Touch w/MiFi and Moshi Moshi

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  1. TouchFaith

    TouchFaith New Member

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    This seems to be a terrific combination for turning the iPod Touch into a "phone" of sorts. It's not free, but it's relatively cheap in the US compared to an iPhone w/contract.

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    Components
    $229: iPod Touch 4G 8GB
    $130: Virgin Mobile MiFi (Walmart sells 'em cheaper)
    $30: Moshi Moshi MM01h from Native Union
    $30: 12-Month SkypeOut Subscription
    $30: 12-Month Skype "Online Number"
    $0: Google Voice Number

    $40/mo. for the MiFi. Works great, uses Sprint's 3G coverage, which is practically everywhere in the US. Unlimited data, texting, and voice all work perfectly.
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    First Year Total: $929
    Annual Expenses After First Year: $540


    Comparison
    $199: iPhone 4 16GB
    $1200/yr: AT&T Contract
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    First Year Total: $1399
    Annual Expenses After First Year: $1200


    How It Works
    1. Create Skype Account.
    2. Buy $2.99/mo. SkypeOut plan for 12 months.
    3. Get 50% off discount on "Online Number" with step 2.
    4. Buy and set up Virgin Mobile's MiFi hotspot and connect to Touch.
    5. Set up Google Voice to call your Skype number, receive free texts, act as Caller ID.
    6. Determine best headset. Moshi Moshi, maybe Apple's earbud/mic set.


    I'll be testing this out for the next few days as a replacement for my cellphone. Folks so far have given me strange looks when I walk by talking on a retro telephone handset with a cord going into my pocket. But hey, dare to be different, right?
  2. metaldood

    metaldood New Member

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    1200/yr at&t contract?? Where did that number come from?

    Cheapest Plan is $50 + $15 data = $ 65 * 12 != 1200 mate.

    And you will have to take that Mifi device everywhere you go. Kind of clunky
  3. mush

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    lmao at the retro phone. u could just use any headphone/earbud and the built in mic on the ipod
    u could probably save more money by using gv mobile and whistlephone
    i suggest gv mobile+ with boxcar for ur texing

    are u calling/recieving calls/textin all on one number?

    im wondering about battery life on that mifi...it says 4 hours of usage? ull have to leave it on inorder to recieve calls...
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    your retro phone handset is cool man

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    i'm imagining how ppl shocked see you calling like that on road..

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    hahaha but it's not comfortable to always bring something as big as that anywhere, say... to campus? hahahaha
  5. TouchFaith

    TouchFaith New Member

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    The cheapest plan doesn't come close to the MiFi's unlimited data. It's also incredibly light, about as heavy as four quarters.

    mush: Google Voice is the number everyone calls and texts. I also set it up as my Caller ID from Skype. I send and receive texts via a shortcut icon to voice.google.com. Since I have text notifications sent to my Gmail, I also get a notification when I receive a text.

    bdutzz: the headset is just for kicks. I'll be using an earbud set for traveling. Bluetooth HFP would be nice, but the Dev Team seems busy atm.
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    I don't think I'd ever use a device named Moshi Moshi lol. But anyways, I've been thinking about this combo myself for awhile now. I know that compared to using a iphone and paying att this is cheap but still seems kinda expensive. Hopefully they lower the price of the MiFi's (sprint, virgin) down to like $30 unlimited, then this will be a must cop deal
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    I figured you wouldnt need a headset. Put the back of the iPod against your face, the bottom right corner in your ear and the camera/mic near your mouth, and adjust the volume accordingly. Bam, there's your headset.
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    Or buy a phone for 20 euro and call with that.
  9. TouchFaith

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    Brilliant. Never thought to do that, just assumed lowering the volume in Skype would also lower the ringer volume. Kudos to you, matt912836.

    Update: The iPT/Google Voice/Skype combination is working great. I found that I have to keep Skype open to receive calls, but that's easy. I'm going to purchase an extended 3600 mAh battery for the MiFi, giving me 12 hours per charge.

    While the Moshi Moshi handset is full of retro awesomeness, it's too bulky to carry around. I really only use it at home, and that's fine.

    One more thing: the iPT 4G battery drains like mad on my home 802.11n network (so I plug it in), but lasts forever on the 802.11g MiFi. Perfect!
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    Dang! I might buy one of the MiFi things. Just a few questions:
    1. How much did it cost you?
    2. Where did you buy it from? (I checked the Virgin Mobile website and they are out)
    3. Is there an option to load funds through Paypal when you are buying data?

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