Any way to switch verizon voicemail to googlevoice?

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    the feature set of google voice is appealing.
    I already have my single google voice number, but I'd like to set my droid to use my google voice as my voicemail. The menu structure seems to be there to support something like this, but the only option is carrier provided VM.

    Any thoughts on this?
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    Go to your Google Voicemail and setup your CELL number to have its OWN Google Voicemail. Then GV will give you instructions on how to forward calls for Verizon.

    I believe its *71(GV NUMBER) and then Send/Talk.

    **NOTE**: Forwarding to GV uses airtime minutes as the person leaves you a voicemail.
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    You can do this directly from the web interface for GV.

    I believe it's on a per-line basis, and you'll want to turn off the auto-login.

    If you can't figure it out, reply and i'll walk through it. I've had this set up for a while.
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    Thanks guys....that was too easy.
    Jim
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    Tried searching several threads and google, but I have done the steps to activate Google Voicemail on my Droid yet it does not showing up as an option under settings on the phone. I only have "My Carrier" as an option. Does this take time to become available and activate on the phone side?

    I don't think I missed any steps, as I was pretty diligent (I hope) on searching the forums first.
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    You guys know this should be in Applications and not Hacks....just an fyi
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    Oops, I followed a search link...my mistake. I'll post my question there, thanks.
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    It looks af if you question was already answered...or are you still having issues?
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    It doesnt show up as a separate option. It somehow just switches it. You should change your voicemail number to your GV number tho.

    This is awesome by the way, didn't know you could do this. Its basically free visual voicemail with transcription with the GV app.
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    Adding your Google Voice number to your Friends and Family list should avoid this, right?
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    I've been using YouMail and it works well. Only complaints I have are that it complains about not having access to the internet after being on a call for longer than 30 sec, and that it plays messages through the speakerphone instead of handset so privacy is a bit of an issue.

    I never thought about using Google Voice as voicemail, even though I've had it for quite some time, but this is an awesome idea. I'd love to have transcription and would be great if I don't keep getting the "internet connection not available" message from YouMail.

    I think I will switch now! :)
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    I am in the exact same boat as you Joey. I've been wanting to switch, but how did you get a Google voice invite?
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    Ask at in the right place at the right time....
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    delete post
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    Thanks. Yes, thought so, but what confuses me is that it still looks like the Verizon setting is what is selected. But I will follow-up with this in another existing thread or PM someone to avoid cluttering up the boards with yet another GV post. Thanks again.
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    WHAT?? that is so verizon :icon_evil: so if i transfer my voicemail to google voice, and use my verizon number, when someone leaves me a voicemail, it uses my airtime! i don't have unlimited airtime, or friends and family, i barely have any minutes left and the end of the month as it is! :( does anyone have any documentation from verizon about this?
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    Google Voice had a signup for early invites. I put my email address on there and in about two weeks I had a GV account.

    BTW, works great. Transcription for free!!! woot!

    Has anybody confirmed if adding your GV number to friends & family alleviates the airtime issue?
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    Well since the GV number is Not a VZW number you should have known this already......I added mine to my friends and family list so no problem....
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    Well think about it...when you use Google Voice for your voicemail..your cell phone rings, you don't answer the call, and so it forwards it to the Google Voice number. All that happens when you decide to use Google Voice for your voicemail, is that you are conditionally forwarding the call if you don't answer it on the handset.
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    is this true for sure? i added my GV# to FnF too just want to make sure. I have it set to forward th VM to GV.

    If you use your GV# as the primary # and set the caller id to show you GV# always is that the way around not using minutes at all for anyone since it will always show you GV# and its in yu FnF list?

    thanks

    thanks
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