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i'd like to run whatsapp on the nexus7

i'd like to setup my nexus7 2013 to use whatsapp,

i've tried a routine that uses text + with no results.

thanks for any help.

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If you do not have an existing text plan, you cannot use WhatsApp. On the initial set up, WhatsApp needs to send you a verification text.

My suggestion is to use Google Voice, and not 'port in' your phone number. You would have a secondary phone number that can be access everywhere there is Internet access.

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i do not have an existing text plan. does that shut me out?

i've done this before, but it was 2 years ago and i've forgotten

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Correct. WhatsApp needs to send you a real text first to verify your phone number. As I suggested, since you have a Google account, simply use Google Voice, it will provide a number where people can text you. You can use HangOuts App or the Google Voice app to text to real phone numbers.

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HangOuts? Hangouts is more like it.

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ok. i've installed google voice. where do i go from here?

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Go to https://voice.google.com/ and associate your google account with it. It will let you choose a number.

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