Google voice with minimal/no minute usage?

Is there a way to have incoming calls forwarded from my ting number to my GV number without incurring minute charges? If not can I do it and will it only charge me the time it takes to connect from the ting number to the GV number or for the time it starts ringing until the conversation is ended? I'm on wifi about 90% of the time and would love to use it with groove or talkatone as well as using automation via llama to acheive this to reduce my minutes usage/bill. Thoughts?

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  • Hi Jeremy,

    Any number forwarded through your Ting number will still be routed through your Ting number, therefore, will count as minutes. So, the entire conversation would be counted as usage.

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  • Does that include using google voice as my voicemail provider? I'm on a nexus s and that's not cool since google voice is the voicemail for that phone...

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  • That is correct. If you are using your Ting phone to access your VM, even though it is registered with Google Voice, it will still count as usage. Think of it this way, anytime your Ting cell phone is in use/connected, it is using minutes. Hope that helps!

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  • Then what is the whole point of using GV? I thought as long as you are in a Wifi network, the calls would be free and not go against your TIng plan?

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  • Hi Juan, Google Voice is not a VOIP service. Instead Google Voice offers control over all your other phone numbers. You can associate your existing phone numbers (ex. home, office, mobile, etc) with a Google Voice Number to perform a number of different tasks, such as as what shows up on caller ID and what phones should ring when dialed by certain numbers. It doesn't function like Skype or Vonage because the Google Voice number still requires carrier service attached to it to work, like Ting.

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  • Juan, there is a way to do what you're talking about with not using cellular minutes, but you have to set it up differently.  People calling your Ting number directly and then forwarding the call somewhere isn't the right setup.  You need to have people calling your Google Voice phone number.  Google Voice then has a few ways it can connect those calls.  One of the options in the Google Voice setup is to connect it to Google Chat.  Then there are a few apps that you can use on your phone (like Talkatone or GrooveIP) that can make an internet connection over wifi to that Google Chat interface.  Then you can make and receive your calls directly over wifi, and none of it is using anyone's cellular network, so no minutes used.

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  • Rocky, When I went to sign up to get a GV # it asked if I wanted to use my existing #, can I use that and still have it connected to googlechat?

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  • Which existing number?  That sounds like you already have a Google Voice number.  If the "existing" one they're referring to is the same as the phone number of your actual Ting phone, then no, that wouldn't work.

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  • Actually it asked if ... I wanted a new # ...or... to use my mobile#. I do NOT yet have a GV#. So to make the above work should I get a new GV#? Thanks.

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  • Right, you need to have the Google Voice number be separate from your actual cell phone number.  The way some people do this so that you don't have to give out a new phone number to people is to port your existing phone number to Google Voice, and then you can request a new number people wouldn't know on your Ting phone.  That way, everyone who already knows your existing phone number can still call it.  Then, you can set it up in Google Voice to ring multiple phones and you answer on whichever you want.  It can ring your home, work, cellular, and Google Chat, and if you're in wi-fi range, you answer with Talkatone or GrooveIP or whatever, and that's your free wi-fi calling.  That's the hardcore way, though, because it gets tricky managing how you can be ready for incoming calls with the Chat connection when you're in wi-fi range, but have it still ring your cell phone number when you're out in town and not in wi-fi.  So then to have coverage all the time, you have it ring both.  But then when you are in wi-fi, the actual phone in your hand will be ringing from both connections, so you have to make sure you know how to answer it the right way to answer with GrooveIP or Talkatone instead of picking it up as a regular phone call.  Search the forums here for "Google Voice".  There are a couple of topic threads with a lot of discussion on how to do this.

    Some people make a mistake with this, though, so test it first.  A call comes in on the Google Voice number, it rings their cell phone, they answer it there like a regular phone call, and then they are upset that it's using their minutes.  That's still forwarding over the cellular network so it's not free.  To make sure you're testing it out on wi-fi, put your phone in airplane mode (turns off all connections) and then turn back on only wi-fi.

    If you don't want all the complication of managing the incoming calls, maybe you just get a separate Google Voice number and just use it for outgoing calls when you know you have wi-fi.  People will see a different number on caller ID, but you could just tell them to continue to use your regular number to call you.

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  • Thank you so much. I will give this a try this evening!

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