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Happy news for Google Voice users.
 
Last week +Nikhyl Singhal  announced MMS support is coming to Google Voice. We're happy to announce this week another step towards improving MMS support for Google Voice. T-Mobile has allowed MMS messages from their users to be sent to Google Voice users. Similar to MMS messages from Sprint users, these messages will appear in Gmail, and you can be notified of the message via SMS. We continue to work with other carriers to broaden support for messaging and bring MMS to Hangouts. More good things are coming!
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This is awesome! Thank you so much!!! Definitely a step in the right direction. 
 
+T-Mobile just give us full Google Voice integration, like Sprint does, and we will love you forever.
 
+Troy Campbell Definitely not for me. I missed some MMS messages on the Nov 4th. Possibly a slow rollout like Android app updates.
 
Although this is an improvement over what we currently have it still leaves us in a bind. So now I can receive MMS (which importantly includes group messages) from 2 of the 4 major providers. Does that then allow me to give me GV number to people? Not really. If I don't know what provider they use I'm still not sure I can receive MMS from them. What's worse if they use Verizon or AT&T no one gets notified that I didn't get the message. This has created a lot of problems for me since people assumed I got the message. So at the end of the day I'm left with giving my GV number out only to people I know 100% are on Sprint and now T-Mobile. I can't really give my GV number out to AT&T and Verizon users because they don't know I can't get MMS. So then half my contacts have my GV number the other half have my cell number. How do I know which number to use to call them? If I gave someone my cell number and I call using my GV number they don't recognize the number or know who I am and visa versa. I can't possible track who I gave what number. Unless I can give my GV number out 100% of the time its still not functional. I want to like GV. This is the only thing holding me back from fully adopting it. I'll hold out until 1Q 2014 and then decide whether or not I have to dump it.
 
Full Google Voice integration like Sprint is what we need +T-Mobile! So we can use the hangouts app for all messaging. +Nikhyl Singhal. Thanks for listening to feedback.
 
+Gary Singh I can confirm that it works for me. Just tested Mms from a T-Mobile # to Google Voice #. I received the image in my Gmail account almost immediately. 
 
+Nikhyl Singhal when all of this is done and MMS support is complete it would be great if we knew what it took to make this all happen.  I'm sure I'm not the only one would really enjoy hearing more about how Google Voice has evolved, what obstacles were encountered and what it took to overcome them - ultimately transforming the way we use phones and communicate in general.
 
I'm a bit confused. I sent a picture with text attached from a T-Mobile number. In the GV app on my phone I received the text but no indication of a picture or a link or anything. I got an email with the text and picture. It said I could reply to the email to text the sender back. I tried that and got this email error: "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently".
 
I have gv integrated with sprint & I never get an email for mms messages 
 
What confuses me is the "T-Mobile has allowed MMS messages from their users to be sent to Google Voice users"  Does the senders system actually care who is on the receiving end?  I thought it would have been more like "Google Voice has now started accepting MMS messages that originate from T-Mobile"  But what do I know.  
 
Who gives F about MMS these days when you can send anything via chats... Get real guys and ditch big telecoms
 
I just want full gvoice integration with hangouts... Why o why is it so hard?
 
+Stephen Holst From what I understand, MMS requires two carriers to cooperate in how they configure their MMS gateways before MMS messages can be exchanged.  This is part of the reason for the slow rollout - Google needs to work individually with each mobile phone provider before MMS interoperability can be activated for that provider.
 
+Paul Simpson thanks for explaining that a bit.  So does every carrier have to do that with every carrier too?  Or is Google Voice bucking some standard and all the other carries just have inherent cooperation?
 
When will companies be able to text Voice?
 
+Stephen Holst I'm not sure.  I do remember when MMS first started to become available (years ago) that inter-carrier messaging took a few years to get figured out.  These days we assume it's all second nature, but at least in the early days inter-carrier MMS wasn't as seamless as SMS, and perhaps it still isn't.  I also read that the latest version of the MMS spec (released early this year) includes or improves support for MMS by "virtual" carriers like Google Voice.  Perhaps Google also needs to wait for carriers to upgrade their equipment to support the latest version.
 
That is great news. It's too bad the carriers are creating such barriers. I would love to see Google work is magic and find a completely unthought of solution to either replace MMS/SMS our just a permanent workaround the carriers. Keep up the great work guys!
 
+Jonathan Marcus I agree hangouts seems to be headed that way, I just don't see it there yet. Although it is a relatively new app. 
 
The Hangouts app should allow for a consolidated inbox tied to multiple email addresses just like iMessage. It is inconvenient to be required to keep accounts separate. 
 
This does not work with Verizon.  I love Google voice and have been waiting so long for MMS.  I have Android 4.3 and installed Hangouts with my Google Voice number confirmed and it will not send as my Google Voice number but my Verizon # which I don't have text messaging as I opt to use GV instead to save money.  So if I use Google hangouts I will be charged .20 cents per text.  Please make Google Voice# and hangouts compatible.
 
Great update to voice. Works for me, no complaints at all. I tell people to send me pics to email. I do miss group texts but I can deal with that based on all the other features that Google voice brings to the table.
 
As far as I know I like a lot or most of the new updates to Google Voice but have an issue with one of them. Sometime recently Google Voice no longer numbers text messages with over 160 characters. Before GV would number them 1-3 and wouldn't split a text in the middle of a word. All of a sudden without any communication (that I can find) this process has changed. Now GV cuts off a text at 160 characters (even if in the middle of a word) and doesn't label the text 1-3. To make matters worse, when sending from GV to AT&T my texts were routinely coming through in the wrong order. Since the texts weren't labeled it was sometime difficult for the other person to know it had happened or read it correctly. 

I would like the numbering feature restored. At very least I would like some communication and a forum for GV users to decide if most of us do or don't want that feature. 
 
Is everything mobile centered now and laptop/desktop users lost in the void place? what about those that use google voice but don't use/have android? Do We not matter to Google unless we are android(ers)ettes?
 
When will outbound calling be possible in the Hangouts widget in Gmail? I couldn't figure out what was wrong and why my calls never connected until I did some research and I see it's a problem that goes back months.
 
can't access my google voice interface it keeps giving me Internal Server Error Error 500 what should i do? how come i can access other google voice accounts in the same browser and pc but not my own account? can somebody pls help? thank you :(
 
I'm a sprint user and a home magic jack user something that has to be saved in the functionality is the mindset of "Grand Central" ie being able to have many lines ring at once, being able to record a call, to switch lines during a call.  Please do not kill these must have abilities.  this is in context to the merging of googlevoice to hangouts.
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