Go Back   Android Forums > Android Community > The Lounge > Google

Get excited for the Samsung Galaxy S5! Find everything you need and discuss it in our Galaxy S5 Forum!

Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By Martimus
  • 1 Post By KENNECTED
  • 1 Post By KENNECTED
  • 1 Post By Isthmus

test: Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old February 7th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default How to Make Free Google Voice Calls on Android?

I have been reading on how to setup your Android phone to make free Google Voice Calls. Is there a step-by-step guide like you see with rooting on Youtube? I bought an Android phone for my mom to use on wifi. She lives in the sticks where there is no major provider coverage. When she is at a business with wifi, I would like for her to be able to make calls with it. Anyone out there that can help?

la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
sponsored links
Old February 8th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
I ain't nobody!
 
saptech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Third Stone from the Sun
Posts: 3,540
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto G, Samsung Stratosphere, Galaxy Tab 2 SE.
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 571
Thanked 768 Times in 612 Posts
Default

I'm new to using android phones myself, but from my understanding you need to create a GV account and choose a phone number (it can be local), on your computer. Then need to install the GV app on the cell phone. Then you would need another 3rd party app, (I hear GrooveIP is good).

After setting things up, I assume you would be good to go. Have you looked at the link below?

Google Voice for your phone
__________________
Like it is...Yusef Lateef
saptech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old February 8th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saptech View Post
I'm new to using android phones myself, but from my understanding you need to create a GV account and choose a phone number (it can be local), on your computer. Then need to install the GV app on the cell phone. Then you would need another 3rd party app, (I hear GrooveIP is good).

After setting things up, I assume you would be good to go. Have you looked at the link below?

Google Voice for your phone
I installed Google Voice on my Android but...

My options in settings are:
Do not disturb
My phone number
Voicemail playback
Sync and notifications
Sign out
Legal
My google number
Build number
Dogfood settings

From what I have read on this forum, Making Calls is supposed to show up between Do Not Disturb and This Phone's Number.

Basically...my Samsung Epic 4G won't let me choose a number.

I checked the link but couldn't find anything on a step-by-step process.
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 8th, 2012, 10:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
I ain't nobody!
 
saptech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Third Stone from the Sun
Posts: 3,540
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto G, Samsung Stratosphere, Galaxy Tab 2 SE.
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 571
Thanked 768 Times in 612 Posts
Default

I think on your computer and GV, you have to give it a phone number, such as a cell number or home number, I believe it can be any legit number and GV send a msg to that number for verification or similar.

Then it should show in Settings:
Do not disturb
"Making calls"
My phone number, should be the number already available.(cell or home)
Voicemail playback
Sync and notifications
Sign out
Legal
My google number
Build number
Dogfood settings

I'm surprise no one else jumped in to help. Search under the Applications section for my name, I had asked similar questions about GV.

Hope this helps.
saptech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old February 8th, 2012, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 9
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default

You can use GV with the Sipdroid app (and a PBXes account) to make free calls over WiFi.

Take a look at this thread:

Free VoIP Calling Using Google Voice + Sipdroid
batman61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to batman61 For This Useful Post:
Hexadecimus (March 23rd, 2012), la sal (February 8th, 2012)
Old February 8th, 2012, 12:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by batman61 View Post
You can use GV with the Sipdroid app (and a PBXes account) to make free calls over WiFi.

Take a look at this thread:

Free VoIP Calling Using Google Voice + Sipdroid
Thank you. I'm stuck, though, as Google never gave me a phone number when I installed Google Voice. What am I missing here?
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 8th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 9
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default

Use a web browser from your PC and get your Google Voice account/number setup first.
batman61 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 8th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by batman61 View Post
Use a web browser from your PC and get your Google Voice account/number setup first.
Google Voice for your phone

I clicked "Send to Phone". Received the text message that directed me to the Market. Downloaded the app (after uninstalling it before starting this process) and I still don't have the option "Making Calls".

Samsung is known for buggy phones...could this be the issue?
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 9th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

I give up. One star for Google Voice in the Market. The text messages were all broken up and the written voicemails were basically unreadable with all the errors in them.

