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Perfect iPhone Reception

Published January 25, 2011

Using Google Voice for AT&T & VerizonAs you may have heard, Google announced today you can port your phone number to Google Voice. What does that mean? It basically means you can hand over control of your existing phone number to Google. It does not mean you can abandon your mobile company or landline company, you still need them for the most part. If this is confusing, read this article, it explains it well.

Now that you understand how Google Voice works, how does this make for the perfect iPhone?

The iPhone is coming to Verizon, a cell-network that works well. But as we said, Verizon doesn't allow simultaneous voice and data usage, a major deal breaker for me. AT&T's network is known for drop calls and busy signals but allows simultaneous voice and data. Both Verizon and AT&T are not perfect, making the iPhone not perfect.

That is where Google Voice comes in. You port your number to Google Voice and then instruct Google to forward your calls to both your AT&T iPhone and Verizon iPhone. Chances are pretty good that one of your iPhones will ring and give you solid reception.

Yes, this is somewhat of a joke. But honestly, I can see some people, including myself, possibly giving this a try. I am not a huge fan of the Android OS but I know AT&T's limitations. I do have a Verizon Mifi, which barely works as a mobile hot spot. The only way I can get it to work is to tether, which makes the 'Fi' portion of it useless. The mobile hot spot (mifi) worked well on Android for me in Israel, and it is coming to Verizon's iPhone, not just Android devices. I suspect it will also be available on the AT&T iPhone soon.

Since I am paying $60 a month for a useless MiFi, I am sure I can rationalize dropping the MiFi and replacing it with a Verizon iPhone and trying out this Google Voice to Verizon/AT&T iPhone plan. But do I really want two iPhones? Personally, I'd rather just add a mobile hotspot to my AT&T iPhone and save the money.

But it would be cool (in a geeky way) to test this Google Voice solution out to making the perfect iPhone(s).

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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