Google Voice and texting via Ting native app

Tentative plan:  Porting my current ATT cell numbers over to Google Voice to use with my Ting phones.  

I'm confused on the way Google voice transmits texts. Are they using sms or data?

If someone was to text me (using my Google number) would the text be sent to my Google  Inbox via sms or data? (or would it be sent to the native texting app?)  If I replied to that text, would it be returned via data or sms to Google and then on to the original sender?  The person receiving the text would only be seeing the Google Voice number? 

Does Google use sms for texting or do they actually use data instead?  Therfore you have to have data inabled?  That doesn't seem logical because then, you couldn't send a text to a "dumb" phone.

I don't send many texts and at Ting's pricing I don't mind paying for them. I'm just looking for the simplest way of handling this.  I would just use the native app on Ting but it would send my Ting number and not my older ATT number that I will be porting to GV.  That might not be big deal, it just might lead to a little confusion.

I have read a few isues using GV for texting. I wasn't sure if the issues were caused by having to use data instead of sms. (or maybe people)

My home is not "Ting friendly" usually I am roaming on Verizon. Therfore no data unless I'm on my wifi.  I am just looking for potential isuuses and fixes before I switch over fully.





  • If someone was to text me (using my Google number) would the text be sent to my Google  Inbox via sms or data?

    Either or both Mike; the settings in GV allow you to choose to send text to the native app in your phone. Once you receive that text you may notice that your contact has a different number. If you reply using that new number your contact will see the text as coming from your GV number.

    The GV app uses data or WiFi to send and receive text and integrates well with your phone. selecting someone from your contacts gives the option to call or message. and the message icon allows you to select the native app or GV.

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  • I'll expand a bit on how Google Voice works with dumb phones, since I've been using exactly that for a while now.

    When you add a phone to GV through the web site, it gives you options on what to forward to that phone: calls or calls + texts. When choosing to forward texts in this way, it will forward the text to that phone over the SMS network. When it forwards a text, it changes the sender's phone number to a Google-controlled alias number, and prefixes the actual text with "sender - ", where sender is either a plain phone number or the name of a matching Google Contact.

    The first time you get a forwarded text from a person on a dumb phone, you would save that alias number in the phone's contact list as the default number. When you send a text to that alias number, it goes to Google, who then forwards it on to the person's real number, but coming from your GV number instead of your phone's real number. You can also make calls to that alias with exactly the same result.

    The alias number is a permanent mapping between a specific person's real number and your own GV account, so if you add a second phone to your account, you can simply load its contact list with that same number. If you try to use it from a phone that's not attached to a GV account, it won't go anywhere.

    (If you don't use the alias number for sending a text, then the other person sees it as coming from your phone's real number. The same holds true for calling another person, although you do have the option of calling your own GV number and then dialing a menu option plus the other person's number, similar to using a long distance phone card.)

    I still add people's real numbers to my phone contact lists because calls from them have their real number as the caller ID, and I want the phone to show me who's calling. (I set it as secondary so I don't accidentally text or call it directly.) If I had call screening turned on, GV would announce them and the caller ID would be unnecessary, but I prefer not to do that.

    Like Robin said, the GV app on smartphones has the ability to use the cell data or WiFi networks to interface with the GV servers, so you don't have to deal with alias numbers.

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  • One down side I found with GV is while roaming. GV uses data and Ting data does not roam. Any known fixes? Jim

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  • Jim Connell:

    Of course incoming calls still route to your mobile For outgoing I use Flex Dialer when a call won't go through GV.

    If your using Android, the flex dialer works I use it but it's pretty fiddly to get set up.

    If you decide to use it, this is the dial pattern I use  A,*,B,#,2,C,#,


    There are probably some other dialers in the play store too.


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