Advice from Middle Aged Female Tech

Hollyecho Montgomery - 812-779-6088

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 ( )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 number-based combinations. (Hint: If you can get a number that spells out the word "CHEESE," you will be the envy of Gouda-lovers everywhere.)

You'll also select a PIN and add your first forwarding phone -- your home phone, cell phone, whatever number you want to connect with your account. You can add more numbers later. This hints at the real core benefit of Google Voice: You can maintain a single permanent number that'll always reach you, wherever you are and whatever cell phone or landline you happen to be near. Moves and service changes are suddenly a lot less relevant.

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 top-left of the screen, you'll see buttons that allow you to place phone calls or send text messages free-of-charge (when you place a call, Google Voice actually calls you and then connects you to the number you dialed; the person on the other end will see your Google Voice number in caller ID).

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 number-editing screen, select the option to "Show advanced settings." From there, you can customize specifically when Google Voice will ring each phone. You might, for example, want calls during the day to ring only your cell phone. But in the evenings, maybe you want calls to ring both your cell phone and your home phone, so you can pick up whichever is more convenient.

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 -- texts that include images, for example -- are not yet supported.

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 pre-paid flip phone will take up the slack! (this is also an EXCELLENT way to know they are NOT texting and driving !!!!!)

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.

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