We love some good competition around here and GoVoice, the original Google Voice application for Windows Phone 7, has gone 2.0 this morning making it quite attractive for those who rely on Google Voice services.
The big change is the use of GVMax, a donation-supported service that will handle the "pushing" of Google SMS and voicemail notifications to your phone (here's an overview of the service by LifeHacker). In conjunction with the live tile counter, GoVoice is the most full featured Google Voice app currently on the market (though we imagine the similarly named GVoice is going to try and play catch up real soon). You'll have to take a few minutes to set up GVMax, but it's quite painless from our experience.
The program is currently $2.99, though the developer, Nick Yu, is aiming to make it free while the push-service will cost $1.99 a year.
We'll be doing a review roundup of all the Google Voice apps currently available shortly. Stay tuned. Click here to open Zune Desktop to grab the free trial.
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With GV sending me emails of transcribed messages and those messages coming to my phone, I am not sure the point of the GV apps. Sure, I can manage my GV account from my phone, but it is faster from the PC or Mac.
Well, some of us like make phone calls with GoVoice and use it for free SMS messages. Those are pretty big reasons for a few of us!
I still like gvoice better
GVoice has a lot of potential: fast, nice contact pics, etc. But the dialer is bad (can't lookup contacts) and it needs some refinement, imo.
Is it true that you can't receive SMS notifications from this app if you have 3G disabled and Wi-Fi on? That would suck, considering it looks like WP7 guzzles way more than 200MB worth of data per month. (I'm still trying to get past the fact that WP7 disables its Wi-Fi connection when the phone is locked.)
About what dgduris said, I agree that Google Voice's ability to notify you with transcriptions of VMs via e-mail or text message tends to diminish the need for a live tile for GoVoice. I prefer an e-mail, because the texts usually get spread over two or more messages. And I'm not sure how I feel about giving my login information to third party GVMax just to get a live tile notification. However, GoVoice allows me to easily listen to and manage my VMs, which is necessary because the transcriptions are not always 100 percent accurate. Could someone explain the other benefit, i.e. sending free SMS and voice calls?
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