VoIP is rolling out now to the Google Voice app

VoIP is rolling out now to the Google Voice app
After beta testing it for over a year, it appears that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is rolling out now for the Google Voice app. This news come via a tweet sent yesterday by Scott Johnston (via SlashGear), a Realtime Communications product lead at Google. The tweet says that VoIP is being disseminated now to Google Voice, and the rollout is expected to be finished next week.

The update will give Google Voice users the option of making and taking calls over Wi-Fi and mobile data. The beta test also allowed users to make and take calls using mobile carrier forwarding. Last September, after roughly eight months of beta testing, some users of the app who were not part of the beta test started to see the new feature. However, for an undisclosed reason, the update was never widely received.

Wi-Fi calling is perfect for those times when you're outside of your carrier's coverage area, but you do have access to a zippy Wi-Fi connection. In many cases, a call made over Wi-Fi just sounds better. Some MVNOs, like Project Fi, try to keep the price they charge you for service low by first trying to connect your phone to a Wi-Fi hotspot. If there is no compatible Wi-Fi signal in the area, the MVNO will connect to a carrier's network; in the case of Project Fi that would be either T-Mobile or Sprint, whichever one has the strongest signal at the subscriber's current location. 

Google Voice is available for both Android and iOS devices. The app works for those with a personal Google account in the U.S. and G Suite accounts in certain markets.

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10 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

One of thing this article fails to talk about is that the VOIP service is already available from the handouts app. I have been using hangouts to make, receive calls and messages over hangouts on iPhone. Just feels that Google is making more use of the G Voice app.

2. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Yes but Hangouts is going away in the next 12-18 months. This is probably in preparation for that.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

True but that functionality is being removed from Hangouts and transferred exclusively to GV. I'm on the beta test and the call quality is far superior to what it is on Hangouts for both wifi and mobile data.

4. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I wouldn’t mind that at all. Agree that quality isnt that great in hangouts currently. So are they improving the UI of GV? Last I saw, it was horrible.

5. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I stopped using hangouts for international calling...due to poor audio quality. If GV’s audio quality is better, I’d give it a shot.

6. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I'm all for better call quality! Thanks for clarifying.

7. rlgreene21

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

Can you use your existing number like on Google Hangouts Dailer? Or is it a new number? Some people maybe hesitate to answer phone calls from a unknown to them number.

8. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I think there is a way. I have not tried it out. But this is what I did for my specific purposes. I transferred my original number permanently into GV. This helped me a lot while I was traveling. Also this saved me from paying prepaid fees while I am away for more than a month. I know this does not answer your question but just info.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Of course. Nothing has changed in that respect.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's good that the Voice app is getting love again. I remember it was basically forgotten by Google for a number of years. This looks like where Google Voice users will be turning for texts/voicemails.

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