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How to use Google Voice to make calls and send messages

Google Voice allows you to make calls right over the internet. In this tutorial, we will explain how to make calls from your tablet or smartphone via Google Voice.

GoogleVoice Teaser
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Calls over the internet are a great alternative when you are connected to a good Wi-Fi network, using it with mobile data could get a little pricey.

What is Google Voice?

In the United States, Google Voice is a trending topic in the world of smartphones and tablets. It was originally released in 2005 under the name of GrandCentral, which could be used to make a number of phone calls and have been redirected to any telephone. In 2007, Google purchased GrandCentral and Google Voice was launched in 2008. The main advantage is that one single number can be associated to multiple devices, regardless of the SIM. Unfortunately this service is only available in the U.S.

How to use Google Voice on your smartphone?

While Google Voice is only available in the U.S, you can use Gmail globally to chat with other Gmail users. To install Google Voice on your smartphone, follow these steps:

1. First you need to activate Google Voice. To do this, you just need to have a Gmail account and once you have it, Google Voice option will automatically be an option already present on the site.

Google Voice Account
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2. Download the Lite Groove IP app from the Google Play Store.

GrooVe IP VoIP Calls & Text Install on Google Play

3. Once downloaded, ensure that you log in with your Gmail account on the app. The app itself prompts you with the option to link it to our Gmail account. You can do this manually as well.

4. To make a call you need to add a balance to your account. This you can do from Gmail or Google Voice. The picture below shows you the rates.

TarifasGoogleVoice Spain
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5. Now you can start to use the service to make calls or send messages. Enjoy!

GrooVe Llamada
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 To be able to call via 3G you will need to install the paid version with costs about 3.99 USD. What is your opinion of this service? Are you going to try it on your smartphone?


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  • this is an excellent app (better then skype at times) when used to telecom with family abroad (I'm in Nevada, family is in the UK), its not perfect - but its better then being overcharged for telecom outside of North America !

  • wow. I'm shocked. True story. GrooveIP is crap this May. That sucks. Seriously.

  • GrooveIP is built around gVoice. I don't think it works with any other voip services, correct me if I'm wrong. But what would GrooveIP do if it didn't work with gVoice?

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    Mark B. Feb 25, 2014 Link to comment

    I thought Groove IP would no longer work w/Google Voice after May 2014?

  • I've lived in Germany for 6 years. since almost day 1, I've had gvoice. It's a must for an expat with fam and friends in the US...our even just someone with friends in the US. But the icing on the cake is GrooveIP. this little app has been a good friend of mine for about 3 years now. Words can't say how cool it is to be able to call my mom, from my cell.
    Lifesaver. I <3 gVoice + GrooveIP.

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