Google Voice Got Faster

Google just launched an update for their native Andorid and BlackBerry apps that eliminates one extra step. Result: A much faster phone call connection.

Those of you have been using Google Voice on a regular basis, you may have experienced  a lag  especially when trying to make a call. Google is getting rid of that lag.

The lag was due to Google Voice making a small data request to Google’s servers whenever you initiated a call. That would return the number the application was supposed to dial. That works well enough when you have a decent 3G or EDGE connection, but it can also lead to annoying timeouts and pauses when you don’t. The new version of the Voice applications fixes this by assigning a unique phone number called “direct access numbers” to your contacts.  Instead of making data requests from Google’s servers, Google Voice’s Android and BlackBerry apps assign such a number to every person that you call. This removes the extra step of making data requests. In other words, your outbound calls should be faster now.

I think the new feature really only benefits low bandwidth areas. I am on T-Mobile HSPA+ and never have any lag when dialing. Mocking the attempt to smooth the experience for those who are not in high-bandwidth areas makes you an ignorant tool.

Has anybody noticed touch-tone issues with Google Voice? When I use Google Voice to connect my office phone to my bank/credit card company and try to enter cc numbers using touch tone, it is pretty bad. Sometimes it duplicates numbers and sometimes it misses numbers.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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