My work is providing me a Blackberry with voice plan that I'm expected to carry during waking hours and I don't want to carry multiple phones or maintain my $50+/month plan; I'm trying to figure out the best way to merge the two. Oh, and one other catch- I'd like to set up Google Voice for work and would really like to use the additional features that come with getting a Google Voice phone number.
Currently I have a T-Mobile plan that's $50+/month, not including data. Work will be providing a Blackberry with T-mobile voice + data that I'm expected to carry most of the time- even outside of normal work hours. Using that line for personal calls is not frowned upon with the understanding that if I go over the allotted minutes I may have to pay for the extra, which is just fine by me. I don't want to continue paying $50/month, carry multiple phones, or change my existing personal cell phone number. According to T-Mobile, call forwarding from my personal to work # would use 2 minutes (1 from each plan) for every minute I'm on the phone, so that seems to be a non-starter. I'm looking at porting my personal cell number to Skype's $2.95/month subscription plan
which supposedly has unlimited domestic call forwarding
and would forward personal calls to my work Blackberry. The additional complication is that I'd like to use the Google Voice "additional features"
with the work number (if it can also work with the personal number that's neat, but not necessary). Since the work phone number will be a new one, I can just give out the Google Voice number as my work number.
In short- my plan is to port my personal phone # to Skype's cheapest subscription plan and forward this to my work cell, then sign up for a Google Voice number and give this out as my work number. Will this work? Are there any hidden costs or drawbacks to this plan? Any caveats or advice from people who have done this before? Thanks!