Google Voice always charged 2 cents when calling USVI phone numbers (340) when using the application on the computer. However, I never had a problem with calling 340 with my phone! Today, I get a recording saying the phone call will cost 2 cents a minute. Now, since I live down here that makes it much more difficult. It’s also more difficult since I print that number on all my business stuff! I tried to remove it with Sprint Support and was unsuccessful. I will be weighing my options more this afternoon
Apparently Sprint and Google decided to fix the issue. It is working as it should again. No extra fees for texting or calling USVI numbers.
As most everyone knows, Skype crashed a few days ago. It does happen from time to time. One positive is they are willing to offer up credit. In my case, I got a $1 credit and 7 days extended on my subscription. The email originally said 30 minutes but I guess that works out to a buck.
I still find myself using Skype much more than google voice. I am still having random issues and the quality of google voice is hit or miss. However, Skype doesn’t seem to work with all IP systems. When I call certain businesses they can barely hear me. Unfortunately, I don’t know which businesses it is until I call them.
First off, Google Voice is suppose to integrate fully with an Android phone. Makes sense because it it’s Google’s operating system. I would hope so because I am so far disappointed in Google Voice on my blackberry. I have an 8310 Curve with AT&T.
Google Voice is a separate application that has very limited appeal. After the OTA download it is pretty straightforward. You login in to your google account which then brings up two tabs. Dialer and Inbox. The dialer is a call log of all the people that have called you on your Google
Voice number. Much the same way as the Inbox. Well, I haven’t really found much of a use for the inbox for text messages. The built-in messaging of the blackberry is far more intuitive then the listings in Google Voice.
In fact, I usually forget I even have the application on my phone. I really like the whole aspect
of text conversations being saved on the internet and my favorite being all my phones ring (skype and my cell). There are just too many bugs to be worked out.
First, I am happy that it displays the person’s name in Google Voice but when I check my regular messages a name doesn’t appear and area code 406 number shows. It can be confusing.
Overall, I’m very disappointed and hope they can add some more functionality. i want to see it incorporate it into the blackberry instead of being an app that runs on top the OS.