Will it require a voice plan?
Ok, wait, I should back up.
In case you’re living under a rock, Nexus One launched today. Nexus One is the Google phone. Nexus One comes with GoogleVoice pre-installed. Now, Google Voice does everything a regular mobile number does and more, as you can see from this chart:
But Google Voice needs assignment to a non Google Voice number, in order to do all the neato things a carrier mobile number does. Confused yet? Ya, my head is spinning too — only reason I am trying to decipher the breakdown and understand my options is because I am fed up with over priced craptastic service. ;)
Anyway, what most people don’t know, is that all activated mobile phones on any carrier has a serial number (IMEI for GSM and ESN or MEID for CDMA/WCDMA) and a mobile number that is attached to that serial number…which means if I were to activate a data only plan, I should be able to associate my Google Voice to the number and have a working mobile phone with a data only plan.
Or simply: I can kick voice plans to the mother flippin’ curb! …in theory, at least.
If Google Voice works on a data only plan, I will SO jump on T-mobile. The price points of data only plans is super reasonable; check it out:
I would definitely need exchange, but T-mobile’s site isn’t updated to reflect options for the Nexus One.
Anyway, I Googled but didn’t see the answer. Can someone familiar with GoogleVoice and the app, confirm if I need a voice plan?
ps: click on the images to jump to respective source / articles
pps: Giz has an amazing GoogleVoice Everything
ppps: Outgoing/incoming phone calls would be made via Skype or Fring (or any mobile VoIP service)
EDIT: mobile Skype is not VoIP! Neither is Google Voice! So our only option is Fring (unless there’s another app we’re unaware of)