It's time for me to make the move to Google Voice + VoIP

I'm giving Google Voice another shot (and maybe you should too)

After picking up the Galaxy Note, I realized that I am tired of being tethered to one device. While I have some of the best Android devices on the market (Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Transformer Prime), I can only phone and text on one device (the Nexus).

To combat this, I have been researching (and am planning on attempting) switching to almost 100% VoIP, using Google Voice for my text messaging carrier and then being able to grab any device and take it with me. When I was a Sprint customer I used Google Voice to a great deal of success - their integration is unparalleled, and I enjoyed accessing my Google Voice text messages from the desktop or tablet (it makes checking your phone in meetings a thing of the past).

In the past, the Google Voice app wasn't all that great, but some recent upgrades have made it a lot better (and more useful). Offline storage and syncing are possible, allowing you to listen to voicemail and respond to texts even with spotty reception (a win).

GrooVe IP seamlessly integrates into your Google Voice and allows you to make calls

To accomplish this, I plan to port my Verizon number to Google Voice, and use the $4.99 Android app GrooVe IP to make and receive calls. I will also have the settings to forward to my landline during the day, and then keep it moving whenever (and wherever) I want.

If you've got any experience, or knowledge of using these products, I would greatly appreciate it! I will start this process next week, so check back for a follow on post.

About Ryan Kamauff

Ryan Kamauff is a senior analyst with Crucial Point LLC. He produces technology focused content for and reports on analytical megatrends at the new analysis focused Analyst One.

Anne meyer
Anne meyer 5pts

Enjoyed this post, since I'm thinking of attempting same. Well, I have this vague idea something's possible that includes VOIP, google voice, groove ip, and an improvement in voice quality on my nexus galaxy. Not so sure what that something IS...sure sounds like you DO, so, I hope you'll pass on any step-by-steps-for-confused-matrons you might come across! Thanks for the post--