I do not have a cell phone. Twice in my life, an employer has issued me one or required me to buy one, and both times they gathered dust. (Yeah, I’m one of those irritating anti-cellphone Dopers).
But I may be inclined to change my ways. I enjoy Skype on my computer. And it has come to my attention that it is possible to own a cell phone that uses your Skype number as its inbound number. So I could use it only on those rare occasions when I am not where my computer is, and not have to give out two different phone numbers as my contact number or deal with folks calling me on the less-convenient number, etc.
But how does this work? I assume at a minimum that I have to acquire the hardware, but I suspect that’s not all there is to it. (After all, having a Skype account doesn’t get your COMPUTER online either). From whom would I get reception-service? Do several different cellphone vendors like oh I dunno Verizon T-Mobile Sprint AT&T etc all give you the option of a Skype account instead of them issuing you a new phone #? Or if not, how is it done? And what type of contracts / packages are available?
Hardware-wise, all I need are buttons for 123456789#0* and a button to take the receiver off the hook / hang up. Don’t need an LCD. Don’t need an address book. Sure as hell don’t need video games, email, texting, voicemail retrieval, web-surfing capability, camera, etc. I don’t mind if it has some or most of that as long as it’s easy to use as “just a freaking phone”, like a pay phone except tiny and in your pocket and you don’t have to stick quarters into it.
Contract / package-wise, I’d ideally like to put, let’s say, $50 on it and I don’t pay a monthly charge, I just have to replenish the $50 a couple years later when I use it up.
Clue me in: how’s it done and what options exist? Is this for me?