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  1. buckeyedroid

    buckeyedroid Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    hi, i would like to know if someone can explain what exactly
    "google voice" is, and how it works. i have t-mobile unlimited
    calling plan, so minutes don't really matter to me. i am just
    not sure what google voice is or does. thanks for any help!!:)
     

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  2. JustDriftin

    JustDriftin Well-Known Member

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  3. buckeyedroid

    buckeyedroid Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    thanks for the link. i read it all, but i have to be
    honest i don't really get it. i don't understand what it's
    purpose is, i guess i am trying to say. maybe i am just
    having a mental block or something. but, as i said, thanks for
    the link. peace:)
     
  4. Gremlin256

    Gremlin256 Well-Known Member

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    Google voice is something like voip (voice over ip)... You apply for a google voice account.. Once you get an account, you get a phone number tied to your account.. You can dial that # and dial a friend or you can use that google # to send/receive sms messages.. it is free and unlimited..
     
  5. Crush_Buds

    Crush_Buds Well-Known Member

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    And FREE visual voicemail, and it gets transcribed into text so you can read it. Though it may be a spotty translation. It is still nice to have. Especially if you are in a movie theater, or somewhere that you can/should not playback a voicemail. Also all your voicemail gets stored online so you can go back and listen to it on your computer or easily email any voicemail. The more I learned about it, the more I love it.
     
  6. buckeyedroid

    buckeyedroid Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    thanks alot for your help!
     
  7. Eaglesfan9106

    Eaglesfan9106 Well-Known Member

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    So if you bought a Google branded device unlocked you could just use Google voice?
     
  8. DevinB

    DevinB Active Member

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    It's also nice that you can route that one number to any phone. You can start handing out that one number to everyone then you can direct where the calls go. When you're out and about, have your calls go to your cell. When you're back in the office, have your calls go to your office phone. Sick of your obsessed ex-girlfriend calling all day long? Have just her number go directly to voice mail without your phone ever ringing. Your mother-in-law? Have her number directly routed to your wife's phone, your phone will never even ring when she calls.

    Try this link for some more info, then try searching gizmodo.com and engadget.com for more info.
     
  9. DevinB

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    It's not voip, you still need a voice plan from a service provider. When people call your or when you call people, it's all routed through that one number. What some people are doing is signing up for a five favs plan or whatever they're called, then using their google voice number as one of the five. Then every call (inbound and outbound) is routed through that number, so if you have unlimited calls to one of your five and all your calls are routed through your GV account, you effectively now have unlimited calling, as long as you call with GV and people are only calling your GV number.
     
  10. cyberbob25

    cyberbob25 Well-Known Member

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    Please for the love of god do not be one of those annoying a$$holes pulling their phones out during a movie. If you really can't live without having your email/sms/voicemail for 2 hours, please at least have the courtesy to get up and leave the auditorium, or at the very least, sit in the back row.
     
  11. iPhone2Droid

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    There are many features. Think of it as a sort of orchestra director. You can set up customized messages per caller, or group which you configured; have the GV # ring other phones simultaneously; keep a web-based log of all GV calls and txt messages; set-up a schedule when your GV number will NOT ring your phone(s); easily dump certain folks to voicemail, or dub it spam. The list goes on. If I had to choose only one brief phrase: convenience, on steroids!
     
  12. clobber

    clobber Well-Known Member

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    Please refer to my earlier post http://androidforums.com/android-applications/35493-google-voice.html#post256819 in this forum. Actually, might be good to repeat:

    Google Voice is no doubt confusing. I have only played with it on the Hero and not the Nexus One - so the version on the Nexus might be different. My observations:

    Google Voice (in general) has nothing to do with VoIP. Forgetting the Android aspect for a moment, if you login to your GV account and make a call from the website, it will connect the dialed number to whatever phone you have registered. Lets say you register your home phone, cell phone, and work phone. You can go to the website and initiate a call to wherever you want and have it connected to your work phone. That has nothing to do with VoIP, though Google are probably carrying it over IP in the network somewhere.

