Google voice app for OS X (not iOS)

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  1. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    OK,

    I've searched a bit and all i get is iPhone and iPad related stuff. I want an app or setup of my mac that will let me use google voice as voip. Please,don't suggest Skype either.

    MS has fubar'd Skype so much now I just hate to use it, and honestly, if I've paid for Skype and am willing to use it, there's no point in google voice.

    I'd really like to be able to initiate and answer calls to my gv number on my mac, without having to leave gmail open in a browser all the time.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Have you looked at GrowlVoice - Google Voice Client?

    I agree the newest Skype version leaves much to be desired, which is why I'm sticking with version 2.8.0.866.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    GrowlVoice is not a VOIP client.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Quite right. I missed that.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I am not aware of a way to do this any longer. It was possible using Gizmo5 as a SIP client, but Google bought them and shut it down.

    I use this widget in OS X to make calls with GV, although it is not VOIP and still requires another phone line of some sort. I just start typing the call recipient's name in the widget then click which GV associated phone I want to use and the call connects to the two lines.

    Say I start to "b m c" and your number (from my address book) pops up... I then click mobile and GV will call my mobile phone. As soon as I answer my mobile phone it starts ringing you.

    Not what you are after I know, but I think the closest you will get.
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Have you tried calling from the Gmail web page? I thought that was still working...
     
  7. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    Right you can make and receive calls from/to your Google Voice in the Gmail client.
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    But he doesn't want his browser open all the time...

    Well, something's gotta be running.
     
  9. bmcgonag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    All of you guys rule. I'll give a couple of your ideas a try. I have a sip number through IPKall, if I can just find a decent SIP client now, (most take to long to make the connection when I call in from GV) so it goes to voicemail on my iPhone too quickly...

    Anyway, maybe I can get it to ring back to my IPKall number then answer, may just have to disable the forwarding to iPhone until I'm done using the computer.

    If any of you know how to extend how long the iPHone will ring before voicemail picks up, that would be a handy tip as well.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Here is how to do it with AT&T if that is your carrier.
     
  11. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    VM is a carrier feature and your carrier controls the length of time that your phone rings before calls go to voicemail. The link above has details on the feature code (*61) that works with some GSM carriers.
     
  12. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure that in your obsolete version are no security vulnerabilities?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I have no security worries at all, since I practice safe computing.
     
  14. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502

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    and that's?
     
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