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Make Google Voice calls without using local cell phone minutes using YateClient [Video Tutorial]

By Alok Saboo on March 22nd, 2011

Our recent tutorial on making calls to Google Voice (GV) using the SIP URI generated lot of excitement. Unfortunately, for all of us, Google decided to pull the plug on the feature and the Google Voice SIP server stopped responding in less than a day of publishing the post. Well, if you have been missing the GV – SIP interface, help is on its way!! Today, we review yet another way to make calls using your Google Voice account without using traditional phone lines, thereby saving you local plan minutes while using Google Voice.

All you need for this tutorial is a FREE SIP client from Yate (Yet Another Telephone Engine), so go ahead and download the YateClient (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux). YateClient is a full featured SIP softphone and it also includes an IM client. Key features of YateClient:

  1. Use YateClient to chat with buddies on Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and Jabber.
  2. Full features softphone, which supports Jingle, SIP, H.323, and IAX telephony protocols.
  3. Unlike several other free SIP clients that allow 1 or 2 SIP account, you can add unlimited accounts on YateClient.
  4. For all these great features, YateClient is available for FREE.

YateClient - Free SIP client from Yate

While the above features are great in their themselves, the focus of this article is to highlight another cool feature of YateClient that is not available in any other SIP softphone (even paid ones) – the ability to make calls through your Google Voice account. So, let’s get started.

Once, you have downloaded and installed YateClient, you can add the Google Voice account that you wish to use.

YateClient_Add_GV_Account1

YateClient_Add_GV_Account2

YateClient_Add_GV_Account3

Next, make sure that you are using YateClient in the Advanced Mode.

YateClient_Advanced_Mode

Finally, go to the telephony tab, choose your Google Voice account and None as the protocol and make call.

YateClient_Make_GV_calls

The following video tutorial provides a detailed walkthrough of the entire process. Please note that you can not receive Google Voice calls at the moment.

Clearly, there is lot of interest in Google Voice – SIP interoperability. I hope Google is listening to the feedback and provides an easy way to interface GV with other services.

  • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

    Your welcome :)

  • http://twitter.com/hiphoneshop hiphoneshop

    It’s not working for me when trying to add gmail account (with or without @ gmail dot com). Always tells me “Failed to connect account ‘jabber: xxx@gmail.com‘ remote-server-not-found”

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Where are you located and do you have Google Voice activated on your account?

      • http://twitter.com/hiphoneshop hiphoneshop

        In California, and yes GV is activated in my account. I can place calls from within gmail showing my GV number.

      • http://twitter.com/hiphoneshop hiphoneshop

        I’ve figured it out. I followed Citron IM’s setting and set up Yate gtalk advanced to server as talk.google.com and port as 5222. and voila I’m in. Thanks.

        • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

          Glad it worked for you….thanks for the details!!

  • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

    I am using YateClient on Win 7 (albeit 32-bit) and it is working perfectly for me. Are you able to install the client and log-in to GV account?

  • Thegeeklike

    hi everyone i’am from algeria i have gmail and gv activated and when i try this tutorial

    it shows this message “jabber: xxx@gmail.com‘ remote-server-not-found”

    should i create a jabber account ? ( jabber.com redirect me on cisco website … )

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Look at the comment by hiphoneshop….you may want to try that.

    • Noemailaddress

      Hello I’m from Algeria too and Yate client works quite properly here ,there’s no need to register with Jabber to have Google voice work for you as far as I know

      Abdelhakim Ben Med

      • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

        Thanks for clarifying…..

      • Thegeeklike

        can i have your settings ? domain ? server ? port ?

        • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

          You do not need any settings…Yate automatically configures your account.

  • Thegeeklike

    sorry to re comment , well i dont know what happen but i downloaded gtalk and logged in with it after that the yate client worked i dont know what happen anyway thanks everyone

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Glad it worked for you :-)

  • Shalini

    Hi Alok

    Can u please help me… Why call disconnect every five min

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Shalini, where are you calling from? Someone else mentioned the exact same thing that the calls were disconnected after 5 minutes. Would love to explore this further and get to the heart of the matter.

      • Shalini

        HI alok

        I m using it from INDIA

        • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

          That’s what I thought. Google seems to doing IP checks for Google Voice. See the comments on using Talktatone to make Google Voice calls from India.

          • Shalini

            but i m using dummy IP

          • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

            Dummy? The IP address that you used to leave this comment suggests that you are India, so wondering are you using any VPN? You can use this tool to check your IP information (http://www.geoiptool.com/en/)

      • Jeff

        I am having the same issue, whether initiating Google Voice calls using YATE in either California or Mexico. After exactly 5 minutes of being connected, the call disconnects. When I make a call from the Google Voice webpage to a sip number that is also configured on my YATE client, the connection remains constant.

        • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

          Thanks for the update!! I tried to replicate the issue and indeed the calls are terminated after exactly 5 minutes. I have informed the developers and they are investigating the issue. Will keep you posted.

          Meanwhile, please let the feedback coming. This will be invaluable for the developers to improve Yate and provide us with a better experience.

  • dipgood

    does this client support call from indian ISPs ? according to google voice website, google voice only works for few countries like US,Canada,Australia,UK and etc…?

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      The client will work only if Google Voice is enabled on your account.

  • http://yate.null.ro Diana Cionoiu

    Thank you every one for the report regarding the 5 minutes issue. We will make a release on 11 April 2011 which name is going to be Yate 3.3.2. You can download it from the same place as always: http://yate.null.ro

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Thanks Diana for the update!!

    • Charley

      Thanks. Waiting for it. :)

    • Charley

      Hi Diana

      That version isn’t there. Can you tell me when you will upload it ?

      Thanks

    • http://yate.null.ro Diana Cionoiu

      Ok. The version 3.3.2 it’s there. Enjoy it :)

      • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

        Thanks!!

  • Dipanjan

    its 12th april .. and diana promised fro the YATE new version to be out by 11th .. :P still waiting .. :)

    • Dipanjan

      ya its there now i downloaded and thank yu diana.. the problem is fixed

    • Ana

      I think Diana made a mistake about the date, she thought it was the 10th when she said about the release.

  • Linux user

    Google voice/video chat works perfect on my fedora 15, even with my brand new Logitech C910!! Google many thanks for this great piece of engineering work.

  • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

    Where are you based and are you getting any error messages?

  • Charley

    Wish you a very happy new year, Alok.
    Can you let me know, which software like Yate to call India using Google Voice for Symbian & Android phones. Thanks

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Wish you a very happy new year as well!!

      For Android, you can use Groove IP to make or receive calls using Google Voice. I am not sure if there are any such alternatives for Symbian.

  • Criti07

    Hello, when I try to call to Canada it rings once… My neighboor is using the same program to call to EEUU and it’s working pretty well; can you help me please. Gracias. From Colombia

    • http://truvoipbuzz.com Alok Saboo

      Are you able to make calls to any other destination? Also, try using another wifi network to identify the culprit.

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