Google Voice minutes?

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.
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.
 
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

You are SO SCREWED when you get your next phone bill... lol
 
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

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.
 
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

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.

Doesn't matter... If you home and make a call with GV, it uses minutes.. WiFi or not... sucks...
 
There is a way to make free VOIP calls if you set up sipDroid and get a Gizmo5 account. You have to set up sipDroid w/ your Gizmo5 number, then have google voice forward calls to your Gizmo5 number only. If you make calls from the google voice website using the Quick Call feature, Gvoice(not the app) will dial your gizmo5 number and then connect you to whoever called.


Didn't Google just buy Gizmo5 for somewhere around 30 mil in cash?

Man, Google is gonna take over the world......I can't wait!
 
Not spending 20 bux extra a month for google voice.
:mad: @ google
 
Guys, here's my two cents worth.

If you are trying to utilize any service (be it GV or otherwise) to get free calls and circumvent the system, then I would rather that you didn't. Using it this way could give Verizon a reason to block the service altogether, thus taking this wonderful service away from the legitimate users.

Verizon (and other cell providers) make their revenue from us using minutes. Without revenue, there is no company (just ask the old dot-coms). Of course, they can make up for it by jacking up base package prices even more and nobody wants that.

Google Voice isn't trying to take business away from the telecomms, but rather trying to add value (for free to boot!).

I really do understand that people are always looking for ways to save money (especially in these trying times), but let's do it in a manner that won't possibly affect everyone else...
 
Guys, here's my two cents worth.

If you are trying to utilize any service (be it GV or otherwise) to get free calls and circumvent the system, then I would rather that you didn't. Using it this way could give Verizon a reason to block the service altogether, thus taking this wonderful service away from the legitimate users.

Verizon (and other cell providers) make their revenue from us using minutes. Without revenue, there is no company (just ask the old dot-coms). Of course, they can make up for it by jacking up base package prices even more and nobody wants that.

Google Voice isn't trying to take business away from the telecomms, but rather trying to add value (for free to boot!).

I really do understand that people are always looking for ways to save money (especially in these trying times), but let's do it in a manner that won't possibly affect everyone else...


I agree somewhat. I wanted to use GV for those long calls where I'll be on hold etc... Most my calls are vzw to vzw anyway. I only use it @ home with WiFi. Now I don't use it at all. I uninstalled it...
 
My two cents...

My two cents: There's nothing nefarious here... You can already use Skype and Vonage on the iPhone (and Vonage has the same "ring them all" feature as Google voice, and number porting), and various apps on Windows Mobile on the Verizon network. So if you're comparison shopping, VOIP is a totally legitimate feature to ask about, but frankly, Google Voice still leaves much to be desired. For those of us that have been waiting around for number porting since the days of GrandCentral, the android app for verizon provided a highly anticipated step in the right direction. Nothing like buying a phone and signing a two year contract solely because of Google Voice and finding out it's not actually Google voice -they handicapped it.

That being said, if your purpose is to save on minutes by using VOIP, use Fring for Android. Make calls over Skype (and a whole lot more)... Fring Now Works on Android, Does Skype VoIP Calls – GigaOM
 
what if......what if you have your GV# on your FF list and you call that number (your own GV #)....then when you enter menu you use option #2 to call another number therefore bypassing the exchange? Ha! Free phonecalls in primetime....;)
 
This is all very confusing.

Could someone explain this as if you were talking to your 2nd grader?
 
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