using google voice for texting?

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    my dad will get me a droid, but he wants to cut my texting plan down to a really low amount.
    i have a google voice account (i just realized i have it and dont know how it works), so can i use that for my texting? i dont get it.
    can i just send and recieve texts from that number all the time if i get the app for droid and will that take away from my phone's texting plan? does the app have to be open?

    please explain how that works. thanks
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    Or is there a better way to text for free without using my plan's texts?
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    once you have the google voice app installed, I believe if the first time you try and text someone it asks you if you want to send through verizon or google voice. I use my reg number, but google voice for text. Think this makes it free, not sure though.
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    So do the texts u send from your verizon number or your google voice number?
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    I believe Im sending them from my google number, not positive yet.
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    Why are you worried. Texting is unlimited with the data plan.
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    there are several threads about this that have good information in them. search it.
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    Actually im pretty sure texting isnt included in data. Could be wrong though.
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    yeah texting plan and data plan are different. Unless you meant texting through google voice over data then yes.
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    I use GoogleVoice for texting with my boyfriend (who is on ATT!! Eesh!)... I've checked my VZW records... none of our GV texts go through the 500 SMS package I have. So the use of GV only utilizes your data plan, but not your text package.
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    You right, I just looked at my bill, $600.

    Only kidding. I guess all plans are not created equal-

    PDA/Smartphone Nationwide Email & Messaging A bundled package with voice and wireless data for quick and easy remote access to email and attachments. Plus Unlimited Messaging with anyone in the U.S. on any network. Introducing Friends & Family®. *Unlimited calling to and from any 5 numbers on any network in America. Learn More Unlimited Text, Picture, Video & Instant Messaging Data usage from within the National Enhanced Services and the Extended National Enhanced Services Rate and Coverage Areas Data Access for Emai Unlimited Calling to all Verizon Wireless Customer.......

    I have a family plan with the above features so I do have unlimited texting, but not everyone does. I never text before the switch to Verizon. In a month my texts seriously outnumber my chargeable minutes.

    Of course talktome keyboard makes texting easy
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    google voice texting is good, its not instant but good...
    you can't send pictures with google voice (yet)

    I give my google voice text number out to people I don't want to have my real cell number and there is an option for it to either show your actual phone number or the gv number I think.
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    haha u got lied to
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    who did? about what?
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    As far as the unlimited texting being included with the data plan... Verizon wireless sales reps quotas and commissions are based on something called DAPC or data access per contract, they have to keep their DAPC above I dunno it was like 17 dollars when I was working there. They have to get this about that number despite all the crappy phones that barely do any data like the samsung smooth or whatever, So if they tell u that getting a data plan and text messaging are included together and give u a price for the plan..it's probably very accurate on price, but if it's something you're used to paying for I would have them show you the plans, if you don't want as much texting or whatever, oh yeah and as to that 45 dollar plan w corporate email? I have mine on a 29.99 email and web for smartphone plan and have my corporate email synced just fine with my droid.
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    No, I didn't get lied to. National Select 1400 minute family plan has unlimited text. I believe the 900 minute also has unlimited text also but you lose the 10 family and friends so I went with the higher minutes for about 20 dollars more.

    I've read on here that there can be delays on delivery of texts using GV so I'll continue texting via Verizon. I think I could make some changes to my plan, depending how GV Works out.
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    omg u said texting is unlimited w the data plan.. nevermind.. idiots
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    As far as I know the Nation 1400 Family plan DOES NOT include texting at all, this is the service I have. There is no 900 minute calling Family plan, the next one down was 700 minutes according to Verizon when I was in there on Saturday.

    Texting is extra.
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    For "crappy's" benefit, I'll admit that I did say data plan in my original post. I'm new to verizon and I just wanted to get the Droid and Verizon's network. I set up my plan on line while in conversation with an online Verizon specialist on what I was looking for because a lot of what is on the net is a bit confusing, such as the 5gb "limit on data" that everyone felt was on the Droid plan.

    Anyway, yes the unlimited texting is on the voice side of the National Select 1400 Plan.

    Verizon | Answers to FAQs - Verizon Wireless Support

    I was looking for a family plan with unlimited data and text and that was what I received.

    The Basic Family Plan does not have text included, but if you want to go bare bones, that's fine. You'd save $30 but you get no texting. You're going to pay $.20 per text unless you buy a bundle. So if you end up sending more than 150 texts a month, you're paying more than the National Select plan. I send way more than that a week and I just started using texting not to mention the other members of my family.

    If you do a plan it's for each phone. 500 message per phone is costing me at the least $20.00 + .10 for overages. I know about overages. 1500 messages costs me $30 per month for two phones (not including me) and I still might pay overages. Thus the decision to get the National Select Plan with NO MESSAGING CHARGES for any of the phones. A simple decision actually.
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