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Use Your Nexus 7 To Make And Receive Voice Calls Through Google Voice

XDA member bongostl has posted a step-by-step guide for modifying your Nexus 7, or any tablet for that matter, to enable outgoing and incoming calls through Google Voice. This requires the editing of system files, so your tablet needs to be rooted. What this method does is make the tablet think it’s voice capable, which allows dialer app voice+ to connect through Google Voice and place a call.

Incoming calls will be handled by any SIP app, such as CSipSimple, which requires you to also set up a call number and routing using other online services such as callcentric and ipkall. Couple all that with Google Voice, an edited and recompiled framework-res.apk file, and the flashing of an, and you’ve got yourself a really large tablet-phone in 16 quick and easy steps.

Or you can download GrooVe IP from the Play Store and skip all the rest.

Ok, that was snarky. To be fair, bongostl’s method has the advantage that you can still receive calls in your Gmail on your computer, whereas with GrooVe IP, it’s one or the other. But seriously, to me this all seems like way too much of a hassle with too many potential points of failure to really be worth it for most people.

Bottom line: Hackers and tweakers only. Everyone else just get GrooVe IP.

source: xda

Gizmo5 VoIP Service Going Offline On April 3rd

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:

  • Sipgate
  • pbxes
  • VoIPUser
  • AnVoice

[via reddit]