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Ivan's avatar

Can I use Google Voice to have a free cell phone service with no contracts?

Asked by Ivan (13399 points ) July 14th, 2009

I’ve been reading up on Google Voice today, and so far I don’t see any catches.

So, let’s say I sign up for Google Voice and get a personalized Google number. Can I then just buy a phone with absolutely no contract and use Google Voice to make calls with it for free? Is there some sort of catch here that I’m not seeing?

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Bri_L's avatar

Nope.

You route already existing numbers through the number they give you.

Ivan's avatar

Do you need a contract in order to have an original number, then?

kevbo's avatar

Virgin Mobile pay as you go requires that you buy minutes periodically to keep your account active. I assume it’s similar with other carriers. That’s a minor catch.

Ivan's avatar

Hmm, anyone know of a slick way to get a free phone number?

EmpressPixie's avatar

I can’t watch the video, but I would imagine that G-voice is something that works with your phone, but you still need to purchase network time to use your phone, ie a voice or data plan.

Ivan's avatar

@EmpressPixie

That was my fear. I still wonder if there’s a way to get a phone number for free and just use that with Google Voice so that I can call for free.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Okay, but my point was that even if you have a number, you still need service.

Ivan's avatar

I know what you’re saying. I was saying that I hope that’s not the case.

Corey_D's avatar

No, I’m pretty sure you need phone service separate from Google Voice.

J0E's avatar

I’m not sure but regardless, it looks cool.

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