(Android) Make phone calls for free in the US and Canada
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Do you use minutes on your phone and data on your tablet? Are you always worried about going over your minutes or want to use your tablet as a phone. Well I have the app for you it’s called Groove IP.
So what is Groove IP?
“GrooVe IP Lite, is an android app that that connects to Google Voice using Voice over IP (VoIP). What does this means for you. You can make free unlimited calls to any phone in the US or Canada without using your voice minutes. GrooVe IP Lite works on any android device, phone or tablet, and allows you to make calls using a WiFi 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. Upgrade to the full version of GrooVe IP (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip) to remove ads and enable features:
- - Calls over a mobile data connection not just WiFi
- - Native dialer integration
- - Proximity sensor support
- - Change sign in status or sign in invisible
** NOTE ** Please ensure that your Google Voice account is associated with either a gmail or google apps account. To receive incoming calls you MUST go into your Google Voice account and forward calls to Google Chat.
** NOTE ** GrooVe IP Lite uses 1.2 MB per minute during a call.”
I know, Skype and other programs can do this but they charge. If you use Google voice without Groove Ip then it will use up your minutes, but it will use data when used to route calls through groove Ip. Not when you make phone calls with Google voice and decide to route calls through your phone number given by your carrier, it uses your minutes then; hence the use for Groove Ip.
Only texting thru Google voice solely uses data, but you also have the choice to opt to text through the carrier number using Google’s SMS applications, which will then use your texts unless you are unlimited.
In the end I hope Google allows the hangouts mobile app to make and receive calls just like I can on a PC, without the need for Groove ip.