Advice from Middle Aged Female Tech
Hollyecho Montgomery -
Women's Computer Consulting
I have been in the industry with my own company since 1994. The entire time I have worked in this field there have been very few times any two techs ever agree completely. The advice I give here is based on my experiences, testing, and what I know works.
Today’s Subject: Make your Tablet a Smartphone
Have you ever tried to think of an alternate to getting your teen a “smartphone” with the data and smartphone fee’s attached? Even for yourself maybe? WiFi Tablet. If you have computers in your home, most likely you have WiFi, and almost any place you go you can now connect to WiFi, so why not use this to your advantage? Texting with all the cool android apps and add ons, games, production (including documents, excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and full office calendar) AND phone calls! You can do this with Free Google Voice and Talkatone. Place and receive calls without a smartphone, or even having to have a cell phone at all! I have been using it all weekend, and even had my cell phone forwarded to it, and no one could tell the difference, they thought they were reaching me on my cell! This is the perfect solution to most teens who want a cell phone and the poor parents who want their kids to have what all the other kids have, but don’t have all that extra money to burn or waste on texting and data plans added to their bill !
1st thing to do is to get a FREE google voice number and account. (I have had one since July 2012, and have used it for many different scenarios, and now as the “perm” number for my tablet).
Here's a quick guide to some of its key features and what you'll need to get your account up and running.
(A quick note: As of now, Google Voice is limited only to users within the United States. Google has suggested that this may change in the future, but it's given no firm timeline as to when international registrations could be opened.)
Google Voice: Starting Your Account
The first step to trying Google Voice is easy: Just head over to the Google Voice Web site ( http://google.com/voice )and sign up. You'll need a regular Google account to begin; if you don't already have one, simply select the option to create one.
Once you're signed in, the system will
walk you through the process of selecting your phone number. You can choose the area code and select from any number that's available, even searching for specific letter- or
You'll also select a PIN and add your first forwarding phone
Google Voice Settings
The first place you'll find yourself after signing in is at the Google Voice home screen. The main part of the screen is where your voicemails and text messages will show up. On the
Let's start with some basics: Click on the "Settings" option at the top right of the screen. Here, you'll find options to add and manage multiple phones. Personally, I include my home and cell phone. Some people also include their work phones or other numbers they might occasionally use.
Clicking "Edit" next to any phone number lets you change its parameters. On the
The next menu under the "Settings" section of Google Voice is "Voicemail & Text." This menu holds the options to record your own voicemail greeting; you can record as many as you want and set different ones to play in different circumstances, too. You can also tell Google Voice how to handle your voicemails and text messages from this screen.
The "Calls" section of the "Settings" menu is an important one to visit. There, you'll find the option to enable or disable call screening. If enabled, you'll actually hear a recording from Google Voice anytime you answer your phone. It'll tell you who's calling and give you the option to either answer or send the call to voicemail. (The person on the other end of the line will continue to hear ringing while you decide.) If you send them to voicemail, you can then listen in as they leave a message and opt to pick up the call at any point during the recording.
Up next is the "Groups" tab. This tab holds a lot of power: It lets you divide your contacts into different categories and then specify how their calls are handled. You could, say, tell Google Voice to route your boss's calls to your cell phone during the week but to send him directly to voicemail if he calls you on the weekend. (Google Voice will even give the appearance of the phone ringing a few times on the caller's end, so he'll never know.) You could similarly send an annoying relative's calls straight to voicemail 24/7. The options are endless.
You can also send outgoing texts from the app anytime; there's never a fee. The only downside is that multimedia messages
Not to worry there are PLENTY of apps that let you do that = like TextPlus.
NOW to set up your TalkaTone !
1)Forward calls to Talkatone
1.Log into Talkatone with your google account login and password, the same google account you registered with with google voice.
2.Check the box labeled “Forward Calls to Google Chat.” This means that whenever someone calls your
Google Voice number or responds to your Talkatone call, you will receive the call on your mobile phone via Talkatone). This way, you won’t use cellphone minutes or incur any cell charges.
3.Uncheck the box for your mobile phone. Note that if you forward calls to both your Google Chat AND your mobile phone number, your mobile phone will ring twice (once in the Talkatone app and once via the native phone). It's better to only check the "forward to Google chat" box and receive calls on your mobile via Talkatone.
Have Fun ! I have all weekend and with WiFi spots in schools, libraries, malls etc., they will never be out of reach, for all the time they “might” be out of reach a simple inexpensive
Again, if you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to email me! I answer all questions to the best of my ability. I am always about saving money and not spending it on things you don't need to.
Remember ANY questions, Email me at: Montgomery@Hollyecho.com.