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Old 08-29-2015, 08:41 PM
 
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If I have my existing phone number ported to Google Voice (or some other porting service), would I still be able to use the phone to make phone calls, texting, Whatsapp, etc. over a WiFi hotspot?
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:08 PM
 
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Yes. If you port over to Google Voice, you can use Google Hangouts to make phone and video calls, along with text. All the apps will continue to work over Wifi.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:35 PM
 
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Yes. If you port over to Google Voice, you can use Google Hangouts to make phone and video calls, along with text. All the apps will continue to work over Wifi.
Transferring your number, or porting it into Google Voice, will cost a one-time fee of $20, payable through your Google Account. Unfortunately, you have to port a landline to cell number before porting to google voice.

Selectel Wireless is a former PagePlus master dealer that launched as a Verizon Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in May, 2013. They have a good plan which is $75 for 365 days 2000 minutes and 2000 texts.

If you have a landline number
(1) Port your landline number to Selectel Wireless and sign up for the $75 plan.
(2) Port your number from Selectel to Google Voice and pay $20 fee.
(3) When you get a new number from Selectel forward your calls from Google Voice to Selectel.
(4) As long as you answer Google voice from wi-fi there will be no charge. But if you need to take a phone call via cellular you can answer the call from Selectel and work down your 2000 minutes.

The Selectel will give you an emergency cellular backup to Google Voice/Hangouts. Use it sparingly because 2000 minutes over 365 days is only 6 minutes per day.

You can use two different phones or one Android phone that carries both Google Voice and Selectel. There will be different apps on the phone.
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