Today’s technology has made it a lot easier for people to enjoy conversing with one another without worrying about incurring expensive monthly fees. This is all thanks to Wi-Fi calling, which allows users to talk over the phone without running out of monthly minute allocations. The prevalence of this service has made people heavily rely on apps like Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and many others.
It looks like Google is joining in on the bandwagon by offering its own Google Voice service. The possibility of this new service was first discussed a couple of months ago through hunches and rumors. But with today’s news, it looks like Google is really serious about making this service available to its users across smartphones and tablets.
Earlier today, Google announced that it was looking for beta testers of its newest Google Voice service. If you are interested to be among the first to try out Wi-Fi and mobile data calling offered by Google, all you need to do is sign up on their website to be a beta tester. You also need to have an updated Google Voice app running on your device so you can be part of this revolutionary service.
As of this writing, the feature isn’t live yet. But once you’ve filled out the form and updated your Google Voice app, you’ll be among the first to receive an email once their Wi-Fi calling service becomes available. You’ll then be able to make calls using the service. As a beta tester, you’ll be expected to submit feedback of your experience.
Google has confirmed that outgoing calls can be made via the regular dialer found on your phone. You just have to set it up in advance to work with your SIM number or Google Voice line. When you make a call, you will be prompted for your choice. Once you have activated the data-call mode, the calls you make with data will be initiated within the Google Voice app.
Google also reminds users that the service isn’t compatible to work with Obihai VoIP hardware. Any calls made through Hangouts will require manually muting the app’s ringer. Lastly, 911 isn’t supported by this app. In times of an emergency, you’ll have to use your main dialer to call for help.
Right off the bat, data-based Google Voice calls will work with Android phones, tablets, and devices that don’t have cellular radios. As for iOS voice data calls, there’s not enough information available on this yet but Google promises it’ll be coming soon.
Source: Android Police