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  • Verizon: Seriously considering giving up my UNLIMITED plan.... - Android Forums at on Aug 24, 15
    • You can. A couple of disclaimers: I haven't done this personally because when I first got my smartphone in 2010, I started using my Google Voice # as my cell # from the beginning.

       Secondly, I acquired (for free) an unlimited data line for free from an individual that used this method. He ported his number to GV, changed it through VZW and allowed me to assume the Unlimited line and still have unlimited.

       Third, if I recall correctly, VZW keeps all #s that have been recently changed or gotten rid of frozen, unable to be given to someone else for a period of time. Not sure if it is 7 days or 30 or longer. I speak from experience because I changed my number through my VZW account and had second thoughts the next day. I called customer service and they transferred me to some upper level department that was able to reassign my old # back to my line. This is your way out in case something goes wrong.

       Now, here are the details taken from:

       Success story, porting my VZW number to Google Voice
       crash69 Citizen
       crash69 May 11, 2011 11:44 AM

       The following is how I've taken my Verizon Wireless cell phone number and ported it to Google Voice with little frustration. Please attempt at your own risk as this is not for the faint of heart (I have had this cell number for 10 + years and I did not want to loose it).

       I called and talked to a Verizon support technician, and while he didn't have any experience with Google Voice, he recommended I port my number via Google Voice and then change my number associated to my Verizon Account as soon as possible (you can do this via the Verizon Wireless website).

        First I loaded both the Google Voice website for porting my current cell phone number and in a separate tab, I loaded the Verizon Wireless site for changing my cell phone number (while logged into the Verizon Wireless site, you can query for "Change Phone Number" and this will take you to the correct page)
        I then followed the steps for porting my current cell number to Google Voice (Warning, there is a $20.00 charge from Google to provide this service)
        As soon as I finished the steps on the Google site, I immediately began the steps for changing my wireless number on the Verizon Wireless site
        I then had to re-register my cell phone on the Verizon network by dialing *228 option 1 (Warning, my phone reset it-self to factory default with out warning... as always, make sure your data is backed up)

       As the instructions on the Google Voice site state, the porting process can take up to 24 hours (i.e. your old number will be out of service for a full day); for me it was approximately 23 hours to the minute. Also, as stated on the instructions, you may not have text messaging to your old number for up to three days (mine is still not working but I am only 36 hours into the process).

       Best of luck

       Now, a couple things, 4G phones do not use *228. It may take a few attempts of powering down and powering down the phone to get it to recognize your new #, but newer sims should be able to recognize a new # without having to be replaced.

       Obviously, there is always some risk. Regardless, if you attempt to port your number to Google Voice, be prepared there may be a 24-28 period or less where you may not receive all your texts or where you receive them at both numbers. However, this should resolve itself.

       Idealy, try to do it on a weekend or a day where you may be less reliant on your phone.
  • 19.9M - The Prepaid Users Guide to Google Voice and Hangouts | Prepaid Phone News on Aug 23, 15
    • been doing GV on iphone since forever beginning with a (now) ancient jailbroken iphone3 before whenever the official GV app was first introduced on iphone. (for those on android, you folks seem to have an enviable better more integrated situation.) nowadays, using GV on an iphone 5 (no jailbreak) with my favorite GV apps.

      best must-have GV apps on iphone:

      1. official GV app
      2. GV Connect
      3. GV Mobile + 3

      the official GV app is free. the GV Connect app and the GV Mobile app are paid apps that are worth buying. do not even bother with any other free GV apps on iphone. my experience is that these three apps are must have. sorry, but the Hangouts app on iphone is not for me and seems to be geared first towards Hangout video calls which as result makes Hangouts clumsy to use if want to make voice calls to phone numbers. (however, imho, Hangouts is better on a computer.)

      you need the official GV app if you want to direct call via the iphone using your cellular minutes where your GV number shows up on the caller id.

      the GV Connect app has the best user interface. and the GV Connect app has the best settings menu to control many GV settings without using a computer.

