New Member -Googlevoice question

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    Hi. I just got a Droid Eris with Verizon. I'm actually new to data pkgs. as well, being content til now with simply voice and text from Verizon. I consider that I know just enough to be dangerous so I'm hoping someone has already solved my problem and can tell me, yes you can or no you can't!

    To use my Verizon voice service in the Dominican Republic, it costs $1.99/minute.... I'm tired of paying this. I have a Google voice number local to my Verizon number. My question is this: If I make a call from my Droid while physically in DR to a US number using google voice over either (a) the Verizon data network <unlim kb avail for $2.16/day> OR (b) an existing wireless connection that bypasses the verizon network I should not accrue Verizon cell minutes, right? The same would go if I received a call to the google voice number, right?

    Also, if I forward my Verizon number to the Google number, would any calls made to the Verizon number accrue as regular (not the $1.99) cell minutes since it's a forward to the local Google number?

    Any help is appreciated.
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    I've not be outside of the good old USA since 71 (pre cell/smart phones) I think the VZW customer service folks should be able to provide you with your best options.

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    International calls: Making international calls

    You can make international calls at very low rates with Google Voice. You can do this at any time through the Google Voice website or the Google Voice phone system.
    Get started by purchasing credit through Google Checkout. Rates vary by country and will be counted on a per minute basis. To view international calling rates, simply click the See Rates link in the Billing tab of your Google Voice Settings page.
    You can make calls outside the United States from the Google Voice website or through the Google Voice phone system:

    • From the website: Click the Call button at the top left of the page and enter "+country code" or "+1countrycode" (depending where you're calling) followed by the international number. For example: +442012345612345 or +1246-426-0200.
    • From the Google Voice phone system: Access the Google Voice phone system by either calling your Google number, or if you're using Google Voice with a non-Google number, calling your access number from a mobile phone registered on your account. Once you're in the Google Voice system, press 2 to make a call. When dialing an international number, enter 011, the country code, and then the number (for example: 011442012345612345).
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    Dominican Republic per minute rates:
    Dominican Republic - $0.06
    Dominican Republic (Mobile) - $0.11
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    It would be free over wifi if you can get SipDroid/Google Voice/sipgate to work flawlessly but I tried and it was pretty difficult and quality wasn't consistent. I'm still waiting for Google to release Gizmo5 that should make things easier for VoiP/Wifi calling.
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    Welcome to the forum, nbb! Looks like LuN3yDaV3 has found what you need. Enjoy your new Eris!
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    I'm confused though. If he is in DR, isn't he on Roaming as far as Verizon goes and as he mentioned being charged $1.99/min for any phone calls while in DR?

    The way I understand it, you can make Cheap International calls with GV while you are still in the US and not on roaming. Please correct me if I am wrong. If he is in DR, even if he connects with GV somehow, it is still a roaming incoming or outgoing call to his GV number which then routes him to his final phone destination. In eithercase he will have to pay the $1.99/min rate for this.

    Since GV doesn't do pure VOIP and has to interface with your phone via a regular phone connection, it seems that there is no way to escape this roaming rate purely using GV. Now if you setup Sipdroid+GV using sipsorcery, then of course it would be completely free and you would be relying on Wifi access to make the call (or 3G, but that would again be really expensive due to roaming).

    I could be totally wrong as I only read up on and setup sipdroid on my Droid today, but this is how I understand it at the moment.

    Cheers

    Edit - Yup, I think I'm right on this one. This thread also indicates that you would be charged international rates:
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/voice/thread?tid=4b745f049ec3339b&hl=en
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/voice/thread?tid=768016db4144f7ce&hl=en
    Only way to avoid this is to setup free VOIP calling using a service like sipgate along with sipsorcery
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010
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