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Old March 3rd, 2010, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Overseas...wifi...google voice?

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So I've had the Sprint HTC hero for a few months now and am going to be traveling to Rome in a couple months. I don't think the phone is going to be able to work on the networks over there correct? Which means no 3G etc...
However! Even if I can't get a cell signal, I should still be able to use the Wifi to get on the Internet correct? Say I'm at the hotel, coffee shop...etc. And if I can do that...then I can use my google voice number to make calls...correct? And since it's an US google number if I call someone in US it won't cost the google international minutes...correct? Now if I call a number in Rome while I'm there via the google voice then I would need to pay international...even though I'm there, but for that I'll use the hotel phone.

Anyone have any experience/thoughts on this?
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For the Wi-Fi, the answer is yes. You can use Wi-Fi anywhere, no matter if you have a cell signal or not.

For Google Voice, no idea, I don't use it.
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Right! So if the phone isn't in dumb lock down because of no cell signal but can jump onto the Wifi...then that's all Google Voice should need...since it is VOIP. I'm 99% certain this should work.
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I've used GVoice to send SMS over wifi while in EU, but not make a call.

One thing to consider is that they are super stingy with WiFi in the EU. You'll drop 19EU a pop to get WiFi nearly everywhere you go.
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I don't think this will work. It will read the IP address and see that you are in Rome and will give you the international option. I'm not 100% but I know when I am in Mexico it doesn't give me the option because they say it isn't offered in the country (this is through the web browser on my laptop, not phone).
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Right! So if the phone isn't in dumb lock down because of no cell signal but can jump onto the Wifi...then that's all Google Voice should need...since it is VOIP. I'm 99% certain this should work.
Google Voice is not VOIP. You can send SMS via Google Voice with WiFi only because the Google Voice app uses data for that. For phone calls, you have to use the cellular network.
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Very interesting topic. Might come on handy when I'm in Europe on May.
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Um...my uncle was just in Mexico last month with his hero, had the network disabled so he wouldn't get reamed by Sprint's roaming/international charges, and used Skype just fine to call over WiFi. Pretty sure everywhere in EU should be GSM(incompatible with your hero), but I'd make sure the phone "network" is off so it won't even try to find a phone signal.
As to the poster above who said Google Voice isn't VOIP...LMGTFY:

Let me google that for you

It's one of the defining points of Google Voice...to not use the cell networks, so you don't use your minutes...which is a threat to the whole current price structure of...nevermind. But if you don't know what you're talking about, don't post and confuse people.
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Um...my uncle was just in Mexico last month with his hero, had the network disabled so he wouldn't get reamed by Sprint's roaming/international charges, and used Skype just fine to call over WiFi. Pretty sure everywhere in EU should be GSM(incompatible with your hero), but I'd make sure the phone "network" is off so it won't even try to find a phone signal.
As to the poster above who said Google Voice isn't VOIP...LMGTFY:

Let me google that for you

It's one of the defining points of Google Voice...to not use the cell networks, so you don't use your minutes...which is a threat to the whole current price structure of...nevermind. But if you don't know what you're talking about, don't post and confuse people.
Google Voice by itself is not VOIP. Try disabling your mobile network and trying using Google Voice on your phone. I clicked on your cute link and found tons of links saying it is NOT VOIP

is google voice a form of voip? so if i used used it on my droid to make calls would it use my minutes - Google Voice Help
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Some more links showing Google Voice by itself is NOT VOIP:

Google Voice isn't VOIP, and other things you learn from readers
Google Voice isn't VOIP, and other things you learn from readers | ITworld

Is Google Voice Another VoIP Service Like Skype
Is Google Voice Another VoIP Service Like Skype?

Google Help Forum - note the answers
I requested Google VOIP service and waiting for invitaion to join. How will I be able to use the VOIP service? - Google Voice Help
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It's one of the defining points of Google Voice...to not use the cell networks, so you don't use your minutes...

When dial with google voice via android does it use cellular phone minutes?
When dial with google voice via android does it use cellular phone minutes? - Google Mobile Help
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