Google Voice

How Can I Turn an iPad Mini Into a Mobile Phone?

iPad Mini 2021

Episode 1834

Nuss from Del Rey Beach, FL

Nuss wants to know if there's a way to turn his iPad Mini into a phone. Most phones he sees aren't big enough for him. Leo says you want to make sure your iPad has LTE built-in. But that's data only. But you can then use a service like TalkATone, which gives you an actual phone number. It has texting, voicemail, the works. But you also have to have a deal with a cellular phone company for the VOIP service. Leo would recommend using Google Fi because it's the same price no matter where you are.

How Can I Avoid Getting Junk Calls?

Voice

Episode 1831

Ken from Chicago, IL

Ken is thinking about using Google Voice, but he's concerned about privacy. Leo says that Google Voice adds a layer of privacy, as it gives a separate phone number and he can then reroute all calls from that number, to the personal number. And it also has voicemail and transcription of any messages left. It's a very good choice for privacy. And don't worry, Google can't listen in on calls. Another option is MySudo. It's an app that creates a phantom phone number that he can use.  But expect a lot of robocalls. 

Can I Move to Belize & Have an American Phone Number?

Google Voice

Episode 1808

Scott from Inland Empire, CA

Scott is moving to Belize to retire, but he'll be keeping a business presence in the US. Would Google Voice be a good option for him? How's the WiFi with Google? Leo says that if he wants to keep an American number, a dual sim phone would be a good option. But Google Voice would be a great option because Google can route the call to the Belize phone without anyone knowing. It's the best of both worlds. And in a year, getting internet access from Starlink would mean it really doesn't matter where he's living in this world, he'll have 100MB or better internet access.

What's the Best Third Party Voicemail Dictation for Google Fi?

Google Fi

Episode 1807

Bob from Lafayette, CA

Bob has a Google Pixel 4a with Google Fi, but he doesn't get transcription from his voicemail like the iPhone does with Visual Voicemail. Leo says that Google Voice does dictation, so it's odd that Google Fi doesn't.  But you can associate up to five numbers with your Google Voice account, so that could be the way to go. Forward your calls to Google Voice and let it do it. In fact, the best way is to give out your Google Voice number instead of your cellphone number. That way, there's no middle man. 

Why Can't I Log Into Google Voice?

Voice

Episode 1743

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob is having trouble with Google Voice. It won't let him log in. It just "beach balls." Leo says to try clearing out the cache of the browser. Or try a different browser. See if he can log in from a different browser. That's the easiest solution. Download Firefox. Bob can't do that. His computer is too old. Leo says that there comes a point where a computer can be so old that other applications can't support it. 

Why Am I Having Trouble Texting With Google Voice?

Google Voice.

Episode 1735

Bonnie from California

Bonnie is having issues sending texts via Google Voice. It's been intermittent lately. Leo says that Google Voice is an internet-based text messaging service. That requires a gateway, usually provided by carriers to send out the actual text. Not every company will pass Google Voice texts along consistently. It depends on who is supporting it and who isn't. Since Bonnie is a teacher, it may be that new parents are using a service that doesn't support it.

Can I port my Google Voice number to my smart watch?

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2

Episode 1651

JC from Sherman Oaks, CA

JC recently bought the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2. He wants to know if he can sync his Google Voice number to his watch. Leo says that the cell watch has to have its own number and your mobile service will charge you extra for it. It could conceivably, and it's worth trying. But Leo suspects that AT&T is using a gateway to prevent it.

How can I download a podcast?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Dave from Rochester, NY

Dave wants to know how to download Leo's podcasts. Leo says that all his podcasts are designed to be downloaded, and you can do that from Twit.TV. There should be a button you can click on to download the podcast, or you can right click and select download on the link. But Leo recommends using a podcast aggregator like iTunes, Switcher, Pocket Cast (Android), Downcast (Android), Google Podcasts, Podcast Republic, Podcast Addict. Make sure you set them for automatic download, so it will download every new episode.