By Google, Inc.
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Send free text messages to US phones and make international calls at very low rates.
Access your voicemail messages with transcription.
Make calls with your Google Voice number.
A Google Voice account is required to use this app (sign up for free at google.com/voice).
Google Voice is currently only available in the US.
When using Google Voice for iPhone, both domestic and international calls are placed through a US-based Google Voice access number, and will use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan.
What's New in Version 1.5.0
*Added warning when attempting to send text messages to 911
No Group Messages, Lots of Crashes
This app is fine for a first generation... The fact that it has been around years without fixing basic problems, however, makes it a horrible app.
It doesn't support MMS, but since it forwards pictures to my e-mail, I can still get picture messages. Cool. But group messages are sent via MMS on many devices, and so most group messages sent to me go into a black hole. No notice to me or the sender, it just disappears. The few that make it through show up in separate convos by person making it impossible to follow a conversation. It's like trying to read a story when you're given the lines out of order and an unknown number of them have been removed. When I first got this app, it was fine, but two years later, with the rise of the group text, this is now a vital feature.
Also, as others have pointed out, it will delete what you are typing if network is lost--I understand that it can't send while there is no signal, but I ride the subway--I can't even queue a message to send saying "I'm 5 minutes away, see you soon." So I can blast it off in the 5 seconds I have signal at a stop. Again, a vital feature flaw.
Calling with GV is fine. Texting with GV, my entire reason to get this app was to ditch my text plan, will drive you bananas.
iPhone Contacts integration, but still want GV contacts
So I can now call contacts on my iPhone, which is great. But why remove contacts list in GV itself? Personally I sync iPhone contacts, Mac Contacts, and Google Contacts. But there are still times when the three are not in sync, and I still want to access Google contacts. (Especially when you have groups and filter by groups, iPhone contacts are not helpful.)
Another really neat feature in this version is Click2call, which is the real reason I wanted to use Google Voice on iPhone. This way, I can use the handy dialer/contact list to make calls using my home phone or office phone; even when making phone calls using iPhone itself, I can add my GV number as "fav" and save minutes. (You can even tell GV "don't use for calls" from iPhone.)
One point: GV is never meant to be anything like Vonage (sic) and Skype. If you don't find Google Voice useful, this app is useless.
Not useful anymore - 0 stars
Google now limits you to using google voice through their app only. No more third party apps like Talkatone anymore. This app does not allow the user to make calls over wifi, it requires the user to use minutes from their cellular plan. Initially, I set up a google voice number to use with a phone app to enable me to make calls home when traveling overseas where I turned cellular service off and used my iphone strictly using wifi to avoid roaming charges. The restrictions that google has placed on their google voice service has rendered the whole service useless to me. My next step after submitting this review is to unsubscribe from the google voice service altogether. Way to go, google.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Sep 25, 2013
- Version: 1.5.0
- Size: 2.5 MB
- Languages: English, French
- Seller: Google, Inc.
- © 2013 Google Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.