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
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.
Purchase the Groove IP application from the Android Market (link below).
Configure Groove IP with your Google Voice account. The application will automatically import all of the data that it needs to run properly.
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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