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Google Voice as outgoing number

Just got the phone a couple of days ago; love the handset and enjoying the service and interface/integration with the OS. I would like for there to be a way to set my Google Voice number as the one outgoing with calls without having to go through the port process, nor without having to purchase a cellular pass. That would make the service perfect.

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Michael Dequina Answered

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Hello Michael,

Thank you for sharing this idea. We will look into it and see what can be done.

Patrick Roberts 0 votes
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This is possible using any of the web versions of Google Voice (i.e. just use your Photon Q's Chrome browser to go to voice.google.com). I have yet to download the Google Voice app from the Play Store, but it should probably be possible to achieve this using that app as well. I would be careful going that route though; some of the reviews indicate there may be issues with it right now. I have also had issues trying to get texts to come from my Google Voice number using the hangouts and default text app (appears to show a seemingly random number to the other party), but I have not been able to test that as much and have yet to try the Google Voice web app for texting on my Photon Q.

Perry-David van Dillen 0 votes
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The Google Voice app requires cellular access, so it alone apparently can't be used on Scratch without a pass. I have been using a callback app to connect with GV before dialing out to the desired number over a free wi-fi call, and it works well though it does add an extra step. Needless to say, apps such as GrooVeIP also work, but given the uncertain future of that beyond mid-May, that's a solution I don't want to rely on, and it would be nice to be able to seamlessly call out with the GV number as outgoing.

Michael Dequina 0 votes
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Thanks for the info about the Google Voice app requiring cellular access. Have you tried using the GV web app? It might be a little more seamless than your callback app method. The modern mobile version lets you make the call from the default dialer on the Photon Q by generating a phone# to call and then does all the connecting for you (it's pretty nifty and the other party sees just your GV phone#). The old mobile version does the same thing the desktop version does and just calls your Photon Q and dials the other number once you've answered.

Perry-David van Dillen 0 votes
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Yes, I have tried using the GV web app, and in theory it would be more seamless, but the big shortcoming is that you have to manually punch in or first go to contacts on the Google site for the number to dial, so it actually adds (several) step(s) since you can't easily dial saved contacts.

Michael Dequina 0 votes
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I have finally figured out a way to make this work! It requires a bit of work up front, but after that the experience is pretty seamless and you can just dial and text people from your own contacts list saved on the phone and it will show GV as your outgoing number.

While on Wi-Fi, first log in to the GV web app using the Chrome browser on your phone. Find the person you want to be able to call or text showing your GV number as the outgoing phone#. You can either click on their name from the contacts list or just type in their phone number on the dial pad in the web app. After that, click on the green call button in the GV web app. It will pull up the phone's native dialer and show a seemingly random phone#. You will want to add this number to your phone's contacts. A quick way to do it from this screen is by clicking on the three dots for more options, then on add to contacts. If you already have a phone# for this contact in your phone choose existing contact, otherwise choose new contact. For easy reference in the future change the label from mobile to custom (I use "GV Assigned" for these GV generated numbers). Next time you need to call this contact choose the GV Assigned number (or whatever custom label you chose) and it will show your Google Voice number in their caller ID. This is true when texting as well. A bonus is that their name will also show in caller ID anytime they text your GV number, instead of the (seemingly) random string of numbers that used to show.

Perry-David van Dillen 1 vote
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@ Perry-David van Dillen

Thank you for sharing this with us. I have been using the Google provided numbers to text my contacts for months now but I have never thought about calling them.

Great great find.

Patrick Roberts 0 votes
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Thanks, Patrick! I had been doing the same for a few months too. You can also add the GV assigned number to your contacts straight from the texting app.

Perry-David van Dillen 0 votes
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