1. recDNA's Avatar
    I know I will lose wifi calling, advanced calling and visual voicemail.

    Will I have regular voicemail?
    Will I still have simultaneous talk and data?

    What other verizon features will I lose by going with unlocked model? It is $300 off at BB with no payment plan needed Verizon model only 100 off over 24 payments. I would like to save the money but not if I lose too many features. Thanks for your help!
    03-01-2019 09:22 PM
  2. Rhyalus's Avatar
    Hi, you don’t lose advanced calling (volte) or visual voice mail...

    I do miss WiFi calling though...

    Everything else works just fine, including simultaneous talk and data.

    R
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    03-02-2019 04:52 PM
  3. recDNA's Avatar
    Hi, you don’t lose advanced calling (volte) or visual voice mail...

    I do miss WiFi calling though...

    Everything else works just fine, including simultaneous talk and data.

    R
    Oh, the Best Buy salesman warned about visual voicemail. Glad to hear it is available.

    As far as I know I have never used wifi calling. I only engage wifi at home and I have LTE here.

    Now I need only choose whether to wait for Note 10 with 5G or go for the savings now.

    Thanks.
    03-02-2019 05:23 PM
  4. Rhyalus's Avatar
    Oh, the Best Buy salesman warned about visual voicemail. Glad to hear it is available.

    As far as I know I have never used wifi calling. I only engage wifi at home and I have LTE here.

    Now I need only choose whether to wait for Note 10 with 5G or go for the savings now.

    Thanks.
    Personally, I think it is going to be another year or two before the 5G stuff settles down. In fact, there are new 5G chips that will be much faster that are already announced.

    I will wait until at least 2020 to get a 5G phone....

    Since the Note 10 is not even announced, I would wait and see what happens.

    So did you buy the Note 9??

    R
    03-02-2019 08:13 PM
  5. recDNA's Avatar
    Personally, I think it is going to be another year or two before the 5G stuff settles down. In fact, there are new 5G chips that will be much faster that are already announced.

    I will wait until at least 2020 to get a 5G phone....

    Since the Note 10 is not even announced, I would wait and see what happens.

    So did you buy the Note 9??

    R
    Not yet. Still a lot of $ and I'm torn about buying a 6 month old model. That means I only have 18 mos updates.
    03-02-2019 09:24 PM
  6. jhimmel's Avatar
    Personally, I think it is going to be another year or two before the 5G stuff settles down. In fact, there are new 5G chips that will be much faster that are already announced.

    I will wait until at least 2020 to get a 5G phone....

    Since the Note 10 is not even announced, I would wait and see what happens.

    So did you buy the Note 9??

    R
    Not that the 2nd gen 5G chips are faster, but compatible across carriers, smaller, and more energy efficient. The first 5G handsets this year - all on 1rst gen 5G chips, will be locked to the carrier they are released from, and will be battery hogs. 5G phones with 2nd gen chipsets (end of this year the earliest) will be compatible across all major carriers.
    03-02-2019 09:25 PM
  7. recDNA's Avatar
    Well I did it. New black unlocked 512gb Note9 on Verizon
    kct1975, mustang7757 and Rhyalus like this.
    03-03-2019 09:29 PM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    Well I did it. New black unlocked 512gb Note9 on Verizon
    Congrats, hope you enjoy it like the rest of us.
    03-03-2019 11:18 PM
  9. recDNA's Avatar
    Congrats, hope you enjoy it like the rest of us.
    Already have a question
    Can I increase screen sensitivity? I have to push some selections quite hard for them to be accepted
    03-03-2019 11:22 PM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    Already have a question
    Can I increase screen sensitivity? I have to push some selections quite hard for them to be accepted
    Yes ..should be either in advance settings or display
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    03-03-2019 11:23 PM
  11. Rhyalus's Avatar
    Oh, the Best Buy salesman warned about visual voicemail. Glad to hear it is available.

    As far as I know I have never used wifi calling. I only engage wifi at home and I have LTE here.

    Now I need only choose whether to wait for Note 10 with 5G or go for the savings now.

    Thanks.
    Hi - I just wanted to update you on some things I have learned (the hard way).

    Visual Voice mail works on this unlocked phone. However, to get PREMIUM visual voice mail, that is a bit stickier.

    If you already have a verizon phone with premium visual voice mail (i.e., you are paying 2.99 per month), and then you switch to the new phone by moving the sim card, the first time you get a voice mail, you will be prompted to load the voice mail software from the Samsung store, and all will be perfect. Verizon won't know what happened.

    God forbid, you need to turn it off with Verizon - you will never get it back on again. I was getting a broken robo call that was coming in every few minutes. I decided to call verizon and temporarily disable vmail. BIG mistake.

    Once verizon determines that your phone is not a verizon device, it will not make premium visual voice mail available to you again on the website or via the app itself.

    I think the only way I could do this would be to reactivate my old HTC 10 (and pay $30 fee?), turn on visual voice mail and then take out the sim (and for another $30?) reactivate the Note 9.

