To text using google voice do I need people to send texts to my google voice number, or can they still text my normal Verizon number?
how many cheapasses buy a $300 phone? really? i pay $30 a month for unlimited everything but minutes.. so instead of receiving a random crazy $200 bill due to overages, why wouldnt you just pay the $30 and not have to worry about overages.
That's all free.
What costs money is that you can configure the GV Server to forward text messages it recieves to your Verizon phone number. Verizon doesn't discern between a text message recieved from the GV server and your friend Hank. They'll happily charge you for both.
So here's what I did: I sent a text message to the 10 or so people that I text the most. The message basically said "This is Matt, please use this as my mobile number". So 99% of all texts I get are from those people and thus are free.
hope that helps.
To make it less confusing for them, I just told them to replace my mobile number all together. If they call my "new mobile number" (GV#), it rings through to my mobile. If they TXT my mobile, I get it for free