Republic Wireless is a subsidiarity of BroadBand.Com and on November 8th they rolled out their new concept of what a smartphone service should be. Currently they are only offering 1 phone (LG Optimum), which is anything but high end. But the premises of the plan is headed in the right direction. So here is how I see that direction.
Republic has developed a technology that when the phone is in an WiFi covered area, it will place all Data/Voice/SMS requests using WiFi. When you are not in a WiFi covered area it will fall back to cellular – All For $19 A Month
In a recent remark, Google’s CEO; Eric Schmidt commented:”G+ was build [sic] primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they’re going to build future products that leverage that information.”
This statement alone gives one pause to the point that I have been re-evaluating my opinion of Google, Inc. First off I must give Google its due, at least they are transparent on their product and what and who it was developed for, unlike other so called Social Networks. Google is a corporation and I think many of its users have overlooked this fact in our trust of a company whose motto is: ‘Do No Evil’. As a company Google will do what’s in Google best interest and come push to shove, its customers (us) will always take a back seat.Maybe Google’s motto should be: ‘Do No Evil To Google’ or Do No Evil To Google’s Bottom Line’. Personally I find Google Plus a great service and now that I know that it was built as an Identity Service to capture my information and usage statistics to develop and market other services I will use it accordingly. Maybe we have been naive to think all of these services that Google has rolled out are really FREE. Nothing is Free, and everything has a cost to it, in the case of Google the cost is our information, all of our information. All of this information, has caused me to re-evaluate on how dependent I have become on Google’s services. I would be the first to admit I am a Technology Junkie, so one would think that I would have been more aware as I have gone down the Google Rabbit Hole over the past years. I decided to look at all of the services I use and see how I can diversify. I have included a poll below; what Google service could you not do without in your Digital Life?
So, will I be much more aware of which Google Services I use in the future? Of course I will, at least until the next cool service comes along .
Ever needed to create a voice memo or reminder from your phone? The other day I was looking for an Android App that would allow me to do just that. I didn’t want to use the stock Voice Recorder as it saves the file as: .3gp, and I wanted something that would work with other players. After about 10 min of searching, I finally got smart!
Google Voice provides a great, free solution that enables you to leave voice messages for yourself (note to self), receive the transcription via email, along with the original audio file as well.
All it takes is a little bit of configuration.
I didn’t want all of my destination phones (work, home, etc) ringing when I called myself to leave a voice-memo. So, here’s how:
· In Google Voice:
- Settings-> Phones-> Edit Cell Phone-> Show Advanced Settings
- Voicemail access: No
- (click "Save")
· Settings->Voicemail & SMS
· Voicemail Greeting: Record New & called it "Note". Say something like "Leave a Note".
- Contacts->(my personal contact record – the one with my cell number associated)->Edit->Edit Google Voice Settings
- When this contact calls you:
- Select "Ring my" and UNCHECK all the sub-options
- "When this contact goes to voicemail", play the "Note" recording (create one). I used ‘Start Note’
- (click "Save")
Now, I can call my Google Voice number from my cell phone to leave myself a message (which is transcribed and emailed to me).
To take this one step further, I have set my notes to get posted to a private Posterous site. This required a little more configuration as you will need to add your Posterous email to Google Voice and this requires Verification.
In Posterous you will need to add 2 email addresses as contributors;
· email@example.com – Email Account Verification
· firstname.lastname@example.org – Voice notes from Google.
From here you should be able to call your GV number from your cell phone (this does not need to be a smart phone), you will be taken straight to voice mail. Leave your message or note, and your message will be transcribed and the audio message will be available on your Posterous site and available from any Internet ready device.
Note: This of course will work just as well if you are using an email client. I like the idea of my notes being available from all of my devices.