What does the use Google Voice to Make All Calls do?

I was wondering what the use Google Voice to make all calls option does?

What I think it is doing is it is calling the Google voice number having it dial the phone number in question just like if you called your google voice number to place a call from the landline? So the charges that would ensure is minutes not data. Am I correct on that matter? 

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  • ...the charges that would ensue is minutes...

    True, you understand exactly how it works.

    Here's a link that corroborates that and may provide a little more info such as about the access numbers you will be seeing on your bill if you use GV

    http://support.google.com/voice/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1083068

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  • Behind the scenes, you'll notice that when you place a domestic call with Google Voice, it pauses momentarily, then you'll see your phone calling an unrelated number.

    What's happening is that the app tells Google Voice who you want to call, and the server provisions a temporary phone number for you to dial. It then forwards the number to your destination and the app rewrites the call log to reflect the destination number.

    So it's a normal voice call, proxied by Google.

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  • It's a tiny person inside the phone doing it. rip open your phone with a screwdriver and find the tiny person inside it. when you find the tiny person inside your phone you will get a wish.

    Now find the tiny person

    Then say, Thank you Uncle Shelby.

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  • Basically, if you use the calling through Google Voice option, it uses GV to relay your phone call to the intended target, but you can use the options Google Voice includes like call recording, and it shows your GV number on the opposite line. Say your Ting phone # is (555) 777-9999 and your Google Voice number is (555) 777-1234. The person who you're calling will see your Google Voice number instead of your Ting phone. This is so that the person does not need to have 2 numbers to call and text you, just the Google Voice number. It's best to leave the option of using GV to make all calls on, so you only need to give out your GV number.

     

    This will not use your data to make calls, just your actual phone minutes. The only way it would use data instead would be if you used Groove IP or a SIP application like SIPDroid or CSIPSimple. There are major differences between GrooveIP and SIP applications, mostly call codecs which affect call quality and data rate.

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  • How do I disable this feature? I ported my AT&T number to Ting first and then created a Google Voice number. For some reason, and I think its the option noted above, Talkatone and my Google Voice number is always used to call out. So people are kind of confused.

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  • Hi, where do I find the "use Google Voice to Make All Calls" option?  I do not see it in either the google voice app or the google voice settings on my computer.

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  • Thanks for the detailed reply.  My interface looks different from the images you supplied and I do not have the same options that appear on your phone when I go into the settings.  I'm using the iPhone 4 which I know is still on "beta" through Ting so I wonder if that's why I don't seem to have this option available.

    Note that I've tried two different GV apps.  One is just called "Google Voice" and the other is called "Mo+ GV Phone".

    Any ideas why I might be not seeing this?

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  • With an iPhone, you don't have integration with the GV app like you do with the Android,  You either dial using your native dialer or dial using the GV app. When you use the GV app your call will show up as coming from Google voice. it will use minutes from your Ting account. It also requires a small amount of data to initiate the call.

    The MO+ GV Phone is not a Google product.

    You can install Hangouts and place calls through it over WiFi but I don't think you would get Good quality over a Data connection but your welcome to try it.

    I have an old retired iPhone and can't test the iPhone with Hangouts app as this ability to place a call from  the mobile Hangouts app is presently only available with the iPhone with iOS 6.0 or later.

     

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