After picking up the Galaxy Note, I realized that I am tired of being tethered to one device. While I have some of the best Android devices on the market (Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Transformer Prime), I can only phone and text on one device (the Nexus).
To combat this, I have been researching (and am planning on attempting) switching to almost 100% VoIP, using Google Voice for my text messaging carrier and then being able to grab any device and take it with me. When I was a Sprint customer I used Google Voice to a great deal of success – their integration is unparalleled, and I enjoyed accessing my Google Voice text messages from the desktop or tablet (it makes checking your phone in meetings a thing of the past).
In the past, the Google Voice app wasn’t all that great, but some recent upgrades have made it a lot better (and more useful). Offline storage and syncing are possible, allowing you to listen to voicemail and respond to texts even with spotty reception (a win).
To accomplish this, I plan to port my Verizon number to Google Voice, and use the $4.99 Android app GrooVe IP to make and receive calls. I will also have the settings to forward to my landline during the day, and then keep it moving whenever (and wherever) I want.
If you’ve got any experience, or knowledge of using these products, I would greatly appreciate it! I will start this process next week, so check back for a follow on post.
- International Galaxy Note Review (ctovision.com)
- All Hail the Galaxy Nexus (ctovision.com)
- Google Voice Adds Circles – The Apocalypse is Upon Us! (tmcnet.com)