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Rob_
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Mary Esther, FL
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Looking to make calls using tablet

I have WIFI and want to find something I can port my cell phone # over and use my tablet (android) to make/receive calls/texts. I'm looking for something that doesn't require google voice because of the negative reviews I heard. Any ideas?

-Rob


tim_k
Buttons, Bows, Beamer, Shadow, Kasey
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Stewartstown, PA
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Maybe the magic jack app?


pcdebb
RIP lil hurricane
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Brandon, FL
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reply to Rob_
Negative reviews such as?

me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to Rob_
Maybe skype?


Jackarino
YacCity
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Allendale, NJ
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1 recommendation

reply to Rob_
I've never had an issue with Google voice


RobinK

join:2004-04-16
Canada
reply to Rob_
Fongo.


dbmaven
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reply to Rob_
If you're looking for a VOIP service, I'd suggest you ask this topic be moved to the VoiP Tech Chat forum. »VOIP Tech Chat
Lots of helpful people there who can give input and offer their experiences both with porting and Android apps.
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AppleGuy
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Canada
reply to RobinK
I'd second Fongo, but isn't that Canada only?


DC DSL
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Washington, DC
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reply to Rob_
Nothing wrong with Google Voice. It's not perfect, but it's *FREE*. I've used it for something like 4 years now and I'm more than happy with it.

As for a tablet solution (with or without GV in the mix):
    •CSipSimple client
    •IPKALL for a free virtual phone number (Washington State area codes only, though).
    •LocalPhone for terminating your inbound calls and placing outbound calls.

IPKALL requires at least one *inbound* call on your number every 30 days (sliding). Otherwise, the number is immediately canceled for you and there is absolutely no means of getting it back. No exceptions. None.

LocalPhone is not free for making outbound calls (no charge for inbound). It's the cheapest of the virtual voip providers, and good call quality. US calls are $0.005 minute. Canada is $0.01/minute. (1-minute increments.)
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DC DSL
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If you can't cope with a Washington state phone number, that's were GV is a good choice. Get both GV and IPKALL numbers. Point GV at IPK and any other numbers you want, and give out the GV digits. That's also real helpful if you somehow go 30 days without any calls on the IPK and it yanks the number from you.
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mromero
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reply to Rob_
»www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5052 ··· ext-year


DC DSL
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This is specifically for apps that "hook in" to GV directly, other than anything Genuine GOOG. It does not affect using GV to point to third-party voip numbers.
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Snakeoil
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Mentor, OH
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reply to Rob_
3 or 4 years ago [was it that long ago when that occurred], I was in the hospital with my son. A friend had given me a first gen Ipad.
We skyped home to my wife, and she could video chat with us, over the Ipad and her laptop.
Since then, I've been a fan of skype.

But what you are suggesting is interesting, because all it seems to be, is turning your tablet into an extension of your cell phone. Without using skype or any other type of program, except what is native to your phone.

I think there is a teamspeak app for tablets as well. Just to add another type of program.
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Lone Wolf
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reply to Rob_
said by Rob_:

I'm looking for something that doesn't require google voice because of the negative reviews I heard.

-Rob

I've been using GV since it was called GrandCentral without any problems whatsoever. Can you tell us where you found negative reviews and did they outnumber the positive reviews?