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Need to get a Fuel or a spare ??

« on: June 15, 2015, 12:19:32 PM »
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  • smallhagrid

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    A tiny bit of current good news to share for anyone who may benefit by it=>

    I saw in the family dollar store flyer they have an Android Tracfone for just $9.

    Went and looked - and it is an LG Optimus Fuel including a 4GB SD card with Android 4.4 .
    (The card and battery alone are worth that price.)

    I got one to use for an mp3 player & went back for a spare as this is a great model & very easy to add to GV using a TextNow number & makes a very good Wifi-only phone for when one is out & about.
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    Re: Need to get a Fuel or a spare ??

    « Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 07:54:02 AM »
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     i heard about using google voice if that is what you mean by using textnow with GV but even after reading up on it im still confused by the concept. could you maybe add your 2 cents on how one would go about doing that or how you did it? thanks.
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    Re: Need to get a Fuel or a spare ??

    « Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 07:25:56 PM »
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    Great question Regserv, thanks for asking !!

    The biggest thing about doing the wifi-only thing is that the #1 necessity is to somehow get a real phone number:

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    i heard about using google voice if that is what you mean by using textnow with GV but even after reading up on it im still confused by the concept. could you maybe add your 2 cents on how one would go about doing that or how you did it? thanks.
    Textnow provides a free number - but they are super-fussy about exactly how it MUST be used.
    For me this was a total PITA so after testing it & having them give away my number twice, I have switched to TextPlus.
    They also give a free number but are not as fussy in their demands of the users.

    As for GV with a wifi-only setup, there are some great ways of doing it.
    GV gives a free universal number, but it is mostly designed & intended as a catch-all for use in forwarding to as many real numbers as you wish.
    Therefore=>
    You MUST have a real number on any phone that is not activated - that is the needed trick.
    (And permanently using airplane mode with wifi ON saves battery, hugely !!)

    We've got this kind of thing on different phones in different ways and it is all good.

    On an older phone (like our L34C w/ 2.3.6), a very slick tool is called 'Google Voice Full Integration'.
    This allows the GV app to slide right in & replace native calling & SMS.
    Adding Text+ to that one allows direct calling & SMS via TWO separate 'channels'.
    (If a 3rd separate 'channel' is desired for steady VOIP this way, a cheap DID & service may be had via a company called Circlenet - we have a backup account there and it is very good & cheap too.)

    The main things used for doing all this stuff are:
    1. A Gmail account for getting the GV service & the free GV number;
    2. The GV app;
    3. A free service for a number like Textnow or Text+;
    4. A softphone app like Acrobits if real VOIP is also desired.

    Setting it all up can be a bit of a learning - I will not try to remember & tell it all here - but if desired do ask & I'll try to help if I am able to.

    Just one more thing to add, with 2 options:
    1.
    Before all the hoopla about GV killing XMPP, the GrooveIP app worked very well with GV - AFAIK the newer versions have been made NOT to do this anymore, BUT=>
    If you have an older version of GrooveIP (we have 1.4.8), it will directly use GV for free voice calls in & out.
    2.
    A new service called RingTo has replaced GV in the newer GrooveIP versions.
    They also give a free number.
    We do not use them because of all the changes they went through since starting - they gave an impression of instability, whereas GV has been 100% stable even with all the false alarms about XMPP ending - which it did not.

    I hope all that helps - and if unclear, do ask questions.

    Best Wishes to All !!

    PS:
    Our GV usage started out when the landline AND cellular both got ditched simply because there was no more $$ to pay for them.

    Instead I got an Obi box for under $40 years ago and 2 GV accounts & numbers.

    When calls come into the 1st number it rings the house phone directly & we have 100% free calling in the US & Canada from a regular wired phone - but no phone bill anymore.

    The 2nd number is silent on the house phone, but forwards to the various other free numbers when any call arrives while also allowing free wifi phone use from any free wifi when out & about.

    For folks whose budget is basically in the krapper because of low or fixed income, these are very good ways to have free phones to use from home or elsewhere.
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