Unlimited Plan versus Google Voice?

Posted Jun 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm in Threads > Opinions

This is going to sound like a stupid question and I’m anticipating getting beat over the head for even asking, but I’m considering giving up my unlimited plan on Verizon in order to port my number out to Google Voice (and save some cash).

Hear me out before you start yelling at me. As of yesterday I’m out of contract on Verizon and my initial inclination was to use my subsidy to pre-order a Galaxy S 3 as I can still keep my unlimited plan at the moment.

Then Verizon released the details on their new plans and while I realize those plans don’t work out for everyone I’m on a pooled family plan in which there are 6 of us, 4 with smartphones and 2 with feature phones. The other three smartphones use less than 1 GB between them and I use approximately 4-6 GB most months. Even assuming I overkill and get the 10GB plan I would be bringing our monthly bill down by about $30 and there is little to no chance I would run into that limit.

I’ve wanted to port my number out to Google Voice since before that became publicly available. I’ve had my Verizon number for almost 15 years now and I can’t bring myself to try to get everyone to adjust to using a new number so I’ve never been able to fully convert to it. I also of course review phones on a fairly regular basis and having to carry two phones with me during those times in order to not miss calls on my “real phone” is just obnoxious (Yes, 1st world problems).

So option 2 is that I port my number out to Google Voice and kill my original unlimited line with Verizon and proceed to open up a new line with an SGS3.

I’m pretty torn between the two so I’m tossing it out to see what you all think.