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Discussion in 'Virgin Mobile' started by garybeck, May 17, 2011.

  1. garybeck

    garybeck Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Hello, I can't find this in the user guide... does it cost minutes to call my voicemail? If so, can I access my voicemail from a landline and avoid the charges somehow?


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  2. lou61166

    lou61166 Android Enthusiast

    Yes it does cost minutes to check voicemail from the V and yes you can check voicemail from a landline phone.
  3. tli

    tli Android Enthusiast

    It's clearly spelled out on page 162.
  4. Thorsten

    Thorsten Android Enthusiast

    garybeck, could you please edit your original post and change the title to sth like "[EDIT]Yes, it costs minutes to check my voicemail"? This way, others browsing this forum will know right away what's up and that this isn't an open question.

    Saves everybody a bunch of time, man. :)
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  5. garybeck

    garybeck Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    done, man :)
  6. kc3

    kc3 Well-Known Member

    I use Skype for many of my outgoing calls and my caller-id is set to use my cell phone number so using Skype I can now check my voicemail without using any minutes :) Skype is $3 a month to get unlimited outbound calls over 3g or Wifi
  7. RMdroid

    RMdroid Newbie

    Use Google Voice for making your calls. It doesn't use phone minutes, it uses data, which is free.
  8. garybeck

    garybeck Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    OK, I got one person telling me to use Skype and another says Google Voice. Which is better? :eek:
  9. OverBoard

    OverBoard Member

    Skype can be as little as $2.50/month if you buy it for a whole year/$30.
  10. raysurrx7

    raysurrx7 Member

    Not True. Google voice uses your minutes to make phone calls but uses data for everything else.
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  11. Jenny Z

    Jenny Z Member

    No, Google Voice definitely uses your minutes.
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  12. garne2t

    garne2t Lurker

    Not true. Google Voice uses minutes to make a phone call but does NOT use minutes to check voicemail using the Google Voice app.
  13. MacFett

    MacFett Android Expert

    If you use the Voice app it has the voicemail right in the app. If you use Google Voice to check your VM voice mail with your VM phone that will use minutes unless you use Groove to connect GV through WiFi or 3G.
  14. Predrag

    Predrag Newbie

    Or to explain it in more simple way; yes, there is a way to use GooglVoice number to make phone calls without using your plan voice minutes.

    GoogleVoice application will always use your voice minutes, although many people seem to think it doesn't. Here is the way it works: when you try to make a call using your Google Voice account (and the phone number Google gave you with it), GoogleVoice app will simply transfer your outgoing call to your Virgin phone number and hand the call off to your regular phone dialer. What essentially happens is, the person you called will see a call coming in from your Google Voice phone number, and on your end, your regular phone dialer app (the one that uses Virgin Mobile minutes) will be completing the call. All Google Voice did here was broker a connection between your cellphone and recipient's phone. The phone traffic still goes via Virgin voice network and sucks up your minutes.

    There is, however, an application that allows you to use your Google Voice account (and the phone number they gave you) and make phone calls from your Android phone using only data network (i.e. via the internet), and NOT using any voice minutes. It is called GrooveIP. There is a separate discussion (or two) about it, with much more detail. GrooveIP does exactly what most people expect GoogleVoice to do (but in fact does not). When you want to make a phone call without using your minutes, you fire up GrooveIP and dial from there. It will use Google Voice and make that call over data networks. In fact, you don't even need to launch GrooveIP. If you try to make a call the usual ways (from the Contacts list, from the call log, or by simply dialing a number from the phone dialing app), as soon as you tap the green 'call' button, a dialogue box will come up asking you if you wish to complete the call using Virgin voice network, or GrooveIP. Since GrooveIP is always running in the background (it must, as it needs to be permanently logged into GoogleVoice), any incoming calls made to your Google Voice number will be received by GrooveIP, which will ring your phone and wait for you to answer it.

    The only problem with GrooveIP is that it cannot be used to check Virgin voice mail. When you need to check your voice mail, you call your own mobile phone number; then you interrupt the greeting by pressing * and enter your password. However, when you try to use GrooveIP to call your Virgine Mobile number, it will automatically switch the call to the voice network for some reason, which will immediately start clocking your minutes.

    So, there you have it.
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