Quote Originally Posted by Guindalf View Post
I set up a second GV account using a Google number so I could use texting. I'm not a big fan/user, so even a $5 plan makes no sense to me, but I have one or two people who send the occasional text.

However, being under the impression that I could utilize the data part of my plan instead of incurring costs, I sent and received a few through the GV account. Afterwards, I checked my Verizon account and saw 27 texts (at 20 cents each!). WTF???

I called and explained the situation and was told that ALL GV texts as well as IM messages were chargeable at the text messaging rate.

Is this true for you or is there a way I need to set up GV so no costs are incurred?
I just went down today and talked to them for the same reason. They said that GV texts charge against the account. My concern was that online I see my usage where I shouldn't. GV number everywhere. But, there was also the texts from one verizon number to another (my mom still uses my verizon number but she's verizon). So there's nothing conclusive there. If I call #DATA which is supposed to be real time balance, the messages using GV do NOT show up.

Quote Originally Posted by hookbill View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Guindalf View Post
I set up a second GV account using a Google number so I could use texting. I'm not a big fan/user, so even a $5 plan makes no sense to me, but I have one or two people who send the occasional text.

However, being under the impression that I could utilize the data part of my plan instead of incurring costs, I sent and received a few through the GV account. Afterwards, I checked my Verizon account and saw 27 texts (at 20 cents each!). WTF???

I called and explained the situation and was told that ALL GV texts as well as IM messages were chargeable at the text messaging rate.

Is this true for you or is there a way I need to set up GV so no costs are incurred?
They don't have anything to do with GV. If you got charged then you had to of used your regular texting and just thought you were using google voice.

When your doing a text in Google Voice you will know it because you will not have word complete available. That's the easiest indicator. Perhaps you were in a conversation with someone and they text you back at your regular number? If you replied, you would of course be on Verizon's texting at that point.

I've never been charged for using Google Voice, it's a different number. Verizon isn't even aware of if you have a Google Voice number according to a rep I spoke with. (Yes, I know)
That isn't true, at least in my case. The predictive text is local I believe, in that it resides on the phone, not GV or Verizon. I use the GV app and the predictive text works.

Also, I have Handcent and my messages that are sent to my GV number also show up on the Handcent app. The difference that gives you a clue that it came in on the GV number, is that instead of just the message showing, it's preceded with the sender's name and a dash. Also, if it's the first time receiving the message from a person, it comes across on Handcent from a new unknown number, like a 406 area code or something. When I determine who it's from, I add the number to the appropriate contact and from then on out, the Handcent recognizes by name who it is. Oddly enough, if you call that number, it rings their phone too! If I respond to that number via Handcent, it also appears to stay on GV.

Now I can use the more appealing Handcent to continue the conversation. Still should initiate the conversation from GV app.