On Saturday, March 5, 2011, Todd Vierling pointed out that you could call Google Voice Numbers via a SIP URI:
Unaware of Todd's post, but seeing mention of this SIP calling in tweets from Aswath Rao and Alok Saboo, I started what became a series of posts on Monday, March 7:
- Google Voice Now Offers SIP Addresses For Calling Directly Over IP
- Did Google Hang Up On Calling Google Voice Via SIP?
- Google Voice Via SIP - It's Dead, Jim
- Google Voice Via SIP - Not Dead Yet... (The Saga Continues)
wherein the service was working... then it wasn't... then it was... etc.
At this precise moment in time, the service IS working for me, although when I just tried it took quite some time for my SIP softphone to actually start getting a ring. But the connection did work.
Also of interest, Todd Vierling put up a great post earlier on March 4 about what we really want/need for two-way Google Voice-to-SIP interconnect and what we are losing with the end of Gizmo:
I love how Todd links to the many open tickets in Google support asking for SIP support.
The saga will of course continue... there's obviously interest... and Google's been silent on the whole matter so at the end of the day we really don't know what their plans may or may not be.
UPDATE - Nov 13, 2012: The interest in Google Voice and SIP addresses seems to continue, as I noted in a post about the large number of visits still coming to the site for this series of articles.
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