphone for the studio a year or so ago. And we bought a 25 foot cord so we can move about the room. Look below for the pictures. If you want one for yourself it’s $66.99 on Amazon. (Click here and I’ll take you to it) Otherwise…ANY phone will do.
That’s it! We were up and running in a matter of three minutes. Next month we’ll have a phone and it won’t have cost us anything. You can check who calls you (or who you call) anytime by going to your Google Voice account. We can get and send text messages there as well. Google Voice also includes voicemail WITH transcription in case your mush-mouth friend calls and you have no idea what the hell they’re saying. Now you can just read what they said. Over on the ObiTalk website you can set up speed dialing for those important people. You can input up to 99 people. I don’t even KNOW 99 people. Yet I have the space for them if I ever do.
And it’s all going to cost us zilch from this day forward. Thanks to the Obi200, Google Voice, and Tim’s ingenuity. I can still hear the phone ringing. I still am not going to answer it. You have been warned. You’ll have to leave a message with my secretary (who is Tim. He works weird hours and I pay him with bacon and hot dogs.)
Go cut yourself loose! We did and we’re not going to look back. Here’s a few pictures of our “Phone Corner”. The payphone really does take coins, but you don’t have to use them to make a call. It’s all just for show. And we have the key to the coin area. It’s all a part of the package when/if you get one yourself.