Google Voice minutes?

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  1. qoncept

    qoncept Member

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    I'm not sure what IN is, is that the same thing as friends and family? Looks like all my calls, in and out, are showing up in my billing as my GV number. Add that and you should be good. Texts seem to be doing that too.
     
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    IN minutes are also known as "m2m" or mobile to mobile calling. Verizon plans offer free unlimited m2m or IN minutes for all customers.

    My friends and I rely on the m2m calling. We have 450 minute plans, so we are excluded from the friends and family (which are only on plans with 900 minutes or more).

    So there is a huge implication for Verizon customers who take advantage of the free m2m network calling when using Google Voice. If these calls and texts do not count as m2m calls and texts, there are going to be lots of ticked off people who suddenly get huge phone bills from using Google Voice!

    To give you an example. Where I work suddenly stopped allowing cell phones in the building. So I began forwarding my cell phone to my work phone before going into work everyday. Forwarded calls do not count as m2m calls on the Verizon network. The first month I was hit with a $400 phone bill for going over my plan minutes. AND one of my close friends got hit with a $300 phone bill for calling me, and another friend was hit with a $200 bill, even though they were not aware I was forwarding my cell to my work phone. It was an easy $900 for Verizon that month.

    So again, there is a HUGE implication for people who use Google Voice if the calls and texts through it do not count as m2m. Not just for the person using Google Voice, but for ALL the other Verizon people they call.

    So watch your monthly allowance minutes if you are using Google Voice.
     
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    i downgraded from unlimited minutes to 900 with friends and family added my google voice number an now have unlimited minutes again cause everyone calls my google voice number
     
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    http://greg-loesch.com/blog/456/google-voice-verizon-tips-tricks/

    Here is an excellent article for Verizon customers wanting to use Google Voice. As it turns out, ALL calls through Google Voice are considered out of network, and thus will chew up your minutes. SUCH a dealbreaker!

    Google Voice was THE reason I wanted a Motorola Droid. I have virtually lost all interest in getting the phone now.
     
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    #17 kenbarnum, Nov 11, 2009
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  6. qoncept

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    Sounds like with the 450 minute plan and no Friends and Family you're out of luck. With VOIP possibly coming up it'd make everything free for everyone with a data plan, so hopefully that will happen soonish.
     
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    You are SO SCREWED when you get your next phone bill... lol
     
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    if you do this, make sure you have your Google Voice settings so that when people call your Google Voice, it shows your Google Voice # on caller-ID and not their number. Otherwise, as above poster said, you will be screwed.
     
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    Doesn't matter... If you home and make a call with GV, it uses minutes.. WiFi or not... sucks...
     
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    Gonna cost me the next step plan to use it though :(
    Should be free without 900 minutes with friends and family...
    I think it should be free over WiFi... just my two pennies worth...
     
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    Man, Google is gonna take over the world......I can't wait!
     
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