I was excited as usual this last February to get to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to do some business (I got to hang out with the Phone.com CEO Ari Raban), see lots of old friends and make some new ones. But There’s always that question, at a trade show and on holiday (I went to England to recuperate) how do you stay in touch. Well this year I went with a combination of Phone.com and Tru. I used Phone.com for all my voice and text messaging needs. Then I used Tru for my connectivity to the internet.
Phone.com (who is a client) is a very deep and wide business phone system that includes IP phones, mobile apps, home phone service and dozens of amazing features that can make a small company sound like a large one and a large company sound like every one of it’s employees is ready to serve the customer, all for a very reasonable price, always (in my research) much less then the big telcos. Let’s just say I like what they are doing and I liked them long before they were ever a client of mine.
Tru on the other hand is not a client but I wish they would be. Currently in mobile they are one of my top 5 favorite companies and what they do is amazing. They allow customers to roam the world using their mobile phone to place and receive calls as if they are sitting in their home. Most importantly to many they do this for far cheaper then the big telcos.
So the basics are that people called and texted my Phone.com number (I got VM transcribed and sent to me via SMS and email and got my SMS the traditional way plus had it emailed to me) which in turn rang on the LG Nitro that had the Tru sim in it, which also provided me with connectivity to the internet.
I want to also thank Meredith Red my awesome AT&T contact for the LG Nitro that I used while I was traveling.
Phone.com is a client, in turn they pay me which in turn puts my daughter through school, plus they’ve bought me lunch and dinner when we’ve dined together.
TruPhone has given me several trial sims over the (many) years I’ve known them, plus bought me lunch once in London.
AT&T gives me review devices, sponsored my latest CTIA trip and bought me a bagel dog, oh and a few other meals.
I think that should cover it, oh wait, I once got a t-shirt from AT&T also. Jeez, I eat a lot of food companies by for me.
PS: This may sound like a paid post but it isn’t. These are the services I choose to use and would recommend them to anyone, from a family member to a CEO.