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    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    What about call quality? The reason I don't use Hangouts for calls is because when I used it before, people would say that it sounds like I'm talking to them from inside a cave. I switched back to Google Voice and have calls ring to my handset's native number.
    I don't have call quality issues with Hangouts.

    Hangouts call quality using LTE data with FP AT&T LTE or T-Mo data only SIM cards on a LG Phoenix 2 has been good enough that it's been my only cell phone service since March, 2017.

    Prior to that, I had tried it on a LG G4 VS980 with a Vzw MVNO with data throttled to ~5Mbps, and it didn't work as well, as there were echoes and garbled voice issues.

    I don't really know if the difference now is the actual phone, the cell service, or newer versions of Hangouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    The reason I don't use Hangouts for calls is because when I used it before, people would say that it sounds like I'm talking to them from inside a cave.
    Just on Wi-Fi or on cellular as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Rules View Post
    Just on Wi-Fi or on cellular as well?
    If I recall I only used it over wifi. Would call quality be better using cell data? Seems to me it would be worse, but I can't say not having used it. Maybe I'll try this out when it becomes an option and find out for myself. I trust I'll be able to switch back to normal carrier minutes if I'm not satisfied with the call quality.
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    Why not give WiFi calling using Hangouts a try again and see how it is now since it's totally free? I recall having some issues a long time ago with Hangouts, but not in recent times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    If I recall I only used it over wifi. Would call quality be better using cell data? Seems to me it would be worse, but I can't say not having used it. Maybe I'll try this out when it becomes an option and find out for myself. I trust I'll be able to switch back to normal carrier minutes if I'm not satisfied with the call quality.

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    Call quality might be better on Wifi, but latency can be annoying. No latency issues with cellular.

    Sent from my Moto G Play using HoFo mobile app

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Rules View Post
    Call quality might be better on Wifi, but latency can be annoying. No latency issues with cellular.

    Sent from my Moto G Play using HoFo mobile app
    That seems like it matches my experience, even though my experience with that is limited because I almost never use my cell for GV/Hangouts calls over WiFi.

    When I'm home, I use GV via my Obi200 on my DECT 6.0 handsets, and that produces better call quality than when I had an AT&T landline!

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    FYI : Prepaidphonenews article on the subject
    https://www.prepaidphonenews.com/201...t-new.html?m=0

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    Well Google voice over data started working this afternoon. So far it works really well with good audio and minimal latency, better than my experiences with Hangouts.

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    Did Google send you an email to download the special Google Voice beta apk? What is the version number of your Google Voice apk which you posted about? I didn't receive any email from them yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by robertjglenn View Post
    Well Google voice over data started working this afternoon. So far it works really well with good audio and minimal latency, better than my experiences with Hangouts.

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    No. I got the email and when I went into settings the option to enable wifi/data calling was there. My apk updated a couple of days ago but the option wasn't there then. I'll upload a screenshot of the settings menu in a bit.

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    Thanks for the screen shots. Signed up for the beta using a different google account. It looks like this has to be enabled on the account first. Maybe they're doing it in batches. They mention it won't work for obi devices. I do use the main account in a pbx (freepbx w/ motif plug in). Once enabled wifi calling is enabled, I'll add it and test to see if that still works or is broken.

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    robertjglenn,
    I prefer the black background myself .

    I found I have the setting too after seeing your first post. I'm using
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    which is the latest version from the Play Store.

    Even though I didn't receive the email or specifically download a beta apk, I flipped the switch in the screenshot you posted and confirmed WiFi calling works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GPz1100 View Post
    Thanks for the screen shots. Signed up for the beta using a different google account. It looks like this has to be enabled on the account first. Maybe they're doing it in batches. They mention it won't work for obi devices. I do use the main account in a pbx (freepbx w/ motif plug in). Once enabled wifi calling is enabled, I'll add it and test to see if that still works or is broken.
    I also use a cheap flip phone and that is still working.

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