Google Voice and Texting SMS Usage

If I receive a text via Google Voice, does it count against my texting bill?  I've disabled texting on my niece's phone and told her to use Google Voice.  I looked at her usage today and she has text messages counting against her phone even though I have it disabled.  How does this work?  Thanks.

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  • Be sure that your niece is using the GVoice app and not Android's native messaging app to send and receive text messages.

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  • I think I figured it out.  In the GV settings where it lists the phone, you have to uncheck the text messaging checkbox.  My understanding is it forwards texts to the phone via SMS.  I've unchecked the box and we'll see how that affects it.  With it unchecked, texts still come in via the GV app to the GV number.  I really really wish we have full GV integration.  This is my Christmas wish!  Bring me an early present Ting!  Then my niece's friends wouldn't have to be confused about her having two phone numbers. 

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  • Can someone explain the difference in having "full GV integration" on Ting vs what you have to do without it?

    My guess would be that you have to click on a different icon (GV text) instead of using the phone's regular text feature?

    What differences are there in using GV for texting?  I saw somewhere that pictures are handles differently?  

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  • "full GV integration"  Add your ting as a forwarding phone in your GV account and install the GV app on the phone. Give out the GV number instead of the Ting number.

    Sprint integration works the same except a option to essentially port your Sprint number to GV.

    ...you have to click on a different icon... Yes and no. it can be a little confusing because you can enable/disable forwarding text from GV to your android app. Text to and from the** GV app** work over WiFi or data  only.  To make a text over your android app appear to come from your GV account you first need to receive a text sent to your GV account from your contact and forwarded to your android messaging app.  When you get that message in your android app your contact will have a different number. save that number and use it to text back from the android app and it will appear to come from your GV number.

    So, clicking on the android messaging app sends text through your ting account and selecting a contact and then the message icon beside the contact's name will give you the option of sending with the GV app or the android app.

    .... I saw somewhere that pictures are handles differently? GV doesn't do MMS with one exception  A Sprint phone (not through Ting) fully integrated can send or receive MMS.  Possibly due to the SMS bit being developed by Google separately From** Vincent's*** development of DialPad and GrandCentral which he then sold to Google.

    *Vincent http://plus.google.com/105507216495098717659/about

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  • With full GV integration you can treat your GV number as if it was your cell phone number.  You can also have all voicemails auto forward to GV (you can do this currently still by forwarding all missed calls to your GV number).  You can dial out and it'll show the caller id as your GV number (without typing codes and dialing gv first, etc).  

    GV is an app, and you can get all your texts and voicemails in it.  I like how it does speech to text recognition and you can hear your VM without dialing and using minutes.  

    There are a ton of other features with GV.  YOu can put all your phone numbers in it (house, office, cell, etc) and program when to dial which one (or multiples at same time).  You can hit codes to switch between phones.  Lets say someone calls you at home and you answer with your home phone, but then you are heading out the door to go to the store.  You type a code and your cell phone will ring, pick it up and keep talking.  Or if you are your cell, get home, hit the same code, your house will ring, pick it up and hang up the cell phone.  

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  • ...switch between phones...

    We use that one a lot. I answer the phone and it's for the other. I hit the asterisk and transfer the call even when we're on opposite sides of town.

    Granted, not every couple can share a number like that but it works great for us.

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  • Hi Christian, I might have figured it out. You have to go into Google voice on your computer and disable "forward text messages and emails to this device." It's located in the link, once you click on your phone number on the right hand side of the summary page. I'll keep you posted.

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