    There are multiple ways to start a Google Voice call. You can go to the Google Voice website as described previously, but obviously that requires an Internet connection. Ultimately, you're trying to connect two landline phones so they needed another way. The solution is that you can call your own GV number and after entering your PIN press 2 followed by the destination number. Details are at Making calls : Calls - Google Voice Help

    Here comes the Android part. Using the GV app from Google, you have to go into the settings and choose which calls you want to use GV and which ones you want to be normal. IIRC, you can choose to have all calls us GV, only international, or for the phone to ask you every time. You still make the calls through your normal phone app or contacts manager just like any other call. The key here is when you choose to have GV initiate the call, it will use the second method I described (calling your GV number). It does not use the data connection/ website to make the call. You are in no way using VoiP or your 3G data connection. (ok, well - I think there is actually a little something going on over the data connection, but your phone is still basically making a regular call).

    There are two ways that I know of initiate a call over the data connection. First you can go to the GV website on your Nexus One. Go to the contacts list on the GV website and you can initiate the call. Your cell phone will ring first and after you pick up it will connect you to the destination (just like the work scenario I described earlier). Second, there is another app in the market called GV something. Just search for it. It has an option in the setting to initiate the call over the data connection. I think you select "call box" or something like that. These two solutions only initiate the call over the data connection. The voice is still a normal call and has nothing to do with voice.

    As for all the VoIP talk, if you do some advanced things you can actually get the voice going over your data connection too. If you have a Gizmo5 account, GV can be configured to forward calls to you Gizmo5 number (just like it will forward to your work phone). However, now that Google bought Gizmo5 they have closed it to new accounts. There are other ways that are a bit more complicated and require you to have a SIP account provider (like sipgate.com) and a SIP client on your Android phone (like sipdroid).

    Hope that helps
     
  13. Crush_Buds

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    Emergencies happen. Make it quick. Get over it.
     
  14. lekky

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    And its only available in the US atm, meaning the invite I have is completely useless :(
     
  15. buckeyedroid

    buckeyedroid Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    well i would like to thank you all for the great replies.
    after reading all this i have concluded that this is
    one feature that is just not for me. i love my t-mobile
    unlimited calling and this is something that i really have
    zero need for, but as i said, thanks!:)
     
  16. Crush_Buds

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    You don't want free visual voicemail?? It's not like it hurts to try it.
     
  17. kennyidaho

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    It is not a service designed to replace your plan - it is designed to complement it. I use it for visual voice mail aspects and use the GV # for business.
     
  18. Crush_Buds

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    People get too scared to try something new. I hope the OP finally tried the GV app. I still don't get why anyone would pass this up. It makes my head want to explode. Try it, don't like it, uninstall. Or the likely part....love Google Voice.
     
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    Well I've wanted to try Google voice since I got my droid, but can see no way to activate the service. Maybe I'm missing somethng, but why would google sell you a google powered phone, with google voice preloaded and not allow you to get a google voice account? I have sent them god knows how many applications for a google voice and have yet to receive one, so the service is going unused. I'm I missing something here?
     
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    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

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    The Sprint Hero comes with visual voicemail.

    As far as Google Voice, I think they have realized that if they give it to everyone that wants it they will have bandwidth issues just like the Apple/ATT fiasco (for different reasons, of course). They are going to have to expand infrastructure to make this available mass market.

    Personally, I have had the same business number for 11 years and have no desire to change it to a Google Voice number unless they could use my existing number. When businesses change numbers there is an inevitable percentage of potential loss, so why do it if you don't have to.
     
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    Can you email your voicemails and have them all archived online with your Hero's visual voicemail? Does your Hero also transcribe your voicemails into text? I doubt it.
     
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    I live in the UK, my fiancee in New York, she's on Virgin Mobile and I'm on o2 and for some reason, her text messages never come through to me.

    I managed to get Google voice by having her do some of the setup for me (I probably could've done it through a vpn, but this was quicker) and by having a US number set up on Skype to get the authentication phone call.

    Now we are able to text each other, it's a damn sight cheaper than with international sms for her, and free for me, so it's win win.

    She'll be coming here in August to live though, but I do hope Google expands it for numbers in the UK too, as it is a really nice application and concept.
     
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    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

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    It is supposed to email according to the "Welcome message" that is on the phone, not sure about text transcription.

    And is that a little G.V. snobbery I detect?:rolleyes:
     
  24. Crush_Buds

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    A little. :) Just TRY it at least.
     
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    Requested, waiting!
     

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