      the GV Mobile + 3 app is the best GV app to have if you want your GV to be totally VoIP via only data (no cellular voice minutes used) using its built-in Call via VoIP setting (or you can use a sip) without needing that terribly awful Hangouts app on iphone.

      if you want to use GV to forward calls to your cell number, then you want to use at least the offical GV app. if you want a great interface, then use the GV Connect app for sending texts and managing your call history and managing your GV settings, but use the official GV app as your dialer to call out using your cellular minutes and where your GV number shows up on the caller id. [Note: Google did something recently (more technical people could better explain this) where third-party apps can no longer dial out directly using cellular voice minutes showing the GV number on caller id. use the official GV app for dialing those calls.] This is my primary arrangement using GV Connect plus the official GV app as the dialer -- while using homescreen shortcut icons (made via the iconical app -- no jailbreak needed) to go to functions in those apps to make the app icons more consistent (using custom icon images) on the homescreen.

      if you want a totally data-only GV VoIP capability without using cellular voice minutes, then use GV Mobile and forget about Hangouts. GV Mobile is for you on iphone if you want total VoIP.

      a note on MMS: if you set GV to also forward copies of your texts to your cell number, you will get MMS picture messages in imessages without having to go into gmail to see any MMS pictures.
  • 10.7M - Feature Activation Codes (star codes) – Brian's Random Thoughts on Aug 23, 15
  • 19.2M - Verizon Wireless Call Forwarding Codes: Everything You Need to Know on Aug 23, 15
    • Summary of Verizon Call Forwarding Codes


      All calls: Call *72 + new number  Only when busy/no answer: Call *71 + new number  Turn off forwarding: Call *73 You can also watch this video to learn how to set up call forwarding.

  • Yahoo sell its stake in Yahoo Japan for 9 billion USD on Aug 14, 15
    • Yahoo owns about 35% of Yahoo Japan, which has a market value of almost 25 billion USD on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Cod Liver Oil: A Historical Perspective on Aug 13, 15
  • Ad Muncher • View topic - Its finally here Ad Muncher 5! on Aug 13, 15
    • I typed up full instructions to make things easier to share.

      1. Download and install admuncher ( )
      2. Download and install privoxy ( )
      3. In privoxy, click Edit/Edit Main Configuration
      4. Scroll down to section 4.2 and change toggle to 0 and save
      5. (optional but recommended) To disable privoxy's blocking, go to edit/default actions and just clear out the file and save
      6. Download Enableloopback Utility ( ... ption.aspx ) to Enable proxy for App Store
      7 Run it and select the apps you want access through the proxy (leave Microsoft Edge unchecked)
      8. Save Changes
      9. restart computer
      10. On restart open up admuncher and go to options/filter targets
      11. under My Filter targets add (manually type in) +privoxy:*
      12 Apply and close
      13. Now go to Action Center/All Settings/Network & Internet/Proxy (or for IE11, in IE go to settings/internet options/connections/lan settings)
      14 Make sure Automatically Detect is off
      15. Turn on Use a Proxy Server for your lan
      16. Key in with port 8118
      17. Hit OK and now Ads should be blocked in Edge and IE11 :)

      (make sure privoxy is enabled by right clicking the icon in the tray and making sure enabled is checked)

      Good site to make sure you set it up correctly is because it's packed with ads ... 4.jpg.html
  • Check MX: DNS sanity checker. on Aug 09, 15
  • Can I Add Money to a Traditional IRA After a 401(k) Rollover? | Finance - Zacks on Aug 08, 15
    • ERISA Protection

      One big difference between 401(k) and IRA accounts is that the workplace plan is protected from your creditors by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Even if you file bankruptcy, your 401(k) is off-limits. As of 2013, IRAs are only shielded to around $1.17 million in bankruptcy, and they aren't protected from lawsuits and other financial threats. ERISA protects your 401(k) rollover from creditors, but only if the money is kept separate. Commingle it with regular contributions, and you only have regular IRA protection.

  • Backdoor Roth IRA - Bogleheads on Aug 05, 15

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