By Alok Saboo on September 1st, 2009
Apple’s rejection of a native Google Voice app has caused a furor in the blogosphere. Not only has Apple rejected Google’s app, it has also removed other apps such as VoiceCentral, GV Dialer, or GV Mobile from the app store, leaving you with little option to use Google Voice. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you could download GV Mobile from Cydia and use it. If you do not have a jailbroken device (and do not want to jailbreak it for some reason), you are not out of luck. While Google is preparing the web-based version of Google Voice, we already have another third party web-based Google Voice app for you.
Today we are reviewing on of the first web-based Google Voice app – GVIS Google Voice web app. GVIS is a web based app, meaning it will run on Safari. But, the GVIS web page has the look and feel of a native iPhone app. We decided to test GVIS and here is our observation.
- To use GVIS, just point your Safari browser to https://gvisapp.appspot.com/
- You will be presented with a login screen, where you will have to enter your Google Voice credentials. Enter your GV credentials and your iPhone number. Please note that you can enter any other number on which you want to receive calls here.
- After you click “Save Settings”, you will see the familiar dialer.
- To make a call, just dial the number like you would normally dial and press the “Call” button. You will then receive a call from your Google Voice number and once you accept the call, GV will connect you with the other party (the number you dialed).
- You can also click on settings to see some other features of the app. You can see your Google Voice contacts.
As you can see the app is very rudimentary, no text messages (SMS), no access to your iPhone address book, no call history, no SMS history, etc. But it does provide you with the basic functionality of making calls using Google Voice and it does that well. I am hoping that the developer will add more functionality soon.
Till Google comes out with its own version, this is a decent option. The app should also give you a feel of how the official web-based Google Voice app would look like. So try it out and share your comments.