Google Voice Improvements Lead to Faster Dialing

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Google has released an updated Google Voice has been updated on BlackBerry and Android phones. The new version will reduce the amount of time it takes for a user to make a call via the service.

Google Voice is the service that Google acquired when it was GrandCentral. It allows you to receive a call on your Google Voice number, and have it directed to a number of phones, or straight to voicemail, depending on the caller. You can also call with that number, and have it display as your GV number, not your actual number. Access can be via the web, or an app, and when GV records a VM it will email or text message you.

In the past, Google said, Google Voice had to ping Google's servers to send them the number you were calling, and then make the call via an access number. You probasbly noticed this functionality when Google Voice dialed. No longer, with what Google calls "direct access numbers."
With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.
What you see now, when you use Google Voice, is the app giving you a status message about some unrecognized phone number (which is the access number), before it updates to show it is dialing the correct number.

It's faster, and not, of course, available as a native app on the iPhone (due to Apple's App Store policies). Remember, however, that although Google Voice recently opened to all out of closed beta, it's still only available in the U.S.
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AKwyn replied on Sun, Jul 25 2010 3:33 PM

That's very good news for people using Google Voice, now if only there was a way I could use the service as my landline.


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Inspector replied on Sun, Jul 25 2010 3:46 PM

Were you excited when you wrote this? xD. the first line has repeated words xD

Would be useful for those that use it. i really didn't see a point in using Google voice in the first place so :D.

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acarzt replied on Sun, Jul 25 2010 4:49 PM

It's for privacy, if you don't want to give out your real phone number.

People can do a reverse lookup on you by your real phone number and get a lot of information on you.

But the thing that has somewhat puzzled me is that it states each person you call wll get a unique number.... Is this the number they would call you back on? And with enough usage, wouldn't this eventually cause a shortage on numbers?

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