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What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice?

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What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? YoJoey 8/9/09 10:19 PM
Hey Folks.

I have a google voice account and it's currently set up to forward to my mobile, now what i wanna do is connect my office line to the skype number using my office landline.  And if I need to buy a VOIP desktop phone, then I will do so.

Please let me know if it's possible to receive/make calls on a regular landline phone using google voice.

Thanks.
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? YoJoey 8/13/09 12:40 AM
Hello?
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? mac800 8/13/09 5:33 AM
Forget the VOIP phone..
What you need is a VOIP adapter like a Linksys PAP2 or RTP300 router with VOIP capability. It's better because unlike a VOIP phone you don't need to always have your computer turned on. It plugs directly into your modem or router and you can use your existing phone device.
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? John of Lower Merion 8/13/09 6:47 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by connecting your office line to Skype, but Google Voice is flexible and you have a few options.
 
Please let me know if it's possible to receive/make calls on a regular landline phone using google voice
 
Yes, of course, that's a major feature of Google Voice. Simply register and verify your landline (Settings > Phones) and GV will forward calls to that phone, and up to 6 in total that are registered and verified to your GV account.
 
And if I need to buy a VOIP desktop phone, then I will do so.
 
Google Voice is flexible with VoIP phones, too. And as mac800 points out, you can buy an ATA (Analog Telephone Adaptor) which will allow you to plug an old fashioned, analog telephone into the ATA and the ATA into your broadband modem to make and receive calls from the Internet, provided you have a paid or free VoIP account with a provider.
 
To use the ATA and VoIP Internet calling, you'll need either a paid service, such as Vonage, or you can sign up for a free service, such as Gizmo5 or Sipgate.
 
I've noticed recently in these GV forums that people say that Gizmo5 now limits calls to 3 minutes. I don't use it, so I don't know.
 
I recently registered a free account with Sipgate ( www.sipgate.com ) and am happy with it for the first month. I use a softphone on my computer desktop, rather than the ATA / Modem hookup described in the above paragraph, but I am happy to make and receive phone calls on this desktop phone only when my computer is running. My Sipgate phone is to supplement my regular telephone company incoming line, so the Sipgate does not get heavy use, at least, not yet during my first month of having it.
 
Sipgate is unique in that it assigns a California area code and phone number to you, so you can easily register and verify a Sipgate phone number with your GV account, just as if it were a regular landline phone.
 
Sipgate also gives you SIP credentials, so you can configure the ATA device described above, and have a regular telephone plugged into the ATA and broadband modem to make and receive VoIP calls over the Internet. Of course, if you want to spend more money, you can eliminate the ATA and buy a SIP hardware telephone, but that will cost at least $150 to $250 and up, compared to about $50 or $60 for a Linksys ATA from a place like Amazon.com
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? bubbajoe 8/13/09 7:33 AM
SIPGATE is AWESOME!!! Gizmo5 SUCKS........ that provide any  insight?
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? sihan3000 10/30/09 10:33 AM
I just bought ATA SPA1001 and signed up sipgate service. But it only works with outgoing calls not incoming calls. Could any of experts here help???

Thanks,
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? vwpplo 11/9/09 12:45 PM
does sipgate allow you to mask your # and use google voice#? I have skype and it doesn't
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? SearchForMission 5/2/10 10:06 PM
try http://nettalk.com
It allows you to mask your # and use GV #
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? giqcass 6/11/10 4:12 AM
@sihan3000 if you can't receive incoming calls this is usually indicative of a firewall/nat traversal problem. You will need to set up a STUN server or put you sipura ATA in a dmz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT_traversal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMZ_%28computing%29

@John of Lower Merion The Gizmo limit is on outbound calls so calls initiated via the Google voice website and incoming calls are both limited to four hours. I can't say from personal experience as I have never been cut off on an incoming call. I never talk on the phone for four hours straight.

@mac800 I also agree an ATA is the way to go in most cases but not all VOIP phones require the computer to be on. There are many nice VOIP phones that connect via WIFI. Some even have web browsers that can connect to the Google Voice mobile site which allows you to access features not usually available on a regular phone.
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? ldean1976 2/7/11 9:21 AM
Can someone recommend a soft-phone to use rather then actual hardware. I would just like to make and receive calls through my computer using my googlevoice number
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? StrMca 2/7/11 9:30 AM
@ldean1976: If you are  familiar with VoIP concepts (not for beginners) then try http://bit.ly/hNXocL  
Re: What is the best VOIP phone to use with Google Voice? ldean1976 2/8/11 3:29 PM
i know nothing about VOIP