Going to use Skype instead.
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 9th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
One bite at a time...
 
Martimus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 'neath a cactus
Posts: 19,513
 
Device(s): Droid Razr Maxx HD (ICS 4.1.2), Motorola XOOM (ICS 4.1.1), HP TouchPad (CM 9), ASUS Infinity (JB 4.2
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 1,906
Thanked 4,023 Times in 2,408 Posts
martimus98
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by la sal View Post
I give up. One star for Google Voice in the Market. The text messages were all broken up and the written voicemails were basically unreadable with all the errors in them.

Going to use Skype instead.
That sounds more like a WiFi/carrier issue. I use GV daily with almost no issues, well other than the so-so transcribing of voice mails.
cfreeman90 likes this.
__________________
Yea though I walk through the Valley of Google I shall fear no Apple...

Advice provided comes from fellow Android enthusiasts. We're not tech support. Please do your due dilligence before implementing! And if someone helped you, please share the love with the button...
Martimus is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Martimus For This Useful Post:
KENNECTED (February 11th, 2012)
sponsored links
Old February 11th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KENNECTED's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New York, NY (Manhattan)
Posts: 979
 
Device(s): HTC EVO 4G LTE & ASUS Transformer Prime
Carrier: Sprint

Thanks: 436
Thanked 235 Times in 145 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Martimus View Post
That sounds more like a WiFi/carrier issue. I use GV daily with almost no issues, well other than the so-so transcribing of voice mails.

I agree, I love Google voice. I love the fact that I can answer texts on my computer and sync contacts, emails, message in my google account.

In addition, the latest update allows you to answer/compose messages when your device is "off line".

Now if they could only give us MMS.
cfreeman90 likes this.
KENNECTED is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 11th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Clementine_3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Down in the park where the Machmen meet the machines and play 'kill by numbers'
Posts: 2,148
 
Device(s): Moto X developer edition
Carrier: Over-priced stooopid Verizon

Thanks: 459
Thanked 601 Times in 495 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
Now if they could only give us MMS.
Yeah, that is my only true issue with GV! I want my MMS.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Martimus
well other than the so-so transcribing of voice mails.
That is the best part of GV, hours of fun!
Clementine_3 is online now  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Clementine_3 For This Useful Post:
KENNECTED (February 11th, 2012)
Old February 11th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 816
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto X, Acer Iconia a500
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 6
Thanked 125 Times in 105 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by la sal View Post
Google Voice for your phone

I clicked "Send to Phone". Received the text message that directed me to the Market. Downloaded the app (after uninstalling it before starting this process) and I still don't have the option "Making Calls".

Samsung is known for buggy phones...could this be the issue?
I think you skipped a step. You need to visit http://voice.google.com and register your Google account for Voice. The registration process assigns you (or lets you pick) a GV number and sets up your first phone to be linked to the number. Once you do that the Voice app on the phone becomes fully functional.

This post is as much for others interested in the solution since someone else suggested this step, and you seem to have disregarded it. I'll assume you'll do the same to my suggestion as you seem to be reluctant to accept this as the cause of your problem.
mplevy is online now  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to mplevy For This Useful Post:
saptech (February 11th, 2012)
Old February 15th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mplevy View Post
I think you skipped a step. You need to visit http://voice.google.com and register your Google account for Voice. The registration process assigns you (or lets you pick) a GV number and sets up your first phone to be linked to the number. Once you do that the Voice app on the phone becomes fully functional.

This post is as much for others interested in the solution since someone else suggested this step, and you seem to have disregarded it. I'll assume you'll do the same to my suggestion as you seem to be reluctant to accept this as the cause of your problem.
Reluctant? There always has to be one poster.

