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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great option for traveling abroad"

    March 29, 2012  |   By tw1975

    Pros

    1. Very easy to setup
    2. Even works for the iPad, iPod Touch and other select portable media players (Android based)
    3. Perfect for global travelers who don't have a SIM based cell phone but can use WIFI to make calls.
    4. 100% FREE! (That is unless Google decides to charge subscription rates for Google Voice someday)

    Cons

    1. Unable to receive incoming calls to non-smartphone devices (iPad, iPod Touch, etc), or deactivated smartphones.

    I have an Android phone that is currently not serviced by a carrier, but it can do everything else via a WIFI connection, including make calls over WIFI via Talkatone. But it would great if it could receive calls. As it stands, you can only setup your current, active smartphone to receive Google Voice/Talkatone calls because it requires the use of your cell phone number to forwards the calls to.

    Summary

    I leave the call quality off the Pros & Cons, because it really depends on the internet connection at the time of the call, so everyone could have different call experiences. Personally, I've had good and not-so-good sounding calls, but the good have certainly outweighed the bad ones. It's not perfect, but it serves a purpose and does it well.

    Updated on Mar 29, 2012

    CORRECTION: I must delete that previously mentioned CON! You absolutely CAN enable an iPod Touch, or iPad, or my case, an off-service Android phone to receive incoming calls. So now, this Droid has become my home phone.

    :-)

    Updated on May 2, 2012

    CORRECTION: You absolutely CAN set it up to receive incoming calls to non-smartphone devices (iPad, iPod Touch, etc), or deactivated smartphones.

    My mistake! :\

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  • Reply by At7000 on March 4, 2013

    How did you get around this? I know with Google Voice, you can forward incoming calls to Google Chat. Then, they show up there as "an incoming call" that you can answer.

    Is this how you did it?

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