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Google Voice is back in all its app glory for the iPhone, thanks to two new approved apps.
Apple lets Google Voice into its magical kingdom

Google Voice has at last landed on the iPhone in full app form.  Long available with the Android platform, which currently outsells the iPhone in the U.S., Apple wasn't quite as kind to the Google product.

The service's ability to use a mobile carrier's data plan to send cheaper SMS texts and international phone calls irked both Apple and its carrier partners like AT&T.  An official Google Voice app was quickly removed from the app store.  Google responded by releasing a web app, with some of the original functionality.

Meanwhile numerous app versions floated around on the underground app store Cydia.  To run these versions, you needed a jailbroken phone, though.

Now two full Google Voice solutions have made their way to the official iTunes App Store.  Both are third-party products, using Google's API.  The two apps -- GV Mobile + and GV Connect -- have similar functionality, allowing users to access their Google voicemail box and use their iPhone phonebook, both to make and receive calls via their Google Voice number, and to send and receive texts using their Google Voice number.

Both have support landscape mode and the higher resolution iPhone 4's Retina Display.

Remember, if you frequently use the app it makes pretty heavy use of your data plan.  That could spell trouble given AT&T's low 2 GB/month data caps and high overage fees.  

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By UppityMatt on 9/20/2010 3:42:56 PM , Rating: 2
Does this work with an iPod? I use google voice all the time on my blackberry and could def see the perks of having this on an ipod with WiFi

RE: iPod
By icrf on 9/20/2010 3:49:58 PM , Rating: 2
Google Voice is not a Skype-like VoIP service. You still need real telephone number accessible end points on both sides. In other words, no, Google Voice alone cannot let you make phone calls with a wifi-only device.

RE: iPod
By krotchy on 9/20/2010 4:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it is now, I can make a phone call from within Gmail using my google voice number and a mic/headphones.

RE: iPod
By UppityMatt on 9/20/2010 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes exactly thats why i want to know. I know i can make phone calls because its integrated with Gmail now so the VOIP functionality should be there. And the new Ipods have a Microphone and speaker.

RE: iPod
By Drag0nFire on 9/20/2010 5:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
If not, the Vonage app already offers this functionality for free (outbound calls only).

RE: iPod
By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 9/21/2010 11:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
But it requires you to install a plug-in for the browser, which currently only works in Windows.

RE: iPod
By sprockkets on 9/20/2010 5:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
While it is true you can now have it call your IM handle, why would you? It doesn't save you any money, as Google does all the VoIP for you and hops off the VoIP to a land line local to you.

Save your data for actual data. Most have minutes to burn.

RE: iPod
By nafhan on 9/20/2010 4:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure where you're getting your info, but the Google Voice phone number is kind of the whole point of the service. You get a phone number, free, when you sign up. You can even make calls to a real phone from your Gmail account.

RE: iPod
By icrf on 9/20/2010 6:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, forgot about the Gmail integration. I've never used it, though I have been using Google Voice as my primary phone number for over a year, but still mostly as a forwarding service. I see I can now set Google Talk to be the "phone to call with." So I guess if I'm really trying to rationalize my statement, Google Voice alone cannot connect you, it has to use Google Talk to do it, and that's not supported by these new iPhone applications.

The voicemail transcriptions sent as text messages is the feature that keeps me there. I'm in a meeting, miss a call, and get to read the voicemail, so I know if it's worth excusing myself.

RE: iPod
By jimbojimbo on 9/21/2010 11:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
It's still good to send SMS messages though. Also, if you have a land line and you want to make a call via your GV number it'd be nice to do it on a little device instead of pulling out the laptop - like I do now.

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