If you already have Google Voice you know exactly what it can do. Now imagine you had a telephone line, with UNLIMITED LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE CALLING, associated with your Google Voice account. Can you imagine the possibilities?
Well, don’t get your hopes up to high, before you read up on MagicJack. There is a lot of good and bad press around the company and it’s service, both in the news and online. However, if your intentions are to use MagicJack with Google Voice, you may be disappointed if you don’t read up on potential issues first.
A privacy and security function in Google Voice, requires that you verify any phone added to the Google Voice account. Verification is easy, and only takes a short amount of time. Adding my mobile number was a snap! Adding my MagicJack number wasn’t so easy.
Someone on a the Google Voice Help Forum posted this Interesting tid bit about MagicJack:
…they are hardcore about keeping people from using anything but their dongle/softphone to connect to the network. I personally wrote the code that detects the sip device type and boots you if you do not connect using a MJ softphone.
When I tried to add my MagicJack line to my Google Voice account, this writers statement came into play. I easily added my MagicJack line, but verifying it was a different story. The MagicJack network was able to determine the verification call from Google Voice was on another VoIP Network and that it was utilizing a different SIP device. The MagicJack network software, automatically drops the call and all I heard on the line was dead air. I was never able to verify my MagicJack line…
…the way the system intended me to!
I have done a lot of work on Phone Systems. I have dealt with several different VoIP providers and SIP devices. I’m also semi-familiar with features offered by most VoIP services. So I tried something different…
…and it WORKED the first try!!!
Here are the steps I used:
- Make sure you have access to at least one phone, which is already verified on your Google Voice account.
- Log in to your MagicJack account.
- Set your “Call Forwarding” feature up to the same telephone number already verified through your Google Voice account.
- Enable the “Call Forwarding” feature there in your MagicJack account.
- Log into your Google Voice account and add your MagicJack number.
- Click on the “Verify” option.
- The phone you had already verified in you Google Voice account should ring.
- When you answer the call the automated system will ask you to type in the verification code (a 2-digit number).
- The automated system will let you know that your new number has been verified.
- Log back in to your MagicJack account.
- This time, disable the “Call Forwarding” feature.
- Log out!
If you completed these steps in the order I gave them, it should work for you as it did for me.