How to use iPod touch 4th generation to make phone call and text internationally?

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  1. pauly1 macrumors regular

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    Im an american that relocated to canada. At the moment, i dont have a cell phone... i didnt get one b/c i dont know anyone here and just have a canadian landline. When i make phone calls to the usa, i go to my gmail and use google voice to make the phone call.


    1. Last time i tried to use google voice on my itouch... it didn't work. Does anyone know why? When i use google voice, i log into my gmail account and then click on the icon with the phone to make a phone call. This is on my laptop. But on my itouch... i cannot find this icon. Is it b/c i cannot do google voice phone call on the itouch?


    2. I read there are programs where you can make phone calls free and text free as well with an itouch. My itouch is 4th generation. I read there is a program called talkatone that i could use on my itouch but using it would be my google voice number? My google voice number is a california one... i created one when i was in the usa but i live in east coast... not sure why my area code for google voice was a california one.


    Anyways, can i use talkatone on my itouch and then it would work making phone calls to the usa or in canada? Of course i will be on wifi for this to happen as i read it requires wifi or 3g/4g.


    3. Another question i have is can i text using talktatone? I cant seem to text with my google voice number when in my gmail acct. Is there a reason why? This is on my laptop. I would like to text someone that is in the usa frequently. Can i do this with talkatone then? I read its not available for canadians but since im an american that is in canada... and my google voice number is an american one i can?


    4. Also does it cost anything more for the person to receive my phone call or text in the usa if i use talkatone? Because for text... it would be an international text but isn't it still regular text since my google voice number is american even though im in canada? The only thing i know is me calling with google voice to the usa on my laptop doesnt cost anything if i call a landline at home.


    5. Just really confused b/c i read the FAQ and it seems they say all is free but some things they mention like cheap international calls and texts... which confuses me b/c i thought its all free unless you do the talkatone premium? I guess they mean if you are canadian and have a canadian google voice number then its not free to text or call to the usa but its free if you are an america and doesnt matter if you in the usa or canada since you have an american google voice number?
     
  2. Superluigi6 Suspended

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    Okay, I use Textme. Textme is an app that provides international text messaging for free. But I'm not sure for the phone calls.

    People in the US or Canada can get access to texting in over 40 countries, and and more for those who have credits.

    Credits are pretty much money, and you can get them by either viewing an advertisement video or by buying them.

    As of for phone calls, the service says you can and is probably the same as with texting.

    Be safe with this. I've never used this for international calling and only for calling people in the United States. Don't blame me if you get a charge.
     
  3. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    http://www.textnow.com/

    You could also check this one out. My family uses it for text and phone calls using iPads, Minis, and the iPod T5. Haven't visited Canada recently, so unsure if the phone calls would work.

    They also offer their own smartphone which works internationally - but only on WiFi.
     
  4. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wait if i use it to call internationally and there is a cost, wouldn't i get a message for it? Such as like with skype since if it cost money and you don't put any credit card or stuff there... then the call won't go through?
     
  5. Superluigi6 Suspended

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    Yeah I use the app and like said, I only use it for US calling only. But it should be safe, so go ahead and try it :)
     
  6. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can someone here who is from the usa and has a google voice number from the us who went to canada can confirm if they can text to the usa free of charge and call as well?
     
  7. Rushli0n, Nov 6, 2013
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    I personally use Talkatone on my iPod 5th Gen which is a VoIP client that integrates with your Google Voice account. I made several trips to Canada this year and was able to call/text back home without a problem.

    Also to answer your other questions, I made quite a few calls to Canada from the states using Talkatone so I wouldn't see why it wouldn't work while in Canada.

    You probably have a California area code because when you sign up for Google Voice it just shows you the phone numbers available at that time. Same thing happened to me (live on the east coast) and I have an Arizona area code as that was one of the only ones available when I signed up.

    As far as rates go, it follows the Google Voice structure so calls/texts to US/Canada are free and you have to add money to your Google Voice account to contact numbers internationally (I believe). Otherwise Talkatone is free. You can pay a monthly fee for "better call quality" and removing the ads. Not required though.
     
  8. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that information. So if i want to send a text message to someone in the usa, i type the number then type send sms right?


    So when they receive my text message, it would show my google voice number texting them?


    Also, since im in canada, is it possible for them to send me a text to start a conversation or do i always have to send a text to them first and then they send me text back?


    Will the text show their cell phone number?


    And one other question. Can you send a text to someone just using google voice on the laptop or itouch without talkatone? Because i tried to do this last time and it didn't work.


    Also, does google voice work on the itouch to make phone calls if its not plugged into the computer? Because last time i logged into my gmail in my itouch... i did not see that phone icon in my gmail in the left side where i click on it so i make phone call like when im on the laptop. Someone in another forum mentioned you need to have the itouch connected to the computer? Do you know if this is true or not?


    I assume this isn't true for talkatone right?
     
  9. Rushli0n macrumors regular

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    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes, they can send you a text and it will show their number
    4. I've never attempted to send a text while in Canada via the Google Voice website/app, so I cannot answer this. Talkatone works fine though.
    5. I think you are confused about how Google Voice works. If you have an iPhone and use the Google Voice app, it functions in a similar fashion to how you describe. However, since the iPod touch is not a phone, this functionality doesn't exist. Google Voice isn't a VoIP. That is why you need another app (like Talkatone) to act as the VoIP service. It just so happens Talkatone uses your Google Voice information. Connecting your iPod touch to a computer will not add any functionality to allow you to make phone calls. To clarify the point, using Gmail to make phone calls is just a browser thing. Calling via Gmail won't work on anything other than a computer.
     

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