Use your Android to get free calls with GoogleVoice

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Use your Android to get free calls with GoogleVoice

Post by Cancun Manny » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:30 pm

Ok, so if renting one of my local cell phones is not an option for you, but you do plan to bring your android smartphone, this option might work for you.

Yes, I am a Android user, so for the iphone users look up my other post for smartphones for an alternative method to get a USA phone number

So for the Android users, if you were not aware, google offers a great feature called Google Voice. You can sign up for a Google Voice phone number, which you then forward to your own phone numbers or to your Google Chat. Instead of giving people all your different numbers, you can now give them just your google voice number, you can then set up rules as to how and when google dials your numbers. For example, you can have your google voice number dial your work number and cell phone during work hours, your cell phone and home the rest of the time, and have all calls go directly to voice mail after 11pm. It has additional features like caller notification, etc.

So first step is to create your google voice account,

To register it/set it up, you will need a working USA or Canada phone number. They have phone numbers for most cities, but not all. If you spend enough time searching, you find one that spells something you want. I was able to find "Manny" in MO.

Once you have your GV phone number you can register more phone numbers, and set them up how you want. The Google Chat is the one we will be using to make and receive calls when you are in Cancun. You don't have to download the google chat software onto your computer or signup for it, just make sure to forward calls to it when ever you want to receive calls on your android phone over the internet.

There is a google voice app you can download onto your Android device, but you don't really want to use that app as it does use your cell phone minutes, basically the call is not VoIP (an internet call). From what I read some users can add certain numbers for "unlimited" minutes, so folks add this google number, so they do get unlimited calls this way, but this would only work if you are in USA,

The app you want to use while you are in Mexico would be GrooVe Ip. They have GrooVe IP full version, and the GrooVe IP lite. The full version costs $4.99, and has some extra features like integration with your cell phones dialer and ability to make and receive calls using your cell phones data plan. The lite version is free, but only works on wifi. Set up is straight forward. You basically log in with your login credentials to your google voice account.

I only have the lite version, and with my wifi connection at home works very good. Because I have the lite version, I haven't tested it with 3G. VoIP overall works pretty good, the only drawback is when either one of the callers is in a noisy place, or when callers try to talk on top of one another. I do all my calls via VoIP without an issue. Now, I do have my private internet connection at 10 Mbps down and 1Mbps up. In the hotel zone you might get access to wifi, but there might be many other users at the time sharing the connection, so not sure how good the connection will be. The key for a good VoIP conversation is having good bandwidth. That said, if it doesn't work well at the public wifi connection of the resort or McDonalds, don't blame GrooveIP or GoogleVoice, for being a free or almost free service, they are providing a GREAT service!

Like I mentioned I haven't tested the full version of GrooVe IP, so not sure how well it works over the 3G or 4G network (yes we finally have a 4G network in Cancun). I have used VoIP plenty of times with my 3G connection, so I assume it would work well with GrooveIP also. Remember that VoIP will use up some megas if you connect via 3G or 4G, and most cell plans do charge roaming rates on their data plans as well, so be careful.

Once you are all set up, you should see the GrooVe IP icon on the status bar. To make calls, you just open the GrooveIP app, the dial pad opens, you dial 1, the area code, and the phone number. As long as the icon shows on the status bar, and you have calls forwarded to "google chat", when people call your Google Voice number, it should ring on your phone, and you should be able to take the call.

Hope you find this information helpful.
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Re: Use your Android to get free calls with GoogleVoice

Post by floorinaa » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:42 am

Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network? My wife just recently got a CDMA phone... it's a Samsung Freeform... the carrier we are through is possibly finally updating to the 4G network. Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network?

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Post by Cancun Manny » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:10 am

Hello there, I am not sure. I think CDMA can get to 4G, but they work on a different network. For example I think Sprint in USA uses CDMA phone. I am not familiar with the details of the different networks, but I seem to think that CDMA phones you can't change the SIM card.

We definitely don't have the man power to research weather your specific phone will work with the carriers in Mexico and/or the SIM cards we provide, which is why we don't rent SIM cards only. You can rent a phone with a SIM card from us. You are welcome to pull the SIM card out and try it on your phone, and if it doesn't work at least you have one of our phones to use the service with.
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Post by Cancun Manny » Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:55 am

Google Voice is down, they pulled the plug to free calls via outside apps.
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Post by Romance1984 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:59 pm

You can sign up for a Google Voice phone number, which you then forward to your own phone numbers or to your Google Chat.
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Post by Cancun Manny » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:15 pm

Yes, google voice recently made some changes, and some of the third party apps stopped working. To get a google voice number, you need a USA phone number to begin with.

Now, it seems the days of using this "other" methods to communicate are coming to an end, at least for those in North America (Mex, USA and Canada.... yes Mexico is part of North America). Movistar (decent size cell provider) pretty much is offering unlimited minutes to any cell phone or land line in USA, Mexico and Canada. Telcel, the major cel carrier is offering the same upgrade for 30 pesos more a month.

In USA Tmobile has recently started advertising that their "home" service now includes Mexico and Canada, both for calls and data. I am sure others will follow soon.

ATT recently purchased Usacell and Nextel here in Mexico, and they are also including minutes to USA and Canada. The rumor is that ATT does have enough money to quickly set up 4G all around Mexico, and be able to compete with Telcel. At the moment, Telcel offers the largest 4G coverage area in Mexico (not all major cities yet, but Cancun and Playa are set up). Movistar only has 4G around MExico city area.
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