Google Voice for iPhone
I just started using google voice and it's great. I do not know much about the iPhone but could I use google voice as my main number. I do not talk on the phone much. I mainly want to do it for the free text messages. So, am I able to use the google voice app as my main phone app. Using my google voice phone number as my main number for calls and text.
- 12-20-2010, 10:25 PM #2
You can mostly do what you're looking for through the GV app as you mention, but the process is not as quick or slick as the native apps. By setting your GV number to forward to your cell, you can ask others to call the GV number, but be aware that it does use voice minutes from your plan.
If you're willing to jailbreak, you can use the GV Extensions to make the process a little more seamless in terms of using the default iPhone apps with your GV number.
- 12-21-2010, 07:15 AM #4
- 12-21-2010, 07:27 AM #6
They're not the same thing at all.
Skype is a voip service--you're using your data plan for your calls. Google Voice has a bunch of features, but the main one is that it gives you a new phone number that you can tie to any or all of your phones (cell, work, home landline, etc). BUT when you call with GV it still uses the minutes of your cell phone plan.
- 12-21-2010, 07:44 AM #7
- 12-21-2010, 08:22 AM #9
I also have it set up where all of my incoming and outgoing calls with GV are free. I use GV and AT&T's A-List. This has saved me and the Family a LOT of many! Here is a link to LifeHacker Articles that may help you get started.
FWIW, I am now UN-Jailbroken and using GVConnect.
- 12-21-2010, 11:00 AM #10
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- 12-23-2010, 04:59 PM #17
One of the problems with Google Voice right now is that in many areas they don't have local phone numbers available. I saw an article the other day where Google announced that Google Voice calling was going to remain free through 2011. It'll be interesting to see how the service develops over the years.
- 12-23-2010, 07:05 PM #18