I've been reading threads on this forum for the past few days and still can't get my head around GV and SMS. My question is, when you use GV to send SMS it's essentially free right? When someone responds they should be SMS'ing my GV number and not my normal cell. I would think at that point Verizon really isn't involved as long as I don't have my SMS's forwarded via GV to my cell? So, can you use GV solely and avoid text message fees from Verizon? I use GV outbound for all calls and also for voicemail. I had a text conversation with someone yesterday and thought I was using GV solely but then figured out Verizon thought I sent 10 texts. The number I was texting was another GV number btw. Thanks in advance for the help and clarification.