Is there a better alternative to Google Voice?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Currently I have the GV Connect app and have my Google Voice # in my aList. For those that don't know aList is where you can put any number and the call is free via AT&T. So when I make a call I use the GV Connect app and it calls me back via my GV # resulting in free unlimited calling.

    However I'm finding that the call quality with GV is hit it miss.

    Is there a better alternative?
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    Better in terms of just call quality or do you have additional criteria? I've never had call quality issues with GV.
     
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    Often times the other party has trouble hearing me because of lag.
     
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    FixBrokeni

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    Honestly I've been using GV for years and never had this issue. If you're looking for another free alternative I think Google Voice is better than all of the competition.

    A paid alternative would be Twilio, or another VOIP provider.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you dial direct from GV or do you have GV Connect app call you back?
     
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    That might have to do with the quality, speed and reliability of the wifi network you're connected to.
     
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    Mostly on data network.
     
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    That too.
    Carrier data networks sometimes have deadzones or very slow data speeds available.
    So if it cant communicate fast enough you will have freezes and cut outs.
     
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    FixBrokeni

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    I do both, typically I have the app call me back but I never experience poor quality.
     
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    BigMcGuire

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    I was one of the original beta testers of Google Voice - had it years before it went public beta. The quality of Google Voice seems to be taking a big down turn imo as more and more people use it. The biggest problem I have is the damn service not alerting me of calls - I'll get a voicemail and never be notified I got a call... or it'll ring once then BAM voicemail. I don't have big issues with lag but there is a little delay - as with most VOIPs. I use my Google Voice # as my home telephone that I give out to everyone then reserve my Cellphone for close friends/family because Google Voice can block an unlimited # of telephone numbers.

    Since it's a relay service, not sure what you mean by lag - since the iPhone is really talking to Verizon THEN to Google Voice - yeah there's a little delay and sometimes its pretty bad but not too often. I haven't used those new apps like Talkatone. I've had big issues with reliability with those things so I tend to stay away from them.

    No, don't know of any service to replace Google Voice. I'd be happy to try one!

    I'm VERY disappointed with Google Voice. Before going public beta it removed TONS of features that we alpha? testers had for years (international SMS, etc...). It never added MMS and hasn't had much done to it for the last few years. Serious thumbs down imo.
     
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    But I don't think GV goes on WiFI or data network when it calls you back. I know you need an internet connection so the GV Connect app can be accessed.

    When it calls me back it's calling me back via voice. I get a call back.
     
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    GV definitely does not use data for voice calls.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought.

    When I get a callback then answer it then it rings to the number I called, what is the voice network?
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Talkatone
     
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    I tried and the quality is horrible.
     
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    BigMcGuire

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    My experience too. Plus pissed that they change my status to an advertising message for them.
     
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    Despite GV popularity with some people, it seems lackadaisical. The iPhone GV app gets, which seems essential for all features offered, only gets a 2 stars at the apps store, no obvious replacement.

    Is GV the next MobileMe?
     
  18. macrumors 68040

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    GV quality is the same as your regular phone calls. If you are using it as a voip with another app, like talktone, that service is to blame as the call is routed over data. That has nothing to do with GV itself.
     
  19. macrumors 601

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    Yeah no, am not concerned about VOIP.

    Am more concerned about having full access to GV's capabilities though my mobile handset than have to open up my laptop to do these management tasks.
     
  20. macrumors 65816

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    Use vonage to make calls. It makes calls over data and the quality is as good as a regular call for me. You can only make calls, not receive calls, but it saves a lot of minutes for me. You can use either your regular phone number or google voice for the outgoing caller ID and you get 3000 free minutes per month to any US number.
     

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