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Google talking to carriers about Google Voice integration

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Google talking to carriers about Google Voice integration
Google Voice is one of the killer products in Google's arsenal, offering a great range of options for filtering calls, handling multiple phones, texting and a web interface to complement what is offered in the Google Voice app. Unfortunately, there are two major issues with Google Voice: it can be a hassle to sign up/port your number, and MMS is unavailable. 

Sprint is the one carrier so far to offer deeper Google Voice integration, making it easier to sign-up/port your number (and cheaper, as porting through Sprint won't cost you the regular $20 fee), and offering MMS-to-e-mail forwarding to effectively create an MMS system. Now, the Group Product Manager for Google Voice, Vincent Pacquet, has said that the company is "having discussions with other carriers about this".

This report falls under the same heading as the report saying Google is planning to offer revenue sharing with Google Wallet as an incentive to get on more carriers' devices. Of course, Google will offer revenue sharing, and of course Google will "talk" to carriers about getting more Google Voice integration, but there's no benefit for the carriers. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all investing in ISIS, so won't be too willing to support Wallet, and similarly, those carriers make a lot of money on SMS/MMS add-ons, so why would they support Google Voice and hurt their own revenues? Sprint was willing to do it, because the company lives and dies on its "unlimited everything" plan, but until more customers are opting for the unlimited everything plans on other carriers, we wouldn't expect too much headway made on this for Google. 

source: CNet

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posted on 26 Mar 2012, 20:23 1

1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

i hate how carriers decide whats on our devices… apple, google, microsoft and other major manufacturers should get together and find a way to produce phones without subsidiaries and without carrier restrictions… the carriers are asking for it, although i am not sure if they know what they are getting into for the long run…

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 00:33

2. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Slowly but surely we might be getting to that stage where the Wireless companies are nothing more than dumb pipes and we buy a phone and choose whichever service to use with the phone. LTE will definitely pave the way as all carriers will be supporting it and by default cell manufacturers will probably put in radios that can support all bands which would cut down on having to repurpose phones to support another network. I wouldn't mind buying the phone I want and just getting a nice plan to use it with.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 04:59

3. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

It would be nice to have GV integration on all carriers. I ported my T-MO number to GV with No Issues. GV is nice except the lack of MMS but I can deal with that.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:38

4. pirnap (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)

within the last week or so ive been getting mms messages with my gv number. my gv app gets the message and the picture comes through to my email

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