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Google Voice MMS Support Slowly Rolling Out? (Updated)

Update:  The Google Voice team has announced this feature. Full write-up here.

Die-hard users of Google Voice have long yearned for some MMS support. Things may be looking bright on the horizon as Google Voice is now starting to send notifications of incoming MMS messages through your email inbox. You won’t be receiving the message itself, but if you forwarding your texts to your email account, then you’ll receive an email notification of the message. That’s a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately this newest development only seems to be working on non-Verizon carriers at the moment, but we are hoping it makes its way to Big Red shortly. Kellex is the biggest user of G-Voice I know, so as soon as this feature hits Verizon, trust me when I say Droid Life readers will know first.

Via: Life Hacker

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  • Anonymous

    Listen to me Google: Integrate Voice ,Talk, with mutimedia support and everything! Free us from the carriers rule!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-Cisneros-Salinas/100001829477027 Brenda Cisneros-Salinas

    i use google voice for all my texting so im happy i save money on that ;) but its super easy to just email pics i dont really see the urgency in getting this to show you pics :) 

  • Big Fern

    Jennifer Husted is RIGHT – sort of.  If you have VERIZON you are already getting this feature – sort of! Just check your GMAIL and there should be an SMS label. I already see a few old MMS messages. I tried sending a text one from my verizon line but it doesnt seem to have gone through so not sure how reliable it is currently or if the feature was disabled.

  • Anonymous

    No no no Kellex has nothing on me I text like a maniac on my OG D1 with GVoice.

    Can’t wait for MMS and would also like to send texts to 5 digit numbers…

  • Jennifer Husted

    Just FYI…  I’m a Verizon customer and apparently I’ve been receiving MMS for a minute now… They don’t show up in your “Inbox” on Gmail.  They show up in the “SMS” folder, already marked read so you’d never know they were there unless you go in and check the folder.  I just found an MMS message dated September 10th!

  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for Google Voice here in Canada.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this is one of the things ICS will bring? MMS on GV in Android ftw! M0ar acronyms!!

  • http://twitter.com/cshaw29 Clay Shaw

    I’m on Verizon, and it works for me.

    • Anonymous

      hmm reallly? I am going to have to test this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mikelierman Michael Lierman

        I just tried to send a picture to my Google Voice number, I have texts set up to forward to my email. I get no notification or anything. I’m on Verizon. Doesn’t seem to be working. :-(

  • Anonymous

    Would prefer Voice goes back to when my cell minutes weren’t used for Voice calls. SIGH. Cost me $60 extra two months ago with the change!

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t Jon Lately picking up for me?   Damn GV spam filter.

  • Anonymous

    I only use my GV number and this would be great news.  I could finally dump text messaging.

  • DroidTrain

    YES! I lost Jon Lately’s phone number when I switched phones…thanks now I have it again!

  • Warden Chinbach

    We won’t be receiving the MMS itself? Only an email notification if we choose that? This isn’t MMS. I want MMS with Google Voice.

    • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

      The media gets forwarded to your email, complete with pictures, and video. Actually makes it easier if you wish to forward that content to someone else in many cases.

      • Warden Chinbach

        Yeah, I still would prefer actual MMS though. I could easily tell someone to just email it to me. But the real issue I have with MMS is when people think that I have it and send something to me. Hopefully this rollout is just a signal that true integration is coming.

        • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

          That would be ideal, yes. But, this is leaps & bounds better then what we have now. Yes you could tell them to email…but that’s what I hated about GV…having to explain “no send MMS to this number…but everything else here” or “no email pictures, but not texts….yes you can email from a MMS…no really you can…ugh forget it”

  • Anonymous

    FINALLY!!  Lack of any type of MMS support is the only thing preventing me from using Google Voice for anything other than Voice mail!

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t Google just integrate google voice and gtalk? and add multimedia to gtalk? Life would be so much easier if I could just ditch carrier text messaging completely

    • Anonymous

      This.

    • Anonymous

      How about talking to other people without smartphones or Android phones?

    • Anonymous

      Its a great idea.  I already have no texting plan with Verizon, I use google voice as my texting service.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    I’ve been waiting for this for years. Never understood why it wasn’t supported when they had so many different ways to deliver multimedia. Perhaps the most frustrating thing was it never responded to the sender saying MMS could not be received..so neither of you never know it didn’t get there. Also, iPhones have a tenancy to send texts in MMS randomly, without any multimedia content at all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Good throwback Froyo pic. I remember when I had my OG and instead of waiting for Verizon and Moto to push Froyo, I started installing custom ROMs and never looked back.

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  • Anonymous

    Had to be Verizon.

  • John

    one can only hope

  • Dominick DeVito

    Huge update if it hits everyone. Come on Verizon, no whammies!