Google Voice MMS now works on almost 100 North American carriers (Verizon not included)

Google Voice MMS now works on almost 100 North American carriers (Verizon not included)
It has been a long and frustrating road for Google Voice users who wanted MMS support. For a long time, on the limited carriers that supported it, the best you could hope for was an image texted to a Google Voice number to be forwarded to your Gmail. Finally, Google Voice was merged into Hangouts, which fixed the app-side issues; and now, Google is announcing a massive expansion in carrier support.

According to Alex Wiesen, a Googler who works on Voice, Google has been working with carriers and now can support MMS on "nearly 100 different North American carriers". This number includes big names in the U.S. and Canada, like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, and Telus; but, Verizon is notably absent from the list, and testing has shown that MMS still doesn't work between Google Voice and Verizon. This is still a huge update for Google Voice and its users. 

Frankly, we're surprised that there are 100 different carriers in North America. That number has to be including much smaller regional carriers that can be hard to keep track of. 

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14 Comments

1. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Wow, I'm really surprised Verizon isn't on that list.... Verizon Wireless sucks they always late to the party.

2. Rager722 unregistered

They do suck. All they have is good service. Everything else is overpriced garbage.

4. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

While I hate Verizon, that's not the greatest of arguments.

3. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I f*cking hate Verizon with all my heart. And yet i can't leave them, not with my grandfathered unlimited still in place.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I haven't been able to resist the allure of my grandfathered unlimited data either... but so help me... the moment they cut my service... I swear I will seriously consider a new carrier.

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Service is too good to leave Verizon and I've had my unlimited data since 'Nam (just an expression, I'm 23.). But, when it comes to stuff like this, they are way behind the other carriers.

6. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

To bad the voice quality over Googles wifi in hangouts is terrible! No one could hear me. Useless. It used to be good too through the grooveip

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Welcome feature, I have been waiting for this quite sometime.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I honestly forgot Google voice existed

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I ported my # last year, and I've loved it. Now with hangouts integration, it's just that much better.

9. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Google voice is like using a burner phone.....

14. drepope100

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Ha!!! Yeah, it is!

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I use voice most of the time, and have been waiting for this moment for a long.....time, baby. However, guess I'm going to be waiting a little longer, since Verizon is my carrier. Is no big deal to check gmail.

12. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

The voice through hangouts now is no where near the quality of Tmobile & now Sprint's! built in wifi calling app, Which is what I am using now. Strange though because before it moved into hangouts. I swear I remember it being usable when in poor cell signal.

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