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    Google Voice or Hangouts or Other VOIP on a Tablet (iPad 5th mini) w/Data Plan & Wifi

    Is anyone here basically using their tablet as a phone with wifi and a data plan?

    Wondering what people who are using it that way use for their voice/messaging client and things they may have run into.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    Is anyone here basically using their tablet as a phone with wifi and a data plan?

    Wondering what people who are using it that way use for their voice/messaging client and things they may have run into.

    Thanks
    I have used GV + Hangouts on multiple devices, including an old LG G Pad F 8.0 V495 on WiFi and/or cellular data, since March, 2017.

    I install Hangouts, connected to my GV #s, on every device I have or test, so I can use whatever device I want at any particular time, and all the devices ring and receive messages at the same time.

    I have had no issues using GV + Hangouts for voice, as long as there's a stable data connection, or messaging, no matter how bad the connection is, on any device.

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    So on the tablet you just get the pop up showing an inbound call the same as a phone pretty much? I should be able to answer via a bluetooth ear piece?

    Thanks I appreciate your feedback especially as you have a lot of experience with this. That carried a lot of weight when you answered me about data sims also

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    So on the tablet you just get the pop up showing an inbound call the same as a phone pretty much? I should be able to answer via a bluetooth ear piece?

    Thanks I appreciate your feedback especially as you have a lot of experience with this. That carried a lot of weight when you answered me about data sims also
    Yes, incoming Hangouts calls show on the tablet just like on a phone. I can answer a call with Hangouts on any of my connected devices, including the tablet.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any experience using a Bluetooth ear piece on any device, so I can't help you with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    Is anyone here basically using their tablet as a phone with wifi and a data plan?

    Wondering what people who are using it that way use for their voice/messaging client and things they may have run into.

    Thanks
    I have Google Voice with Hangouts/Hangouts Dialer on my LG G Pad F 8.0 V495. It works, but I have only used it to call info lines or my voicemail. The placement of the microphone, speaker, and the size of the tablet is not conducive to holding for a conversation. If it was all I had with me I could use it. I have never tried it with mobile data.

    The round trip delay latency of Hangouts is about 600 ms. Other VOIP services I have tried are in that range too. 600 ms is on the borderline of being noticeable. If you are having a quick back and forth conversation it will get awkward with talking over each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    So on the tablet you just get the pop up showing an inbound call the same as a phone pretty much? I should be able to answer via a bluetooth ear piece?

    Thanks I appreciate your feedback especially as you have a lot of experience with this. That carried a lot of weight when you answered me about data sims also
    You get a pop up showing an inbound call and the tablet will sound the selected Hangouts ringtone.

    I just tried it with my Bluetooth earpiece, and surprisingly it worked, with one exception. I was unable to answer the call from my BT earpiece. I had to touch the tablet to answer. So yeah, a tablet could be viable as a phone that way.

    If you go the Hangouts route, you will need to install the optional Hangouts Dialer app for voice calls to work. In the Hangouts settings, turn on Incoming calls. It is off when initially installed.

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    Good stuff, thanks!

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    I have been using my tablet with GrooveIP for several years.
    I didn't want to waste my prepaid phone minutes on calling my landline answering machine.
    Now that I have dumped my landline, voice access isn't necessary.

    Tried Hangouts, it almost worked. Textnow works on my laptop. Depends on the tablet I suppose.

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    When I had google fi and had a data sim in my ipad air 2 I used hangouts for over a week when I lost my phone. Worked great. So great I don't have a phone plan any more and just use an ipad data sim in my pixel 2xl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbadzz View Post
    When I had google fi and had a data sim in my ipad air 2 I used hangouts for over a week when I lost my phone. Worked great. So great I don't have a phone plan any more and just use an ipad data sim in my pixel 2xl.
    Which data sim do you use?


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    1 - What's the future of Hangouts?

    2 - And for those that have already done this with a tablet - if a normal sim is inserted the voice and text just doesn't work correct? It seems almost advantageous to get a sim with all on it since it can't use it anyway they seem to offer data at lower rates mixed with unlimited talk and text than with just data.

    3 - And a follow up on Freedompop - these pretty much have to be purchased in BestBuy correct? I ask because I can never see anything on their site or Unreal mobile that actually shows cards for sale. They're just constantly asking for email & street address like its a spam site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    1 - What's the future of Hangouts?

    2 - And for those that have already done this with a tablet - if a normal sim is inserted the voice and text just doesn't work correct? It seems almost advantageous to get a sim with all on it since it can't use it anyway they seem to offer data at lower rates mixed with unlimited talk and text than with just data.

    3 - And a follow up on Freedompop - these pretty much have to be purchased in BestBuy correct? I ask because I can never see anything on their site or Unreal mobile that actually shows cards for sale. They're just constantly asking for email & street address like its a spam site.
    1 - For me, I will keep using it until the VoIP and messaging functions stop working like they work today OR Google fixes the issues with the GV app that I've outlined in various threads on HoFo in this section. Google has given no definite details of what will happen with Hangouts' VoIP and messaging functions, or a timeline of if/when anything will happen.

    2 - Someone else will have to comment on that. All my SIMs are data only.

    3 - Best Buy or Target. The FP prepaid annual plans are on sale at Best Buy right now. The 1GB/mo annual prepaid plan is on sale for $39.99 right now, so only $3.33/mo, at https://www.bestbuy.com/site/freedom...?skuId=6187400 or https://www.ebay.com/itm/FreedomPop-...t/192530921373. The 5GB/mo annual prepaid plan is on sale for $119.99 right now, so only $10.00/mo, at https://www.bestbuy.com/site/freedom...?skuId=6296211. Those are pretty good deals for data only that don't require you to give any credit card info to FP.

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    I never had any real issue with Hangouts, in fact for me its less trouble than GV - just wondered where they left it. I guess knowing google it'll be around a long time.

    Boz1 are those FP annual sims for AT&T or Sprint? 5gb for $3.33 is pretty damn good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    I never had any real issue with Hangouts, in fact for me its less trouble than GV - just wondered where they left it. I guess knowing google it'll be around a long time.

    Boz1 are those FP annual sims for AT&T or Sprint? 5gb for $3.33 is pretty damn good.
    Th FP prepaid SIMs use the AT&T network. But as indicated above, the $3.33/mo ($39.99/year) is for 1GB/mo. It's $10.00/mo ($119.99/year) for 5GB/mo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Th FP prepaid SIMs use the AT&T network. But as indicated above, the $3.33/mo ($39.99/year) is for 1GB/mo. It's $10.00/mo ($119.99/year) for 5GB/mo.
    Oops, I meant 5gb for $10 is pretty damn good.

    Thanks

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