1. androidnoobE's Avatar
    I am a noob to Android and was wondering if you can use the Nexus 7 as a normal cell phone with Tmobile instead of just using Tmobile for data or what would have to be done to it?
    https://play.google.com/store/device...us_7_32gb_hspa
    10-31-2012 07:44 AM
  2. thunderdong's Avatar
    Talkatone
    You need to be on a wifi network or teather through your cell
    10-31-2012 02:24 PM
  3. androidnoobE's Avatar
    check out the tech specs for this nexus 7, it has the radio, no need for wifi or teather
    10-31-2012 02:31 PM
  4. Jaysus's Avatar
    you can... you will want an earpiece of some sort though.
    10-31-2012 02:47 PM
  5. digitalslacker's Avatar
    I'm not sure that having a 3G radio means it's got phone capabilities. I thought that with GSM there wasn't a phone number provisioned on data only device, but i could be wrong about that. At the very least I'm sure that what needs to be wired up on the TMO side isn't going to support a phone call so that probably means that hacking up the device and adding the dialer back in won't work.

    Your best bet would be to try and find some 3rd party VOIP client that works over 3G...Most only work over WiFi.

    Good luck!
    androidnoobE likes this.
    11-02-2012 06:50 AM
  6. ragnarokx's Avatar
    I've seen custom ROMs for GSM tablets that had SMS and phone apps functional. Keep an eye out for new custom ROMs as devs start getting their 3G Nexus 7s.
    androidnoobE likes this.
    11-02-2012 07:17 PM
  7. androidnoobE's Avatar
    nice, thats what I was looking for!
    11-03-2012 05:38 PM
  8. cognus's Avatar
    to be more specific, have any of you successfully implemented Google Voice calling over the 7??
    devito80 likes this.
    11-05-2012 07:13 AM
  9. Jackie222's Avatar
    to be more specific, have any of you successfully implemented Google Voice calling over the 7??
    I have using the Talkatone app and set it up to use my Google Voice number. No need for tethering.

    Sent from my EVO using Android Central Forums
    11-05-2012 07:42 AM
  10. cognus's Avatar
    hmm.... thanx for the tip
    11-05-2012 11:18 AM
  11. ragnarokx's Avatar
    nice, thats what I was looking for!
    Looks like text messaging for the Nexus 7 3G is here: [ROM-3G] Jr1 **3G** (JOP40C / 4.2): MCR - new: tethering + SMS support, EPM + more! - xda-developers
    androidnoobE and DanaLeigh209 like this.
    11-23-2012 08:02 PM
  12. mmtowns's Avatar
    Nexus 7 as a phone. [A guy who gave it a whirl]
    01-06-2013 02:32 PM
  13. cognus's Avatar
    thx for posting that link. good, if superficial, article - a flyby of the "why nexus 7" argument. I couldn't help but think he was sorta accidentally making a case for the ipad mini as well, and as he explicitly says, for a Note/Note2/Note3. he used the "default" GrooveIP and made no mention of other apps/methods of calling, and really didn't discuss it much. most of the article is about other things.
    If I could afford a Note 2 on cash-no-contract, I'd drop the nex7 in a heartbeat. looking at a Note 1 as compromise...
    01-07-2013 08:23 AM
  14. Njshoregurl's Avatar
    I use Google voice and have v talk text on the fire lol both work as a phone.
    I dont use it often... But yes VoIP over Wi-Fi works

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    01-07-2013 08:54 AM
  15. asterix06's Avatar
    I use forfone and it works
    01-10-2013 09:38 AM
  16. Mike Boyd's Avatar
    Yes and its very easy. Get a Google voice number, its free. Then download the grooveIP lite app, also free. Then if you go into settings in Google Voice you can configure it too forward your incoming calls to Google Chat. And if you have a 3g HSPA Nexus 7 you can basically use this message to replace your cell phone. You can make calls receive calls and send and receive texts using Google Voice and groove IP. So for 20 dollars a month data connection you basically have a nexus 7 working as a full fledged cell phone
    robertnv likes this.
    01-23-2013 01:49 PM
  17. minnemike's Avatar
    Yes and its very easy. Get a Google voice number, its free. Then download the grooveIP lite app, also free. Then if you go into settings in Google Voice you can configure it too forward your incoming calls to Google Chat. And if you have a 3g HSPA Nexus 7 you can basically use this message to replace your cell phone. You can make calls receive calls and send and receive texts using Google Voice and groove IP. So for 20 dollars a month data connection you basically have a nexus 7 working as a full fledged cell phone
    I wonder why you need groove IP? On a pc, you can use google voice and chat by themselves. This is not possible on the N7? I find google voice and chat on a pc to be of better quality than even basic cell phone service on an actual cell phone (of course, this is wired ethernet - but I imagine close to the same with fast wifi)
    03-22-2013 10:41 AM

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