Use your iPad as VoIP phone with Google Voice

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  1. hitekalex, Dec 14, 2010
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    I have been wanting to turn my iPad into a giant VoIP phone, for those occasions when my "real" cellphone isn't within reach.. I also want to use my Google Voice number to place and receive calls.

    Well, this is finally possible with these two apps that are now available on App Store:

    1) Talkatone - FREE app
    This is a very cool app - it brings Gmail VoIP calling to iPhone/iPad. So basically frees up GMail calling from.. well.. Gmail jail. When you place outbound calls - it uses your Google Voice number, as you would expect. To receive incoming calls, just configure your Google Voice to forward the calls to your Google Talk e-mail address. The app supports iOS4 background notifications, so you won't miss any calls when the app isn't in the foreground. The only minor quibble is that the app doesn't support native iPad resolution.. but not a big deal for a VoIP app. The voice quality seems pretty decent for a couple of calls I tried over my home WiFi network.

    2) GV Connect for iPad - $2.99
    This is a Google Voice client.. somewhat similar to Google's own app, but this one supports full iPad resolution, resulting in a much nicer iPad experience. The nice thing about this is that it integrates with Talkaphone for outbound calls. So, if you want to initiate a call - it will open Talkaphone and place a call.. without annoying callback, like you'd get with other similar apps. GV Connect isn't technically necessary if all you want to do is to make voice calls (can just use Talkaphone alone for that), but it's nice for SMS integration, voicemail and other GV goodies.

    With these 2 apps.. my iPad can now function as a full blown VoIP phone, fully integrated with my Google Voice number. All of this can also be done on an iPod Touch, perhaps taking us a step closer to terminating that cellphone carrier contract! :)

    Enjoy.
     
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  3. hitekalex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes.. did you actually read the original post?
     
  4. Airmark1 macrumors regular

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    GV Connect does rock.

    I'm trying the other now. This may truly complete my fondness of Google Voice.

    Thanks for the OP.
     
  5. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, great apps!


    Is it possible to have talk atone show the name of the contact calling? Really close to cancel my iphone plan.
     
  6. hitekalex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Talkatone supports local address book, so you dial-out via Contact List.. But it looks like right now, it only display the phone number of the incoming calls. Keep in mind - Talkatone is a pretty new app, so I am sure they will be adding more functionality in the future updates.
     
  7. ohsnap macrumors regular

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    Check out TruPhone, it has a native iPad app. Works great and allows you to top up your account for as little as $5. Until Skype, Fring, and a native GV app is released, this is the best VOIP available for the app. Plus it's free.
     
  8. hitekalex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    TruPhone is anything but free. They charge you $0.02/minute for landline calls. No thanks.

    There are many better and truly free options for iPad.. Whistle and Talkatone are completely free.
     
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    You forgot WHISTLE, this is totally free.

    It works great on my ipad, with BT.
     
  12. omyard macrumors regular

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    All the iPads have a mic.
     
  13. gocardsfan1 macrumors member

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    I'm having trouble with this part. Outgoing calls work perfectly, but when someone calls me I don't get a notification from the app. Where is the option in google voice to forward calls to my email? Thanks.
     
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  15. petercarlos macrumors newbie

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    Hello hitekalex,

    You can also go for Virtual PBX providers. The amount you are paying for the above said VoIP apps is very high as compared to the one-time setup fees that most of these providers charge. You shall be provided with a free app for an iOS platform. They even have plenty of features. You can imagine if I say you can run a call center business with this.
     
  16. hitekalex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Such as? I don't know who/what "virtual PBX providers" are - unless you provide specifics, this is meaningless.

    Huh? Free + $2.99 is hardly "very high" for most people.
     

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