If you still use Google Voice, the service is getting a new feature soon, and Google is currently in the process of beta testing it.
Google has green-lit a beta test for Wi-Fi Calling in Google Voice. With this particular feature, Google Voice users will be able to make a call from a variety of different devices as long as they are connected to the internet.
Beta tests are for Android users and folks using Google Voice on the web. If you are using it from a computer, you’ll need to be using Chrome for now. Support for other browsers, like Safari and Firefox, is coming soon. iOS support is coming at some point in the future as well.
The beta test is open now, so if you want to participate in the pre-release tests you can do so by filling out this form. You will need to update your Google Voice app after you sign up and then you’ll get an email that will let you know what to do next.
This is a beta test, so Google has already compiled some known issues:
- Obihai devices won’t work if you enable calling over Wi-Fi (e.g. Incoming calls won’t ring your Obihai phone if you turn on calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data)
- You won’t be able to use incoming call options (call recording & call transfer) when you enable calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data
- On your computer, Wi-Fi calling only work with Chrome. Support for Firefox, Safari and Edge coming soon!
There are some issues with Bluetooth on Android devices as well:
- You won’t be able to use the buttons on your bluetooth device to answer calls or hang up
- Unable to use earpiece mode when a bluetooth device is paired
- Depending on your Android version, your calls might drop if you try to switch between Bluetooth and speakerphone
Are you going to check out the beta test for Google Voice?