Although Apple has once again bowed to AT&T corporate pressure and banned Google Voice and all related apps from the App Store, you can still harness the power of Google Voice for your iPhone.
Go to Cydia – a kind of “grey” app store for iPhone – and get GV Mobile. It’s free on Cydia, and it optimizes Google Voice for the iPhone. This is where I picked up my version of GV Mobile, and I’m loving Google Voice. It’s a powerful communication tool that takes advantage of the power of a smart phone.
Google Voice is a groundbreaking application that gives you a free phone number you give out as your cell phone number. Regardless of how often you change phones or providers, this number stays the same. Now you aren’t tied to any particular provider.
You can change your Google Voice settings at any time and have your calls forwarded to any phone number you’d like – landline or wireless. It gives you free text messaging, free domestic calls and low priced international calls – all these features leading to the flak from AT & T.
As for Apple, coming from a company that is built on innovation and pushing the envelope, this and similar profits-driven decisions in the recent past are painting the company out of the innovator category and into the corporate profits at all cost box.
Google’s own app was never approved by Apple, but GV Mobile originally had approval – then AT&T stepped in. Before the official Google app was completed, GV Mobile was yanked, and the official app was rejected.
You do have to “jailbreak” your iPhone to use Cydia apps. It’s a reversible technique, but it does void the warranty on your phone.
If you have an Android phone or a BlackBerry, then you’ve got no problems – there are Google Voice apps for both platforms that came out earlier in July. You know we like the Android platform, and this illustrates another reason that it is gaining strength in the smartphone marketplace.
There’s also a web-based Google Voice application. You can manage your Google Voice mail from your iPhone with the web app, too. So far there are some glitches using a Windows Mobile phone with the web app.
Whatever you do to utilize Google Voice, you are going to be hooked on the service. It’s smooth, it’s simple, and it’s going to change the way you communicate.
Here are the screenshots from my iPhone: