Official Google Voice app comes to iPhone

Google Voice iPhone

It's been a long back-and-forth battle between two of the world's tech giants, but finally, Google has emerged victorious. After Apple rejected Google's Voice application, Google decided to bring similar functionality to iPhone users via the power of HTML5 in the web browser. Unfortunately, this solution isn't nearly the same as what Android users have become accustomed to, as it lacks seamless integration with the operating system.

However, times have changed. Via their Google Voice Blog, the Mountain View tech giant has announced the official Google Voice app for the iPhone. Available now in the App Store, the long awaited app will give iPhone users access to the following features:

  • Cheap rates for international calls
  • Free text messaging to U.S. numbers
  • Voicemail transcription
  • Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls

In addition, Google notes that the overall experience will be much better:

  • With push notifications, the app will alert you instantly when you receive a new voicemail or text message
  • Most of your calls will be placed via Direct Access Numbers, making them connect just as quickly as regular phone calls

In order to take advantage of Google Voice on the iPhone, you will need to sign up at google.com/voice. The service is free, unless you're making calls outside of the US or Canada. In that case, be sure to load some cash into your account after setting it up.

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Thank god. No more ****ing Google Voice via web. Of course im not blaming Google for this, it was Apples fault but it is now out and im glad.

On top of that, i feel bad for anyone who went as far as paying for the GV mobile app on cydia or on the app store too.

I use my google voice for client calls and still didnt give in to paying $3-5 for an app when I knew google would provide the official one for free.

Sikh said,
Thank god. No more ****ing Google Voice via web. Of course im not blaming Google for this, it was Apples fault but it is now out and im glad.

You can blame Apple for the initial ban on this type of app, but that ban was lifted month ago.

The PUSH works and is really fast! YAY! No more loop-da-loos with GMail->Voice Growl->Prowl App->GV Connect to get a stupid window pop-up when you receive a text message.

The App itself is OK. I found it a little laggy when I first installed it but now it seems to be more responsive. Contacts are squirly...I'm seeing multiple entries for each contact for some reason. Also the pictures aren't coming up correctly for each contact but no-biggie.

xUnix said,
it doesn't work on the ipod touch.

Obviously since you still make calls using your cell service. Google voice is no VoIP service.

solgae said,

Obviously since you still make calls using your cell service. Google voice is no VoIP service.

The various apps for jailbroken devices allow you to use it on your Touch to get voicemail and text messages. I don't see why the official app couldn't...

So solgae your saying that the iPod Touch can connect to a Cell Network without an add on??
so can you tell me how do I do this??


Obviously solgae that you can not read.. he said iPod Touch not iPhone..

solgae said,

Obviously since you still make calls using your cell service. Google voice is no VoIP service.

StevoFC said,

The various apps for jailbroken devices allow you to use it on your Touch to get voicemail and text messages. I don't see why the official app couldn't...

You don't need to jailbreak you phone. GV Connect and GV Mobile+ both support iPod Touch for SMS and voicemail. But I agree, why the official app doesn't support it is beyond me.

This better not be how Google got it back on the app store in the first place by doing some deal with Apple to exclude the Touch, because there is no way that Google didn't know about about GV Connect or GV Mobile+..

This is just rediculous..

xUnix said,
it doesn't work on the ipod touch.

If you go into the ipa and edit the info.plist file and remove the line that says the app requires telephony, the app will install and the only part that won't work is the dialing. Once you make that change, just remove the app from itunes, then re-add the one you edited. It will work then (minus the dialing).

ambiance said,
The App is not available in Canada.
dammit! Is that because it's not yet possible to have a google voice number from Canada? It's still possible to make calls, why not just make the app available for text & outgoing calls?

0sm3l said,
Thx! Now I can disable text messaging on AT&T and save $5 per account

no, you can't... TXT messaging is required for the iphone plan I believe

chisss said,

no, you can't... TXT messaging is required for the iphone plan I believe

No, it's possible with any phone......by default you are signed up for 20 cents per sent/received msg plan if you don't choose a text plan package. You can call AT&T and ask to block incoming texts.

d4v1d05 said,
You have to pay for incoming texts?!

Yeah, in the US, carriers charge for both incoming and outgoing texts. Lame, I know.

chisss said,

no, you can't... TXT messaging is required for the iphone plan I believe

No, not at all. Ever since my iPhone, I gave up SMS to have the data plan instead that is required for the life of the iPhone. Still the same with my Samsung Focus.

chisss said,

no, you can't... TXT messaging is required for the iphone plan I believe

No you don't. Data plan is required. However, there are ways to get around this (i.e., once your off-contract buy a feature phone that doesn't require a data plan and transplant the SIM to your iPhone).

actually an SMS plan is NOT required on iPhone 3G + and if at&t notices you are using your iPhone without a data plan they will automatically add one for you.

SHoTTa35 said,
Get it fast before Apple change their minds!

If Apple does change their mind, won't they throw the kill switch and have the app removed from phones anyway? I might be wrong, but I thought this was one of the arguments for jail breaking...

M_Lyons10 said,

If Apple does change their mind, won't they throw the kill switch and have the app removed from phones anyway? I might be wrong, but I thought this was one of the arguments for jail breaking...

iirc iOS doesn't remotely remove apps. AFAIK this only happens in Android and Windows Phone 7.

djdanster said,

iirc iOS doesn't remotely remove apps. AFAIK this only happens in Android and Windows Phone 7.

iOS has the kill switch, just like Android and WP7. However, it's never been used - also like Android and WP7.

Simon said,
iOS has the kill switch, just like Android and WP7. However, it's never been used - also like Android and WP7.

Oh, O.K. I didn't know how quick Apple was to use it. I support it being there from a security standpoint (In case an app gets released that is a security concern or does something malicious), but don't agree with them using it just to remove apps they no longer like. Microsoft I know said that they would only be using their kill switch if an app was found to be doing something malicious or was a security concern.

SHoTTa35 said,
Get it fast before Apple change their minds!

Thankfully, this time they have already done so.

So, unless they change their minds *back* from being more open and publicizing their guidelines...

TrOjAn. said,

left out? what about people from belgium huh?

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Bruges is a s***hole.


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