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Goodbye, Google Voice 166

Posted by timothy
from the your-mileage-may-vary dept.
itwbennett writes "The trouble with Google Voice is that the way we use phones has changed — and it hasn't kept up with the times: 'Fewer people have a mobile phone and a business line and a home line that might make One Number For All so. Text message costs (which are actually close to nothing) are almost always bundled into contract costs. Automatic voice transcription, while still a mean feat, is no longer such a magic trick,' writes Kevin Purdy in a blog post explaining why he's breaking up with Google Voice. The main problem is that, despite some very cool features, Google Voice doesn't play well with others — even apps in its own family. And it doesn't look as though that's going to get better anytime soon." I've been very happy with Google Voice for a few years now, and one reason is the transcribed voice messages, which may get hilariously garbled sometimes, but are almost always correct enough to be useful.
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Goodbye, Google Voice

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  • Fox News? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Like2Byte (542992) <.Like2Byte. .at. .yahoo.com.> on Saturday March 15, 2014 @06:38AM (#46490829) Homepage

    Is that you? To reiterate another poster's comment, this is just some dude's blog entry.

    Seriously? WTF with the headline, Timothy? Is /. Into sensationalist, eye-grabbing headlines now? How about maybe only showing comments 5 at a time while you're at it? That should garner some ad revenue. That title is *very* misleading.

  • by sanosuke001 (640243) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @06:43AM (#46490857)
    I use Google voice exclusively. It allows me to have a phone number separated from my service provider which I probably won't have forever (so I don't have to worry whether I'll be able to port my number over). It allows me to make phone calls from my computer for phone interviews and the like (headset/mic so I can type). It also allows me to text people without paying Verizon a dime for bullshit reasons.
  • by Inops (2888419) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @07:02AM (#46490903)
    Couldn't the Slashdot editors filter the bs from the titles? I suppose "Obscure tech writer stops using Google Voice..." doesn't have the same click rate.
  • Stupid Headline. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by krelvin (771644) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @07:10AM (#46490927)

    Say goodbye to Kevin Purdy.

    I use google voice a lot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2014 @07:48AM (#46491037)

    That's adorable. Back in my day your post would have been modded redundant for being absolutely obvious from reading the summary, and your reply would have been buried by the troll mods it received.

    That guy hasn't ruined slashdot as much as kids like you. Although I did enjoy the slight irony of calling someone autistic while displaying poor interpetation of emotion and empathy. Welcome to slashdot.

  • by Dan East (318230) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @08:24AM (#46491199) Homepage Journal

    MMS texts (and images) come through but only if sent from a Sprint phone. I was rather surprised one day when I received one - I assumed google finally added support for mms. It wasn't until after a lot of trial and error and sleuthing that I figured out it was only if the mms was from a sprint phone.

    The article is correct - google voice should be alerting someone (sender or receiver) the message wasn't delivered, but my hunch is that Sprint is providing the connectivity for Google Voice and they just throw away 3rd party MMS messages as part of the contract in order to keep bandwidth down.

  • Wait!... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by whisper_jeff (680366) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @08:31AM (#46491231)

    Wait! One dickhead stops using Google Voice and that earns a frontpage article on Slashdot??

    SERIOUSLY?!?

    Ok, come the fuck on!!!

    Can this site make even a minimal effort to not be total shit? For quite a long time, Slashdot was very educational and informative but, over the past few years, it has sunk to near-uselessness. It's only because some people steadfastly refuse to give up despite the fact they are fighting a losing battle that the site isn't entirely crap.

    One guy stops using Google Voice and that earns a Slashdot article.

    Wow.

  • kevin (Score:5, Insightful)

    by O('_')O_Bush (1162487) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @08:59AM (#46491375)
    Dear Kevin,

    That is pretty cool, I guess. Not that I care what you think.

    Signed,
    Everyone else
  • by GuitarNeophyte (636993) on Saturday March 15, 2014 @10:53AM (#46492093) Homepage Journal

    I am currently living outside of the U.S.. I still have a Google Voice number, because my permenant address is still in the United States. With Google Voice, we can make calls to people living in the United States still for free. That's a pretty epic usage.

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