I do not know why Google Voice allowed this to happen but here is how I did it…
I have a Gmail account that I setup many years ago. It was setup as a Canadian account, ie, in the ‘Country’ box of the setup I chose ‘Canada’.
On my PC, using HotSpotShield and this accounts Gmail address & PW, I ‘SIGNed UP’ for a Google Voice account. Recently, Google Voice allowed me to add my Canadian mobile phone number to my list of ‘Phones’ but it would not allow me to ‘Verify’ this Canadian number, so, it could not be used.
Note: To initially setup a Google Voice account, if you do not already have one, you still must have a US number for the initial verification process. After your Google Voice account is setup and verified, then you can add a Canadian number. GV will accept it but it will not verify it. The Google Voice app will verify it.
On my PC, I next downloaded and installed the ‘Google Voice’ app to my android cell phone from this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice. (I believe that this is the official Google Voice app that comes pre-installed on android phones.)
NOTE: Do not go to this website on your phone, go to it on your PC and install it to your phone from there!!!!
On my cellphone, in the Google Voice app, I did: Menu -> Settings -> This phone’s number, I selected: ‘Add this phone’. This added a new phone number to the list ‘Mobile: +1 514-592-nnn’, which is my Koodo mobile number that I had placed into my ‘Phones’ list on my Google Voice account that could not be verified.
When I logged back into my Google Voice account on my PC, my Koodo number was ‘VERIFIED’!!!
I dialed my home phone number on my cellphone and when chose ‘Call with Google Voice’ from the popup, my cellphone called & connected to my home phone – it worked!
I then used my home phone to call my Google Voice number, my cellphone rang and I was connected!
I checked my Koodo app and saw that I had not used any outgoing minutes. (Note: I have ‘unlimited incoming calls’. )
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Edit: Read this if you are unsuccessful – it’s down-right ‘uplifting’!
Because I couldn’t believe that just a few of us were successful, I decided to try a test. Here’s what I did:
I took the Koodo SIM out of my phone and replaced it with my Petro-Canada (PetCan) mobility SIM.
I set up a new Canadian Gmail account.
Using HotSpotShield, I used my new Gmail address & PW to sign up for a new Google Voice account. I used a US phone number that I had from Voip.ms to verify my new Google Voice account.
After my GV account was verified, and I got my new GV Number, I added my PetCan cellphone number (1 514 441-nnnn) into my ‘Phones’ list as a mobile phone. GV accepted it but would not verify it. I also checked ‘Google Chat’ – I don’t know if that matters or not.
On my cellphone, using the Google Voice I selected Menu -> Settings ->’Sign out’ (of the Gmail account that I was using previously on my Koodo SIM). As soon as I did that, the app went into setup mode, I selected ‘Next’ and then ‘Add account’ and added my new Gmail account that I created for this test; signed in; synced and then selected it and hit ‘Sign in’ yet once again. Then ‘Next’. Then ‘Add this phone.’ Then ‘Next’ and the app verified my cellphone number.
I checked my Google Voice account on my PC and sure enough, my Canadian cellphone number was ‘VERIFIED’.
I tried to make a call - it didn’t work. GV kept saying ‘We could not complete the call‘. I tried again – same thing. I check all my settings and tried again – same msg. I tried a few more times, gave up and went to watch ‘A Person of Interest, then Elementary’
Now, about 2 hours later, it works perfectly!!!!!
Google Voice now works on either SIM on two different Google Voice accounts.
I guess it takes some time for Google Voice to adjust to these cold, snowy Canadian numbers – I don’t know.
Some people, who have Google Voice accounts, have reported success by simply:
- Downloading the Google Voice app from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice - use your PC to install it to your phone.
- Installing this app using their Gmail account that is attached to their Google Voice account.
- During the setup, selecting the ‘Add this phone.‘ option.
Also make sure that, in Gmail, your ‘Chat’ settings default to the ‘United States’:
And that: Settings –> Calls –> Call Screening is set to ‘Off’.
For people who are having trouble downloading the ‘Google Voice’ app, you can try ‘side loading’ the app to your android phone.
Sounds ‘scary’, right?
It isn’t that hard at all to do it!
I never even heard of ‘side loading’ but here is a link to a tutorial: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/how_sideload_android_apps
And here is a link to the Google Voice apk download: http://uploaded.net/file/dg34vvbu
And here is a link to the file manager referred to in the tutorial: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.metago.astro&feature=nav_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDNd
For a test, I deleted the Google Voice app from my phone and tried the ‘side loading’ technique as per the tutorial. I successfully re-installed the Google Voice app and, it work again.
Just got my Koodo bill:
Here are my ‘plan’ details:
Rate Plan: Canada Wide Double Promo 45
included features new features added
5pm Evenings & Weekends
Extra LD Rate (Cdn)
US Roam Toll @ $0.00Cdn
Unltd Local Family Calling
Koodo Data & SMS Rates
Unlimited Incoming Calls
Text Messaging Services
Unlimited Canadian LD
PPU Call Forward Toll
Unlimited SMS and MMS
US Roam Air @1.50
911 Government Fee
Call Display Outbound
Here is my bill:
So, 1111 minutes for $52.20, or, $0.047 per minute!
I used ‘Google Voice’ almost exclusively.
Further analysis of my confusing Koodo bill leads me to believe that all you can accomplish by using the Google Voice app is to convert any out-going call, local or long-distance, to a local call using your local out-going minutes. This is to say that if you use it to call a local number, you will be charged for minutes on your cellphone plan. If you use it to place a long-distance call, you will only be charged for local local minutes, no long-distance charges.
So, the only way to get a real saving is to use the Voice+ (callback) app and you will be charged nothing, if you have unlimited incoming calls, for any call.