I am looking for a text messaging application that will allow you to text for free but does not require the other user to have the application installed.
I was reading a little bit about it. Please correct me if I mis-read it. So basically they assign you a "Google" phone number. And I guess I have to let my friends know to use that instead of my cell phone number when texting me.
But is it possible for my friends to use that Google phone number to call my cell phone (voice, not texting)? If so, how does it work if I have an already assigned phone number by my service provider?
Also, can I make my Google phone number private (with no fee involved)?
to give you a better understanding, a google voice number is a forwarding number. You tell google where to send any calls that are dialed into your google voice number. You can send them all to a single phone or send your inbound calls to any or all your phones at the same time (home, mobile, office, wherever). The added benefit of the google voice number is the free texting, which DOES use the 3G data connnection, and not the phone's SMS service. The only downside to the texting is that you must use the google voice app for texting and cannot use the native or other 3rd party apps such as handcent for texting. But on the plus side you can now text from your desktop using the google voice portal.
GV gives you lots more too, as the other poster said, google it.
So by default calls or texting made via Google number are free because the only way it will work is if the phone has an active voice/data plan service. Does that sound about right?
Also, inorder for texting to work, both phones (sender/receiver) need to have the Google Voice application installed. If so, that is what I was trying to avoid but it sounds like it is unavoidable.
Setup a gmail account ( if you do not already have one) download google voice app.
I found it easier to go to google.com/voice and setup everything from a desktop then go setup on your phone, but your choice.
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