I lit out this morning to put together an updated and well-annotated guide on getting Google Voice VoIP on Android over wifi and cellular using sipdroid, sipgate, SIP Sorcery / IPKall and pbxes.org but I can’t friggin’ figure it out so I’m going to do a switcharoo now and instead of telling you how to do it I’m instead asking you how to do it, if it’s even still doable, so that I can assemble an awesome guide as the existing ones out there are old, the screenshots don’t match and SIP Sorcery may not be accepting new signups.
This used to be relatively simple using Gizmo5 but Google bought them out a year ago and shut down new signups. Now it’s as complicated as hell but I’m determined as hell. Luckily for me we now have an Android audience on our site and I’m betting that not only some of you already know or can figure out how to do this but that you’re also willing to enlighten me and the rest of us so please prove me right. Here are the resources I dug up and tried to follow to get you started:
What I’ve done so far is set up sipgate and SIP Sorcery as instructed along with pbxes.org and sipdroid. But SIP Sorcery may no longer be an option for you as I had made my account a long time ago when I made my first attempt and threw in the towel, though the first link, a guide, offers IPKall information as an alternative. And now when I try to make a call with sipdroid I manage to hear ringing but then “Your call cannot be completed as dialed; please try your call again later.”
So, first question, have any of you pulled it off before? If so, how well did it work first over wifi then 3G and EDGE? Would you be willing to recreate your adventure but screenshooting the whole way through it? Second, if any of you are in the mood, could you please try to fire up those links or Google further yourself and figure this damn thing out and then let me in on what you did?
Along the way please use something like this Firefox addon or this Chrome extension to snap screenshots of everything and then GIMP to hide your personal info and either bang in instructions into this thread or email me the screenshots at firstname.lastname@example.org (I’ll censor out your info if you both trust me and don’t want to deal with that yourself before I post anything, or you can clean it up yourself – whatever).
Fellas if we could just compile a fresh guide that would get the job done on this that would be a big service to a lot of people, not just me and not just people in the audience of this site. That sucker would get proliferated. I’m tired of waiting for Google to offer this even though they just unleashed it on computers through Gmail and I suspect they won’t for whatever reason, which may be why they bought Gizmo5, to stop it. Who knows – but what we do know is that at one recent point this was possible to pull off and that it may still be workable and that it might even work pretty well. Think about it, free calls from your phone using your Google Voice number and doing it over IP.
Me, I don’t really need the free calls, hardly use any of my minutes but for some reason there’s nothing I’d rather do right now than solve this puzzle. So wash down some amphetamines with a few Red Bulls and waste your Saturday on this. And please, no Skype copouts or whatever, let’s tie this into Google Voice.
You know, I got a $50 prize last week from moneybags / editor in chief Doug Smith for being the most badass contributor to this site. I told him I only want the money if I can somehow put it toward the site. This sounds like the best way to me, putting a bounty on this, so fifty bucks goes to whoever sends me enough instructions (the first guy I should say) that I can execute successfully to get this done, me having a free chat with someone on my Android phone, VoIP with my GV number (as CID, bonus points of free webhosting on my server for successful incoming/callback on VoIP) on my end, regular voice (cellular or POTS, not some special software) on their end, after which I’ll compile it into a pretty little guide with your name all over it.
Fifty bucks on top of the satisfaction of hacking your way through this so that everyone else can, up for grabs so grab it damnit.