How to Use Wi-Fi to Make Backflip Calls

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How to Use Wi-Fi to Make Backflip Calls
Staying in touch shouldn't cost a fortune. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Unlimited calling plans on cellular telephones can be expensive. Further, counting minutes so that you don't incur a costly overage fee is tiresome. However, if you have a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, you won't have to worry about counting minutes any longer. It is possible to make phone calls over a Wi-Fi network without any cost to you, except for the initial cost of software for your phone.

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Things you need

  • Wi-Fi Network
  • Google Voice Account
  • Groove IP Software for Android Phones

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up a free account on Google Voice (link below). You will need a Google account, but signup is quick and easy. You can even select your own phone number, or keep your existing phone number for a nominal fee.

  2. 2

    Purchase the Groove IP application from the Android Market (link below).

  3. 3

    Configure Groove IP with your Google Voice account. The application will automatically import all of the data that it needs to run properly.

  4. 4

    Start the Groove IP application and make a phone call.

Tips and warnings

  • Groove IP also works with your 3G/4G connection, but be sure to verify with your service provider that VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls are allowed over its data network.
  • To receive calls to your Google Voice number on your cell phone, you must forward your Google Voice calls to Google Chat, which then forwards the call to your phone.
  • Google Voice is free through 2012. After that time, it may become a fee-based service.

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