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Using GV when traveling abroad

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Using GV when traveling abroad thadude 8/5/09 11:59 PM
Next month I'm traveling to Korea and wondering about my GV which I have installed on my blackberry (it's the 8830 World Edition so I'll have coverage). 

1.  If someone from the US calls my GV number, are they charged for an international call?  Or would it be the same rate as if they were calling from anywhere inside the US?

2.  If I call a US number, is that an international call?  I assume it would be since my phone has to dial a US number first.

3.  Can I just send a regular text message from GV on my blackberry to a US number and can they do the same to my GV number?
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad Moo 8/6/09 12:08 AM
1.  it's the same rate for them however YOU may be charged a roaming fee because you are out of the country.

2.  yes you are correct.  if you call a US number while you are not in the US, you'll most likely be charged a roaming fee by your carrier.

3.  i'm not sure about this one but i think there may be roaming fees involved here too since you are out of the country.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad Richey2589 8/6/09 12:53 AM
In regards to your three questions, it does depend on your cellular service provider and the contract you have with them, for example:

In your first question, as Moo stated you MAY be charged for a roaming fee because you are out of the country unless your individual plan or business plan from your respective provider has a reduced or no-rate roaming fee in Korea.

Secondly, while you are out of USA I would like to point out (and I am sure that you may already  know this), that you do have to dial the +1, or 001 from your cellular device to call USA because you are on a foreign network.

And lastly, there has been a few issues regarding the txt messaging service provided by GV. It seems to work fine with all numbers based in USA, however if you plan on texting Korean lines you may encounter some issues with messages not being received by either party. To send a txt message from your blackberry device you will need to download and install the Blackberry application and select SMS from the available on-screen options. To download the application, please use this link: http://www.google.com/mobile/products/voice.html#p=blackberry
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad ERICfromTEXAS 8/6/09 1:02 AM
Richey, he wouldn't have to use the international calls if he was calling a US number by initiating the call from a GV app or the GV Mobile Web Portal.  Only if he was calling directly to his GV number from inside Korea.  I would think that SMS to GV number should be forwarded, as it is still a US phone.  However, I cannot be for sure, as I have never travelled abroad with a GV number.  :))  Maybe soon.  Hope to travel to Philippines soon.

ERIC
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad thadude 8/6/09 10:01 AM
Well I guess this will be an interesting experiment.  I'll be there in a month and will report back.  I was planning to initiate calls from within the GV app btw.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad thadude 8/6/09 10:04 AM
And I also plan to use the GV app to send txt messages too.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad flyingdutch 11/5/09 5:19 AM
I have the same question. I'm planning to use my Blackberry Storm that has an international unlimited data roaming option enabled in Europe next week. I plan to use the Blackberry Google Voice application on my Blackberry to make call numbers in the USA. Will I see any types of Charges? I thought that the GV app on my Blackberry would be using the data connection exclusively. Is that true? In that case I should not really see any additional charges by my Wireless carrier (Verizon) correct? 
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad SnerdlyBosco 11/5/09 5:34 AM
@flyingdutch:

GV mobile app for Blackberry uses your voice connection for voice calls and your data connection for SMS.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad creditdetailer 11/16/09 3:34 PM
Would this work:

If you have a VOIP router (Vonage, ITP4YOU, etc) that connects to a standard landline phone, and you take that router/phone with you to your hotel with Internet, could you plug in the router, and phone and receive calls at no charge. 

The Router still allows you to make & receive calls as a US number (regardless of geographic location) and that number can be linked to your GV account. 
(also, probably something similar like WiFi enabled phones that act similarly...)

Only downside I see is that WiFi only hotels means no router can be used and you need a WiFi phone or your laptop with SIP program
Internet speeds in other countries may vary by country

Re: Using GV when traveling abroad EasternPA 11/17/09 6:32 AM
"Only downside I see is that WiFi only hotels means no router can be used and you need a WiFi phone or your laptop with SIP programInternet speeds in other countries may vary by country"

You can place a wireless bridge in front of the router to convert the wifi into a hardline, which is then fed to the input of your router. You may have varying levels of success, however, if you have to authenticate against a page on the wifi service. But if its a "Linksys in the lobby" type of hotel, you shouldn't have any trouble, assuming you can hit the wifi in the rooms. Check out wireless Ethernet bridges. That's how I deliver Internet access to my 360 and HTPC.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad Broyce 11/17/09 3:13 PM
If you are making calls via GV from your US cell phone in another country, you will be charged just like you were calling it from your cellphone with international roaming and such. 

Text messages on the other hand, that are send from the GV app on your blackberry will be data, so as long as you have a data connection, you can text via the app for free. If you want to receive texts for free, then forward the SMS to your blackberry email, and then reply from the app.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad lac256 3/8/10 7:30 AM
If you're using GV outside of the USA, even if GV doesn't charge you, you will see roaming fees on your bill!
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad loganss 3/9/10 11:19 PM
@ Broyce:
Your first sentence isn't completely true. If you have a SIP enabled US number, you can make calls while out of the country and not be charged international roaming fees as long as you make the call over a WiFi connection.

I recommend reading through the following for ideas on a setup that will work for you:
http://docs.google.com/ViewDoc?docid=0Ae8glDUXDsh9ZGR2eG43cjRfMzNkOTM4ZjNjeA
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=548405

@lac256:
See text above for WiFi only solutions to roaming fees
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad dudubonnie 11/11/10 8:29 AM
I just got back from Taiwan, made calls back to the U.S. using my GV on my iPhone 4 with WiFi connection, still I need to enable the phone feature to made the call.  And YES, I did get AT&T international charge.  Sucks that GV can't allow cheap international calls back to the U.S. like we make int'l call from the U.S.
Re: Using GV when traveling abroad SnerdlyBosco 11/11/10 8:38 AM
@dudubonnie

Two good places for info on wifi calling with GV:


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