Filed Under (technology) by djByron on 05-19-2011
Tagged Under : google voice, how to, sprint
A month ago: I was a HTC EVO owner who loved being able to use Google Voice on a call-by-call basis (outgoing calls).
This week: I purchase a Nexus and upon setting up Google Voice (like I had done a few times before) I find to my dismay that it completely overtakes my phone. Meaning all calls and text/sms messages are now being sent from my Google Voice number.
Being that the phone is a week old on Sprint I couldn’t find a straight answer to my problem of being able to toggle Google voice on/off and at the very least send text messages from my Sprint number.
After logging in to my Google Voice account settings I found that the deep Sprint / Google Voice integration had been enabled during the setup process of the GV mobile app. Granted this might be what most people want to happen, but I did not. I disabled the integration from the GV website and signed out on the GV app on my phone. This finall allowed me to make calls and send SMS/MMS from my Sprint number. Now at least I was back to ground level.
But this didn’t solve my problem of having the OPTION of making calls via Google Voice.
So I stumbled upon something iteresting…
I went to the Android Market (on my phone) and found that the Google Voice app had the option to “install”. Funny, wasn’t Google Voice already installed on my phone (yes)? I went into my phone’s settings and found that there was no option to remove the current Google Voice app so I began to connect the dots The Voice app that ships with the Sprint Nexus S 4G must be made especially for the partnership between Sprint and Google (voice).
I decided to take a chance and install the Google Voice app found in the Android Market. (When I say “chance” I mean only in the sense that I could end up bonking up the current Voice integration or end up with two versions of the Voice app on my phone). Upon installation I ran the newly installed Market version of Voice and I got the familiar setup dialog asking me how I wanted to make calls. Among these options was the option I was searching for: “ask every time I make a call”.
Now my phone is set up as it was when I was using my EVO.
- All text/SMS/MMS are being sent from my Sprint number (note of course that I can still send SMS via the Google Voice app if I want to go that route).
- All calls begin with a prompt “Call with Google Voice” OR “Call without Google Voice” so I can choose how I appear to callers.
For those who may be wondering why this was an issue with me to begin with. I tend to give my numbers out selectively. Family and friends have my carrier number while business clients / co-workers have my Google Voice number and I like to be able to call as one of those two identities on a call-by-call basis. I know that GV has the option of grouping and blacklisting (spam) callers but I’m not ready to all my eggs in the Google basket at this point.