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:
- Use YateClient to chat with buddies on Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and Jabber.
- Full features softphone, which supports Jingle, SIP, H.323, and IAX telephony protocols.
- Unlike several other free SIP clients that allow 1 or 2 SIP account, you can add unlimited accounts on YateClient.
- For all these great features, YateClient is available for FREE.
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.
Next, make sure that you are using YateClient in the Advanced Mode.
Finally, go to the telephony tab, choose your Google Voice account and None as the protocol and make call.
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.