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Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls)

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Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) myingling 7/16/10 9:55 AM
Do you already have Google Voice (Y/N)? Yes
If so, do you have a Google number (Y/N)? Yes

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When I make calls on my Android phone, I have them go through my Google Voice number, so my friends and family see that number on their caller ID.  This means my phone ACTUALLY calls some "Google Voice access number", which is fine.  I simply added that number to my "Friends and Family" for unlimited outbound calling on my phone.  It's a great deal!

However, it once changed on me, so I went a few days without realizing it.  I was only calling other Verizon customers (so it would have been free if I hadn't used my Google Voice number anyway), but still cost me minutes because I wasn't alerted and able to update my Friends and Family to the new access number.

So my question, as the title indicates, is: is there a way to be notified when my access number changes?  An Android app/plugin, or such?
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) EasternPA 7/16/10 2:19 PM
Great question. Last year a few of us got together and wrote up a document describing the various ways you can use Google Voice to make and receive free phone calls all day every day without burning minutes. The document is here..

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0Ae8glDUXDsh9ZGR2eG43cjRfMzNkOTM4ZjNjeA&hl=en

We discuss your exact question in that we suggest adding an address book entry in your phone for the access number, and we even give you a suggested icon to use for the caller ID picture. Assuming your phone shows the normal screen when dialing out to the access number, you will notice immediately when the number has changed because the name of the party being called will no longer be "Google Voice" and the caller id picture will not show up. This works perfectly when I use the dialer on my Blackberry, but I could have sworn that I've heard that Android phones hide that process in the background.

Could you please confirm what you see when your dialer first calls the Google Voice access number? Does it behave like a standard outbound phone call? If so, then this suggestion will work for you. You just need to look at the phone each time and look for the Google Voice caller id picture. When the name and picture are gone, so are your free minutes until you update your list.
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) Zanthexter 7/16/10 9:09 PM
If you are using the official Google Voice android app, it always displays the gateway number before completing the call. So, just watch it as it places the call :)

I happened to notice that mine changed from the Austin to the New Orleans gateway by watching it dial just the other day. in several months the gateway has changed only once. (Which is good, because any updates to my Pick3 numbers don't kick in until the next billing cycle.)

If you don't mind a bit longer of a delay before the call is placed, there are a few 3rd party Google Voice apps that place calls similarly to using the computer. Google calls you, calls the number you want, and conferences it in. Since this ALWAYS CallerID's as your personal GV number, problem solved. (Just slower dialing.) 

Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) Border Gringo 7/30/10 8:30 AM
In just the last few days, I've noticed that the acces number is changing almost with every call.
 
Anyone know what is up?
 
I do notice that all calls over the past day are to different numbers from area code 972.
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) myingling 7/30/10 8:34 AM
Border Gringo: You updated your Google Voice android app to the latest version.  You might want to roll back.  Info can be found here:

Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) Zanthexter 7/31/10 11:09 PM
Word is rolling back doesn't help. Using the official Google Voice app to make calls or using the new "Gateway" numbers assigned to each contact and calling them directly will count as calling a landline on your cell phone bill.
 
The new system will permanently assign a GV gateway number to the person you are calling. The gateway number will forward to the appropriate contact for you, if YOU call the gateway. It matches the CallerID of the phone you are calling from to your list of phones in GV, so the magical number will work from any phone in your list correctly for you, but not from other phones. In other words, if I call the same gateway number, based on my CallerID, it will forward to the appropraite number for ME. (Google doesn't have a bazillion new phone numbers to match to every existing one in the country.)
 
The advantage is that you can now send and receive texts and calls using the regular features of your phone and the magical gateway number.
 
The disadvantage is that it will count as a landline call. Not so big a deal for people with "Friends and Family" kinds of plans. Pretty much a disaster for Sprint users, as it more or less kills using "Any Mobile, Any Time" with Google Voice, and we don't have the option of a "Friend and Family" plan.
 
 
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) venkat015 8/10/10 6:11 PM
So by updating to the newer version of google voice we lost the ability to have a fixed access number that google voice routes all the outgoing calls from android based phones?? What do we do to keep that number fixed when calling anyone as it was before? How do I roll back the version of google voice that I currently have?
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) EasternPA 8/12/10 2:12 PM
Its not just the app -- all the app does is ask Google Voice which phone number to call in order to complete the requested call. Google Voice is now responding with multiple numbers no matter which version of the app you are using.
Re: Is there a way to be notified if my Google Voice access number changes? (So I can continue making free outbound calls) myingling 8/13/10 6:11 AM
EasternPA: I can confirm with my Android phone that that is not the case.  I still use a single access number for all my Google Voice calls.