May 10, 2020 1:09 pm at 1:09 pm #1858881
Many people who live in Jewish areas are having problems with their Standard phone lines now. I had this issue with all of my kids conferences with them not bieng able to get through, unclear service, etc. So I switched to google voice and it’s much better.
You can download their app on any android or iOS device from the AppStore or just use their website, voice.google .com. You just log in with a google account and it will give you a free phone number (it costs 10$ to switch it afterwards). Then you can make calls and send texts through the app or website. If you are using a PC that doesn’t have a built in mike you’ll need to buy one and plug it in.
In my family we use a PC, 2 extra smartphones and an iPad all with google voice and they all work perfectly.May 10, 2020 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1859189Reb EliezerParticipantMay 10, 2020 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm #1859199
How is Google Voice clearer?
The issue with the free conference phone services is that they use telephone numbers in rural areas that, due to FCC regulations, have high per minute wholesale interconnection fees that your phone company (Verizon, AT&T or whoever) has to pay to the rural phone company in Iowa (or whatever rural area the phone number terminates in.) This is how those conferences services are free. They’re getting a kick-back on those per minute fees that small phone company they use charges your phone company. Which is why some cellular or landline companies block those numbers. Google Voice sometimes will charge you a 1¢ per minute fee, even though generally all other US and Canada calls are free with Google Voice.May 10, 2020 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #1859268
Joseph, I live in Lakewood and there are issues with phone service in the morning because the providers get overloaded. If you use google voice which is over the internet you don’t have so many issues.
There is a setting for “use WiFi And data only” so that your provider won’t charge you. I don’t know the technicalities, just that it works.May 10, 2020 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #1859335Yserbius123Participant
My daughter’s Bais Yaakov had to have a whole thing about Google Voice and T-Mobile because they charged for the “free” teleconferencing service. Yeshivos should just take the money they are saving on building maintenance and pay for a decent phone system.May 10, 2020 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm #1859346
Yseribus: What did the school advise you about the issue with GV & T-M?
As I mentioned, Google Voice’s fee is 1 cent per minute. It’s doubtful anyone will go bankrupt from adding up those pennies.May 11, 2020 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm #1859532
I’ve been using google voice over WiFi for 4 kids conferences and haven’t been charged. I’m not sure what charges you’re referring to. As I said, if you turn on the WiFi setting it will be free.May 11, 2020 1:04 pm at 1:04 pm #1859549
DMB: Certain conference phone numbers have a surcharge. It only applies to specific numbers, which are a tiny minority of calls.May 22, 2020 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #1863625ReuvenGParticipant
Thanks for providing this feedback.
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