Calls over WiFi?

jonny5449

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Ok my bro got his s in the mail no service so is there an app where he can call for free over wifi?

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Dude don't say there are no solutions. I linked you to one! That will get you a fully functional wifi phone including his own phone number.

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There are several SIP-client apps that enable you to make free phone calls to the US & Canada over WiFi in conjunction with a (free) Google Voice account. I've tried the following:
  • SIPDroid is open-souce and free, but it's VERY difficult to set up and it has a pain-in-the-butt UI.
  • CSIP Simple is also open-source and free. It's a bit difficult to set up, but it's flexible and easy to use.
  • GrooveIP is $4.99, but it's ridiculously easy to set up and use. Just enter your Google Voice ID & password. You're done.
  • Groove IP LIte is free, and is also ridiculously easy to set up and use. In my opinion, the only significant downside of the Lite version is that you can't call over a 3G data connection-- only WiFi. I can live with that, and I'm cheap, so I switched from SIPDroid to Groove IP Lite.

In all cases, you need to set up a (free) Google Voice account and get a (free) Google Voice phone number. This means that your WiFi calls need to go to and from the Google Voice number. However, you can optionally port your cell phone number to Google Voice or port your Google Voice number to your cell in order to have one unified phone number. However...

Google hasn't committed to keeping Google Voice free, so I haven't ported my number. Also, I have free mobile-to-mobile calling on my Sprint plan, and calls through Google Voice reportedly count as mobile-to-landline calls, so I'd probably incur overage charges if I ported my cell number to Google Voice. But Gogle Voice has some cool features like optionally ringing multiple phones, letting you screen your calls on your cell phone, web/email-based voice mail, and voice-to-text transcription of voice mail.

Someday, there will be no such thing as voice minutes. It's all just data anyway. I heard that in some places you can already buy data-only plans (without voice minutes) for your cell phone and just use a SIP/VOIP for calling.
 
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Dude don't say there are no solutions. I linked you to one! That will get you a fully functional wifi phone including his own phone number.

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Don't even sweat about that kid. He don't want to listen.

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jonny5449

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Don't even sweat about that kid. He don't want to listen.

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What does that mean
That can be offensive to some people I know I'm offended there is no reason for that that's all I can say I tried all those suggestions on that thread none worked drews suggestion worked (thx) I would say more but I don't wanna get banned
I thought u walked out on AC because of (supposed rudeness) from drew
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Yeah, I suppose technically, most of the things mentioned in that other thread aren't exactly 100% free. I don't care so much about having an incoming number, and it's true that with Skype, it does cost a bit to get yourself one. Still, 2 cent a minute nationwide calls.. Beats the pants off using a payphone. =D

I havn't checked out Textplus, or google voice. I know it's exceptionally silly, that I'm using an android device, yet try to avoid using anything Google, if I don't have to. I'm mostly in it for the free texting, since for whatever reason, my friends will reply to texts a lot more often than they'll answer their dang phone.

Before the last few updates from Pinger broke its functionality, I actually was using textfree on my Nook Touch. Bwahah, texting on an e-ink reader.. I felt like a mad scientist.
 

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