Well If you're not getting the cellphone for mobility, then Vonage will be a great solution for you.
The plan you would ideally get is for only $15, and has unlimited incomming calls, and great international rates.
Vonage also comes with every calling feature you can think of!
And with vonage, the monthly fee for a 800 number is 5 dollars.. but thats alot cheaper all together than getting a regular cell phone and then putting kall8 on it, since regular cell phones with good plans come at a minumum of $29.99 monthly costs, and the incomming minutes are not even free.
If you're interested PM me, since through their "refer-a-friend" program, you can get your second month free, and i'll also get an equal credit.
I would like to add my recommendation for Nextel use, especially for a business that has most of it's volume with inbound calls. You need to check their call plans on the Internet for the area where you live, as I expect they have different pricing depending on the competition in each region. I "think" the lowest rate plan for free incoming is around $60 or $70, but still a great deal.
Otherwise, I think expecting to pay around $30 a month for 1000 minutes (if I understand your original statement correctly) is not possible during prime / daytime service. You will see it offered, but the fine print will say most of the minutes are nights or weekends.
I use a 1100 anytime minute per month program with Nextel for around $110 a month and add $10 for free nights after 9PM and all weekend. Adding a toll-free number that forwards to the cell phone, I pay another $17 or so a month to Qwest. If you try Nextel, make sure they have sufficient radio towers n your area so you have good service. Good luck!
Question for those of you using Kall8. If you have the 800 number set up to ring through to your home phone or cell phone, can you tell that it's coming in from the 800# number? How do you know how to the answer the phone?
I switched from freedom voice to tel can several months ago and haven't looked back. 9.99 a month plus 6.5 cpm and 6 second billing . You can change the ring to number online as well as listen to your messages online. Very cool service. PM me for link as I get a referral bonus. Cool 800 number lookup tool too!
Curious question - for those of who you have used vonage.com - how is the sound quality? Is it equal to a phone call and suitable for business communications or ?
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The way it works is, you don't exactly "pay" for the incoming minutes, they just count toward your monthly allotment of minutes. So you only pay extra if you go over that monthly allotment.
I have nextel cellular also. They have a plan called National Unlimited NDC Plus. On that plan everything they offer is unlimited, as in talk for 15 hours straight every single day and your phone bill is exactly the same. At $199.99 per month, it's REAL expensive. But this plan is a lot better than getting a plan at say $59.99/month only to get the bill and realize you've used your phone so much that they're billing you an EXTRA $350.00 or more because you actually USED your phone.
I use http://www.avcinc.com for long-distance and toll-free (and have for about 4 years). Their rates are great for California, and there are some other states that appear to have stellar rates as well.
I had Nextel free incoming, but switched to T-mobile... but last month.... wish I had free incoming.... OMG!!!