Deactivated iPhone with Google Voice?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BostonBrawler, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. BostonBrawler macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Hi Everyone,

    Just got an iPhone 5, and have an old 4 that is deactivated. Thinking of giving this to my younger daughter. Will a google voice number work with a deactivated phone? Thanks
  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
  3. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Google Voice works to text - but not call. You need an active # to use Google Voice to make calls and receive calls.

    Look into Skype. It's a little more expensive but it can make/receive calls on WiFi with a deactivated iPhone.
  4. Firestrife macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2008
    Bay Area
    There are apps that will use Google Voice's VoIP through data such as Talkatone. However it will still either need wifi or a data connection to actually make and receive phone calls through google voice.
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Talkatone is a good app. I use that on my iPhone 3GS which is deactivated because I'm not with AT&T. Talkatone lets you talk, SMS, and use MMS to anyone in the US for free. You just have to be on WiFi as mentioned. You use the apps dialer for all of that. It has a contacts tab, favorites, recents, etc. And Talkatone will set up the integration with your Google voice number.

    Best of all, Talkatone does not require the other person to have Talkatone or anything else. No having to force relatives and friends to use the same app.

    P.S. You can still use iMessage too. It will still work. It just uses an email, instead of a phone number to work.

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