Textie and Google Voice

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05 Jul, 2010 07:42 AM


I have a good idea for Textie, and it is definitely possible because it already works in 2 other App Store apps - Textfree and Textnow.

Google Voice has the feature of forwarding texts to email, and then allowing users to reply to the email to reply to the original text. The original text sender uses the GV user's GV phone number, and that's all they ever see. But, the GV user can use email or the GV website to reply.

Now, with Textfree and Textnow, you can set the email address that GV forwards texts to be to be your @textfree.us or @textnow.us and the end result is a great integration with google voice. When someone sends a text to my GV number, the text is forwardes as an email to my [email blocked] "email address" and i get it as an actual text within textfree, push notification and everything. Then, when I reply to it, it is sent as an "email reply" to google voice, which then sends an sms reply back to the sender.

It works great with textfree and textnow, and I know for a fact that if Textie had similar support, it's popularity would sky rocket, and people would be willing to pay for it. Textie is much nicer and faster than the other 2, it's a bummer that it doesn't (for some strange reason) work with email to google voice.

Please add this kind of support!

  1. 1 Posted by Munir on 05 Jul, 2010 07:46 AM

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    Oh ya, and the ability to send a text from textie directly to a google voice number would be great too.

  2. 2 Posted by Alan Buckley on 05 Jul, 2010 05:45 PM

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    I second this.

  3. 3 Posted by Marlin Clark on 05 Jul, 2010 11:09 PM

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  4. 4 Posted by Marlin Clark on 05 Jul, 2010 11:24 PM

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    Using your GV number would be awesome! Currently every time I send someone that doesn't have this app a message, they see a new number every time. Now that's just confusing as all hell.

  5. 5 Posted by Marlin Clark on 06 Jul, 2010 02:20 PM

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  6. 6 Posted by Jeff Bell on 15 Jul, 2010 03:58 AM

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    I suggested this a while ago to @Textie via twitter. They DM'd me back and asked if I had a Google Voice invite. Since I used a .edu email address to get a GV account myself without an invite, I had none to offer @textie, who understandably could not work on this integration without such an account. Now however GV is free to anyone who wants it, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see such integration! (and I really really really want it! I love Textie but I'm stuck using TextNow in the meantime. No GV integration means no textie for me.)

  7. 7 Posted by Dave Dickison on 15 Jul, 2010 04:23 PM

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    Please integrate with Google Voice. I currently use Textie but was thinking of switching to an app that utilizes GV. Glad I came across this thread. If Textie could use GV I'd stop looking elsewhere right now. Add me to the votes for Google Voice integration.

  8. 8 Posted by Alan Buckley on 16 Jul, 2010 04:08 AM

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    As a textie customer, i felt this company has thus far done a good job listening to its customers. I heard about this discussion via email and I think this would truly boost any buying incentives if the most annoying aspects of this program were to be resolved by GV integration. Google has thus far been rejected by apple or has been ignoring them in competing and advertising their crappy mobile operating systems.

    The competition to textie just sucks. This app just needs to be made a great one.

    Please consider this feature.

  9. 9 Posted by Michelle Wilkin... on 19 Jul, 2010 07:27 AM

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    This would be wonderful! I use textnow, textplus and textfree. Textie is so much better than all of them but I need a phone number as many of my friends can't figure out the email to text thing. I also love the thought of being able to give out one phone number and being able to text from textie on my iPad or iPhone. Please, please, please add this feature!

  10. 10 Posted by mjc on 21 Jul, 2010 09:04 PM

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    Hope to see GV integration as discussed in this thread and others.
    I have something of a work around, which seems to integrate them, but I've only started doing this today and have not tested thoroughly. Here's a summary.
    1. Our Textie SMS accounts are actually email accounts, something like [email blocked]
    2. You can find yours by using textie to send a message to your own email account, then looking at the address of the sender. COPY that Textie Email address.
    3. Login to your Google Voice account then Click on "Settings" -> "Voice Settings" -> "Voicemail & Text" -> and "Add a new email address" to the right of "VoiceMail Notifications".
    4. Follow the Google prompts and PASTE the Textie email address you copied in step 2.
    5. If you do things correctly to this point, you'll receive an SMS to your Textie app from Google. On an iPHone if you open that message in Textie and touch it for a couple seconds, it will highlight the whole message from Google, then Textie will give you the opportunity to go to the Google verification page that is provided in the message. Go there to verify.
    6. After you've added the Textie email address to your Google account and Verified, navigate back to the same Google webpage described in Step 3.
    7. Put a checkmark in the box next to "Email the message to:" and Select your Textie email address as the destination. Then click on Save Changes at the bottom of screen.
    8. Navigate back to the same Google webpage described in step 3, again.
    9. Put a check in the box next to the phrase "Forward Text Messages to My Email" and that should already show your Textie email address to the right of it.

    Now, when someone sends a text message to my Google voice number, it is forwarded to my Textie account on the iPhone with full benefit of push notifications.

    When I reply, I think it goes back to them as my Textie account, which is fine with me and serves to populate their address book with my Textie account.

    The by product is that all of my voicemail notifications / transcriptions sent to my Textie account, not my regular email account. It doesn't appear to be possible to have text messages go to a different email address than then SMS messages. Maybe someone else can figure that out... Actually, I've found this by product rather convenient.

  11. 11 Posted by Munir Muhammad on 21 Jul, 2010 09:58 PM

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    That's exactly what I tried and it didn't work (I tried it about a month

  12. 12 Posted by s.pam on 02 Sep, 2010 12:42 AM

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    using the @textie.me email doesn't work :( using forwarding. Oh well, Textie is the best app out there so sad that I can't connect with GV.

  13. 13 Posted by Tridadref on 06 Dec, 2013 06:55 PM

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