Any downside to Google Voice?

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  1. mitchb2

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    I'm moving soon and will need to get a new cell phone number.
    I was thinking about taking that opportunity to switch to Google Voice.
    I'm reading about the features now.

    Any reason not to do it?
     
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    So with the new release and "direct dial" where all of your contacts have a phone number, I think the days of getting free calls are over. If everyone has a preset number then they defeats the purpose of adding that # to your friends and family and getting "free" calls.

    I could be wrong but this is how I read it...
     
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    Ooooh, I see what you're saying. So if you have Verizon and you can call other Verizon users for free, a Google Voice number would defeat this?
     
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    yea the new update will change the number that you call with - wont always be the same now

    yea but you can always buy a plan with lower minutes and use the unlimited data to call people with

    i also have my vmail sent to GV so that i can have it transcribed. not the most accurate but still beats calling and listening to that annoying lady (you can also have it played in the GV app)
     
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    if you have the old apk then its worth it
     
  6. mitchb2

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    "yea the new update will change the number that you call with - wont always be the same now"

    So then to the person you're calling it will be an unrecognized number?
     
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    ? you do know that carriers have to let you port your number(s). There are no longer restrictions for cell numbers. You can keep your current cell number the rest of your life from one provider to another and from city to city. With the prevalence of cell phones (i.e. no long distance charges) there's no need to get a 'new'/local number.
     
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    I didn't realize I could keep the number. I assumed I needed to have a number in the area code where I'm billed. Good to know.

    My friend just texted me and says Google Voice is VoIP and doesn't use any of your minutes.
     
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    Its not. It makes a call out on your normal line.
     
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    That's what I thought. Was it ever VoIP, like back when it was Grand Central?
     
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    I've been using GV since, almost, the beginning and even had it on my old Storm. The only thing you need to do is be aware of what number GV is using to dial out (a white bubble pops up right before you connect the call and tells you what number is being dialed out) so you can update your VZW settings on the web. Just add that number to your Friends/Family list and you should be set with "free" calls. I'm glad I moved over to GV & have no intention of ever using my "real" number again.

    I also turn off the SMS to my phone so I don't get two texts & use GV as my text app. Over the last year or so I've only had a few instances where GV freaked out & couldn't make a call but it only lasted a few minutes & was back up with no qualms.
     
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    Okay that makes sense.

    Someone earlier in the thread said that it's changed and now uses a different number each time it calls. Are you not seeing that?
     
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