Is there any flaws in my plan to get a phone from Craiglist and Switch to Straight Talk and Google Voice?
October 21, 2012 4:53 PM Subscribe
What is the recommended way to buy a phone on Craigslist, switch to Straight Talk, and port numbers to Google Voice?
posted by cycleback to Technology (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I moved to a much larger city and want to get a smart phone to have access to maps and email. Currently, I have two phone numbers; an ATT national plan with an ancient phone and a Tracfone on which I am almost out of minutes. Both numbers are in use and I slightly prefer the number on the Tracfone though I end up using the ATT number much more often. To keep my expenses down I am considering buying a used iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Craigslist and switching to Straight Talk and using Google voice to keep my tracfone number.
What I am planning is the following:
1) Purchase a used iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Craigslist
2) Port my ATT number to Straight Talk
3) Wait for Straight Talk Sim to arrive
4) Pop Straight Talk Sim into purchased phone
5) Port my Tracfone number to Google Voice
A) Does my plan have any fatal flaws?
B) What is the best way to buy a phone off of Craiglist? How do I check if it has been stolen?
C) Has anyone ported a number back from Google Voice?
D) What have peoples experiences with Google Voice been? What don't you like?
E) Is there any reason not to port both numbers to Google Voice?
F) My personal and work email is handled through Gmail and my work calendar also uses Google. Would an Android device be a better choice? I have never used one. I have an iPad but don't have iTunes on my computer.