Judging by the comments in the post where Brad described his experiences with the Sprint + Google Voice integration after receiving his beta invite a few weeks ago, many peoples interest was piqued. Luckily, the wait is over for those of us who weren't fortunate enough to get an early invite to the program - they've now opened the doors for the rest of us.

The announcement comes courtesy of a post on the Google Voice blog, and outlines the 2 options available:

Option 1: Keep your Sprint number: Your Sprint number becomes your Google Voice number so that when people call your Sprint mobile number, it rings all the phones you want.

Option 2: Replace your Sprint number with your Google Voice number: All calls made and texts sent from your Sprint phone will display your Google Voice number.

In both cases, Google Voice replaces Sprint voicemail and international calls made from the Sprint phone will be connected by Google Voice.

Sounds exciting, doesn't it? But there are a few caveats - the most significant of which are that Google Voice doesn't handle MMS, and you'll receive double notifications. For a full primer, read Brad's post, and then the follow up in which he answers some common questions.

[Source: Google Voice Blog]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Darkside_Killer

    It is live now BUT the Sprint's customers of PUERTO RICO CAN NOT USE IT. It is not available for us. it is not fair.

    • borikua1977

      Estoy contigo somos cuidadanos de tercera y clientes de quinta sin 4g!!!!

    • Yankee

      In Puerto Rico all the residents are American Citizens and we pay the same rates in dollars, but they forget us. Please send a complaint to the FCC.

  • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

    BTW it won't do double notifications if you don't have notifications through SMS AND Google voice.

    I for one have all my SMS route through Google voice anyway since sometimes I send things through my PC and this way my history is synced.

    • Brandon

      if you send sms through the native messaging app your outgoing messages are still synced to gv. the opposite is not true, however.

  • modplan

    Not working if you get certain corporate discounts from your employer. I was really excited about this, but it is not worth giving up my 20% discount for.

    • James

      Unfortunately that seems to be the case, and it's not exactly publicized by Sprint or Google in announcements about integration becoming available. I've been following http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/voice/thread?tid=7ad48f87ce6228ae for info, and it looks like certain discounts are causing those accounts to be classified/categorized in such a way as to prevent integration with Google Voice. While it seems nice, integration is not important enough to me (and probably many others) to give up the discount; I'd much rather have a lower bill. But I've read that Sprint is working on this, so hopefully those of us with personal lines and these certain work discounts will become eligible to integrate eventually.

    • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

      odd. I have a corp. discount and I didn't have any problems with the integration. But then again I knew what I was getting into so Im not trying to undo anything.

  • Mike Ackerman

    I've been using it for a few weeks and am loving it. I have not received any double notifications.
    All SMS go through Google Voice which is really nice because I can use the web dashboard to read and respond. They show up on my mobile after sending.
    All MMS go through stock messaging app. I really don't care that they aren't in the same app.
    I also noticed that I normally get a notification through my gmail that I'm receiving a call on my PC a few seconds before the call even comes through on my mobile. Gives me even more time to screen!

    I suggest it and can't wait to see what new features have yet to come.

    • Brandon

      the delay is annoying for me. doesn't give you more time to screen, just less time to answer :/

  • Madiom

    Only thing I don't like is I cant use the messaging app of my choice (Handcent) and Lookout and Theft Aware are now useless since GV intercepts all texts before they hit my phone.

    • Brandon

      you should be able to use any messaging app you like, just enabled sms notifications on the GV site for your mobile.

      i'll have to test theft aware myself, i'm postive it will work with sms notifications enabled though.

      • Brandon

        I can confirm, theft aware works perfectly

  • Brandon

    Been using it for a few days now, after figuring out i needed to enable sms notifications on the GV site I have to say I'm liking it.

    Might suggest turning off phone screening, or changing settings so it doesn't affect frequent callers. Otherwise it seems to take far too long to answer the phone. People calling me were getting annoyed until I disabled it. There's still delay often times, but only a few seconds at the most.

    Couple things I don't like is I can't seem to figure out how GV divides up my conversations. Seems to randomly decide when it should start a new one for the same contact. Also native MMS support for the GV app would be nice. Last the GV app doesn't look very appealing as far as texting goes, but I'm sure that's just personal preference.

  • Dennis C

    My biggest concern: If I keep my Sprint number (Option 1) and then go to another carrier at some point in the future (ATT/Verizon/Etc) will I be able to keep that number when I port to the new service?

    The last few years, I tend to switch services a lot, but I've had the same mobile number since 1997 and I don't want to change it!

    • Dennis C

      I looked into it, it seems that since it isn't a straight "port" of the number, sprint still owns it so normal rules would apply.

      Moot point in the end, though. My account isn't eligible because I have an employee discount (military).

      I don't see why that should stop me, but whatever. Maybe they'll change their mind.


  • bk w/ bloody sauce

    so...Let's place bets now, how long will it be before Google buys Sprint?

    less than one year?
    1-5 years?

    My bet is 1-5!

  • Andy

    You will have to call Care to disable Call Tones or else integration will fail.

    Make sure you tell them to completely remove the SOC code.

    Spent a day and a half trying to get this to work before figuring out the Call Tones had to go.