WHy do you need 3 numbers?
What is the cheapest way to get three GV numbers activated? I am willing to buy a phone number but I don't want to make a monthly payment. So far, I'm thinking of buying a number at callwithus.com, using it to verify the GV, and then cancelling the callwithus service. This all seems so complicated. Please help. Does anyone have any ideas?
WHy do you need 3 numbers?
In case you do not know about them do a search for OBI100 or Obi202 Phone adapters they let you use Google voice Numbers for incoming and outgoing calls just like a regular land line.
I'm thinking a t-mobile sim card might create a callable number.
If I understand you correctly now, you are making the typical assumption that having a Google Voice account means, by definition, some sort of free and independent phone service. That is possible, but not by default. Normally having a GV number just means you've got an alternate number identity as you use your existing phones (any type).
You can, however, use GV with several other tricks to do calling over Wi-Fi. You say that "two boys" have their own Gmail accounts. Based on that they could each get Google Voice accounts and numbers, and use one of several apps on an Android phone to make and receive calls and SMS texts over Wi-Fi. Using a tablet computer you could use the calling feature of Gmail (with a headset) to make and receive calls (along with the GV number), or you could use some other apps with GV as well.
But this is all free, as far as the Google end of it goes. There is an annual threat from Google that they might start charging for the calling feature in Gmail, but it has been several years now with no change, and that feature is tightly linked to Google Voice, which the threat has never included.
^^^^^^right! But they will still need to verify before they make any calls and before the tablet can make any calls.
What is "verify"? You mean just an initial test call to start up the service? Or maybe you mean what Google Voice requires you to do when you add a forwarding phone, with a code and they robo call you and you enter it? The forwarding "phone" for a tablet would just be Google Chat. For cell phones without a carrier plan (and therefore no telephone number of their own), you could probably also just select Google Chat in the forwarding area, then go ahead and set up whichever VoIP app you're intending to use (Talkatone or GrooVe IP, among others). I've not set up a phone without a carrier, but I've read posts here on the forum of people doing it, so it's definitely possible. The VoIP phone apps use the intended Gmail/GV account name to associate themselves, so a native phone number isn't needed.
assuming you don't have a landline/mobile, scoot on over to neighbor's store/house,
and ask to borrow their mobile/landline number to text/call verify your gv numbers.
tell them that google will call/text their phone (standard text message rate apply).
Verizon prepaid phones like the Gusto 2 / LG Revere, usually go on sale for as little as $10 to $15 and each includes $10 to $15 starter airtime. These prepaid phones can also come in handy if you need to verify multiple craigslist accounts, etc.
Operating without a contract makes you far more valuable.