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Make Free WiFi Calls From Android Phone Or Tablet With Groove IP

The quest for making free calls over WiFi with an Android device is not a new topic, but if you’ve gone down this road you’re probably familiar with apps like sipdroid or csipsimple. If those two names are familiar then you also know you had to deal with Google Voice Callback, pbxes, or SIP accounts and possibly some other forwarding trickery to get the app to work. It’s possible that you’ve even tried to set these apps up and failed after not understanding exactly what needed to be done. Enter GrooVe IP, where all you need is a Google Voice account to get started. If you like simple and something that just “works” and works well, hit up the break for more.

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Google Voice Updated to Version

An update to Google Voice is now available in the market taking it up to version There looks to be just minor updates and bug fixes here, but I swear the opening speed of this app on my Droid X is way faster now. Here’s what’s been updated:

  • Does not require data connectivity for making calls to numbers you previously called
  • Warns you when there is no data connectivity before you compose/send text messages
  • Fix for bug that required you to click the voicemail play button twice
  • Fix for notifications delays for SMS and voicemails

At the time of writing this, the update doesn’t seem to show up on the Android Market’s web site. You can try to update from our handy apps database here or just check for an update on your cell. The update showed up for me just a few minutes ago.

[via market]

Microsoft Lync Coming To Android

Coming to us from TechED in New Zealand, Microsoft is showing off a Lync client for mobile. If you are unfamiliar, Lync is a powerful unified communications system utilized by many businesses. It’s somewhat like an overpowered Windows Live Messenger, but again, intended for business.  The surprising news here is that Microsoft is making their client available to more than just Windows Phone 7. Android, iOS, & Symbian will be able to utilize it. Obviously, Microsoft is making a play for the enterprise and by making it available on the major mobile OS’s, they are trying to fend off potential threats from services like Google voice, Google Talk, & iMessage.

Video of Lync after the break

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Google Voice allows number change – or keep old number for $20

Want to change you number but thought you couldn’t on Google Voice? Hold the phone, GV allows you to change you number at no cost, while also allowing you to keep your old one for $20. Things have changed since way back in the early Google Voice Beta stages where they assigned a number for you, and we welcome it!

When you grab a new number and keep the old, calls and texts will go to both, but will only show the replacement number for any outgoing calls or texts, so it may be best to alert your contact list of the number change, even if you’re keeping the old one. Find out more here at the Google Voice Blog.

[via engadget]

Update – Google Voice for Sprint may be live now

Earlier we reported that Sprint was gearing up to launch it’s Google Voice Integration service for its customers on April 26th. Reports have been going around online Friday however that the service is already live, and some users are able to port their existing Sprint number for Google Voice usage.

This service allows Sprint customers to use their mobile number as their Google Voice service, also, they can opt to have their Google Voice number as their Sprint mobile number, both for free. Check it out today if you’re a Sprint customer with Google Voice and let us know if you can get it going today!

[via bgr]

Sprint rolling out Google Voice April 26th – updated

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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!

[Thanks Robert!]

Google Voice Integration Goes into Beta for Sprint Customers

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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Sprint Phones Get Deep Google Voice Integration

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.
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Google Voice on the Motorola Xoom working – hacked


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]

Google Voice won’t work on Xoom – update coming for Honeycomb


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]