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Google Voice has changed the way I use my smartphones; it’s so good at handling my stable of phones. About the only thing I can think of that could instantly make GV better would be native smartphone versions. These would let me essentially forget about which […]

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Google Voice has changed the way I use my smartphones; it’s so good at handling my stable of phones. About the only thing I can think of that could instantly make GV better would be native smartphone versions. These would let me essentially forget about which phone I am using, which carrier’s plan is controlling my call, generally make it easier for me to do my business. GigaOM reports that Google Voice will soon be available for the BlackBerry and Android platforms. The U. S. mobile phone picture just got a whole lot prettier.

What is cool about these mobile versions of GV is you will not only be able to manage your account, the phone’s contact list will be integrated. You can call your contacts as easily with Google Voice as without. It makes sense that Google has focused on Android and the BlackBerry first, let’s hope they expand to other platforms down the road.

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  1. Bored SysAdmin Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Google Voice service on Google Phones – Unthinkable !
    Who would have thought of what ??

    Telcos = Dump pipes, but they don’t know it yet…

  2. Kevin C. Tofel Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    A native app for Android and BB users definitely sounds nice. But, I don’t think many folks realize that you can access and use Google Voice on a mobile handset now through the web. It was one of the first things I tried: hitting voice.google.com on my iPhone browser, and later on my Pre. Since my contacts on the phone are the same as those on Google Voice (I use Google for my contacts), they’re all there. You can initiate calls using the web just like you can with the native client coming soon. Works the same way and it’s excellent. Of course, you can send SMS through the web client too. Since Android is WebKit-based, I’m betting it works on the Android browser already. Anyone want to test it? ;)

  3. But an iPhone app sure would be nice.

  4. Neil Thompson Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    “About the only thing I can think of that could instantly make GV better would be native smartphone versions”

    I can think of one other and that would be to see GV in the UK!

  5. The app went live a few hours ago. Set your blackberry to m.google.com/voice and download away. Should be fun to see how well it goes over.

  6. My favorite feature in the Android app: While voicemail is playing it highlights the current word in the transcript, and you can rewind/fast-forward to a specific word just by touching it. Now that’s visual voicemail!

  7. Alan A. Reiter Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Hi James,

    I was wondering how good the voice quality is with Google Voice. For example, I was reading that if a call goes from a Google Voice number and is transmitted to a VoIP “landline” phone, the quality can be worse than if the call was made directly to the VoIP number.

    1. I can only speak to my own experience and I’ve not had a single bad quality call.

  8. Alan A. Reiter Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Thanks very much James. I appreciate the feedback.

    I have to decide how to replace my AT&T CallVantage (something of a gold standard for consumer VoIP) when it ends this year.

  9. Hi James,
    Quick question about google voice. There is no way for mobile to mobile to work using it right? I have t-mobile and my family has t-mobile so any calls I make to them now are unlimited, but if I use google voice would I need to add the google voice number to my myfaves or their individual numbers to my myfaves to keep it unlimited?

    1. I believe that’s a fair statement, but I haven’t tried it myself.

  10. wayne morrison Friday, July 17, 2009

    Just looked at my usage since trying out Google Voice. I had added my GV# to my myfaves since I couldn’t find what number to actually add. Well I know now. FYI…if you have t-mobile or Alltel/Verizon then you should add the following numbers to your myfaves/my circle…347-234-5001 (this is the number that your call is routed through) and 650-265-1193 (that is the number that google uses to call you when you change your voicemail message.)

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