1. vor's Avatar
    I have a no text plan but added on the 250/mo for $5 on Verizon. If I were to drop that and use GV exclusively for text would it be a lot of work to get those I text to use my GV contact and not the phone number?

    Once I started a string of msgs I assume that would keep the string on my GV number but if they just txt me from their contacts it would probably use my VZW number right?

    Just looking to knock a few bucks off my monthly service so I can get data added to the misses phone. Thanks
    07-12-2010 11:44 AM
  2. Nebilim's Avatar
    from my experience, your contacts WOULD have to use your GV number for them to come to your GV inbox. if not then it will be deducted from your text message count.
    07-12-2010 01:38 PM
  3. vor's Avatar
    Thanks! I can probably get the ppl I text most to add the number...the rest would be a few cents here and there I guess.
    07-12-2010 01:55 PM
  4. Nebilim's Avatar
    yup! it's quite useful when you need to be professional
    07-12-2010 02:42 PM
  5. vor's Avatar
    yes! I wonder if it might be easier to just give contacts the google voice number and have the voicecalls fwd to the cell number?
    07-12-2010 02:58 PM
  6. Nebilim's Avatar
    yes! thats the idea. (thats what i do) you can edit your voicemail greeting and everything. also the number is nice to have incase you dont know what the other persons service provider is for texting. also GV sends email and/or text messages to you when you have a new VM or call or SMS or whatever
    07-12-2010 03:14 PM
  7. remmus2k's Avatar
    I guess its great if you have a ton of phones.

    I just have a cellphone so it seems useless to me. Glad to know people are adopting it.
    07-12-2010 03:43 PM
  8. vor's Avatar
    I'm just trying to find a free sms text alternative to the $5/mo since I'm already giving them $30/mo for data
    07-12-2010 04:09 PM
  9. mldiroff's Avatar
    I do this and it works great.....we downgraded from a high text plan and i still keep the 250 plan, for others who might text (I might be able to get rid of this, too)...

    I've given people my GV # more now (only people I text with - older family, i keep them using my VZW #)....

    They do have to text back to your GV #, of course.......if you want to send PIX messages, though, you can't use GV. You'll have to use VZW, but I believe you'll just pay the per/message fee (which if you don't do it very often, will be much less that $5 a month) - your actual transfer of the picture should be covered in your data plan, I believe.
    07-12-2010 05:15 PM
  10. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    I got rid of my text plan and started using GV for texting and calls. Worked very well.
    07-12-2010 05:56 PM
  11. dandrumheller's Avatar
    Yep - I'm doing this now too. I just used my new aria as an excuse to send a message to all my normal use contacts that I was switching over to google voice, and to call and text via that number. The adoption has been a little spotty so far (it's only been a couple weeks though) but when someone texts me on my regular number, I just respond via google voice. That usually gets them to catch on to add the new number to their contacts if they didn't already.

    Works great! Good luck.
    07-12-2010 07:51 PM
  12. frunkiss's Avatar
    I mentioned my Google Voice in my default voicemail greeting when I was changing over. I also emailed all my contacts and put it on my email signature.
    My transition was great.

    Now I use my Google Voice number for everything and hardly ever give out my regular number.
    I canceled my unlimited text plan ($20/month) and added my Google Voice number to my calling circle. On Google Voice's settings I had my Google Number show on my caller ID anytime I got a call. Because of this I got unlimited free minutes on any incoming calls plus I used GV dialer app to call out and that calls your Google Voice number first, then rings back to connect the calls. So I got a plan of 900 minutes and only used 40 in my first month I got my Incredible.
    Downside to this is that you don't get to see who's calling on your phone, but you can enable call screening on your Google Voice settings and get the audio prompt when you answer.

    Since then I removed that setting since I dont get close to using my minutes, but I still use it for everything.
    If you set up groups and group voice greetings it works great.
    Transcription is a spotty, but I love Google Voice.
    I even made it my default voicemail service on my phone. Now I dont have to call any number to retrieve messages.
    07-12-2010 09:17 PM
  13. anon(3653)'s Avatar
    I use it as my primary text to all my non-Android friends. I use Google Talk for them.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
    07-12-2010 09:26 PM