Wireless Experiment Follow Up

18 Oct

In my last post, I spoke about an idea I had to try and have total wireless services for about $20 CAD per month which was a theory that I put into practice and quickly found out that there are definitely some issues with trying to do this.

  1. Hushed.com is pretty unreliable on Android and iOS.
  2. Calls seldom made it through.
  3. Texting worked well.

The whole week I was using Hushed.com exclusively, I didn’t receive many calls at all. This is usually pretty normal for me so I didn’t pay it any mind. That is until multiple family members and friends called my wife’s phone looking for me. That’s when I knew there was a problem.

It seems as though unless the app is in the foreground, it really doesn’t receive calls properly. Callers are generally sent to voicemail instead.

The outcome of my experiment was total failure. This type of service and setup are not recommended at all, as you cannot guarantee your calls will make it through.

A Wireless Experiment: $20 All Inclusive Wireless

22 Sep

I recently became aware of a service known as Hushed by sheer luck and have been absolutely blown away by the possibilities this app enables.

Hushed is toted as an app that allows you to get a disposable number in a large list of countries to use as a burner number. Good idea right? The product is simple, elegant and works well. But here’s what the company I don’t think realises.

If you select a Canadian or US number, an unlimited plan becomes available which offers unlimited Calling, Texting and MMS anywhere in North America for $4.99 per month! Here’s where it gets really good.

Fido has a promotional data plan right now which offers 3GB of data for $15 per month (in Ontario not sure of other provinces). Do you see where I’m going with this yet?

Here’s what I did:

  • Visited a Fido store and purchased a Data Only SIM card (The sims used for tablets.) at $10 and set up the $15 data plan mentioned above.
  • Signed up for Hushed through the Android app (Also available on iOS) and selected a number.
  • Purchased the unlimited plan from Hushed.

That’s it! I can now call, text and use data all for $20 a month. The overage costs on this $15 data plan is $10 a GB which is perfect. This means I can even do 5GB of data and unlimited calling for about $40 a month.

Hushed also includes visual voicemail, and calling options such as call display and call forwarding.

The app also lets you have multiple numbers. So for instance if you run a small business, you could simply request another number for it.

I you want to try it out for yourself, you can sign up and try a number out for 3 days. Also don’t worry about loosing your number! You can open a support ticket and have your number ported in as well should you decide to stick with the service.

Get Hushed: iOS | Android