1. Massie's Avatar
    Kind of surprised I haven't heard more chatter about this new addition to the Google Hangouts app: it now supports VOIP using your Google Voice number. In other words, you can make voice calls via the app and you're only using a data connection, NOT your phone minutes or voice plan. More from The Verge:

    In July Google gave Hangouts on the desktop a significant feature bump by rolling in the ability to make phone calls, and now an update to the iOS app is bringing the same functionality to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Calls are free within the United States and Canada, and users are also able to make and receive calls using their Google Voice number but the latter gets a bit tricky.

    A settings preference will cause incoming Google Voice calls to ring through the Hangouts app, but if you already have your Voice number forwarded to your regular phone you'll actually get two calls simultaneously: one from your iPhone's phone app, and another from Google Hangouts. Unlinking your Google Voice account from your regular number resolves the issue, of course. There's also no voicemail support, so while the new feature is welcome this doesn't appear to be a full Google Voice replacement just yet.

    On the regular messaging side, the update allows Hangouts users to send and receive animated GIFs that will play inline as well. Now that Google's ready to bring voice calling to mobile devices we have to imagine Android users will be getting the same ability soon but for the moment it is on iOS only.

    Update: A Google spokesperson let us know that, unlike using the Google Voice app, dialing and placing a call through using the Hangouts app uses data, but not any voice minutes. "If I type in a number, it sends data to Google and then Google actually calls the phone number," said Google in a statement. "This is different from what Google Voice does today (it actually dials a random number). So you're using data, not minutes from your carrier."


    As it happens, this comes just as I've canceled my AT&T contract, since I almost never use the traditional--and expensive--voice plan. Should be an interesting time going forward. Anyone else taking the plunge?
    10-19-2013 09:57 PM
  2. taz323's Avatar
    Thanks for the heads up. It's not something, I'd use at this time. But I'm interested to see how it works out.
    10-19-2013 10:22 PM
  3. BLiNK's Avatar
    interesting.. i'd be curious how much data is incurred within a phone call - say 10 minutes on the phone would be ___ kb/mb

    i have unlimited data with AT&T so it would be an issue for me but what about others that have limited data plans
    10-20-2013 09:00 AM
  4. acerace113's Avatar
    interesting.. i'd be curious how much data is incurred within a phone call - say 10 minutes on the phone would be ___ kb/mb

    i have unlimited data with AT&T so it would be an issue for me but what about others that have limited data plans
    IF it's using about the same amount of data as FaceTime audio then about 0.5 MB/minute.

    Your data speeds/tower congestion can be a factor for how much data is being used though


    Sent from my iPod touch (5th generation) or iPhone 4S using Tapatalk.
    10-20-2013 09:50 AM
  5. Massie's Avatar
    interesting.. i'd be curious how much data is incurred within a phone call - say 10 minutes on the phone would be ___ kb/mb

    i have unlimited data with AT&T so it would be an issue for me but what about others that have limited data plans
    I was actually thinking of a wifi only scenarioletting me ditch my plan entirely.
    10-20-2013 11:18 AM

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