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Old 11-24-2018, 05:28 PM   #41
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I use Google Voice in conjunction with Hangouts to WiFi call. Generally I use my desktop, but I also have it on my cell phone. Not convenient, especially to receive a call.

I've been WiFi calling with GV and Hangouts for over 5 years. For me, all voice, video calls, and text run through Hangouts. We use Ting to access the T-Mobile network. But I only get charged when using the mobile data network, which is relatively rare. The vast majority of the time, I'm in a WiFi network. My phone has a number assigned by Ting but I have no idea what it is. I disabled all voice and text functionality using 'device setup' on Ting's website. The only number people know is my GV number. It's also nice to sit at my desktop PC and make/receive calls, text, etc using the Hangouts extension for Chrome. And it's free to call the US when I'm traveling internationally.

DW also has a GV number that rings Hangouts. But she primarily uses her regular Ting number. I set up conditional call forwarding for her, such that incoming calls are forwarded to her GV number on Hangouts any time she's in an area with no cellular signal. She's at her parents house a lot these days and the T-Mobile signal is very weak at their house, usually no signal at all. So this works well. Her phone (Moto G4) does not support conventional carrier-provided WiFi calling .
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Old 11-25-2018, 12:48 PM   #42
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We are with T-Mobile. Our house has two roofs on it and it is hard for the cell signal to work inside. We use our home wifi on our phones. They work great. The phone automatically changes over to cell when away from home.
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We'll see what AT&T does with their "escalated issue". They claim a response will happen within 48 hours. We might mention this if they are unsuccessful, particularly since we're on their AT&T Uverse and Internet service (housing track is exclusively AT&T).
Pretty much as expected. AT&T closed the issue by sending us a link to their troubleshooting pages. So, a big, fat middle finger from AT&T.

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I bought a Moto X4 for about $260 on Amazon last March. I wanted to try out "Google Fi."
The X4 is a device recommended by someone we know who works for Google and uses Google Fi on their Pixel. Says the X4 would be more than enough for our uses, and also says the X4 accepts that latest Android security patches required by Google Fi.

There is a surprising number of cell phones in use that are restricted to Android 5, some to Android 6 (like our Galaxy S5 Actives). If we get fed up enough with the call dropouts and lack of support from AT&T, we may go this way.
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I used GV and Hangouts to call Russia several times on a Baltic cruise recently using my Iphone. It worked perfectly and was very inexpensive. I received voicemails from the Russia caller and was able to return calls with no problems. I think that most Hangout calls in the US are free but you need to check it out first.
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Saw AT&T mentioned...

Am not much into this stuff, but I looked up AT&T and saw the word prepaid.

Just poking around, I found "read this first".... Hmmmm. I started, but....

So here's what you must know before signing on... a little long...

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