Google Voice Goes Public: How to Get a Google Voice Number If You Do Not Live in the US & Make Free Calls

22 Jun, 2010

Google is a great engineering company with great minds, its google voice which opened today to the public after one year of being in private beta, allows you to make free calls to any U.S. number, it can be used as a single number that connects to all your phone numbers. Google Voice offers nice features such as when people call you, they record their name and then google voice calls you with the caller name, if you like the caller you can answer or google voice will send him to the voice mail, while the caller is recording the voice mail you can listen to it live and answer while he is recording if you wish.

Google Voice is a great service but if you are not in the US you can not use Google voice, But not really :) here is a work around steps to help non US internet users get Google Voice and make free calls to the US. Yes free calls, and thank you google.

To start with you need a US number to add it to Google voice in order for it to work so it direct calls to it and you need a U.S. IP (Internet Protocol), if you have both of these then you are ready to go with google voice.

Getting a U.S. IP and a US  Phone number

1- getting a US IP:
There are many ways to get a US IP, for opera browsers you can downlaod proxy widget from here

once insallted start the widget enter the URL and chose a US proxy.

Another way is to get a US IP via this list. go to your browsers setting  hit preferences and add the new IP.

Now  you need to make sure your IP is US based check that here.

If that did not work or was too slow, use this list and choose any of the tools you like to.

2- Now you need a US number, use the US proxy method and go to SIP Gate , signup for free  and choose a US number and download its desktop app.

3- Now use the US IP and signup via your Google account to Google Voice, google thinks you are from USA so it lets you in. Now go to setting and enter your US number you got from SIP Gate and choose your google voice number, make sure  it is easy to remmber.

Congrats you now have a Goolge voice and can make free calls to USA all you need now is to keep SIP Gate Client Open to receive calls and to call US numbers. To do so go to Google Voice on the web hit call enter the number and chose SIP Gate Method now google voice will call your Sip Gate client, accept and then it will call the US number you called.

Here is Google’s video about Google Voice, Thank you Google:


#Thanks ZSawfan for the tip several months ago

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  1. fatin khwarizmi  |  June 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 PM #

    No need to go anywhere to know the steps , you did gave a vast explanation with all its details !
    Thanks Gaith for the great effort .

  2. gile  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 12:55 AM #

    Thanks for the info and tips!
    however when you wanted to register on sipgate, even though through proxy.. im getting the following message:
    Thank you for your interest in sipgate!

    Please enter your cell phone number and your network operator below. We will send you a SMS with an invitation code.

    This is impossible to get US number for verification purpose.

    any workaround?
    thanks

  3. Gaith  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 1:07 AM #

    welcome Fatin, Gile let me test and get back to you, it is pass mid night here tomorrow i ll see if i can find a solution

  4. Emi  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 9:50 AM #

    There is a simpler way. The “AOL Solution” is what I use and it works every single time.

    1. Download AOL Desktop (free) and signup for a free account
    2. Install it
    3. Change your connection settings for the software, chose “Connect Options” go to the Broadband tab, and from the top left chose “Add Broadband Profile” then under settings choose Connection Type: Home Network. That is all you need to change.
    4. Connect using these new settings, you should now have a U.S. IP Address
    5. In your browser go to whatsmyip.com to double-check that you have a U.S. IP.

    There is a better and more detailed description here: http://www.sb-innovation.de/f59/tut-how-change-your-ip-address-aol-software-9897/

    I have never had a problem with this, except occasionally it won’t connect properly and I’ll have to reboot my computer. Once you open AOL, your IP changes. You can then continue using Mozilla or Internet Explorer for anything you need to access with an American IP.

  5. Hossam Hammady  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 10:08 AM #

    Hey, That’s cool indeed. However, I am facing the same problem of gile. I am already on a US IP but I get the same message. Can I enter the phone of a friend and he sends me the invitation code?
    Thank you

  6. zsafwan  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 11:38 AM #

    Gile & Hossam

    sipgate changed the way they create accounts in the US, now you need to verify using US mobile phone number. If you have a friend in the US you can use their mobile number just to verify and create your sipgate account. once you get your sipgate phone number you arte set and you can add it to your Google Voice account.

  7. SS Pipe Fittings  |  June 25th, 2010 at 10:22 AM #

    It’s a great explanation related to the new technology. No need to go somewhere else. The steps are very much useful and i hope the non-US residents also take the benefits soon.

  8. ss pipes fittting manufacturer  |  August 29th, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    thanks Gaith for your tips I was looking for the one and your detailed explanation helped me start, previously I was using voip but now I have switched on to this thanks once again .

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