By Google, Inc.
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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 free Google Voice account is required to use this app.
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 1.6.0
- Updated user interface to match iOS7 guidelines
- Bug fixes and performance enhancements
- Support for Google Voice integration in Hangouts
- Requires iOS6 and higher
Solid functionality, Lacks refinements
I've used GV for the last four years and it's been a mostly positive experience. For a free service, it's remarkably robust what with its plethora of options including call forwarding, support for individual personalization regarding voicemail greetings, and a while host of other related features. Being able to move from one device to the other simply by means of my google account is wonderful.
However, the application itself leaves much to be desired. While MMS is unsupported in any platform of GV, the app performs only modestly well in handling simple SMS. The design is clunky and doesn't match the last three major iOS updates. Inbox sorting is a disaster as unified threads by contact are impossible. Instead, seemingly at random, new threads are started between the same contact, often in the space of an afternoon. The resulting clutter is painful to say the least and I've missed many a quick message from a friend due to the poor message management.
Notifications work well and messages are usually timely enough as makes no difference compared to a standard text message.
For the money (ha! It's free!) it's a great application if you're in need of skirting outrageously expensive carrier charges for text messaging. However, if you'd prefer the ease of standard messages through your carrier service (and some of the perks they offer) think twice about trying out this application. Cheers.
Calls no more ?? And no address book
I have been using Google voice for nearly 4 years. As an exotic dancer I needed a safer way to contact clients and for that matter guys I date and block them if need be all while having the ability to archive messages to reference later. Overall the service works great but why no address book was included in iPhone app version is beyond me. So I had to add the clients number to the iPhone which became problematic when Facebook linked my profile to these contacts and all the sudden my privacy was violated. And because you can add and update or block numbers from the app only when you log in via your email it gets super annoying. I also wish google had allowed for pictures to be sent out not just received. I recently downloaded another Google voice 3 app which I hoped included an address book along with picture sending and since downloading and using that I can no longer make calls using regular Google voice app. I also wish the messages wouldn't be separated into various conversations with the same person. Why couldn't they archive like regular text message for the same number. Google please fix!!
I love being able to use google voice in place of regular text messaging, but this app needs major improvement. First of all, I don't exclusively communicate with people who also use google so hangouts is useless to me really. My major complaint is in the layout and the fact that any time someone sends you a text message it starts a new conversation. That is just annoying and clutters my inbox. My second big complaint is not being able to send/receive pictures. It's very inconvenient to have to look in my email every time I get a picture instead of it showing up in the app. Also it is even more inconvenient to have to go to facebook or GroupMe to send someone a picture... I also wish the click to call banner was smaller and allowed more room to view previous texts in the conversation. Besides these issues, the app is fine, I like the look of the update. These issues are pretty large though and should be fixed asap.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Sep 10, 2014
- Version: 1.6.0
- Size: 3.8 MB
- Languages: English, French
- Seller: Google, Inc.
- © 2014 Google Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.