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I have a google voice number so I can receive phone calls dialed to an actual phone number when I'm logged into gmail (via the gtalk widget sidebar).

I see I can use Empathy to make voice calls with other gtalk users.

Is it possible that I can receive phone calls when logged into Empathy, ie, that someone dial my google voice phone number, and it pops up as a call when I'm logged into empathy, the same way it does in the gtalk sidebar widget?

(Currently, I route my gtalk calls to skype, but it would be even better if this worked seamlessly within Empathy.)

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i believe the last poster misunderstood the question. i just tried this and i am NOT receiving notification of an incoming call thru my google VOICE number(not through the gtalk service. talk and voice are 2 completely different beasts.) i'd be happy for any kind of solution at this point that DOESN'T require that i have my browser open to, or running an asterisk PBX server, a callback plugin, or require a sip account somewhere...i want to make and receive direct voice calls through my google voice number. – user71858 Jun 19 '12 at 20:32
@seekingsame Um, do you have a sprint number? I do this all the time (as I said in my answer), and my calls show up as being from my Google voice number. – James Jun 19 '12 at 21:57

I do this somewhat frequently. To set it up, I did the following:

  • Went into Google Voice settings, phone tab.

Made sure it was checked:

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And then I was done! I do recommend that you test your audio in Empathy before doing calls on it all the time, because getting audio to work can sometimes be a little tricky, but I haven't had a problem on 12.04 so far.

happy calling!

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This isn't working for me. Calls still don't notify me in empathy, but works still in gmail. – Mittenchops Jul 1 '12 at 19:50
@Mittenchops weird... worked fine for me. – James Jul 1 '12 at 19:54
I am able to receive GV calls using Pidgin in the same way as well. – erjiang Nov 2 '12 at 21:22
It doesn't work for me either. Should we point to the google voice plugin or something? What version of empathy does this work on? I have ubuntu 12.04 also and am not getting notified of calls. – cheshirekow Jul 14 '13 at 20:01

You can follow this trick to use Google voice number in Empathy for both make and receive free calls. I tested it on Ubuntu 12.10 and it's working fine!

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