- 02-13-2012, 02:03 AM #1
Interested in switching over to WP7, since I've become more aware of Android's lack of polish, and am not interested in the iOS devices. I use Google Voice for its free SMS capabilities. Unfortunately, the excellent integration of GV into Android kinda ties me down to Android.
I'm wondering if any of you rely on Google Voice for something like this, and manage on a WP7 with a 3rd party application. Personally, I've heard that GoVoice is pretty good, but I wanted to get some input on how awkward it may be to have a set up like that. More specifically, I would need to use GoVoice to make outgoing calls with my GV number coming up on the recipient's caller ID, and I know GoVoice and other apps are capable of this, I want to know if it really breaks the flow of the WP7 philosophy (in terms of the people hub and what not).
I have no real experience with WP7 so please be nice :)
02-13-2012, 03:01 AM #2
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First of all, welcome and thanks for the interest in WP. It is nice to see that other people are realizing that it truly is a competitive third option.
My first experience with WP was with a free Samsung Focus I won from Bing.com. However, the Focus is made for AT&T and I was (and still am) on Verizon. Instead of selling the phone, I decided to use it Wifi-only since my current cell phone was getting really old. I decided to use GoVoice for texting (its typing is much, much smoother than my old phone) and it was pretty much flawless. It had push notifications, it still pushed through contacts, and it Google Voice allowed my texts to be sent to both phones.
That was last October through early December. I am fairly certain that GoVoice has been through a lot since then, but I am not able to comment on it, since I haven't used it.
I do know that it has call capabilities, though I am not sure how it works.
- 02-13-2012, 11:06 AM #3
I came from Android, and still use Google Voice for my voicemail. I love it.
GoVoice is the app I use, and it works great. Its not quite as nice as the official app on Android, but its good.
I have it setup to receive all my voicemails dialed to my cell # or my google voice #.
I do not use it to make outbound calls, but you can. It just requires you to use the govoice app to dial out instead of the native dialer. No big deal.
Notifications are good, I get a toast (top of screen) notification when voice mail arrives, and the tile updates showing the number of messages as well. If you want to make sure you are always notified when get a new voicemail, you can always set google voice to email you when one arrives. Because every so often the govoice app will have an issue and require you to log out and back in.
So while its not a perfect app, it functions well enough to get the job done. Mango opened up many API's for devs, and I think Apollo will bring even more, so I expect somebody do develop an excellent google voice app later this year. For now GoVoice serves its purpose.
- 02-14-2012, 08:15 PM #5
@dtboos: What specifically do you think is not as nice about GoVoice when compared to the official GV app for android?
Also regarding APIs, do you think that Skype's tight integration into the native dialer of the Windows Phone means that Microsoft will have an API that potentially allows tight GV integration in much the same way? Just curious as I am not a developer so I don't really understand API possibilities.
- 02-14-2012, 08:36 PM #8
I find GoVoice to work well enough. Its first release wasn't so great but its a bit better now.
I think its possible for API's to be opened into the dialer, but I wouldn't count on 3rd party apps being able to be integrated like skype. They may surprise us though.
- 02-14-2012, 09:14 PM #10
Ohgeez, what about when it comes to dialing out? Do you ever find it annoying that pinned contacts don't have call through GoVoice integrated? Do you ever find it inconvenient to use the GoVoice dialer to call these people. I haven't had a chance to come up with my own opinion on this yet because I can't get access to a WP7 for a practice run
- 02-15-2012, 10:54 PM #11
I am hoping that the upcoming Skype integration gives us some real options in the realm of competition to Google Voice. In a lot of ways, there is really no other app offering like it.
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- 03-12-2012, 10:18 PM #14
I hate to bring up a month old thread but I am trying to move from Android to a Lumia 710 and am having difficulty getting goVoice to work properly. I am having text and notification issues. For some reason, when someone sends a text to my google voice number, I sometimes get notified via goVoice but then, sometimes I also get an email and a message in my native messaging app. Text to email is not checked in google voice.
I have tried to contact the developer but haven't been successful yet and thought someone here may be able to offer some direction/solution.
Thanks in advance.
- 03-12-2012, 11:18 PM #16
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- 03-13-2012, 07:06 AM #18
I use GoVoice with my business number and it is somewhat of a drag, but there isn't much the developer can do unless m$ were to give in a little more.
- 03-13-2012, 03:56 PM #20
We have Skype now- in beta with limitations, but still- Skype.
- 03-24-2012, 06:46 AM #21
2) On a browser, go to the Google Voice settings and make sure that "Notify me of new voicemails via text" is not checked under the "Phone" tab.
3) Under the "Voicemail & Text" tab, make sure that "Forward text messages to my email: " is not checked.
- 03-24-2012, 08:55 AM #22
Thanks for your reply.
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04-12-2012, 01:07 PM #25
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I just downloaded GoVoice and can't get notifications to work for the life of me
the app gave me an error setting them up and I followed all of the manual directions and still can't get them to work
I just get nothing. Can't really use it without notifications so I guess I'll try to get along with one of the texting apps like text Plus or something.