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Thread: Can the XOOM be used as your phone?

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    Can the XOOM be used as your phone?

    I have a Droid X and very rarely use it as an actual phone. Since I refuse to have two data plans with Verizon would it be possible to use a XOOM as my phone with a bluetooth headset? No, I wouldn't want to walk around holding it up to my ear.

    If I remember correctly the Galaxy Tab can be used as a phone in Europe, but the function was disabled in the US. Heck, I even checked out the Galaxy Tab at Verizon and they had to assign a phone number to put it on the network. BTW, I think that disabling this feature was very "Apple like", which is why I got rid of my iPhone to begin with.
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    From the specs page comparing the different versions, it looked like they don't have a "phone" radio at all (just a "data" radio).

    You could probably use it for VoIP.
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    I was wondering the same thing.

    Im curious to see if Google Voice will work on the device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidbrn View Post
    I was wondering the same thing.

    Im curious to see if Google Voice will work on the device.
    I maybe wrong but I don't see how Google voice would work on the Xoom since it doesn't have a phone radio. I know the 3g Xooms will have phone a number for connecting to the internet & texting but that's it without a phone radio (except VOIP/video). kinda like the MiFi, it has a phone number but no phone radio. It can dial to get on the internet and send and receive text messages via VZ manager and a computer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepInitReel View Post
    I maybe wrong but I don't see how Google voice would work on the Xoom since it doesn't have a phone radio.
    It could work the same way as the VOIP calling in Gmail using Google Voice. It's simply a matter of whether or not they include that functionality or not. I'm hoping yes, but guessing no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickmel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KeepInitReel View Post
    I maybe wrong but I don't see how Google voice would work on the Xoom since it doesn't have a phone radio.
    It could work the same way as the VOIP calling in Gmail using Google Voice. It's simply a matter of whether or not they include that functionality or not. I'm hoping yes, but guessing no.
    Google voice does not use VOIP. GV is a middle man type service that handles and forwards calls using your cellphone or landline connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepInitReel View Post
    Google voice does not use VOIP. GV is a middle man type service that handles and forwards calls using your cellphone or landline connection.
    It does that too, but last August they enabled the feature to make calls from within you browser, without having to use any "real" phone with it.

    Google Voice Integrated Into Gmail. Make And Receive Calls From The Browser

    I use it a TON and I really hope the Xoom can do it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickmel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KeepInitReel View Post
    Google voice does not use VOIP. GV is a middle man type service that handles and forwards calls using your cellphone or landline connection.
    It does that too, but last August they enabled the feature to make calls from within you browser, without having to use any "real" phone with it.

    Google Voice Integrated Into Gmail. Make And Receive Calls From The Browser

    I use it a TON and I really hope the Xoom can do it too.
    This is one of those times when I like it when I'm wrong!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepInitReel View Post
    This is one of those times when I like it when I'm wrong!!!
    Indeed. Google Voice from Gmail is just awesome. I use it for almost every call when I'm at home.
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    Well, you could use it to make calls, not receive them but that would depend if it has a microphone in it. If it doesn't, then no you can't.
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