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    I haven’t tried it yet (not a Voice member), but there’s already an apparently decent GV app in the Android Market called – appropriately – “GV” (formerly G1 Central)

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    Paul Lomax

    I HATE voicemail too – something that everybody else thinks is weird – nice to know I’m not alone!

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    Gina Trapani

    Oh cool! The beta app for Android is called GV, and it’s looking VERY promising, thanks! (Doesn’t look like you can send text messages from it yet, but calling people from your GV number works well.)

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    Russell McLean

    One of your voicemails above is quite amusing.

    I wonder about them being able to give this away for free. If they make it free will they struggle with available phone numbers. I would imagine the number of people signing up for a free number and then never using the service might be quite high.

    Is there anything in the terms of service about how you could lose your number?

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    Brad Davis Seal

    You can send an SMS from your Google Voice account using the mobile website. It works on my iPhone

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    Mike Grundy

    I’ve been using GC for a while. I really like the ability to choose what annoying phone calls hear (I had a business call me at least 10 times one day and hang up when I answered, they went to my block list with the “number you called is not in service” style message, must have messed with their heads).

    The general ring everything has worked very well for me. The only downside, if you ring a skype account, the lag is really bad (if your skype account forwards to another number, it gets down right weird).

    The SMS (at least for me and my Sweetie’s iPhone) shows my Google Voice number. The response went right to my cell phone, albeit from a different number, and the response got routed back correctly (and saved in the inbox!).

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    How cool would a Firefox addon be that allows me to click on a phone number on a web page and it rings on my cell phone?

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    If Google Voice can translate to text. Then it should be able to send a user a twitter message. Now that would be cool.

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    I would switch right away if I could port my cell number to GV, and get a new, private number for my cell.

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    Joshua Fryer


    This is a google voice support page where people figured out that when you txt someone from GV, the 406 area-code # you get a reply from is permanently mapped to that contact (based on your number+406#). Therefore, you can save this 406# to your contact’s info, and everytime you want to txt the person (with your GV # showing), you just txt (or even CALL) the 406# (from any phone registered on your GV account) that is mapped to that contact and it appears as if you txted or called from your GV number.

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    Chris Monsos

    Re: SMS from your phone

    When you do get a text message FROM someone, you can save that (406) number and use it to text-message someone indefinitely!

    …what’d be awesome is Google Voice listing that number in their contact information as a “pager” number or something. Then I could just synch the contact info back to my phone.

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    Can you select your phone number or does GV select one for you? I’m talking about area codes specifically.

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    Gina Trapani

    Awesome tip Joshua & Chris re: SMS from number, definitely going to try that out, thanks!

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    Gina Trapani

    Can you select your phone number or does GV select one for you?

    When I signed up for a GrandCentral invite way back when, I requested an area code and got it, yes.

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    Interesting findings:

    On gmail chat, if my wife sends me an SMS it comes from a 406# too. I have saved that number as a second mobile number for her and just send texts to the 406# when she’s at the computer (so it looks like a chat session).

    Seems that everyone could have their own 406 for Google Voice and Gmail SMS.

    (I checked and our SMS numbers are not the same, although they could be in the future?)

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    Sounds very interesting, but I’m assuming this is only supported in the U.S. and in English? I live in Brazil and 99% of my voicemail is in Portuguese.

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    tested it for a few days – w/background noise (open space, cafeteria, airport, etc.) the voice-to-text is failing some of the time:
    inbox sample

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    Jesse Middleton

    You can use a Google Apps account but you must configure it as a Google Account first. I wrote a blog post on how to do this. My Google Voice account is linked to my pure at srcasm dot com account.


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    Ian Hatch

    My biggest annoyance with google voice is related to my biggest annoyance with Grand Central: Grand Central was US only, so I never got onto their beta, so now I don’t have Grand Central OR Google Voice!

    Do you know if it’s possible for two people to add one phone to their account? It seems simple enough to architect, and really useful for the shared home phone.

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    Chuck Reynolds

    I actually had some similar thoughts about Google Voice, you can check them out here: http://creynolds.tumblr.com/post/87132465/home-phones-google-voice-android

    I’d love to hear your thoughts

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    Arthur Vanderbilt

    When you are eventually able to port your cell number to Google Voice, will you need a new cell number or can GV manage the cell and the GV connection together? Because, that would be nice.

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    Alan Bradford

    I am so glad I didn’t give up on my Grand Central account. The gripes I had with the previous service are obsolete with the release of Google Voice. I love it so far.

    The ability to make calls direct from my cell phone is great. Now I don’t feel stupid sharing my GV number with people. It was weird telling people to “use this new number, but keep my other one in your address book too in case you need to text me…”

    I discovered a little trick yesterday with my cell phone. I frequently make calls when driving, so to have to manually type in the number in the GV menu when placing a call is inconvenient, not to mention dangerous while driving. I have not made it a habit to memorize a phone number since the advent of speed dial and voice recognition on cell phones. (Can’t wait until we’re able to say someone’s name and have GV recognize/dial people from our contacts.) I found out that my phone (LG enV2) is able to place a 2-second break when dialing a number. This dialing sequence could then be saved and assigned to a contact. For example:

    Let’s say I want to call the manager at Taco Bell to complain about a hair in my grilled stuffed burrito. The manager’s number is (XXX) XXX-XXXX:

    Type my GV number into my phone
    Add a 2-sec pause
    Type “2” (the GV menu command to make a call)
    Add another 2-sec pause
    Type (XXX) XXX-XXXX into my phone, adding the # key at the end
    Create a new contact and save this really long number in case I need to complain about more stray hairs in my food.

    I can’t wait to see more features added. Until then, this has become my new primary phone number.

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    I currently use Google Sync to sync my iPhone with Goggle Apps contacts. I wish they would just let me combine my accoutns but that is a no go as of now. Does anyone know if there any script that would sync the contacts from the Goggle Apps contacts to Gmail contacts? Any ideas are much appreciated.

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