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Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ?

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Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? ethy 8/26/10 11:58 AM
Explain your issue in full detail here:
Please excuse my ignorance, but I'm getting very confused.  What is the difference between all of the above (and I forgot to add:  Google Chat)?  Is there an article which will explain the differences or similarities?  Or perhaps when is it best to use which?

I do have a Gmail account, Google Voice (and I get confused whether to load Voice or Gmail for my msgs as both seem to load separately). 

Appreciate any referrals to articles, blogs, whatever, easy to understand please?

Thanks.


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Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? iptouchy 8/26/10 10:46 PM
I got here while looking for the same information. One thing I know that distinguishes Google voice is that you get a unique phone number and you don't need to use a computer to phone.
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? alex 8/27/10 12:43 AM
Google Talk uses the Jabber protocol to chat with other people. You can only call other people that have the Google Talk client installed (Windows-only).

Google Voice requires an existing phone number and it adds new features: online voicemail, free SMS, call screening, call forwarding etc. You still need a phone to use Google Voice.

Gmail Chat's new feature no longer requires an existing phone number and it no longer requires a phone. It's a VoIP service, just like Skype. You can make calls from Gmail and also receive calls if you have a Google Voice phone number. Until 2011, Gmail offers free calls to the US and Canada.
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? ethy 8/29/10 12:03 PM
Ahhhh!  Thanks so much Alex!  (You nearly lost me at 'Jabber protocol' but I got the gist from the rest of your explanation!.  Thanks.
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? ethy 8/29/10 12:06 PM
Oh boy - this is like Pandora's box!    

So I thought I read (correct me if I'm wrong) that I could also (somehow) dial out on a phone using Google Voice, yes?  No?  (I think it was something about dialing special numbers?  Don't recall.)
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? Chazz99 8/30/10 4:38 PM
Pandors's box!  Haha.  If only a Google Chat/Talk/Voice popup would jump up and appear on my screen like Skype or Gizmo5  so that I could make calls and receive them in one place without having to login to all these seperate accounts.  I have had Gvoice for several months and have tried to use it to make calls  but no good for me since it is linked to my pay-as-you-go cell phone  and the calls cost $0.20/min  even though google says they are 'free'.  I then linked my Skype to Gvoice number for 'caller ID' function  and that works. However, people calling me back go into Gvoice voicemail and it sends an e-mail to my Gmail and hotmail accounts. This is not as useful as my 'MagicJack' which rings on my computer if I'm on-line and I can answer it. I think Gizmo5 (which Google bought last year) used to work like that. Then I heard that we could make phone calls from the Gmail account on Gchat/Gtalk. It took a while to download the app and get it to work since it required an Active-X app  which my browser was blocking. But finally I got it to work. I made a call and discovered that it provides my Gvoice number as 'caller ID'. But since it is easier to call from my Skype popup I don't see myself using it much. It seems to me that Google hasn't a clue how to do this. Maybe one day .... soon??
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? packforkids 9/15/10 6:44 AM
You are hilarious, Ethy.  You said, "you nearly lost me at jabber protocol".  Now, that is funny!  The language is different, thats for sure.  You need not worry. After a few more questions / articles you will be speaking it too.
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? batesville 9/17/10 8:10 PM
Very unclear! How does Google Chat differ from Google Talk and where is each found?
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? cycarax 9/24/10 5:29 PM
Okay, so I have a question about this.  I live in Canada and have never been able to get Google Voice.  But I did get this new thing in my Gmail 'call phone' from which I can make calls to landlines, and which does have a telephone number, albeit not in my area code.  Anyone wanting to call me on that number will have to pay long distance even if they live next door.

However, is it possible to do call conferencing from this phone in Gmail?  Can I get Google Voice?  When I now click on Google Voice to see if I can join, I am transported to my Gmail phone.  However, if there is some way to call conference, I can't find it on the Gmail phone
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? hrocks 9/25/10 4:44 PM
Is it free?


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Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? drkwc 10/12/10 12:33 PM
It IS really confusing.

I LIKE the quality of Gmail Chat phone calls. But I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to add phone numbers of people I frequently call to my Gmail Chat list.

I can add them to Google Voice. I can add them to Google Talk. But they don't port over to Gmail Chat. Anybody have the solution?

Also -- how do I get Gmail Chat incoming phone calls to ring through my computer speakers EVERY time? And is there any way to do that without having to keep a Gmail window open on my browser? Is there perhaps a cool little taskbar gadget for Gmail Chat like there is for Skype? 

Thanks,
ken
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? tcat007 10/27/10 5:20 PM
I'm confused too.  I have Gmail and Gvoice.  In Gmail I can click the "call phone" and dial a number or type in a name until the contact appears I want to call.  I tested it by dialing my home VOIP phone.  I don't have a mic, so it was just to see if the phone rang.  It did, I picked it up and seemed to be connected.  I see the call logged in my Gvoice page, but there's no info what number the call came FROM.  I then went to my VOIP account (Viatalk), and noticed the call was from my Google Voice number.  Makes sense I guess.... but I didn't think the Gvoice# was a real number.  So is Gmail using your Gvoice# to make the call, and doesn't need a landline to make it?

I'd like to make sure before I use it on LD calls (in case the call is really going through my AT&T line that my DSL account is tied to).
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? Blowduck 10/29/10 9:46 AM
I need help with getting the voice/video/call functioning on my mac. Can anyone help?
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? msyedulu 11/19/10 7:23 AM
How to log in to the g voice
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? msyedulu 11/19/10 7:29 AM
How to add it my gmail account?
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? AZMSGF 12/9/10 1:57 PM
add phone numbers to gmail contacts and have them always show in chat in order to have phone numbers all in chat group at bottom of gmail 
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? dadio9000 12/29/10 8:50 AM
One correction, you do NOT have to use a phone with GVoice. I use my MAC built-in mic and speakers and it is as clear as a bell. I love using the GVoice when I'm working at my computer because I can make my calls and keep my hands free to type or research while on the call. 
Also, there is NO charge for the calls!
The only thing I wish we could do with this is port our existing landline number to GVoice. That would be the ultimate for me.
Anyway, hope this added to your knowledge.
;)
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? msyedulu 12/29/10 9:11 PM
Is it working in India?
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? Dr Evan Mitchell Stark PhD 2/12/11 5:36 AM
@Chaz 
Oh how I wish Google would enable system-wide, desktop notification for incoming phone calls.  It's such a pain to return to Gmail to answer a call, especially if you get few rings.  For the life of me, I don't get why they don't implement this feature.  It's absence is conspicuous.
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? ethy 3/11/11 7:23 AM
Evanitude
Must be your birthday as I happened to notice Google just granted your wish!  If you use iGoogle as your desktop (perhaps it also works with Google Desktop) there is a pop-up notifier.  
Re: Google Voice vs Google Talk vs Google PC-to-Phone ? lianna0048 3/27/11 6:15 AM
As I understand it, GChat only works with Gmail accounts that have CHAT.  GVoice is a separate phone setup than Chat.  Chat is Free to the Gmail user; and Gvoice is not; correct?
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