I was here looking for help and did try the link in the earlier post but was unsuccessful with my attempt. I will try your link (blocked at work) since even after uninstalling Google Voice, it won't allow my Sprint Voicemail to function now. My voicemails are still going to Google Voice despite the app being uninstalled.
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 15th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 44
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 9
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Default

thanks AWESOME!
afmracer6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 16th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Just give up. I like to use skype. The voice quality is very good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by la sal View Post
I have been reading on how to setup your Android phone to make free Google Voice Calls. Is there a step-by-step guide like you see with rooting on Youtube? I bought an Android phone for my mom to use on wifi. She lives in the sticks where there is no major throat cancer provider coverage. When she is at a business with wifi, I would like for her to be able to make calls with it. Anyone out there that can help?
rhyansha076 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 18th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #17 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KENNECTED's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New York, NY (Manhattan)
Posts: 979
 
Device(s): HTC EVO 4G LTE & ASUS Transformer Prime
Carrier: Sprint

Thanks: 436
Thanked 235 Times in 145 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by la sal View Post
Reluctant? There always has to be one poster.

I was here looking for help and did try the link in the earlier post but was unsuccessful with my attempt. I will try your link (blocked at work) since even after uninstalling Google Voice, it won't allow my Sprint Voicemail to function now. My voicemails are still going to Google Voice despite the app being uninstalled.
I didn't answer this before.

la sal, have you actually registered for a Google voice account?

Please understand, installing the app on your phone does not create a Google Voice account.

On your desk/lap top, go to the Google Voice site and create an account. You must be logged into your google account to do this.
KENNECTED is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to KENNECTED For This Useful Post:
la sal (February 18th, 2012)
Old February 19th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
I didn't answer this before.

la sal, have you actually registered for a Google voice account?

Please understand, installing the app on your phone does not create a Google Voice account.

On your desk/lap top, go to the Google Voice site and create an account. You must be logged into your google account to do this.
Your link doesn't work but I went to the Google Voice site. Sprint has special instructions for setting it up. Rooting and flashing a ROM is a walk in the park compared to getting Google Voice to work on their network.

I guess I will call Sprint and see if I can at least get my Sprint voicemail back.
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #19 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 816
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto X, Acer Iconia a500
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 6
Thanked 125 Times in 105 Posts
Default

Are you only using the phone to go to the site? Unfortunately, I think you NEED a computer to create the GV account or at least set your phone browser to load the desktop versions of sites.
mplevy is online now  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to mplevy For This Useful Post:
KENNECTED (February 20th, 2012)
Old February 20th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #20 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KENNECTED's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New York, NY (Manhattan)
Posts: 979
 
Device(s): HTC EVO 4G LTE & ASUS Transformer Prime
Carrier: Sprint

Thanks: 436
Thanked 235 Times in 145 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by la sal View Post
Your link doesn't work but I went to the Google Voice site. Sprint has special instructions for setting it up. Rooting and flashing a ROM is a walk in the park compared to getting Google Voice to work on their network.

I guess I will call Sprint and see if I can at least get my Sprint voicemail back.
What exactly are you doing. Setting up Google voice is simple and a breeze. Ignore the Sprint instructions unless you plan on integrating.

So that we can help you can you tell us in detail exactly what you're doing, when trying to set up your Google Voice account?
cfreeman90 likes this.
KENNECTED is offline  
Reply With Quote
sponsored links
Old February 20th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
What exactly are you doing. Setting up Google voice is simple and a breeze. Ignore the Sprint instructions unless you plan on integrating.

So that we can help you can you tell us in detail exactly what you're doing, when trying to set up your Google Voice account?
First thing I did was install the Google Voice app on my phone.

Next, I used my PC and went to the Google Voice website. The website asks you to login to your Gmail account. I did that. That is where it becomes a mystery for me. I do not see anywhere to create a Google Voice number.

I don't know if this related but when I receive calls, I can't answer it directly anymore. It asks if I want to take the call. If I do, press 1. The majority of the time it ends the call and sends the caller to Google Voicemail. This happens despite pressing 1.
la sal is offline  
Last edited by la sal; February 20th, 2012 at 12:49 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #22 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 816
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto X, Acer Iconia a500
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 6
Thanked 125 Times in 105 Posts
Default

Sounds like you told it to use your existing number for your GV number rather than assigning you a new GV number.
mplevy is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2012, 10:36 PM   #23 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mplevy View Post
Sounds like you told it to use your existing number for your GV number rather than assigning you a new GV number.
Is there a way to start the process over?
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 20th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
I ain't nobody!
 
saptech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Third Stone from the Sun
Posts: 3,540
 
Device(s): Motorola Moto G, Samsung Stratosphere, Galaxy Tab 2 SE.
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 571
Thanked 768 Times in 612 Posts
Default

When I first setup GV, instructions said to setup GV account on your home computer first, which should include creating a new phone number linked to the cell phone, unless you want to use the phones current number. Then download and install GV on android.

