How to use an old android phone– as a phone without paying the phone company

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How to use an old android phone– as a phone without paying the phone company

I am tired of  2 year contracts and monthy plans!

There are many people out there that are starting to realize that the phone companies are just too big! you can not get ANY decent customer service. and the prices for phones can be somewhat outrageous. especially if you want to go without a 2 year contract. Most people believe that they have to live with it.

No longer!

With a few simple steps you can cut your ties with most of the big parts of your phone company, Such as calling  and texting. and be left purchasing only a data plan and only if you intend to use your phone outside the range of a WiFi connection.

Most places now have public WiFi  so if you  want you can save A lot of money by going through the WiFi connection rather than a Cellular one.

How do I break away?

Google now has a program called Google Voice. The Google Voice service gives you a 100% free (as in beer)  phone number for use. This is not a Shared phone number but one dedicated to you.  This number can be used  send and receive phone calls and text messages.

What is Google voice? 

Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Use Google Voice to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers’ experience, and more.

Google Voice isn’t a phone service, but it lets you manage all of your phones. Google Voice works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines. There’s nothing to download, upload, or install, and you don’t have to make or take calls using a computer.

Google Voice will let you define which phones ring, based on who’s calling, and even let you ListenInTM on voicemail before answering the call. We use smart technology to route your calls. So, if you’re already on a Google Voice call, we’ll recognize it and use call waiting to reach you on the phone you’re on.

Note: At this time Google Voice is only available in the U.S.

Is this all I have to do?

Unfortunately not, BUT the next step is just as simple.

All that is left  have to do now is install an app on your phone. Put in your username, and tweak your configuration if you want to.

Where do I get this app and what does it cost?

There are two versions available on the google Play Store

GrooVe IP Lite – Free version with ads and a few configurations unavailable

and

GrooVe IP -4.99 Ad free Version  with full configuration (Definitely worth it Though not necessary to make and receive calls)

Tell me more about GrooVe IP and what it does!

This is coppied directly from the Groove IP Description

GrooVe IP is an android app that connects to Google Voice using Voice over IP (VoIP). What this means for you is you can make free unlimited calls to any phone in the US or Canada without using your voice minutes. GrooVe IP works on any android device, phone or tablet, and allows you to make calls using the device’s data (WiFi or mobile data) connection. If you have a smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity but no mobile plan, you can use this app to convert it to a free, full-featured working phone.

This app has a separate dialer that can be used to make calls. Alternatively, the native dialer, call-log, contacts, and favorite functionality can be shared between the phone and app on a call-by-call basis.

** NOTE ** Please ensure that your Google Voice account is associated with either a gmail or google apps account.

** NOTE ** To receive incoming calls you MUST go into your Google Voice account and forward calls to Google Chat.

** NOTE ** GrooVe IP uses 1.2 MB per minute during a call

For requirements, setup details, answers to frequently asked questions, known issues, or more information, please visit http://snrblabs.com/snrb/grooveIp.aspx

Credits:

For full license and credits information visit: http://snrblabs.com/snrb/Apps/GrooveIP/Credits.aspx

This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit (http://www.openssl.org/).

This product includes cryptographic software written by Eric Young (eay@cryptsoft.com).

This product includes software written by Tim Hudson (tjh@cryptsoft.com).

This product uses the Iksemel XML parser and Jabber protocol library. The use of the Iksemel library is governed by the GNU Lesser General Public License. The details of licensing terms and condtions for GNU Lesser GPL are available here (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html).

 Speex is used for certain voice processing functionality. Speex is available under the Revised BSD License; the details of this license are available here (http://www.xiph.org/licenses/bsd/speex/).

Where do I go for help setting up a google voice account?

Just drop me an email at or leave a comment on this post.

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