Google’s Project Fi is not compatible with Google Voice

Google’s Project Fi is not compatible with Google Voice
Google has started sending out the first set of invitations to those that want to sign up for its mobile service, Project Fi. If you requested an invitation, you will want to carefully read the fine print, especially if you are an active Google Voice user.

Many, but not all, of the handy features of Google Voice will not be available on Project Fi. Notably, making or receiving calls using the Google Voice (including Google Talk) app will no longer work. Google Voice will not be available for texting for voicemail either.

Texts and voicemail history will no longer be saved in Google Voice, though if you turned those features on in Google Hangouts, you will still be able to access them there. Call forwarding, voicemail transcriptions, and low international calling rates.

So what can you do? Well, if you use Google Voice, you can port that number to Project Fi. You will still lose many of the features noted previously, but if you decide you want to cancel service with Project Fi, you can port that number back into Google Voice again. If you opt to get a new number with Project Fi, you will lose your Google Voice number and it will eventually get recycled.

While Project Fi has a lot of attractive features to it, including seamless network coverage between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, and Sprint, the feature set of Google Voice may be too important for some users to give up. No word on if or when we might eventually see Google Voice compatibility with Project Fi.


sources: Reddit and Project Fi (Twitter)

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8 Comments

1. Lamborghini_

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Half baked google as usual

4. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

& treating customers as Guinea pigs as usual!!

2. gaming64 unregistered

Google, step your game up! Even TouchWiz is getting better and better.

3. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Baby steps. Just getting this far is a huge accomplishment.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

GoogleFi is a failure. Scrap it or actually make it appealing to consumers.

6. Elfmonster unregistered

I would outright buy into this Google phone service if it were an app like textnow wireless or something like that, which lets me put my phone/texting on every device in my house, plus VoIP, plus cheap.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1895; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If you use project fi, that becomes your google voice. If you lose your google voice number, it's because you did something dumb.

8. Esteban4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Agreed - I don't understand why so many people find this so hard to understand. Project Fi is your Google Voice with no GV app required. Phone calls will be handled by the native Android dialer. Your texting will be handled in the Messaging app. Essentially your Google Voice number becomes a "real" carrier-like phone number, except that Google is your carrier. Gone will be all the issues you get from having a carrier number on your sim card you don't care for / give out to anyone and using your GV number primarily, but with the bad experience you get using the combination of GV app and Hangouts dialer.

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