I feel like I can never find the answers I’m looking for now, I have to sift and sift. I tried finding how many people died in 2019 vs 2020 in America and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’m having this issue with basically everything I’m googling.
Why YSK: Many people keep their landline # at a cost of ~$15/month because so many people have the number and it is too difficult to tell everybody to use a new number. This is potentially wasted money.
It's a 2-step process. You can't directly transfer to Google Voice. It will cost about $45, or 3 months of landline service to pay for itself.
Step 1 - Port your landline to a cell service. In my case, I used T-Mobile prepaid. I paid $25 for the cheapest plan ($10 sim card with $15 for 1 month of service). When you buy the prepaid sim, they will ask if you want to port the service, say yes, and put in your current details. After the SIM arrives, place it in an old phone, (or your current one if you don't have an old one around). Try to place a call, etc. and confirm the number has been ported. It may take a few days.
Step 2 - Port your (new) cell service to Google Voice. Google Voice Porting Check. There is a one time $20 fee for this. Once complete, your cell service will be cancelled.
At this point, you can install the Google Voice app on your phone, and you will be able to receive calls to this number on your cell phone, in addition to your regular cell #.
If you want to get super fancy, you can purchase a VoIP Adapter. This will essentially give you landline service with that number. You can plug your landline phone into the adapter, just like any wall socket. When somebody rings that landline #, it will ring both your cell and VoIP, so you can answer it on either phone. The Obihai OBi200 is probably the best device for this, but there are others. This device costs about $50, so this will increase the payback time, but it will still pay itself back in a few months.
Important note: You will lose 911 service on that landline. If you need 911, you should use your regular cell phone, from your regular cell phone #.
If you get the obitalk device, you can get 911 service for $15/year
If you don't like Google, other options include VOIP.ms, which starts at 85 cents per month and offers unlimited for 5 bucks a month with 911. Still a huge savings over regular landline.
If Google drops Google Voice, you will have plenty of time to move over to VOIP.ms, which starts at 85 cents per month.
Shouldn't it take much longer to search for keywords in 2 billion websites?
Published web version (no user cap): https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTp8sSRCuZP-S84yBlnoZh_d3XJZYo8vv5vsvICaX_s5PiQ-ucnV-9bbDl7i0tn5muDu-2uGLagDsEe/pub
Google Doc version (capped at 100 concurrent viewers): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SSl3lhQLm69a0zkhS6ALhri5756XyXmBcXE8e0PT3wI/edit?usp=sharing
This will be a work-in-progress. However, I set it to "view only" to prevent trolls from trolling, but comment here if you find another setting that definitely needs to be changed.
Please reach out to me if you're really passionate about this kind of thing and would like to have editing access. I am in grad school and probably won't be able to keep up with popular suggestions. I think the only changes added to this document should be those that bring significant improvements in gaming experience with minimal downsides.
Ideally, the mods will sticky this for all to see. Upvote for visibility.
Edit: For mobile users who see the Google doc's text vertically, try rotating your phone horizontally or download the Google Docs app. This supposedly fixed it for some people.
Edit 2: Oops, did not realize Google Doc will only allow 100 concurrent users to view. If you have issues accessing the G doc, use the new first link. It's an uncapped public web version.
Edit 3: Many people asking "why not include crowd density?" I wanted to leave out setting changes that will visibly change gameplay. The aim is to improve your FPS and visuals without leaving you feeling like anything is actually missing. Although, I think it'd be a good idea to add another section organizing a tiered list of best settings to sacrifice for those in more need. Also, plz DM if you wanna help edit the doc. I have exams and will probably go MIA for a couple days.