No SMS option on google voice?Support


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  1. Callahan

    Callahan Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I got an invite to Google voice and I don't have any SMS options listed on the home page. Under setting where you should be able to set voice mail/ sms mine just says voice mail widgets. Am I missing something? There isn't an SMS option above the in box button either. Although I don't expect it to be there until I can change the settings. This is the main reason I wanted Google voice.
     

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  2. DonDraper

    DonDraper Well-Known Member

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    I had it by default. I turned it off after the first VM.
     
  3. clarithromycin

    clarithromycin Active Member

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    did you sign up for a new number or just use your existing one? you only get sms options if you sign up for a new number i think.
     
  4. Callahan

    Callahan Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've got the new Google number. There's just absolutely no SMS references anywhere on the inbox page or anywhere in the settings. Under voicemail settings (which apparently should be voicemail/SMS) the only reference to SMS, is to send a text (SMS) to my main number for voicemail.
     
  5. jamesdean

    jamesdean Well-Known Member

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    With the official GV app installed, when you compose a text you have a choice to send it via GV or message. You can select which one will be the default for future use. Also, when logged into your GV page on the web, look up in the upper left and you will see both a call and sms tab if you are wanting to text from there.
     
  6. Phateless

    Phateless Well-Known Member

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    Log in from your computer, NOT your phone.

    SETTINGS --> VOICEMAIL & SMS --> VOICEMAIL NOTIFICATIONS --> Send a text (SMS) message to:

    You just have to look a little harder, and NO you don't have to use a google voice number to get this feature.

    EDIT - if you want to SEND sms from your GV number, then you probably need to choose a GV number.
     
  7. Callahan

    Callahan Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    First thing I did (log in from computer)... no VOICEMAIL & SMS settings there. Just voicemail.
     
  8. Phateless

    Phateless Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, weird... Maybe they're scaling it back? I vaguely remember hearing that new users don't get all the options that some of the older users do?
     
  9. Mandrew

    Mandrew Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you signed up with an existing number. Only new GV numbers get free sms.
     
  10. Callahan

    Callahan Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I fixed my problem so I thought I'd post it in case it came up for anyone else.

    Got an invite and signed up for GV. They gave me a number and I logged into the inbox page. It turns out that even thought the Google number that I was given, was listed at the top page as my number, I was somehow given a crippled account (as in using your on cell number) with several features missing including no SMS.

    Anyway, if it happens to anyone, or anyone just want to get a google number after using your own in Google voice you can get a different number by going to settings >phone> get Google number. You'll go through the number picking procedure and setup. I think you're only allowed to do this once without being charged.
     
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    Phateless Well-Known Member

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    Wait, so you're allowed to port a number to GV now??
     
  12. JohnnyT

    JohnnyT Well-Known Member

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    My only gripe about GV on Android is that they limit you to 160 characters for messages. They did an update to GV for Blackberry and that allowed you to go up to 320 and it would just break up the message into two, but not for Android. However, I am liking the almost instantaneous push of the messages. On Blackberry, it only checked every 15 minutes, or as you manually refreshed.
     
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    jamesdean Well-Known Member

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    Was there something in this thread that gave you this idea?
     
  14. jamesdean

    jamesdean Well-Known Member

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    Isn't texting intended to be short? How much more than 160 characters do you need for a text? If you need more then just use email.
     
  15. JohnnyT

    JohnnyT Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it is intended to be short, but sometimes you remember something else and try to include that in the same message. My question is why are the settings different for GV for Blackberry versus Android?
     

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