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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Sequenzia, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Sequenzia

    Sequenzia Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I am brand new to Droids. I have had an iPhone since the first gen.

    Is there no out of the box visual voicemail? If not are there apps?

    Please help out a rookie.



  2. Jeremy81

    Jeremy81 Member

    Best way is to set up a Google Voice account and use it's voicemail feature.
  3. skinien

    skinien Android Enthusiast

    Welcome to Android.

    Some carriers offer visual voice mail for a fee. An easy way to get FREE visual voice mail is to use googe voice. Not only will you get visual voice mail, but you can READ your voice mail, and listen to them online.

    You need to sign up for google voice. It should be pretty easy to find the setup instructions once you do. You dial a specific number and you hand off all of your voice mail services to google voice (i.e. when people call your at&t number, google voice intercepts the voice mail instead of at&t's voice mail service).

    Post back if you need more help :)
  4. Sequenzia

    Sequenzia Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the help guys.

    I already have a Google Voice account. I don't really use it though.

    So basically I need to forward my cell # to google voice and the voice will send all calls back to me but if I don't pick up google voice will? Is that right?

    I should not port my number to google right?

    Thanks again.
  5. xA4Hx

    xA4Hx Lurker

    No there is another setting where it forwards to google voice for voicemail only from your phone. You got most of the idea but not exactly going at it the right way. Last android I had all you had to do is install google voice and it will reconfigure your stuff for voicemail threw google voice way you want it to easily

  6. skinien

    skinien Android Enthusiast

    No. You don't forward your calls to google voice. Nor do people need to start calling your google voice number. You do not need to port your number.

    You basically dial a special number which enables google voice to handle JUST your voice mail with people calling your at&t number.
  7. kstruck

    kstruck Well-Known Member

    Install the Google Voice app and follow the on-screen instructions on the phone. It takes about 2 minutes to make this work, and it works perfectly. No need to have people dial you GV number or for you to forward your cell number to your GV number. It is all seemless.
  8. tical2k

    tical2k Member

    how does porting your number work with text messages? I have people text my google voice number to get "free unlimited texts" If i ported my nnumber would at&t then see them as texts rather than data?
  9. iPhoneMilk

    iPhoneMilk Well-Known Member

    Whatever you do DON'T port your number

    With text messages you've got several options.

    1. Use your google voice number for texts + Your normal number AT THE SAME TIME
    2. Use JUST your google voice number for texts.
    3. use Just your normal number for texts, and ignore google voice.

    You are able to do just about any of these options with tweaking of your notification settings within the apps.

    If you don't tweak your notifications right you might end up getting 2 Notifications for the same text because the messages App will be texting you by default and So will the google voice app, depending on which numbers your choosing to use.
  10. Sequenzia

    Sequenzia Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I got it. Works like a champ.

    Thanks for the help guys. Google Voice is going to be way better for voice mail.
  11. Left Coast DJ

    Left Coast DJ Android Enthusiast

    Google Voice rocks! You can also record individual outgoing messages for people or groups in your Google contacts.
  12. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    yah google voice > any carrier visual voicemail
  13. electronaut

    electronaut Newbie

    How do you access/configure voicemail on the Atrix? I'm coming from an iPhone where it is just part of the phone app. I don't see anything for voicemail in the phone dialer app on the Atrix, nor do I see a Voicemail app. ???
  14. csreborn

    csreborn Well-Known Member

    Google Voice, use your gmail account assuming you have one to setup an account and then set it to not make calls with it. You can download it off the marketplace.
  15. electronaut

    electronaut Newbie

    I have Google Voice, and have had it for a while for use in a browser. As far as I know though, it isn't possible to have Google Voice retrieve my AT&T voicemails. If that's incorrect, then how?

    I realize with GV that I could give out the GV number and it would record/transcribe voicemails to the GV number. But, I want voicemail/notifications of voicemail when voicemail is left for my regular AT&T number.
  16. csreborn

    csreborn Well-Known Member

    You can bind Google Voice to your real AT&T #, and it will take over voice mail for it after you confirm it with the phone. You will make calls with your real number, and it will be your visual voice mail.

    Set the app up on your phone and the wizard will walk you through it.
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  17. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    To be a bit more specific- Where is it? It isn't there. That's why you have to use Google Voice.
  18. pinbak

    pinbak Well-Known Member

    I downloaded the Google voice app from the market. When I opened it, a setup wizard did the rest and you have Google voice visual voicemail on your phone.
  19. nemesiz

    nemesiz Newbie

    I have a google voice number which is set to forward to my ATT mobile number.. So can I set up Google voice to manage voicemails for both these numbers at the same time?
  20. kstruck

    kstruck Well-Known Member

    If your GV number is forwarding to your cell number it does not need VM as whatever service your cell phone is using will become your GV number VM.

    So if you are using GV for your cell phone VM, then both numbers are using GV voicemail. Just setup GV on your cell, let it do its thing and tweak to your preference on the GV website.
  21. azr

    azr Lurker

    I'm attempting to set up google voice on my Atrix, and every time I get to the config step, the app appears to crash with this message:

    "The application Google Voice (process com.google.android.apps.googlevoice) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again."

    I'm coming from an iPhone and I verified that I'm on regular voicemail (not visual), and I've already tried reinstalling the voice app. Any suggestions?
  22. ChumleyEX

    ChumleyEX Lurker

    ok so I go into setting/Call Settings/Voicemail Service and select Google Voice (this happens when I switch to carrier too)

    It does something and pops up with

    "forwarding number change unsuccessful"

    I'm on at&t, any ideas?

    oh I guess you go to the website and do something..sorry
  23. Evil.Bonsai

    Evil.Bonsai Android Enthusiast

    what website and what do you do? I had the same error.
  24. burtonvdp

    burtonvdp Android Enthusiast

    Having the same problem.. what website?

    Never mind... I just logged into Google voice from a web browser and literally it just started working on my phone.
  25. Swiftks

    Swiftks Lurker

    I was getting the same error, I just got my Atrix on AT&T... I think I solved it by logging into my google voice account on my laptop, selected voicemail from the sidebar, and then selected setting from the top bar. I was then presented with my phone info. and a multi digit number to call. Once I called the number, I received a network message that my voicemail was now forwarded. I was then able to record my greeting. I'm still getting the "forwarding number change unsuccessful" under call setting if I press Google Voice again, but it seems to be working... guess I'll have to have someone leave me a voice mail and see. Hope this helps.

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