Here are a couple of Bonus Features for you today.
Fax Is Back
With one company in particular and actually a couple of parties, I have been doing a lot of faxing lately. I haven’t had a true home phone with the phone company since 2012. From 2012-2016, I had a service called VOIPo for my home phone. Basically I plugged an adapter into my router and then positioned a couple of cordless phones throughout the home. At some point in my time as a customer, they allowed me to upload scanned documents (or computer created documents) and they would fax them out for me. In mid-2016, I decided that I didn’t really need the fax perk anymore and changed to a well known internet based home phone called Magic Jack. As I have shared before, I pay a whopping $40 per year for my home phone and use it for all of 5 minutes a month. Ultimately, I cannot fax with Magic Jack. So what did I do? I signed up with Humble Fax for $10 / month and no long term contract. This service gave me a local fax number. It allows me to scan documents to the computer and upload them to my Humble Fax portal. I can then compose a little cover page and send the fax out. It’s awesome. I can also receive faxes and get them delivered to my e-mail.
Still Rockin’ With T-Mobile
The subject of T-Mobile came up with a client recently and I just wanted to say that I am pleased to report that my wife and I still love them, 14 months later. They are the best big tech / telecom company I have ever dealt with. We are on the 2 for $70 / unlimited age 55+ plan. Only one person on the plan needs to be 55 or older. Our price includes all taxes and junk fees. As for the promises delivered on, here are the major ones. When we ported in from Verizon, they promised to pay off our phones. We each had a year remaining and about $600 total left on our phone loans. Within 14 days, I got a virtual Mastercard with the exact payoff amount loaded so that I could pay off Verizon. My wife is a big fan of the Samsung Galaxy phones and not an iPhone user. When the Galaxy S20 orders started in February, she was all in. The prices went up this year and the S20 was $999. However, it became more palatable when T-Mobile (through some kind of arrangement with Samsung) promised to give my wife $500 for her 2 year old Galaxy S9+. That phone only has a street value of about $150, approximately. About 3 weeks after receiving the phone in early March, T-Mobile delivered. $95 was given to us as a Bill Credit. $405 was put on a pre-paid Mastercard. I was then able to take that Mastercard and pay it all on my wife’s phone loan, knocking it down by 40%. Promises made, promises kept! If you are interested in that 2 for $70 plan, I can talk with you about it. It may not be for everyone and if you have the right iPhone (2018 models and later), I think I can set you up with a “bridge the gap” strategy to make this work optimally.