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Using Your Google Voice Number for All Calls and TextsEdit
This section describes how you setup your Google Voice (GV) number as your main phone number. Many people will not be aware of a separate Republic Wireless (RW) number. You use this GV number for all incoming and outgoing calls as well as all incoming and outgoing texts.
The reasons you may want to do this are:
- Send incoming calls to multiple phones at the same time.
- Ease of changing phone service providers - no need to port a number
- No need to give people a new number
- Free/cheap international calls dialed from your RW phone
- Text and phone from your computer browser
Reasons you may want to avoid this are:
- Can't port Google Voice number to Republic Wireless (but all calls are forwarded to RW)
- Don't like Google...
- Don't want to spend $20 to port your number to Google Voice
How to do it:Edit
Set up your Google Voice accountEdit
(Google Voice Help: http://support.google.com/voice/?hl=en)
At the Google Voice web site, enter your RW number as a forwarding number: Gear icon drop down / Settings / Phones.
Check the box labelled "Receive text messages on this phone"
In Settings/Voicemail & Text, record your voicemail message as well as configure notifications for voicemail and texts.
Set up your Republic Wireless Android PhoneEdit
Download the Google Voice app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice
Log in to the Google Voice app on your phone using your Google Account login.
In the "Making Calls" settings menu, select "Use Google Voice to make all calls" (or whichever other configuration you prefer).
Set up texting using your GV number on your RW phone. Two options are available: Using the default Android Messaging app, or using the Google Voice app. Most seem to prefer using the GV app and then ignoring (and removing the shortcut to) the default Messaging app. You can also disable notifications in the Messaging app settings. This keeps your SMS text messages and your transcribed voice mails all in one inbox.
In the "Sync and notifications" setting menu, set the "Receive text messages" to "Via the Google Voice app" or "Via the messaging app".
Install the home page widgets "Google Voice Inbox" and "Google Voice Settings". Putting these two widgets in a conspicuous spot on your home page will allow you to easily see your incoming messages (voice and text) as well as give you one touch access to composing new SMS text messages.
Using Google Voice for VoicemailEdit
If you want to use your Republic Wireless number as your public phone number but still want to get the benefits of GV voicemail (transcribed messages, forever storage) you can activate GV voicemail on your phone.
In your computer browser at https://www.google.com/voice, go to Settings/Phones. Enter your RW phone as a forwarding phone and then select "Activate Google voicemail on this phone". You will be prompted for your carrier. Select "Sprint". You will then be given a star code (*28xxxxxxxxxx) to dial on your RW phone. Dial that number.
Set up your voicemail greetings at the GV site.