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Google Voice App Comes To iPhone

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Google Voice App Comes To iPhone

Good news people, The acceptance by Apple of the Google Voice App for the iPhone could hasten the roll-out of the service to countries other than the US though whether or not it will ever come to the UK is questionable. So maybe not so much good news as plain old news then

The reason Google Voice is not available here in the UK is down to the fact that we don’t pay to receive calls and text messages while in the States they do. This allows Google to offer the service of free calls and texts in the US and reduced international calls. Here it would have no way of recouping the cost of the calls and would therefore cost the poor-old search giant a small fortune. While announcing the new app in its official blog, Google tantalisingly finished the post with the line: "At this time, Google Voice is available in the U.S. only." So will there be another time? When will this time happen? Where will this time happen? So many questions, so few answers.

The new iPhone App has been in the wings for 16 months after Apple initially rejected it because it duplicated too many features of its smartphone, including the dialler capability. In an attempt to get around Apple’s belligerence, Google launched a web version of Voice for iPhone based on HTML5 last January. However, that app lacked certain capabilities, such as push notifications to alert users to new voicemails or text messages, and quicker call connections. Unlike Skype’s VOIP application, Google Voice uses the traditional phone channel, not the data plan.

Thankfully, following Apple’s back down, these issues have been addressed in the new app and push notifications and direct access numbers, which allow for quicker call connection, have been included in this release. iPhone users need an iPhone with iOS 3.1 or later and a valid Google Voice account to use the app and it can now be downloaded from the App Store. Though at this time, it's only available in the US - not sure if we mentioned that already.

Anyway just to tease you some more here's a video of exactly how Google Voice works.

speedyg2012

November 17, 2010, 6:18 pm

When you talk about UK availability, do you also mean it's useless here on Android?





Never tried to use it tbh since I have Skype as well.

PGrGr

November 18, 2010, 3:08 pm

Maybe we don't have the same needs here for mobile based VOIP, but for anyone with an Android phone who is interested in visual voicemails, you should check out Hullomail, which is an app you can get from the Market. It allows you to store voicemails for as long as you wish, to play them in any order, to forward them to your email as an MP3 and a whole bunch of things which don't have any appeal at all, like the ability to post or share a voicemail to facebook (I mean, really!) Best of all, its free, whereas calls to my t-mobile voicemail service come off my monthly allowance, so boo yah sucks, t-mobile!

gonzorv

November 18, 2010, 6:03 pm

I'm a little confused by the pricing model comments:


"The reason Google Voice is not available here in the UK is down to the fact that we don&#8217t pay to receive calls and text messages while in the States they do. This allows Google to offer the service of free calls and texts in the US and reduced international calls. Here it would have no way of recouping the cost of the calls and would therefore cost the poor-old search giant a small fortune."





So, if I'm reading this right, Google Voice gets revenue from received calls.


Is this calls received into Google Voice numbers? (so the service has an inbound cost)


or calls made from Google Voice to other non Google numbers? (I thought the recipients charge would go to the recipients carrier)





How does this work with Google Voice to Google Voice calls? (free for 1 party only)


How does this work with International Calls (e.g US to UK) where there is no receiving charge?





Sorry if I'm being stupid I just can't get my head around the pricing model and so see how it doesn't apply to the UK or other countries.





Any further explanation would be appreciated, thanks.








p.s. Hullomail is also available on the iPhone - great app!

JK

November 18, 2010, 11:22 pm

"less annoyances, more awesomeness"...


Only in America...

speedyg2012

November 19, 2010, 2:46 am

Hullomail doesn't work on PAYG.





:(

gonzorv

November 19, 2010, 5:01 am

Hullomail works on giffgaff (which is PAYG). Check them out, a great community-centric provider with very decent pricing.

speedyg2012

November 19, 2010, 9:08 pm

Ok mate, meant to say T-mobile (Philistines...)





If I see the sims around (giff-gaff is free isn't it) or maybe get it online, I'll use it for my second sim for my main phone, or just for my spare phone I'm updating soon.

gonzorv

November 19, 2010, 10:58 pm

A giffgaff sim is free but I believe you have to put £10 credit on to activate it. You can order sims from the site and they are posted to you pretty sharpish, or if you get an existing gaffer to send you one it will come with some bonus free credit (£5 I think). Their forum is full of helpful people so take a look there if you have more questions.

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