Google Voice: Does it count against minutes?

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    Junior Member pc_michael's Avatar
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    Google Voice: Does it count against minutes?

    Hi!

    I'm a little confused about the Google Voice integration. Is it a data service (VOIP-like) so that calls made and received via Google Voice are counted as data instead of voice? Or do Google Voice calls still count against my minutes?

    Thanks!

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    Google Voice is VoIP and doesn't count against your minutes. It uses data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scots View Post
    Google Voice is VoIP and doesn't count against your minutes. It uses data.
    Wow that's great, thanks! I was confused because I didn't think phone companies would allow such a nicety!

    So bonus question: If I don't have cellular signal but I am connected to a WiFi network, can I still place/receive Google Voice calls? And if so, does this mean one could theoretically purchase an unlocked Nexus One and use it strictly as a VOIP phone without a plan from a cellular company?

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    Wow...gv is not voip. Google google voice and you'll have your answers.

    Don't answer questions here when you don't know what you're taking about.
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    sorry for this...

    who can send me a GV invitation pls??



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    OK...it's a "forwarding service". I was under the impression it was VoIP. I apologize for my ignorance. It will be a Skype-type VoIP service once Google finishes integrating Gizmo5 (which they purchased last year) with GV.

    And you don't need to be such a jerk, Fuse. Your "Don't answer questions here when you don't know what you're taking about." comment was rude. I thought I was giving correct information, but I was wrong. You could have been nicer about it.

    I may be new to this particular forum, new to the Nexus One, and new to Google Voice...but I'm definitely NOT new to computers, other forums, or technology. I don't go around intentionally giving out incorrect information to people. It was a mistake, and you could have more politely corrected me.

    I have a few GV invitations I can send out if anyone wants one.

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    GV strictly uses minutes not data.

    On AT&T you could set it up in A-list, so it does not eat up your minutes.
    By doing so you get "unlimited minutes" on a relatively cheap plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixy2k View Post
    GV strictly uses minutes not data.
    Again, not true. Making an outgoing call requires a data connection if you are using the GV app that comes with the N1. Unlike a regular phone call, it has to make a request to the GV servers. It is possible to do without a data connection if you call your GV number and enter the number you wish to call manually. However, that is pretty pointless since it is much simpler to call from your contacts. Sending SMS through the GV app also uses data (but not your SMS plan).

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    When you use your GV it eats away your minutes provided by your carrier.

    You can use GV on a phone on any carrier without a data plan. I wish someone would make an app for GV to use it offline. There is one already for iPhone. No need for data whatsoever. You can dial your contacts from the list without dialing their number yourself.

    I used GV on an old Motorola rizr with no data plan. I know how it works.

    About SMS you are absolutely correct. GV SMS cannot be used without a data plan, or wifi

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    Forwarding(call and text)/Voicemail with V2T messages service - yes.

    Scots, you have my appologies, and it certainly wasn't intended to be personal. GV not being VOIP is just one of the topics that one dead horse has beated another horse to death with here and you put it very simply as fact instead of a belief. I put it in the same category as the old "No, the N1 will not support ATT 3G - RTFM" discussions.
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