Google Voice - got charged $60.??????

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  1. Big Fate

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    Thats a good price actually for 2 phones....

    Unlimited is 99.99$
    Kinda steep compared to my last set a phones but I dont ever worry about going over on anything. But yea man I'd call up, sucks to hear that
     
  2. Quicksilver7714

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    It's expensive. For two lines the base unlimited talk and text plan is $149.99 and that does not include your $29.99/month data plan per required line, either.

    Trying out Sprint for a month. Sent from my Evo using Tapatalk. 4G is pointless when you don't live in one of the few available network areas.
     
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    Are you unlimited talk, text, web/email on one line?
    If so do you live in california?

    Trying out Sprint for a month. Sent from my Evo using Tapatalk. 4G is pointless when you don't live in one of the few available network areas.
     
  4. JPD_X

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    Need more info.

    Everybody is trying to solve a problem here which it seems we are not sure of what the problem really is.

    You didnt specify but that charge came from Verizon and not Google, am I correct?

    You need to use the Google Voice App to text for free, or forward through your email. There is no other way to receive texts. Once you forward to a mobile number you will be charged. If you receive notifications via mobile text you will be charged.

    My Google Voice line is dedicated strictly to texts. As well it also forwards my texts to my email which aggregates things quite well.

    Using Google Voice any other way would incur a charge since you are either forwarding to your mobile via text or using your phones text messages thinking they are free because you "use" Google Voice.

    The answer is not that simple reading your original post.

    If you thought you get text message as part of your data plan, you were misinformed. Data does not include text messages.

    As I said previously you either need to be using the app or forwarding them to your email. You will not incur any charge using them this way. Call Verizon and have them turn off txt messaging on your phone, its that simple, so you don't get charged for any text messages to or from your mobile.

    I couldn't really tell if you were complaining about texts not being included in your data plan or if you were trying to figure how to use Google Voice in that regard.
     
  5. droidx2010

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    My apologies. I didn't think you read the thread. I'll be friendlier next time. I'm actually, a nice person.:icon_ banana::icon_ banana:dancedroiddancedroid
     
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    Call Verizon up about my texting being charged or what? I don't think they'll give me a break if I'm trying to get around using their service. They'll probalby laugh at me.
     
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    Yep. My wife and I had $10 in text charges for the first few months, until I figured it out. But a telltale sign (as mentioned by several people above) is that every time she texted me, I got TWO notifications (one was from GV, the other from the built-in text app). That was pretty annoying (I wasn't aware of the charges yet!) and figured out how to eliminate the duplicate (hidden deep in GV's settings).

    Now we've set GV as our default text app on our phones, and created shortcuts to each other's numbers on our homescreens. No more mysterious text charges.

    (BUT she STILL has friends who text her cell phone number! ARGH!! :icon_evil:)

    -Matt
     
  8. JohnnyD359

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    I didnt know the android phones were available without unlimited text and internet...I have both,and wouldnt think of having to worry about how much i use my device,I got it to use it...we have 1400 min with 10 friends and family numbers...we never even get close to our minutes every month..
     
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    Not quite...let me see if I can break this down:

    (1) Verizon smartphones require both VOICE and DATA (internet) plans. I think I pay something like $30 for voice (500 minutes) and $30 for data. As of the last few years, Verizon's data contract says "unlimited data"--which has caused HUGE debates on this forum re: what "unlimited" means. Kind of a moot point--everyone in a plan right now gets to keep it, while new plans will soon offer two "metered" or tiered data plans at $15 and $30.

    (2) Having texts (either a small number, or "unlimited") requires a third charge in addition to voice and data. That is totally OPTIONAL. As you've probably seen here, many use Google Voice as their primary text app, which is free (when used correctly!).

    (3) Friends and Family. Basically you get to select a few numbers you call often, and get to call them with no charge to your minutes. Where it gets interesting is that some GV users arrange F&F so that their outbound calls routed through GV use a F&F number, hence no minute charges for all their GV-routed calls. =) Too much fuss for me...like you, we stay way under our monthly minute limit, so it's not worth the trouble for us.

    Hope that clears a little of this up!

    -Matt
     
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    Are you texting with it international? I just texted america and works fine.
     
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    To the OP. Do the following.
    Open the app list and open the app "Text Messaging". Are there any records there? If so, then you have been sending or receiving some text messages through the phone rather than through Google Voice.

    One reason I don't bother using Google Voice for texts or calls is that it relies too heavily on the other people using the Google Voice number to contact you. If they already have your mobile phone number in their phone's contact book, it's natural for them to send a text to that number instead of your Google Voice number.

    If you do use GV, then you need to make sure that it's set up to NOT forward notifications to your phone by text. You also want to make sure that it uses your GV number, NOT your phone's number as the "text back" or "call back" number.

    In addition to checking out the settings in your phone's GV app, log into your GV account on through a web browser and check the settings.
     
  12. ricks

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    Did the OP get his GV set up properly yet? I never get charges for texting and I text sometimes up to 500 times in a month.(I know alot of people that text alot more). If I got charged for some of those, I would have freaked.
     
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