Google Voice

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    So I got my phone today and am new the the whole smart phone thing. I'm wondering if it's possible to use the Google Voice voice mail as my default vm over the terrible Verizon vm using my regular Verizon phone number? I know the Gvoice number goes there but I don't give out that number very often.
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    Log onto your Google Voice account and go to Settings. next to any number you have marked as "Mobile" will be a link that says "Activate Google Voice Mail on this Phone". Click the link and it will give instructions for setting up busy/no answer forwarding of your phone to your google number, and it will recognize forwarded calls from your number and send them straight to your Google voice mail.

    They just added this feature last week.

    Alan
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    That's what I currently do, BUT PLEASE NOTE..

    If you use Google Voice for your voicemail, ALL voicemail calls will use airtime minutes as the calls are being forwarded somewhere else besides Verizon.
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    So basically I'm screwed if someone decides to leave me a long message?

    My previous phone wouldn't always notify me when I had a VM so I was just looking for something that would actually work all the time..
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    Does Google Voice use minutes? If I get a google voice number, I read you could send/recieve text messages free. Is that true? Would this mean I wouldn't need a text messenging plan anymore? Would this use up my minutes instead thou? Thanks in advance
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    RE:

    Thats what im wondering as well. Im looking to avoid a text plan and use google voice or another app for texting.
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    Google Voice uses minutes and texts...

    Google Voice is just a forwarding number so that when people call your GV number it rings multiple phones at the same time. If someone texts your GV number you can have it forwarded to your phone number or use the Android GV app to read the text messages.

    IF (not sure if still valid) you put your Google Voice number on Friends and Family and then have Google Voice display ITS number as the Caller ID supposedly you would get unlimited minutes, but I am not sure if this still works.
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    Verizon's voicemail uses minutes also. At least it used it, does it not anymore?
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    There are 2 methods to use google voice. 1, is to use the google voice applications and 2, is to manually call the number.

    Depending on which you do, you will have to configure your free friends and family calling numbers differently.

    If you want unlimited calling using google voice via the google voice application, you will need to have a data connection. What happens when you make a call through the app, is it sends a request to the server and then forwards your call. You have to set your google voice number as one of the numbers on your friends and family's list. You will now have unlimited OUT bound calls. All calls inbound will cost you minutes unless you change your google settings to only display your google number. If your googlevoice settings are set to display caller ID, you will be charged.

    The thing with google voice messaging via the app is it's slow. The application at this time can only support updates at 5 minute intervals or manual refreshes. You will need a data connection.

    Otherwise, if you have texting, any sms messages sent to your google voice number will be forwarded to your handset's number.
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    does GV sms alert my droid of whenever i get a new SMS without having to forward it to my gmail account
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    is it worth getting google voice eventhough it uses verizon minutes? can you toggle between numbers say when you want to call canada? so from what i am reading, if you put your goole number on friends and family you are all set for free and it won't use your verizon minutes? Help and thanks
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    Google voice doesnt use texts that count against your plan as long as you use the gv app to send and receive them.
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    alright...dumb question... but i dont know anything about GV...and this post (and thread) confused me a little (and its helping understand at the same time)

    when would you ever have an INBOUND call that uses your minutes using GV? are you saying that when folks leave a voicemail they're using up my minutes?
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    Yes. Unless you add the voicemail forwarding number to your F&F list.
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    How do you know what number your phone is dialing to listen to your GV voicemail? Is it the GV number that I setup, or is it some other random access point number?

    Do I have to log on to VZWs site and find out what number my phone called when I dial VM?

    As well, I changed my call settings to us GV for voicemail, but when I press the VM button in the dialer, I am still getting my VZW vm box. Is that normal?

    Thanks!

    **EDIT: Just read the e-mail they sent me. Does the following mean that I should add just the number that I setup using GV into my F&F list?

    2. Access your Voicemail by:
    Signing-in to google.com/voice
    Calling your Google number, (###) ###-####, and pressing the star (*) key while your greeting is playing.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
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    Goggle voice

    I am confused! I just want to use Google Voice like I would use verizon's Visual Voicemail. I don't want another number. Just my cell number. So what's this airtime minutes,etc. all about?
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    You have the option of enabling or disabling GV for your phone calls. I was not interested in GV for placing calls; just for the VM service.

    So, simply select "Do not use GV to place calls" when setting up the app and you're good to go. You can still route your VM through it and it does not use your minutes if you access it through the app (you can also call an assigned number that operates much like traditional vm access).

    It's a great way to manage your vm. In addition to the phone access, I installed the GV widget on myt iGoogle home pages on my home and work PC's and I can see who called and what they had to say without going through the phone at all.

    Also, I can use different VM messages for different groups of people - which is great because my work mandated VM message is fairly long.

    Great program.

    By the way, instead of waiting for an GV invite, I bought one on ebay for $2.00.
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