    However, after struggling with verizon for 2 weeks, I decided to try another service - Phone Fusion Visual voice mail... and I have to say, for $1.99 per month it is working ok so far. I'll need to wait a couple of months to see how it goes.

    So the lesson here is to move FROM a phone line with premium visual voice mail...not to activate it on a new non-verizon device.

    Good luck,

    R
    03-11-2019 10:21 PM
  12. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    Hi - I just wanted to update you on some things I have learned (the hard way).

    Visual Voice mail works on this unlocked phone. However, to get PREMIUM visual voice mail, that is a bit stickier.

    If you already have a verizon phone with premium visual voice mail (i.e., you are paying 2.99 per month), and then you switch to the new phone by moving the sim card, the first time you get a voice mail, you will be prompted to load the voice mail software from the Samsung store, and all will be perfect. Verizon won't know what happened.

    God forbid, you need to turn it off with Verizon - you will never get it back on again. I was getting a broken robo call that was coming in every few minutes. I decided to call verizon and temporarily disable vmail. BIG mistake.

    Once verizon determines that your phone is not a verizon device, it will not make premium visual voice mail available to you again on the website or via the app itself.

    I think the only way I could do this would be to reactivate my old HTC 10 (and pay $30 fee?), turn on visual voice mail and then take out the sim (and for another $30?) reactivate the Note 9.

    However, after struggling with verizon for 2 weeks, I decided to try another service - Phone Fusion Visual voice mail... and I have to say, for $1.99 per month it is working ok so far. I'll need to wait a couple of months to see how it goes.

    So the lesson here is to move FROM a phone line with premium visual voice mail...not to activate it on a new non-verizon device.

    Good luck,

    R
    I know this is old, but here's what I have done to solve this.
    Google Voice app for voicemail and visual voicemail. You get a Google phone number and connect it with your cell phone number. It's free and crosses to new phones, keeping your history. I've used it across 5 phones.
    I don't miss Veriozn's VVM at all.

    Has Verizon gotten around to supporting / allowing WiFi Calling on the Unlocked Note 9, like they did on the S9+ ?
    10-07-2019 04:34 PM
  13. Rhyalus's Avatar
    Well, that is good that there are alternatives, but that is not really solving the problem. In that case you have to use a new phone number altogether right?

    I use phone fusion voicemail plus and I am very happy with it. It is 1.99 per month and it works great.

    As I mentioned in the other thread, my Wi-Fi calling now works on this unlocked phone and I am guessing the premium voicemail would also work. But I am pretty happy with the service that I am using.

    When I upgraded my calling plan, I think the system forgot that I had an unlocked phone.... just my guess.

    R
    10-12-2019 08:42 AM
  14. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    Well, that is good that there are alternatives, but that is not really solving the problem. In that case you have to use a new phone number altogether right?

    I use phone fusion voicemail plus and I am very happy with it. It is 1.99 per month and it works great.

    As I mentioned in the other thread, my Wi-Fi calling now works on this unlocked phone and I am guessing the premium voicemail would also work. But I am pretty happy with the service that I am using.

    When I upgraded my calling plan, I think the system forgot that I had an unlocked phone.... just my guess.

    R
    Negative. When you get the app Google assigns or you can pick from many choices a "Google phone number". This number is inconsequential to your cellular service assigned phone number.
    If folks call your regular number and leave a voicemail the Google Voice app sends you whatever notifications you have chosen. Phone's notification bar, email, etcetera.
    There is no added cost and everything crosses to a new phone with your Google account. No disappointments.
    10-12-2019 07:58 PM
  15. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    I know I will lose wifi calling, advanced calling and visual voicemail.

    Will I have regular voicemail?
    Will I still have simultaneous talk and data?

    What other verizon features will I lose by going with unlocked model? It is $300 off at BB with no payment plan needed Verizon model only 100 off over 24 payments. I would like to save the money but not if I lose too many features. Thanks for your help!
    https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=925783
    10-12-2019 08:00 PM
  16. recDNA's Avatar
    Negative. When you get the app Google assigns or you can pick from many choices a "Google phone number". This number is inconsequential to your cellular service assigned phone number.
    If folks call your regular number and leave a voicemail the Google Voice app sends you whatever notifications you have chosen. Phone's notification bar, email, etcetera.
    There is no added cost and everything crossed to a new phone with your Google account. No disappointments.
    I'm very familiar with Google voice. I had it for years. There are ways it CAN cost you a lot of money. It asks for a phone number when you delete it so it is hard to really 100% cancel and obliterate it from all connection to all and any phones.

    I appreciate your help but I would never ever be ensnared in the google voice trap again.
    pizza_pablo likes this.
    11-04-2019 03:20 PM
  17. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    I'm very familiar with Google voice. I had it for years. There are ways it CAN cost you a lot of money. It asks for a phone number when you delete it so it is hard to really 100% cancel and obliterate it from all connection to all and any phones.

    I appreciate your help but I would never ever be ensnared in the google voice trap again.
    What did you have to pay for?
    Serious question.
    11-05-2019 12:35 AM
  18. recDNA's Avatar
    I really don't remember all the details
    11-05-2019 06:58 AM

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