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andy2373

May 6, 2013, 1:05 PM
Not coming through after going from iPhone to Android. Shocked

Any ideas?

And if I put my SIM back in my iPhone I'll get the notification of awaiting VM. Confused
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CellStudent

May 7, 2013, 11:17 AM
andy2373 said:
Any ideas?

https://www.google.com/voice?pli=1#sms »

Stop using the carrier-supplied voicemail systems, especially if you're an Android user.

I deactivated my VZW voicemail box almost three years ago. I'll never turn that piece of garbage back on.
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gloopey1

May 7, 2013, 4:37 PM
Why do you dislike Verizon's voicemail?
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CellStudent

May 15, 2013, 2:25 PM
gloopey1 said:
Why do you dislike Verizon's voicemail?


With Google Voice:

1> I get vociemails (and text messages) delivered over WiFi (or the 3G data network, when outside WiFi), so even when I'm in the basement of the University, I never miss a message, even when I miss a call.

Can't do that with a Carrier System!

2> I get speech-to-text transcriptions of voicemails delivered in text form every time a voicemail comes through. The transcriptions aren't perfect, but they're good enough to let me know by looking at the screen whether the message is a telemarketer or a colleague at work that I don't have stored in my contact list yet, before I even consider dialing into the voicemail...
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gloopey1

May 15, 2013, 10:16 PM
You've done an excellent job of explaining the differences between Google voicemail and texting versus traditional carrier provided services. I still don't understand how the advantages of Google services make carrier services "garbage" by comparison...less advanced, perhaps, but hardly rubbish.

The big advantage carrier based messaging has over Google is it's usually included in basic wireless packages at no additional charge. While Google Voice itself is free, the costly data plans needed to support it are not.

There are still plenty of folks like me who are uninterested in phone Internet plans. Google voice wouldn't benefit me one bit.
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epik

May 16, 2013, 12:32 AM
Minimal data plan is needed for Google Voice. The issue you run into here isn't that Google Voice takes a lot of data, it's that you have to have a lot of data from the Carrier before you can use Google Voice (on your phone while not on WiFi).
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CellStudent

May 16, 2013, 10:08 AM
gloopey1 said:
While Google Voice itself is free, the costly data plans needed to support it are not.

There are still plenty of folks like me who are uninterested in phone Internet plans. Google voice wouldn't benefit me one bit.


Even without a smartphone, Google Voice kicks the crap out of carrier voicemail.

1> If you choose to have carrier SMS and do not have a smartphone/data package, you set up your phone to forward un-answered calls (no answer transfer, there's a simple *72 code to set that up) to the Google Voice mailbox instead of the Carrier mailbox. The message gets recorded in the Google Voice system, and then the transcript is still generated. Google Voice sends the transcript to the d ...
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gloopey1

May 16, 2013, 7:08 PM
I didn't know you could set up Google voice without a smartphone and the app. How do you do it?
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CellStudent

May 17, 2013, 12:39 PM
gloopey1 said:
I didn't know you could set up Google voice without a smartphone and the app. How do you do it?



It's easy, you just have to do all the configuration and management from a PC using the web interface on voice.google.com.

Once it is set up, you can utilize the service completely by SMS through the handset.
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Jarahawk

May 19, 2013, 12:47 AM
I agree. Google Voice beats Carrier voice mail hands down. I use Google Voice with Friends and Family. I have advised individuals who carry two phones to drop one and sign up for GV. It just makes too much sense. As far as using it without a smartphone...of course. I HAVE a smartphone and I don't make calls from the GV app because I need my phone to call FROM my Google Number. Not some random number like the app does. All one has to do is call one's own Google number and make calls from it.
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CellStudent

May 22, 2013, 11:53 AM
Jarahawk said:
I HAVE a smartphone and I don't make calls from the GV app because I need my phone to call FROM my Google Number. Not some random number like the app does. All one has to do is call one's own Google number and make calls from it.



I know what you're talking about, but you concerns about using the app because of the "random numbers" dialed are unfounded.

