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Google Voice Call Quality -- How is a call routed if you have GV make the call?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Jay3, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Jay3

    Jay3 Android Enthusiast
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    I use Google Voice (love it) primarily because of it's visual voicemail on my Droid. I do have a Google Voice number, and I'm trying to decide whether to set the Droid app to "make calls using Google Voice" or not.

    I have no problem with giving out a different number, and my placed calls seeing the GV number in caller ID.

    My question is, does this affect how the call is actually connected, from a quality standpoint? I tired a call both ways, and the sound quality seemed a little bit different. But then, I am an obsessive compulsive weirdo.

    Does anyone know? Is there any difference in call quality or routing between making a native Verizon call and a Google Voice call on Droid? (Like, does Google voice actual use 3G to connect to Google server over the internetz, then place the phone call?)
     

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  2. Jay3

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    Bump -- anybody know the answer to this?
     
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    I'm not sure of the internals of how calls are handled, but I can tell you what I think is happening.

    I use Google Voice for outgoing and incoming, and have my VM pegged to use it.

    Calls via GV seem to have a slightly lower quality than calls using Verizon's native calling.

    My voice minutes are still used when I use GV to make a call. However, they are not used when I put GV's outgoing number as one of my favorites. Note: I cut my plan to 45 minutes figuring on using favorites, only to find the 45 minute plan does not have favorites!

    Finally, GV does NOT use the 3G connection, as I can't connect to the internet while on a GV call. That indicates to me that it's using the normal voice channel.
     
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    Yup. GV is not VOIP. I'm not sure why people assume it is. That's why it uses voice minutes if the access number isn't in your circle/list.
     

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