I’ve been using Google Voice since it was owned by Grand Central. It is a great platform for managing free calls, SMS, and contacts with intelligence. Now Google Voice lets you port your mobile number from your carrier to Google as well. This way, your voicemail is accessible from the cloud. By allowing Google Voice to manage my voicemail, it solves my issue with AT&T which prevents me from receiving voicemail notifications. Once you receive a voicemail, you can be alerted a number of ways by transcribed email or SMS text messages.
Google Voice can let you have a single phone number that automatically rings to your mobile, work, home and other phones based on rules and settings. For example, calls from your kids will ring all numbers while office related contacts only ring your work number.
The process to move your carrier number to Google Voice requires a few steps. However, it is very worth it in the end.
Dammit. I just spent $2.99 on an app to give me push Gmail on my iPhone and then Google goes and adds that capability through Google Sync. Damn you Google, for making what used to cost money free. Details at the Google Mobile blog. Thanks to TechCrunch for alerting me.
If you have GSync already set up on your iPhone, all you have to do is go to the Exchange entry and activate the Mail option. Simple!
Warning – the Google mobile blog servers are apparently mobbed right now, cause performance is slow slow slow.
UPDATE: In the 20 minutes since I activated this service, I’ve noticed three things.
You don’t get a popup alert on your screen when new emails come in. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view. You will get a buzz indicating new mail (if your iPhone is set up for that).
There is a definite lag between receipt of email and Google pushing it to your iPhone. It’s not huge but it can be a couple minutes. I’m curious as to if this is due to the newness of the service or if it’s normal lag due to using Exchange. It’s no different than what sometimes happens with the Blackberry, so unless you’re OCD about your email you probably won’t notice it.
My Yahoo push email has apparently never worked properly and for whatever reason I do not get my Yahoo mails pushed to my iPhone. I only noticed this because of how Google’s push works. Luckily I don’t care about my Yahoo accounts, since they serve as repositories of spam and junk emails for various signup lists. Plus all my porn user names and passwords.
After years of anticipation, green technology and gadget enthusiasts will finally see the implementation of a cell phone powered by solar panels on its backside. A company called HiTech Wealth has released the product, and the solar cell phone can be yours for the price of $510. The solar cell phone includes all of the features that have become standard in cell phones such as a camera, mp3 playing capabilities, text messaging, and web browsing.
The solar cell phone’s batter is chargeable by an type of light, whether indoor, outdoor, or even candlelight (according to ecogeek.org). HiTech Wealth reports that this phone is just the first of many to be released and designed over the course of 2009. Eco-gadget enthusiasts however, will have to wait for quite a while to get their hands on one. The solar cell phone is only for sale in emerging countries where electricity hubs are more difficult to come by. Until then, people in more developed countries will have to rely on their electicity sucking mobile devices.
Google Sync is a cloud service that keeps your Google Contacts and Calendar in sync wirelessly on your iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian, or Windows Mobile phone. This is a much needed service since there are not many solutions for syncing to the cloud besides NuevaSync
Microsoft Exchange server is required for Google Sync to store all of your contact and calendar data over the air in another example of their “cloud computing”. When adding a new appointment on your desktop, Google Sync will push the update to your phone. Alternatively, when you make a change to your phone contacts or calender, it is automatically synced to your Google account in the cloud.
Right now Google’s sync is compatible with the iPhone (or iPod touch, incidentally), BlackBerry, Nokia S60, Nokia standard, Sony Ericsson, or Windows Mobile phone. Check out their site for instructions. Google Sync Beta for your mobile phone
Synchronize your contacts. Get your Google contacts quickly and easily to your phone. With Sync, you can have access to your address book at anytime and place that you need it.
Get calendar alerts. Using your phone’s native calendar, you can now access your Google calendar, and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration.
Always in sync. Your contacts stay synchronized whether you access them from your phone or from your computer. Add or edit contact information right on your device or on your Google account on the web.
We’d love to hear your comments and see how it works for you and your phone.