Google Voice has been available as a browser based voice service since late January. But now, after over a year of waiting to receive approval from their arch-enemy, the Google Voice app is finally available for download from Apple App Store!
The new app gives you all the same features as the browser-based service such as, "Cheap rates" for international calls, free texting to US and Canadian phone numbers, voicemail transcription and the ability to display your Google Voice number on caller IDs. New features, to make the experience more appealing on iPhones are push notifications when you receive texts and voicemails, placing most of your calls using direct access numbers, which makes placing calls faster by side-stepping the need to access Google Voice servers.
In order to use the service on your iPhone you'll need to download the app and have an active Google Voice account. Don't worry, you don't have to pay anything unless you want to make international calls, which can cost anywhere between $0.02 and $0.80 per minute, other than that it's free!
This all seems well and good, but random chatter posted around the web, regarding the new app, note some pretty serious bugs that need to be worked out. Some users have said the app is still making calls and sending text messages through their AT&T service, entirely defeating the purpose of the app. Have you used Google Voice on your iPhone yet? Are you having these problems? Let us know in the comments below!