Sprint will be launching Google Voice to all Sprint customers who use Google Voice, allowing users to port their Sprint mobile number as their Google Voice service without any additional fees or penalties. The flyer making its way around the web right now shows it’s going to be available on April 26th.
They’ve been testing this service for some time now, and according to those who got a chance to test it, it’s working pretty fine. If you get a chance, sign it up and let us know how it is!
We have heard several rumors that the service is already live and Sprint customers are able to take advantage of this service now. If you are a Sprint customer, let us know if you can get your Google Voice number ported vefore April 26th in the comments below. Why wait!
All of you Sprint customers itching for that new Google Voice integration will be happy to know that the service has entered beta status. Android Central received word from a few of the beta testers today who supplied a bit of information about the incoming service. Apparently, you’ll have two options: either using your Sprint number for your Google Voice, or using your Google Voice number for your Sprint number. Both solutions offer their own caveats based on what you want to use it for. Obviously, if you would rather keep your Sprint and Google numbers separate instead of merging, you can do that as well.
Like all betas, this one does come with a few things that haven’t been ironed out quite yet, most noticeably a lack of Sprint support. Customer service calls will go through Google’s own support instead of Sprint’s Customer Service. Considering this a beta test for what is mostly Google’s service, this is probably not a bad thing.
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In all the hubbub that surrounded the recent announcement that Sprint would be getting the Nexus S 4G is another important — heck, I think more important — announcement…that Google Voice would become integrated into all Sprint phones, not just the Nexus S 4G. This is pretty big news, as now all Sprint customers will gain access to Google Voice’s awesome feature set.
Yesterday, we told you about Google Voice not officially working or supported on Android Honeycomb OS just yet. Google’s Support forum is aware and looking into getting it officially supported. But why wait for that right?
That’s what Android central forum member Elysian893 thought too, because Google Voice is now working (unofficially) on the Xoom after they were able to backup the Voice app from a Motorola Droid, then pop it onto the Xoom. After permissions were granted for access, the app seemed to work fine. Still can’t make calls on it however (it is a tablet), but the SMS and other features work fine. So if you don’t want to wait for Google to get it going, head over to the source ink to find out more on the procedure.
[via Android Central Forum]
If you grabbed yourself a new swanky Motorola Xoom last week, and have been loading up all kinds of great apps, you may find that you’ll have a problem with Google Voice, if you use it. Apparently the app crashes on the Xoom, which has left a number of people unhappy that Google dropped the ball updating their own apps for their own Android OS.
Google Support is aware and working on an update for Honeycomb OS, so this isn’t necessarily an issue with the Xoom as much as it’s an issue with this version of Android. Don’t go bringing that Xoom back just yet, Google is working on it.
Glad to hear from so many Xoom early adopters! As you’ve noticed, Google Voice isn’t available for Honeycomb yet. We’re working on it, and I’ll update this thread as more info is available.
If you want to know more and keep up to date on this fix, you can hit the source link below.
[via Google Support]
The popular VoIP service, Gizmo5, has announced via email to its members that it will be ending their services as of April 3rd, causing users everywhere to look for an alternative VoIP service (click pic above to read the email). Gizmo5 was aquired by Google back in 2009 and offered cheap Internet calling with Google Voice. An email (submitted by Reddit user Bizurke) pointed to Google’s Gmail calling service as a sufficient replacement, if anyone was interested. What do you think? Head on over to our apps database and feel free to search out what’s available on the Android Market for VoIP services. It’s an endless list, so you might be there a while. Let us know what you think about the whole ordeal in the comments below. Could this mean Google is looking to introduce true VoIP via Google Voice?
Some alternatives who might be ready to serve you include:
If you’ve never heard of SayNow…you’re not alone. You may, however, remember that a lot of celebrities went through phases where they would blast a phone number on Twitter, Facebook, a commercial, or at a concert and say “Call me.” When you called that number, it gave you some pre-recorded message. You know you all called one of them, at least once…heck, I did. But this service has now been acquired by Google, and they have made it clear that they intend to incorporate it into Google Voice, although at this point it has not been stated exactly how they intend to do that or what service they will add.
SayNow also provided a service that aimed to make business conference calls easier. This service was apparently created by an intern in about a week, but in our (admittedly brief) searching for information about it, it seems to have been a very solid offering. So perhaps Google wants talent? They didn’t really say.
Regardless, it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing some new additions coming to Google Voice soon, beyond the number porting service that they just announced. We’re eager to see what they come up, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.
Today users of Google Voice had seen an option that many have been waiting for, Google Voice had added the option to port your mobile number. As you can see in the pic above, the option was there, along with a friendly reminder that once you do this, your carrier may be so upset at you for leaving them that they charge you early termination fees, and we know how much that can add up to on a newly signed contract.
Unfortunately before long, the option was mentioned by Google to be the result of “testing” being done, and may not appear for all Google Voice account holders. Then, shortly after that…the greatest trick Google ever pulled was convincing us the porting option didn’t exist…it got yanked down. It may be back, sooner than we think as Google had this to say;
We’re continually testing new features to enhance the user experience. For a limited amount of time, we’re making the Google Voice number porting process available to users. We don’t have any additional details to share at this time, but plan to offer this feature to all users in the near future.”
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for this option again. Let us know, how happy would you be to use Google Voice on your Android phone rather than your carriers phone service plan?
[via Engadget, Google Voice]
Tis the season, everyone! For those of our readers who are celebrating the holidays we hope you are having a great time thus far, and with Christmas now literally just around the corner, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite free Christmas apps. So, without further delay, I present to you our top five free Android Christmas apps. Continue reading after the break for the full list.