Setup Advice...Looking to make the switch

I am a current Verizon customer.  I am 95% sure I am going to be making the switch over to Ting, but I wanted to get some input before doing so.

Here is my potential setup:

1) Buy Sprint Samsung SII for the BYOD program

2) Activate Ting service and receive new telephone number from Ting

3) Port current Verizon telephone number to Google Voice

4) Forward GV calls to new Ting number

 

I am wondering about a couple of things though.  I will be on stable WiFi 90% of the time (that being the draw of Ting and GV), but what about that 10% of the time that I am not?  Will I still be able to make phone calls using my ported GV number or will I run into some serious data charges doing so?  Would I be better off porting my current Verizon number to Ting, getting a new GV number and going that route (giving my GV number out to people, etc.)?

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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  • You can make GV calls using cell data, but the math may not work out in terms of cost, depending on your usage. I ran some sample numbers in another post, and you'll probably get more replies here from people using various methods.

    However, the simplest may be to just use the cell voice network. Assuming a smartphone, you can install the Google Voice app and tell it that you want to make calls through it. When you dial a number it will intercept it, make a brief data connection to GV servers to configure a temporary access number, and call that number with your phone behind the scenes. GV's servers will then dial your destination and connect you. Your call will be using the normal cell voice network and use Ting Minutes, but it will be routed through GV, and callerID the other party sees will be your GV number.

    If you're using a feature phone, there are also options, they're just not quite as transparent.

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  • Trevor-

    Thank you for the reply.  If I am understanding this correctly, I can use GV(plus GrooveIP) to make VOIP calls when I am connected to Wifi and will not incur any data usage/minute usage.  Then, when I am not connected to Wifi, I use the GV app to place calls, using my allotted minutes through Ting.  Under both circumstances my GV number (ported from Verizon) would be the number to show on the other parties caller ID.  Does this sound correct?

     

    Also, it sounds like you have some familiarity with this setup.  How integrated is GV/GrooveIP with Android? In other words, will I have to do anything special to place calls (once I have everything setup properly) over GV/GrooveIP?  I am looking for as seamless integration as possible. My wife and I will both (hopefully) be making the switch to Ting from standard feature phones.  I am looking at picking up either the Galaxy S2, Nexus S, or possibly the Galaxy Nexus (depending on how much money I decide to drop).  Also, any input on phones from you or anybody else would be much appreciated.

     

    Thanks.

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  • Correct :)

    The GV app is well integrated with Android; it will receive push notification of texts, voicemails, missed calls, and alert you accordingly. It will integrate with the dialer and ask or automatically place calls via GV (using cell voice) if you set it to, so you don't need to explicitly open the GV app to dial. Android's standard Google account syncing will take care of the contact list.

    GrooveIP I can't answer from experience; it's on my list of things to play with, but I haven't done that yet. (I do my home calling on a computer -- repurposed gaming headset beats phone quality.) I believe it can be configured to intercept only while connected to wifi, meaning it will automatically turn off when you're out and about, but hopefully someone else will chime in with exactly how well it integrates.

    One wart on this setup is that in order to receive calls while you're away from wifi, you'll need to have GV set to forward calls to your phone number. That means while GrooveIP is connected, you'll get two ringers going off simultaneously: GrooveIP and the regular phone. Many people solve this by using an app like AutoAir or Tasker to disable the cell radio while you're connected to wifi, so the phone isn't capable of ringing, leaving the task to GrooveIP alone. (You'll also want to disable Ting voicemail so GV doesn't think it's you answering.)

    SMS can't be automatically handled this way, but doing texting over cell data should work out cheaper than cell SMS anyway, so you can just always use the GV app for that.

    I don't have sufficient firsthand experience with the phones to offer any specific suggestions, so I'll again defer to others on that. All 3 of those seem to be well-regarded here on the forums at least :)

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