MikeF wrote:That relies on you always being in an area where there is a phone signal. Mobile phone coverage is very intermittent in spite of claims made by phone companies - they may claim coverage for 90 something% of population coverage, but it's nothing like 90 something% coverage of land area, which is when a mobile phone is needed.Psamathe wrote:Round my neck I can hear it ring. Can even hear the "e-mail arrived" bing noise (as I need to be contactable 100% of the time for my aged parents and my home phone will e-mail my mobile if my home phone rings (i.e. e-mail "+44 1234 567890 called you" - does not need a voicemail). So I need to stop and check any incoming e-mails, answer calls, etc. (My e-mail routing ensures that non-urgent e-mail don't get routed to my phone).
I'm in very intermittent mobile coverage where I ride. I need to be contactable so my parents in their 90s can get me urgently (e.g. when one of them has a fall or many other crises that seem to regularly happen). Setting up my home phone to push an e-mail me whenever a missed call happen on home landline (the e-mail containing the caller phone number, if a voice message was left, etc.) means that as soon as I move into any coverage the e-mail arrives. This seems much faster than SMSs which can take a long time to come through in intermittent coverage.
Not always immediate due to coverage but even in diabolical coverage it normally isn't long between glimpses of signal so the email gets through and when it does I'm also in coverage to call back to find out what the problem is (and instruct, call others or abort the ride, etc.)