My LG E960, better known as the Google Nexus 4, decided to let me down. Around the same time, the radio stopped working properly and the digitizer stopped recognizing touches right in a fairly important spot — above the "e" key. Clearly it was time to take a right-hand turn and buy a new device from a different manufacturer. At just this moment, Amazon offered a discount on the second-generation (2014) Moto G, and the sale was made.
I picked up a Vertical Communications 7504-10 IP phone from a yard sale a little while ago on the assumption that since it was standards-based (SIP) that I'd be able to use it with Asterisk. Browsing around with google only revealed one thread where someone claimed that you could make the phones work, but said nothing about getting into the phone in the first place. But as it turns out, it's actually quite easy to configure these phones to work with an arbitrary SIP provider.
I signed up for Callwave because I wanted to try out their new, beta "Vtxt" feature, which will read your voicemail and send you a txt with the contents. However, as I ended up missing voicemails because there was no notification, I decided to cancel.
Cellular telephones have become something of a necessity in the modern world. These days it can be hard to even find a pay phone, and it costs you fifty cents to make a call. Even on some moderately expensive prepaid cellular, that's a five minute call from a cellphone, and you can make it without even getting out of your car, and it can be long distance.