At this point, you may need to create a new google account, if what you've done so far stop you from using the current account. I'm not 100 percent about it though.
saptech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old February 21st, 2012, 03:47 PM   #25 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Isthmus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 772
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 24
Thanked 118 Times in 90 Posts
Default

I'm not sure I understand the OPs problem. Google Voice is free for US calls by default. yes you need to associate it with a Google Wallet account (which itself is backed by a credit card), but GV won't touch it unless you make calls that trigger a fee (mainly international calls). You don't need to do any special configuring.

As for the texts, Try Google Talk instead of Google Voice. The interface works off the same engine but the display is better.

As for the Visual voicemail (transcribed voicemail messages), they are what they are. you won't find much better from any other service that I'm aware of. the transcriptions are never accurate, but they are usually close enough to tell more or less what is being said. You get the added benefit of saving your voicemails as MP3s which you can play at will.

Lastly my favorite feature of Google Voice is that you don't nee a phone to use it. You can use it on a phone sure, but you can also use it on any computer (via Chrome), as well as any android device that has a built in microphone (though if it also has a front facing camera, it works even better as it allows you to video call). For example, I have GV on my Galaxy nexus and use it for voicemail and to route all my international calls through it. I also have Google Voice on my Transformer prime (which is a Tablet) and use it to make and receive phone calls via WI-Fi all the time.

If you're concerned about the price, I put $10 in my GV account almost 2 years ago. I only get charged for international calls and I make about 2 or 3 of those per month. In almost 2 years I've only used about $2 of the original $10 I put in there.

I'm not sure I'm understanding the problem you are having.
cfreeman90 likes this.
Isthmus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2012, 08:23 AM   #26 (permalink)
Senior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
la sal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Waukesha, WI
Gender: Male
Posts: 815
 
Device(s): Nexus 5, Nook Tablet with N2A Cards Android 4.4, Google Chromecast
Carrier: T-Mobile

Thanks: 750
Thanked 88 Times in 76 Posts
Default

This post presents solutions for getting rid of Google Voice as voicemail (reinsalled my Sprint voicemail) and attaining a new Google Voice Number (which I passed on): Sprint and Google Voice
la sal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old August 15th, 2012, 02:06 PM   #27 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 1
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Isthmus View Post
I also have Google Voice on my Transformer prime (which is a Tablet) and use it to make and receive phone calls via WI-Fi all the time.
Isthmus - How have you gotten this to work for FREE?

I have installed the Google Voice app but when I click the phone icon and tell it a # to call I get two options for "phone to call with" - either use my gmail or use my cell phone (which I don't want to do while I'm out of the country because there are charges). I DO have my gmail set up to my GV phone number but when I select that it pops up with "dialing your gmail phone" but nothing happens and my home phone never rings (that's my test #). When I select the other option which is my cell # it dials that # first and I have to ANSWER, and THEN it connects me with no problems. When I am out of the country I will have my cell phone actually turned off so I won't be able to answer it (nor do I want the charges).

I'm finding some of the droid apps mentioned online as a workaround are not compatible with the Transformer Prime. By the way, I will be making calls TO the US while I'm out of the country using a wifi connect.

This is getting highly frustrating! Help!!
xoticlady is offline  
Last edited by xoticlady; August 15th, 2012 at 02:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old August 18th, 2012, 10:08 PM   #28 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
TTGSteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 33
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default

If you have an iPhone, you could try using Talkatone to make calls over WiFi. It uses your Google Voice to work via WiFi. You can both make and receive calls via WiFi with Talkatone.
TTGSteve is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Go Back   Android Forums > Android Community > The Lounge > Google
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:28 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.