Wow, really enjoying the new phones and services so far on Verizon! Who knew we’d ever be able to get voicemails in TEXT format and even receive faxes on our regular cell phone numbers!?! I feel like I’ve been missing out. Not that I use faxing a lot, but we use it at work, and I sometimes need it for personal business, so maybe it’ll come in handy. Sure would have come in handy a few years back when I had my small business. It’s interesting how it works: When someone sends a fax to your cell phone number (I didn’t believe this would even work until I tried it myself) you get a voicemail that tells you there’s a fax for you. The voicemail system gives you the option of immediately printing the fax if you’re checking your voicemail from a fax machine, or you can enter an “alternate destination”, which can be the number of ANY fax machine. So I entered the number the fax machine I was near and in comes the fax! Why I, of all people, am surprised by this, I don’t know. I guess I just never conceived of a solution like this. Could be pretty handy. Now if it could just take that one extra step of converting that fax to a PDF and actually placing it ON my phone, now THAT would blow my mind.
Verizon also just started their “Unlimited” plan at the same time I was in the middle of switching to them. I looked at the details though–particularly how they throttle down your speed after you hit so many Gigs of usage, and also the price bump of $40 more than their highest non-Unlimited plan (which is what we have) for our 3 lines. I could see it being pretty popular, especially for families, but I don’t think we’ll have any problems with the 8GB+2GB+2GB+2GB we get per month (2GB bonus per line for life) without the throttling. With that, and the unlimited full-sized photo and video storage capacity for as long as we keep using our Google Pixels, we’ll stay put for now.