I just recently joined Google Voice and signed up with a new google number. I don't plan on handing that out to my friends and family yet, but more to websites and other people I don't want to give my cell phone number to. I choose this route with the new google number so that down the road when I add more lines to my number like (home, work) and not just my mobile I can do that. But the big reason I'm not giving it out to friends is that I'm on verizon and my plan is just below the friends and family plan so everytime i make a call through my google voice number I'll be charged minutes rather than no minutes for in network calling since all my friends and family are on verizon as well so calling them from my verizon cell number is free. I realize that if I had the friends and family plan I could setup my google number as a friend and bypass this issue and the cost isn't worth it to upgrade.
So my question is...I downloaded the Google Voice app for my Droid and have set it to not make calls using my google phone number because of what I wrote about in the above paragraph. But I want to be able to text people using my google voice number only since I don't have a text package through Verizon and doing it through google voice will be free. Do I have to reset the Google voice app from don't make any calls using google voice or is SMSing through google voice completely seperate and I won't have to change my initial setting in the app since SMSing isn't calling? Sorry if I'm confusing everyone. Hopefully I was clear with my question. I notice that when I click and hold for a few seconds on a contact name a bunch of options come up and one is "text"...when I hit "text" it gives me the option to text with the normal messaging application that came with the Droid or text with Google Voice. If I choose Google Voice will it do this through my Google Voice number even though I have setup my google voice app like I said above to not make calls with it?
Lastly, I have notifications setup within Google voice to send me emails when I get a message. Do I need to do this if I have the Google Voice App installed? Doesn't the app do the same thing? I don't want to be getting double notifications right. So should I just disable the notifications on the web in Google voice and just receive notification through the GV App only. I figure people hear have experience with this.
Sorry for the long questions...but I thought I would be thorough.