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    Google voice App on unlocked droid?

    I have seen there is a Google voice app that uses Google voice numbers to call out or in on a wifi network.

    I am around Wi-fi for 95% of my day so I don't want the data plan.

    So I figured the Google voice app will work even without a wireless carrier?

    Can anyone confirm this?
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    Try it out and let us know. The Google Voice app I have does NOT make calls on WiFi. Maybe this is something new?
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    There is a downloadable app

    Google Voice for your phone
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    As far as I know, google voice is only for use over your existing voice line. If you want voice over data (VoIP) then look into skype, fring, etc.

    The main purpose of google voice is to combine multiple numbers into one. So people can call your GV# and it rings your work phone, your home phone, your cell phone, your skype, etc all at the same time. The google voice app allows you to make calls that appear as if they are coming from your GV# instead of your cell#.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanmaanj View Post
    There is a downloadable app

    Google Voice for your phone
    This looks like the regular Google voice app that does not use VoIP. Where are you seeing claims about WiFi?
    Please do not text, place or answer calls while driving. Be responsible.

    Let me Google that for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanmaanj View Post
    I have seen there is a Google voice app that uses Google voice numbers to call out or in on a wifi network.
    Can you post a link to it? GV isn't VOIP and the standard GV app doesn't include any VOIP functionality.

    Quote Originally Posted by vanmaanj View Post
    I am around Wi-fi for 95% of my day so I don't want the data plan.
    How exactly do you intend to get a Droid from Verizon without a data plan? AFAIK it's impossible as the data plan is mandatory.

    Quote Originally Posted by vanmaanj View Post
    Google voice App on unlocked droid?
    The Droid is CDMA. Subsidy locks aren't relevant to it.
    Last edited by takeshi; 01-30-2010 at 10:41 AM.
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    There is a video at the top of the page that tells everything. The app is downloadable for android phones and blackberry but any other phone has to use the browser to make calls.


    Google Voice for your phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanmaanj View Post
    There is a video at the top of the page that tells everything. The app is downloadable for android phones and blackberry but any other phone has to use the browser to make calls.


    Google Voice for your phone
    Yes, the app is available, but NOWHERE on there does it say you can make calls over data/wifi. It still uses your voice line. Trust me, I use google voice.
    At about 18 seconds on the video, it says "it will confirm that you want to dial your google access number." That is, using your current voice line to dial your google access number.
    Last edited by jacobrv; 01-30-2010 at 02:17 PM.
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    the calling feature of Google Voice is NOT VOIP...and they have explicitly stated this on many occasions. You call into their system using a set gateway number, then they dial the number you are trying to reach. This allows you to use your google voice number as your caller ID...so if that person calls you back your phone will ring and you will have options like blocking them.

    You can use this to your advantage with a friends and family plan...but I guess VZW figured that out and lowered the unlimited talk price to that of the starting F&F price...so you might as well just get unlimited now.
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    i have the droid on page plus pre-paid with no data plan. I use it on wi fi for e-mail and web. The google voice app is great because it syncs your contacts when in wifi range.
    Google voice stops working without wifi (android, blackberry has offline dilaing mode) and to make an ouybound call using google voice you need a calling card program to dial the access number, pause, destination number, # (i use accudial). For voip calls, gizmo 5 is the most compatible with google voice, but since google bought gizmo new membership is closed until it is reworked for google - for now there is truphone, vonage, and a few others which may or may not be compatible
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