The unique numbers dialed by GV are internal to Google only. Your Google Voice number always appears on the receiving party's caller ID.

Install the app and do a couple test calls. Your fears are completely without merit; the google-assigned quasi-random numbers are transparent and meaningless. No one will ever know you're using th...
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Jarahawk

May 22, 2013, 11:39 PM
True. The person I am calling sees my number, but Verizon sees me dialing a random number and NOT my Google number. It's all about Friends and Family. I need Verizon to see me dialing my F&F.
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Jarahawk

May 22, 2013, 11:41 PM
The last GV app I owned which didn't behave this way was for my 9630. I miss it dearly.
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gloopey1

May 23, 2013, 11:42 AM
Cellstudent, I appreciate your help. I wish others used these forums the way you do rather than as a bash-a-thon.

If I initiate a call from my Google voice inbox, does the call charge my daytime minutes? I added that number to my free calling circle. When I do this, it rings my phone and pairs it to the person I dialed from my inbox.
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CellStudent

May 24, 2013, 10:13 AM
I use so few "minutes" on my phone lines that I don't really care about how the calls record. I get by fine with zero benefit from M2M and F&F numbers.

I've heard of schemes to make all your calls route through Google Voice, making them essentially free; but I'm not a party to how they work, because I don't use enough minutes for it to matter to me.


However, it sounds like Jarahawk might be milking that cash cow. Give a yell over there and see what happens.
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gloopey1

May 25, 2013, 9:26 AM
CellStudent said:
I use so few "minutes" on my phone lines that I don't really care about how the calls record. I get by fine with zero benefit from M2M and F&F numbers.

I've heard of schemes to make all your calls route through Google Voice, making them essentially free; but I'm not a party to how they work, because I don't use enough minutes for it to matter to me.


However, it sounds like Jarahawk might be milking that cash cow. Give a yell over there and see what happens.


I found out that you can add your Google voice number to your free calling circle and place free calls indirectly. You call your Google voicemail number and press two. After this, you dial the number you wish to connect.

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Jarahawk

May 27, 2013, 11:28 PM
Very good, young grasshopper.
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gloopey1

May 19, 2013, 7:10 AM
Wow! I was able to use my Sprint number as my Google voice number. I can even use my tablet to make voice calls over wifi and it shows up on the other end as my cell!

Thanks again. Smile
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Jarahawk

May 20, 2013, 9:35 PM
"The big advantage carrier based messaging has over Google is it's usually included in basic wireless packages at no additional charge. While Google Voice itself is free, the costly data plans needed to support it are not."

They can afford to give away something which costs them nothing to provide in the first place.
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GrinderCB

May 7, 2013, 8:56 PM
iPhone uses its own voicemail system, different from the carrier-supplied voicemail that all other VZW phones use. If you upgraded from iPhone to an Android then you have to go in and set up the voicemail box all over again. Messages stored in the iPhone voicemail box do not directly transfer over. From the new Android, try dialing *86 and see if you get prompted to setup voicemail for the first time.
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andy2373

May 8, 2013, 12:39 PM
GrinderCB said:
iPhone uses its own voicemail system, different from the carrier-supplied voicemail that all other VZW phones use. If you upgraded from iPhone to an Android then you have to go in and set up the voicemail box all over again. Messages stored in the iPhone voicemail box do not directly transfer over. From the new Android, try dialing *86 and see if you get prompted to setup voicemail for the first time.

That's the thing, I get prompted to enter my password. And it works like normal.
It's just after someone leaves a VM, no notification on my Android device. Pop my SIM back into my iPhone and BAMM! There's the VM notification. Shocked I do believe at one time swapping to an Android device I had t...
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epik

May 9, 2013, 9:56 AM
As GrinderCB said, you're on a different voicemail system now - a visual voicemail system for iPhone only. The best you're going to get is *86 access, at best, while on an Android. It's be the opposite but similar problem if you'd gone from Android to iPhone.
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vzwinagent

May 13, 2013, 10:22 AM
Sounds like maybe you just moved the SIM card? Not sure. Either way just have Verizon fix the voicemail feature to the appropriate one.
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